Take a Tree Walk

Parent and child walk in Seattle's Ravenna park in the fall

Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. in Ravenna Park

UUC’s Climate Action Team (CAT) invites you to take a Tree Walk with Judith Leconte in Ravenna Park. Come get to know some of the trees which make up our Emerald City’s tree canopy!

CAT member Judith Leconte is a City of Seattle Tree Ambassador and will lead our walk, which will be moderately paced, cover about 1½ miles and will last about an hour and a half. Please sign up for the walk, by contacting Cindy Rose at crose1453@gmail.com. Upon sign up we will give you the starting point and directions to access the electronic walk summary on your phone or iPad. We have paper copies of the summary as well. Each walk will be limited to 8 people. Children should be accompanied by an adult.

In the last 20 years the tree canopy has reduced from 35% to 28% as trees have been taken down for development. Trees have not been maintained in public spaces, and there is great inequity for tree canopy in low income and minority communities. Trees provide oxygen, sequester carbon dioxide, provide shade, sanctuary for people and habitat for birds and wildlife. Now it is important to to look at our green resource and make plans for protecting and increasing the tree canopy.

If it does not work for you to go on this tree walk, look for more walks at seattle.gov/tree-walks, where you can download the map, photos, and directions for over 60 walks you may take yourself in many different neighborhoods of Seattle. There’s even a Seattle Tree Walk app for your phone! For families there are pictorial scavenger hunts you could use for a walk in your own neighborhood.

Five screen shots from the Seattle Tree Walk app
Screen shots from the Seattle Tree Walk app