Learn to identify winter trees at Abbott’s Mill

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Learn more about winter trees and how to identify them at a hike planned at Abbott’s Mill (Photo courtesy of Abbott’s Mill)

If you have ever taken a hike through the forest in the winter and wondered what kind of trees you may be looking at, Abbott’s Mill Nature Center and Delaware Nature Society are providing you a way to learn more about the trees in our local area. On December 14 from 10 AM until Noon, Mike Valenti, Director of Abbott’s Mill, will guide a hike, identifying some of the beautiful trees along the trails.

The hike will provide techniques to help you identify common native species using bud, bark and tree branch characteristics. The hike will take you through the beautiful forest filled with deciduous and Atlantic White cedar trees along with many others that are common in the area. Enjoy the sound of the coastal stream and take a look at the Garden for Wildlife, an idea garden that is specifically designed to provide native plants, water, cover and baby animal spaces to create a wildlife habitat for butterflies, birds and other small animals.

There is a handicap accessible boardwalk and picnic area at Abbott’s Mill Nature Center. The pond is a public access pond with a boat ramp for personal motor boats, kayaks and canoes. Fishing is permitted but a fishing permit is required for those between the ages of 16 and 64. Although closed to the public during renovations, the exterior of the historic grist mill can be seen nestled against its 20-acre pond, providing a glimpse back at what it may have been like living in the area during the mill’s heyday.  Trails are also pet-friendly.

The cost for the tree identification walk is $12 for adults. Members of Delaware Nature Society receive a 15 percent discount. To register for the walk, visit Delaware Nature Center and fill out the form. The hike is approximately 1.5 miles, so participants should dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes. They are also encouraged to bring their favorite tree identification field guide.

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