Have you ever wondered why bark has different textures, colors and smells? Join naturalist Lorie Volenberg for a 20-minute program and a guided hike, where she will talk about how these differences may have evolved and the resulting niches they created. You will quickly discover that there is more to bark than meets the eye! Bark is a part of a bigger role than just protecting the tree! On the hike, you will have a chance to observe these little worlds with a hand lens so you can get up close and personal in seeing what types of insects, moss, lichens and fungi live on different tree barks.
Meet at the picnic tables by the Graham Cave Trail trailhead in the lower parking lot for the program. The hike will be on our very beautiful Fern Ridge Trail, which is 0.3 miles long and rated moderately difficult. We will provide hand lenses (or you may bring your own).
We encourage you to dress in layers, wear closed-toe shoes and bring a bottle of water. Insect repellent is strongly recommended.