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Tree ID Workshop
with Matt Thatcher and Noel Deyette

Saturday, October 14, 10am - 12pm

Valentino Family Community Forest

Grafton, NY

$10 suggested donation; 
any amount is welcome. 

Pre-registration required - space is limited, so register early.
To register, click on the link below. 

This Event is Sold Out!


About this outing
Have you ever walked in a forest and wondered about the trees and the impacts they have on the surrounding forest? You are invited to join outing leaders Matt Thatcher and Noel Deyette for a hike at Valentino Family Community Forest to learn more about the trees that call our forests home. Along with the basics of tree identification, this outing will cover some basic forestry practices and ecology principles.

What to expect & what to bring

This outing will involve 2 hours of mostly on-trail walking. There will be some periods of stopping to gather around trees. Bring water and snacks. Make sure to dress in warm layers and wear sturdy, warm, weather-appropriate footwear.

About the outing leaders

Matt Thatcher is a graduate of SUNY-ESF Ranger school and currently working as a biologist technician doing water quality work under an environmental consultant. He has led several outings for RPA in the past few years.

Noel Deyette is currently employed as a Physical Scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey NYWSC Soil and Low-Ionic-Strength Water Quality Laboratory. Her background includes a M.S. and a B.S. in Environmental Science and she has worked on a diverse array of projects including the following study areas: hydrology, watersheds research, tree growth changes resulting from acidic deposition and climate change, wetland delineation, aquatic biota surveys, forest soil health, surface water quality, air quality, quality assurance (QA) and long-term trends through atmospheric deposition monitoring (as part of the QA team for the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP)).


If you have questions or would like more information, contact Kim at

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