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Know Your Trees

  • Rotary Pavillion Fort Walla Walla Park, Walla Walla WA, 99362 United States (map)

The native plants and trees of Fort Walla Walla make it a special place. Many visitors, after driving through hours of parched desert and miles of treeless farmland, are astounded to find this beautiful valley full of trees, the natives of many of which can found near our streams. 

How did these trees get here? How old are they, and what species are they? How can we help protect these areas? One of our resident tree experts, David Cowles, Walla Walla University professor of biology, will answer these questions and many more. 

Starting at the Fort Walla Walla parking area, and winding through the trees, David will lead a two-mile stroll. On the way, you’ll discover how to tell apart some of our common native and introduced trees, learn of local trees that have a special relationship with insects, visit a Washington State record tree, and identify a blue elderberry tree where we’ll enjoy some French bread and wild elderberry jelly. 

For more information about this event, please contact Lauren Platman at lauren@bmlt.org or 509-525-3136. 


Suitability: Children welcome, great for the family.

Difficulty: Involves 1-2 mile walk.

Things to Bring: Sturdy walking shoes, hat with a brim, sunglasses and sunscreen, refillable water bottle, camera, journal, and sense of adventure. 

Earlier Event: May 18
Upper Dry Creek Ranch Tour
Later Event: May 25
Journey to the Zumwalt