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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.


Saturday, November 20, 2021


3:00pm - 6:00pm


Friends of Chamounix Tennis Courts
50 Chamounix Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19131

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 through the Trolley Trail in West 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.

At the end of the hike, we’ll gather in a historic Picnic Pavilion with a fireplace for a fire side chat about tree philosophy with Dan to Tree Man. This is your chance to enjoy complimenty S’mores and ask some final questions… Who knows, you might even stump the expert! (Hardy har!)

Estimated distance: 3.5 miles

Level: moderate to difficult. Some hiking experience recommended

Terrain: combination of flat open parkland and hilly trails

TICKET PRICES:  Pay what you can – $15, $20, or $25

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

PRESENTER(S) BIO: Dan is a certified arborist and Environmentalist with 49 years experience working with trees. He started his career as 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.”

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!