During the month of July and August, ReGreen Springfield is conducting a Tree Identification Scavenger Hunt, which will provide an opportunity to win prizes. Trees in parks across the city have been flagged, with a ‘tree tag’ which provides information on the logistics of the event. The idea is to have residents travel to various parks and try to identify the genus and/or species of the trees that are flagged.
The flagged trees are a variety of species, and the first person to find each flag and correctly identify 10 trees will win a new tree, to be planted by ReGreen Springfield at the location of your choice.
PRIZES for the Adventurers! The first ten people to correctly identify 5 trees will receive a copy of “Tree Finder: A Manual for Identification of Trees by their Leaves (Eastern US) (Nature Study Guides).”
Instructions: Just use the interactive map below to find the parks where the trees are located. Zoom on a park symbol to find the specific location of your scavenger hunt tree and note it’s location and surrounding features, then visit the park and look for the tree tag (just like the one above) hanging from the scavenger hunt tree, identify the tree species and submit your entry online using the button below the map.
List of Tree Locations:
- Nathan Bill Park
- Marshall Roy Park
- Van Horn Park
- Calhoun Park
- Emily Bill Park
- Old First Church
- Merrick Park
- Winchester Square
- Blunt Park
- Brookings School Traffic Island at Walnut Street
- Gunn Square
- Johnny Appleseed Park (Stebbins Park)
- Sixteen Acres Library
- Wilbraham Road and Roosevelt Ave Traffic Island
- Roosevelt Ave and Island Pond Road Traffic Island
- Barrow’s Playground
- Forest Park – Near Duck Pond Parking Area
- Forest Park – Near arbors in vicinity of Dinosaur Tracks