What is ArbLeaf?
ArbLeaf is a leaf collecting adventure set up on our beautiful
West Side (801 Elks Road Entrance). Throughout the property, we have marked 51 unique trees with black signs on the trunk for identification. The program is running from August 16th until October 29th. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm. Allow enough time to walk and collect the number of leaves needed.
Who can participate?
Anyone can participate! Whether you are completing a school assignment, brushing up on your tree ID skills, or simply want to take a different hiking route - ArbLeaf is for you!
How much does it cost?
ArbLeaf is completely free! No charge!
How does it work?
It is simple! Either print the map or pick one up outside the Nature Center in the brochure rack. Start by the Administration Building and follow the map, orange tape, and signs.
How to collect a leaf
Collect leaves from the ground or on the tree. To collect from a tree, follow the instructions below:
First, find the leaf and identify whether it is simple or compound. Follow the stem of the leaf to the branch. Once your finger is at the branch, gently snap the stem backwards and the leaf will snap off. That way, you get the entire leaf sample and do not damage the tree in the process.
Before you arrive
Figure out what type of preservation medium - book, baggies, etc - you would like to utilize.
We find the easiest method to be a large book, such as a telephone book, that can be written in. Put sticky tabs into the book to mark collection pages or parchment paper with the name of the tree printed on it. By doing this beforehand, you do not have to struggle with a pen and can properly space the leaves in order.
If you rather use baggies, make sure to mark baggies before arriving so you do not have to struggle with a marker. Bring a tote or canvas bag to keep your collection in so it does not fly away from you.
Just remember leaves come in all shapes and sizes so you may need large books and baggies.