1-28-2017 Winter Tree Mapping

Jan 19, 2017 by

We will launch our 2017 Calendar of Events with the next session of our ongoing Citizen Science Project, Tree Mapping in Glen Providence Park! Volunteers have been cataloging and digitally mapping the park’s trees since 2011, contributing to a worldwide database. We document the species, diameter, location, and other data for individual trees in the park.

The data is entered on PhillyTreeMap, a subsection of the worldwide OpenTreeMap, a web-based map database of trees. As of January 2016, we have identified 54 species of trees in the park. You can see the latest map showing Glen Providence Park on PhillyTreeMap.

No experience necessary! Our plant gurus Marcia Tate and Shannon Davidson will guide us – come out to learn about tree identification and the many benefits that trees provide to our community and the environment.

Citizen Science: Winter Tree Mapping

Saturday, January 28
2:00-4:00 pm
Rain/snow date Sunday, January 29, 2:00-4:00 pm
* Park entrance at 3rd Street & Kirk Lane in Upper Providence *


  • * Please note the location- we are starting at the Upper Providence entrance at Third Street and Kirk Lane. *
  • Estimated time: 2 hours
  • Free!
  • If you have a smartphone, it would be helpful to download the OpenTreeMap app – it’s the easiest way to add trees to the database. We’ve found that the app burns through phone batteries quickly – so if you have one, an external phone battery would be a great idea.
  • Be prepared for steep hills, and uneven (possibly wet) terrain: wear your hiking shoes, and bring a hiking pole if you use one.
  • Bring binoculars, tree ID guides, & measuring tape if you have your own, but not necessary.
  • If the weather is questionable on Saturday morning, we will post on our website and Facebook by 12:00 noon whether we will use the Sunday rain date. 

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