Saturday, April 30, 2011

Explore Atlanta’s Biggest Trees on Guided “Champion Tree Forest Walk” with Fernbank Museum

Fernbank Museum of Natural History will offer a special Forest Walk on May 8 to showcase the Champion Trees that live in Fernbank Forest. Champion Trees are awarded as part of a program with Trees Atlanta, recognizing Atlanta’s largest trees of each species that are found inside I-285.

The Champion Tree Forest Walk will be offered Sunday, May 8 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., offering a great way to celebrate nature in Fernbank’s old-growth forest. This 2-hour walk is led by Fernbank’s Environmental Education Programs Manager, Eli Dickerson, and is appropriate for ages 10 and up.

The Champion Tree Forest Walk begins at Fernbank Museum’s Dinosaur Entrance Plaza and ventures into the heart of Fernbank Forest on a tour of several Champion Trees. Fernbank Museum is located at 767 Clifton Road in Atlanta.

“Though many of the dozen or so champions are far off trail, the group will get to encounter a few of these champion trees up close and personal as we saunter beneath the 140-foot canopy,” Dickerson said. “Participants will also learn how to measure and nominate champions of their own. This is a true ‘citizen science’ project and we need help from the public to find more champion trees!”

The Champion Tree Forest Walk is a free program offered in partnership with Trees Atlanta and makes a great Mother’s Day activity. Please note that there are no facilities in the forest and all participants will need to stay with the group for the entire walk. Space is limited and advanced registration is strongly encouraged. For more information and to register, please email

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