On April 9, 2016 VPA partnered with Arizona State Forestry, Arizona State University, Arizona Nursery Association, and many others to help host the second annual Tour de Trees event in the Valley. Last year’s Tour des Trees took place in North Central Phoenix and this year it was held at the Arizona State University Tempe Campus.
During the one-mile free self-guided bike or walk tour, participants weaved through the amazing trees and vegetation of ASU’s Tempe Campus while learning from professional arborists on 11 different topics:
For a complete route map, click here
Tour des Trees ran from 8:30-11:30am and participants were able to use this amazing mobile friendly app (pictured below) created by Deborah Thirkhill from ASU to help people navigate through campus, as well as view photos and information on each tree type. (Thanks, Deborah!) Up to 50 valley residents participated in the event and 35 dwarf figs tree were given away.
VPA’s Executive Director, Aimee Williamson, said of the event, “I hope that this year’s Tour des Trees brought more awareness of the importance of trees and their maintenance and that this will be shared by people with their friends, families, and community.”
(an arborist, in front of a Mesquite tree, teaching a participant about the importance of planting the right tree at the right place)
Tour des Trees was a perfect example of what trees do--bring communities together while providing valuable shade on a warm Arizona Saturday morning. Thank you to all the volunteers and tree lovers that showed up!
And thank you to our tree partners!
http://www.vpaaz.wildapricot.org/resources/Documents/Events/Tour%20de%20Trees/TourdeTrees_FlyerMap_2016.pdf (link to route map and flyer)
http://arcg.is/23fDHcS (link to app)
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