University of Illinois Extension
Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Master Gardeners and Naturalists have
partnered with Spoon River College in Canton to offer a Winter Tree
ID Walk on Monday, February 24, 1 – 3 p.m.
Most of our native trees lose their leaves in winter, making tree
identification both challenging and rewarding this time of year, so
it’s a good opportunity to sharpen our skills. Join Extension
Horticulture Educator, Ryan Pankau, for a walk around the Spoon
River College Arboretum to learn some tips and tricks that will
boost your winter tree ID skills. Ryan will also present additional
information beyond identification about each tree on the walk,
including planting recommendations, performance as an urban tree,
native status, insect and disease issues, as well as tips for
providing the best tree care possible for your own trees.
Ryan has over two decades of experience as a forester and arborist,
building his lifelong love of trees into the career he enjoys today.
He has experience with forest restoration and management as well as
care of individual trees in the urban setting.
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In recent years, Ryan has focused on integrating the concepts of
ecology into the management of plants in the built environment to create more
resilient landscapes that better support the native flora and fauna of Illinois.
Registration is required and space is limited. Register online at
by February 20 or by calling 309-547-3711.
Be sure to dress for the weather, as this is an outdoor event. Wear sturdy shoes
or boots and bring a walking stick as this is a walking tour. Park at the Spoon
River College Arboretum entrance or the Spoon River College Villas and walk to
In case of inclement weather, this event will be canceled and rescheduled. If
you have any questions please contact Christine Belless at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call
If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in any event listed in
this news release, contact your local Extension office.
[Christine Belless, Program