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Tree Identification Workshop


    Rutger's ecologist from the Center for Urban Restoration Ecology, Ms. Jean Epiphan, will conduct an informative workshop on identifying trees and shrubs in specific ways on Saturday, October 1st (Rain date October 8) from 3:00 to 4:30 PM at the Thielke Arboretum. Cost is $5.00 for Arboretum members and $8.00 for non-members.  The registration form is online at  Please register in advance so we can best prepare for your needs.

      Tree and shrub features change with the season.  When in bloom, they may be easy to identify.  But, how about when they are not?  Become a tree detective!  Learn how to ID woody plants by buds, bark characteristics, leaf shape and smell.  Learn what each common species is, how to identify it, and what works best in our northern NJ ecosystems.  Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the expert! 

      And expert she is!  Ms. Jean Epiphan has a rich and varied background in her relationship with nature.  She has held positions as a perennial gardener,  forest ranger, arborist, landscape designer, field biologist, and is currently a Rutger's staff ecologist in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Natural Resources. In addition, Jean still finds time to volunteer her time and expertise to various local non-profit groups in Ridgewood and Glen Rock.  She is currently the volunteer Land Manager for the Thielke Arboretum, where she is creating a native shade garden, including locally native forest trees, shrubs, perennials, and grass-like plants, while highlighting all the ferns native to Bergen County.  

Have a question for Ms. Epiphan?  Come to her very informative tree ID workshop on Sat., 10/1, and/or come volunteer any Saturday.  Ms. Epiphan is there teaching other volunteers, while volunteering herself.