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Winter Tree ID Walk at Spoon River College Arboretum

Cold weather may keep some people indoors but it offers the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself with a new adventure and new information. 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 – 3 p.m. 

Most of our native trees lose their leaves in winter, making tree identification both challenging and rewarding this time of year, so it’s a good opportunity to sharpen our skills. Join Extension Horticulture Educator, Ryan Pankau, for a walk around the Spoon River College Arboretum 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. Register online at by February 20 or by calling 309-547-3711. 

Be sure to dress for the weather, as this is an outdoor event. Wear sturdy shoes or boots and bring a walking stick as 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. 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.