Fall Foliage Walk

Ever wonder why leaves change color so drastically in the fall? Or wanted to know more about about the many varieties of trees that line the streets on your daily walk to school?

This Fall Foliage tour, developed by grad research assistants at the Nature Lab, follows botanist Hope Leeson (Liberal Arts) on a guided tour of the local arboreal life . Enjoy these crisp fall days on this Fall Foliage Walk and familiarize with the local flora and learn more about the ecosystem of which we are a part. Nature is visibly changing in our city streets, walk with us to learn more!

The Honey Locust outside Waterman Building is the first tree in the Fall Foliage Tour.
Leaves of a London Plane Tree up close. This species is often used as a street tree because it can handle a great amount of air pollution with its thick waxy leaves and bark that sheds pollutants. You can see this tree along Benefit Street among other places around College Hill.
Basswood trees boast giant roots that dig into stream banks, stabilizing the earth around it.
The Burning Bush tree is considered an invasive species in New England's forests. Although it has been banned in Massachusetts and New Hampshire it is still widely used in ornamental planting.
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