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University City, Philadelphia
You must register at 215-299-1060 to participate in this field study.

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Getting to the Core of Historic Trees

Saturday Jun 23 11:00 AM-2:00 PM

Learn about the historic trees in the Woodlands Cemetery and help botanist Dr. David Hewitt conduct his research.

Famous gravestones and extraordinary trees are right here in Philadelphia! Join us to learn about the collection of historically important trees at the Woodlands Cemetery, where prominent Philadelphians, like Drexel family members and painter Thomas Eakins, are laid to rest. Participate in an ongoing research project with Dr. David Hewitt, an Academy research associate, who is taking tree cores of these significant specimens to accurately age them. We’ll walk the property, discuss its history and horticulture, and take a core of one of the historic trees. Then we’ll head inside to examine a tree core close up and enjoy some light refreshments.

  • $20 members, $25 nonmembers
  • Maximum 20 participants
  • Teachers can earn three Act 48 credits

This field study is being held in coordination with and on the property of The Woodlands Historic Mansion, Cemetery & Landscape in University City, Philadelphia. (Photo credit: Steven Minicola, University of Pennsylvania.)

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