Visit your parks and other public spaces, and get to know some of our most beautiful and historic trees at the same time. Win points by finding specific trees around the City and answering an observational question while at the tree. You can Tree Hunt whenever you have time throughout the month of October— choose a tree on the list and make an outing out of it! Top point earners will win prizes that the whole family can enjoy thanks to The Local, Eppie's, Splendora's, and Southern States.
1. Find each tree on the list below and write the answer to the question in the blank. Each correct answer is worth one point. Highest number of points, including up to 16 extra credit points, wins!
2. The list of trees and questions can be downloaded here, so you can write your answers on the form.
3. When you are finished, mail the form or another piece of paper with the trees you found, your answers, your extra credit information and your contact information to: Tree Commission, Parks Division, 1300 Pen Park Rd., Charlottesville, Va., 22901. Must be postmarked by Nov. 1!
4. Limited extra credit points available as follows:
- Up to 4 extra points: 1 point per child under 12 on Tree Hunt. Write their first names and ages under the tree they visited.
- Up to 3 extra points: 1 point per non-car (walking, biking, or public transportation) travel to trees. Write alternative mode under tree visited.
- Up to 9 extra points: 1 point per piece of trash picked up and disposed of on your journey. Name trash item under tree visited.
5. Winners contacted, and announced on this site on Nov. 15. Ties resolved through a random drawing.
Trees To Find and Questions to Answer
(also available to download and print here)
Q: Find the Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) in Quarry Park off Monticello Ave/Rt. 20. You can’t miss it since the tree is almost bigger than the park. How many picnic tables are under the tree?
Q: Find the Basswood (Tilia americana) at the corner of East Market and 1st Street N. inside Lee Park. What is unusual about the tree’s trunk?
Q: Find the Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) called the Pratt Ginkgo on the UVa campus, between the Rotunda and University Chapel. If you walk around the tree what two metal items do you see?
Q: Find the Black Walnut (Juglans nigra) in Pen Park, behind the square at the end of Pen Park Rd. Start walking on the path toward the three-door garage, take the first left, and it will be on your right. Describe the unusual scar on the backside of the tree, or find a walnut and describe what it smells like.
Q: Find the Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) in Oakwood Cemetery. Turn off Elliot Avenue going north on 1st Street S. Walk a short distance on the lane into the cemetery to find the cedar on your right. From a nearby gravestone, when was Lucy Jay Bland born?
Q: Find the Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera) in McIntire Park East (golf and wading pool side) next to the short side of the rectangular playground. With your back to the parking lot, what do you see about half way up the tree?
Q: Find the White Oak (Quercus alba) in Forest Hills Park between Forest Hills Avenue and the water park. It has been designated a Landmark Tree by what local tree conservation organization (see nearby sign)?
Q: Find the Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa), the largest tree in Maplewood Cemetery, Charlottesville’s oldest public cemetery. What are two different signs of human activity on the tree?
Q: Find the stair step rows of Serviceberries (Amelanchier canadensis) in Washington Park, by walking toward the recreation building to the left of the swimming pool. How many serviceberries are there?