Winter tree identification hike set for Tremont

A new program is inviting people to become knowledgeable on what to look for in keying trees in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is offering a Winter Tree Identification Hike, Saturday, Jan. 17. Pre-registered participants will meet at 8 a.m. at Tremont for this enjoyable day hike with GSMIT’s Executive Director Ken Voorhis to learn how to identify trees in winter using the bark, branches and buds.

“There are many things to learn by looking at the details of a small twig or branch,” Ken said. “The Smokies have a more diverse forest than all of Europe with more than 130 tree and shrub species.”

As participants hike through the Tremont area, Voorhis will stop at choice spots and have participants help determine types of trees and discuss what scientists look for in healthy trees. The hike will last until mid afternoon and participants should bring a sack lunch, water, rain gear and dress warmly. Families are encouraged to attend these programs as long as younger family members do not disrupt the lesson.

The cost is $20 per person. To register, call 448-6709 or email for more information.

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that operates a residential environmental learning center within Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Since 1969 Tremont has provided in-depth experiences to over half a million people of all ages through residential educational programs designed to nurture appreciation of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, celebrate diversity, and foster stewardship.

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