A view of the Mississippi River from the Nature Institute in Godfrey.
GODFREY — Residents can learn about tree identification and pruning Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Nature Institute.
During a two-hour class, Patti Brown of the Nature Institute will teach participants the basics of tree identification (without leaves) and how to use a botanical key to identify native trees. The session will begin indoors with a presentation discussing characteristics and terminology and studying twig specimens in an interactive format. Then, participants will head into the woods to practice tree identification skills. Participants should bring: any tree identification book, sample twigs from trees they want identified, camera and journal for notes. Participants should dress for weather.
A Missouri Master Gardener and Illinois Master Naturalist, Ken Wheat has worked with the Missouri Botanical Garden on pruning trees and shrubs. A former teacher, Wheat will start the workshop inside Talahi Lodge as he shares tips on selecting proper tools and the best methods for avoiding future problems. Afterward, participants will head out to the Mississippi Sanctuary Arboretum to practice pruning. Equipment and reference materials will be provided. What to bring: any pruning equipment, pictures of specimens participants need help with, gloves, and proper clothing for the weather.
The sessions will be at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, and are free and open to the public. The tree ID class will be 9 a. m. to 11 a.m. and the pruning class will be 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Click here for more information and to register.