Take a Spring Tree Walk

Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. in Ravenna Cowen Park

Looking down on Ravenna Cowen park trails and stream--trees just starting to leaf out
Trail and stream in Ravenna Cowen Park

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

This walk is in a different part of the park than the one Judith led last October. It is mostly flat but includes some gentle uphills and will illuminate the Olmstead legacy in Seattle parks and plantings.

Please sign up by emailing Cindy Rose at crose1453@gmail.com. The walk will be limited to 8 people, which can include children under 15 as long as they can walk at a moderate pace and are accompanied by an adult. Bring a smart phone or tablet if you have one so you can use the Seattle Tree Walk app and see more information about specific trees. (You may want to download the app ahead of time.)

CAT member Judith Leconte is a City of Seattle Tree Ambassador and will lead the Ravenna Tree Walk. We will start at 10 a.m., meeting at the corner of Brooklyn Ave NE and NE Ravenna Blvd, in front of Cowen Park Grocery. The walk is about a mile and will last about an hour and 45 minutes. 

In the last 20 years the Seattle tree canopy has declined from 35% to 28% as trees have been taken down for development. Trees have not been maintained in public spaces, and there is a great inequity of tree canopy in low income and minority communities. Trees provide oxygen, sequester carbon dioxide and provide shade and 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 are also pictorial scavenger hunts you can use in your own or other neighborhoods!

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

2 Responses

  1. N.Michael Hansen says:

    This is a wonderful idea and field trip. If I weren’t 87 and prone to falls, I’d be eager to sign up, as a 30 year member of UUC.

  2. Judith says:

    N. Michael, thank you for your support of these walks. The Trees for Seattle walks are accessible with assistive devices (canes, walkers and wheelchairs) but may need an assist from another person. I would be happy to help you problem solve how to access the Tree Walks. (You can find me in the UUC Connect Directory.) ~Judith Leconte