Join The Effort to Establish the Forest Park Arboretum
Please plan to attend the training workshops on April 13th and 23rd… you will learn some great things along the way. Please register for this event at the bottom of the page.
This year, Regreen Springfield will be working with the City of Springfield Parks Department and the Forestry Division to establish the “Forest Park Arboretum”, which will provide an educational showcase for highlighting the beauty and diversity of the trees and plants growing in the Park. As part of the effort to create the arboretum, we are inviting you to help identify and record information on the first 200 trees that we will archive. We will teach you the basics of tree identification and lead you out into the Park as we map and collect information on the trees found growing in selected sections of the Park.
Once you complete the training session and help collect information on trees in the Park, you will be designated as a ‘Arboretum Assistant’, for inclusion in the official application that the City will be submitting for designation as a Level III accredited arboretum. This is a first for Springfield and represents an opportunity for you to play a key role in helping create one of New England’s finest arboretums.
Here are details on the Arboretum Assistant Workshops–
Tree Identification Workshop — Wednesday, April 13th — 6:00 – 7:30 PM
This session will introduce you to the basics of Tree Identification and how to document information about trees for inclusion in the official arboretum database and Visitor’s Guide. The session will be held at Regreen Springfield, One Federal Street, Springfield. (Just across from the main entrance to Springfield Technical Community College)
Field Session to Collect Tree Data — Saturday, April 23rd — 9:00 -11:30 AM
This session includes the collection of information, photographs and measurements on 200 trees in Forest Park. Don’t worry, we will divide the work up among teams to make the work manageable, enjoyable and rewarding. We will meet at Forest Park at the Rose Garden gazebo, which is near the Zoo inside the park.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER – Please let us know that you will attending the workshop sessions. Registration is required so that we can have resource materials available for all attendees.