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Winter Tree ID Walk at Spoon River College Arboretum - Canceled due to weather

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Spoon River College, Canton, IL

2-24-2020 - This event has been canceled due to the cold rainy weather. We hope to reschedule it for a nicer day.

University of Illinois Extension Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Master Gardeners and Naturalists have partnered with Spoon River College to offer a Winter Tree ID Walk on Monday, February 24, 1 to 3 p.m

Most of our native trees lose their leaves in winter, making tree identification especially challenging this time of year. Join University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator, Ryan Pankau, for a walk around the Spoon River College Arboretum on Monday, February 24, at 1:00 p.m., to learn some tips and tricks that will boost your winter tree ID skills. Ryan will also present additional information beyond identification about each tree on the walk, including planting recommendations, performance as an urban tree, native status, insect and disease issues, as well as tips for providing the best tree care possible for your own trees.

Ryan has over two decades of experience as a forester and arborist, building his lifelong love of trees into the career he enjoys today. He has experience with forest restoration and management as well as care of individual trees in the urban setting. In recent years, Ryan has focused on integrating the concepts of ecology into the management of plants in the built environment to create more resilient landscapes that better support the native flora and fauna of Illinois.

Registration is required and space is limited. The deadline to register is February 20. Register online (see link at right) or call 309-547-3711.

Be sure to dress for the weather, as this is an outdoor event. Wear sturdy shoes or boots, bring a walking stick, this is a walking tour. Park at the Spoon River College Arboretum entrance or the Spoon River College Villas and walk to the Arboretum.

In case of inclement weather, this event will be canceled and rescheduled for warmer weather. If you have any questions please contact Christine Belless at or call 309-547-3711.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in any event listed in this news release, contact your local Extension office.