Winter Tree Identification At Prince William Forest Park
Sponsored by VNPS Potowmack Chapter and the Prince William Wildflower Society
Prince William Forest Park Visitor’s Center
VNPS programs are free and open to the public.
RSVP and information:
An arboreal meeting place, Prince William Forest Park features species of trees at their northern- and southern-most limits, as well as representatives from both the Coastal Plain and the Piedmont physiographic provinces. The winter landscape affords visitors an unobstructed view of the rich, diverse ecosystems that exist in the Park, and accentuates many characteristics of woody plants that help with identification in all seasons. Following the indoor training session, Elizabeth Rives will lead the group on a leisurely 1-2 mile hike over sloping terrain to practice the basics of winter tree identification. Along the way she will relate the vast natural and cultural history of the Park.
Instructor: Elizabeth Rives
Elizabeth Rives is an environmental educator and winter woody plant identification instructor based in Virginia, teaching winter woody plant identification for multiple local organizations. As an Arlington-Alexandria Tree Steward and a Casey Trees Citizen Forester, Ms. Rives has conducted tree identification surveys, advised on tree care and maintenance, and researched native flora.