Annual Tree Walk

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As part of our commitment to community outreach about our urban forest, Branch Out Burlington! hosts a Tree Walk event in Burlington once a year. Our first Tree Walk took place in 1999 and we have done one every year since then. Each walk takes place in a specific area of the city, either a park, neighborhood or other defined area of the city. Led by City Arborist Warren Spinner, BOB volunteers scour parts of the city for an area with noteworthy trees to feature on each year’s walk. Past walks have included parks including Oakledge Park (featuring our bicentennial White Oak tree!), and Ethan Allen Park, the UVM Green, and a variety of neighborhoods throughout the city.

Click here for information about our 2016 Tree Walk in Greenmount Cemetery.

We conduct the walk in early June, and welcome all people interested in learning more about the trees of our city. Each walk features 15-20 different trees, some are common species and some are unusual or rare. We discuss tree identification, features of each type of tree, and interesting facts about the habitat, growth pattern and cultural history of that species and/or that particular tree.

Most of the trees on our walks are tagged with numbers, and we provide a brochure with a map for each walk during the annual walk and on our website (below) so people can visit the walk areas later and do a self-guided tour of the trees.

We are always on the lookout for a location that hasn’t had a tree walk yet – let us know if you know of a neighborhood or other area that might be a good candidate for a walk that we haven’t featured yet!

We have made available a library of several of our tree walks from previous years.  You can do these walks on your own, simply download the files, print and follow the maps! These are in pdf format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download these files.