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Tree Tour and Hike at FDR Park

Take a TREE-mendous tour of our park’s biggest and most abundant assets


Saturday, September 11, 2021


9:00am - 12:00pm


FDR Park
1500 Pattison Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Did you know that there are over 100 species of trees in our park system? Join arborist Robert Heiskell for a tree huggers hike around the lakes & meadow habitats of FDR Park. Despite being our world’s largest plants that dominate the landscape, trees are often hidden in plain sight and remain a mystery to us. Rob will unlock the mystery by identifying and sharing info about some of the standout trees standing tall in our park. Come on a hiking tour of some tree-mendous trees! 

Pay what you can – $15, $20, or $25 

[ Not sure what to pay? Please refer to this Sliding Scale Pricing FAQ for additional info. ]


– Please dress according to weather conditions.
– Please wear sturdy shoes suitable for hiking
– Bring water and a snack
– Bring bug spray and sunscreen 
-There are nearby bathrooms (port-a-potties)
-Appropriate for adults & mature adolescents (minors must be ticketed and accompanied by a guardian)

PARKING: there is plenty of free parking in the park. As always, NEVER leave valuables in your car! 

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: By registering for this event you are agreeing to follow ALL of these protocols:

-This event has limited capacity. Please only register if you fully intend to attend and let us know if you need to cancel ASAP.
-Participants must maintain 6 feet of distance from one another during the event.
-Please bring a mask. We encourage you to wear it if you’re in proximity to others.
-If you or anyone in your household are exhibiting COVID-19 systems, please stay home.

POSTPONEMENT / CANCELLATION POLICY: Light rain or shine. Rescheduled in the case of severe weather

PRESENTER(S) BIO: Rob feels at home among trees. And he’s been lucky enough for trees to be his workplace as well! A certified arborist for the last ten years, Rob’s professional life has taken him to the tip top of an elm outside Independence Hall to the wild Paw Paw groves near Conowingo Dam. Once upon a time, Rob climbed trees everyday. These days, he mostly looks at them and uses his knowledge of tree biology and structure to assess whether or not a tree is hazardous. He finds joy in appreciating trees with other people, sharing his knowledge (a work-in-progress), and uncovering the common patterns and unique diversity in every individual tree.

If Philadelphia’s parks make a difference in your life – consider becoming a member of Fairmount Park Conservancy and help ensure that Philadelphia’s parks are enhanced for generations to come. PLUS members register first for events and enjoy discounts on park experiences including Treetop Quest, Shofuso and more! https://myphillypark.org/support/become-a-member/