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Tree Tour & Fireside Chat with Dan the Tree Man

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


Sunday, May 22, 2022


10:00am - 1:00pm


Woodford Mansion
2300 N. 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19132

HIKE (2-4 pm)
Did you know that there are over 100 species of trees in the Fairmount Park system? Let’s take a hike to meet a few! Join arborist Dan O’Donnell, aka: “Dan the Tree Man” for a tree huggers hike on the Boxer’s Trail in East Park.

On this hike, we’ll learn to identify trees usually found in Philly’s urban forest from the leaves, the bark. We’ll take time to observe the body language of trees – why they grow the way they grow, and what we can learn about the life of the forest. And we’ll pepper our conversation with tree trivia related to history, culture, economy and uses. The first step towards stewardship is learning the name of what you care for. You’ll finish the tour a bit more empowered to care about Philly’s trees.

Estimated distance: 3.5 miles
Level: moderate to difficult. Some hiking experience recommended
Terrain: combination of flat open parkland and hilly trails

At the end of the hike, we’ll gather for a fire & ice(cream) social! Attendees will receive a complimentary ice cream serving, along with hot chocolate & S’mores. This is your chance to build communi-tree with other nature lovers and ask Dan some final questions. Who knows… you might even stump the expert! (Hardy har!)

TICKET PRICES: Pay what you can – $15, $20, or $25
[ Not sure what to pay? Please refer to this Sliding Scale Pricing FAQ for additional info. ]

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS: 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!


  • Appropriate for adults and families with children ages 12 & up. Minors must be ticketed and accompanied by an adult.
  • Please dress according to weather conditions.
  • Please bring your own water and snacks (drinking water is not available in the park)
  • There are bathrooms available at the beginning and end of the hike if absolutely necessary

there is plenty of free parking along Woodford’s back driveway. 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.

PRESENTER BIO: Dan is a certified arborist and Environmentalist with 49 years experience working with trees. He started his career as a tree surgeon. After being mentored by Dr. Alex Shigo, a renowned plant pathologist with the United States Forest Service, Dan shifted his focus to becoming an arborist. He received his Arborist certification from the International Society of Arboriculture and has been a lifelong member of the ISA and one of the founding members of the Penn-Del Chapter. Dan is open about the grave environmental threats that are impacting tree populations, but he still keeps a positive spirit. As Dan says, “When I wake up and watch the sun rise through white oaks and beeches, I know we’re lucky to be here.”

This event will take place in light rain or snow. In the event of heavy rain, snow, or other severe conditions, the event will be cancelled and attendees are eligible for a full refund.