No single view of a tree is a fixed snapshot in time that tells the complete story. Join Michael and discover how trees grow, reproduce, and interact with their environment across days, weeks, seasons, and years and over varying scales—from the intricate details of buds, flowers, leaves, and bark that we use for species identification to the collaborative roles of trees in ecosystems. Learn more about the function and experience the beauty of characteristics such as peeling bark, overwintering buds, lobed or toothed leaves, flowers by the thousands, and seeds that fly on the wind.
Important Note: We will be exploring surrounding natural areas as part of this program. Areas we explore may have uneven/unlevel terrain, variable ground conditions, and require moderate hiking. Unless there is hazardous weather, this program will occur rain or shine. If a program alternative is needed due to hazardous weather, we will contact you by email. Please come with proper footwear, clothing, water, and snacks to keep you safe and comfortable as we may be away from facilities for long periods of time.
As a freelance naturalist, writer, photographer, illustrator and educator, Michael strives to share the science and beauty of natural history in an accessible and compelling fashion through presentations, participatory activities, and outdoor exploration. He writes and teaches about the structure, growth processes, and ecology of trees—including their bark, buds, leaves, roots, and wood—for audiences at all levels of experience, and explores how knowing the natural history of the places we live and love fosters connection and the feeling of home.
Michael earned his masters degree in Conservation Biology from Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. He is the author of Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast and co-author of Drawing Leaves and Trees: Observing and Sketching the Natural World.
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