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TREEmendous Tree Tours

The Wesselman Nature Society will be hosting TREEmendous Tree Tours to showcase the champion trees of Vanderburgh County, on Saturday, November 3.  The tours will include bus tours throughout Vanderburgh County, and walking tours and activities at the Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve.

The Treemendous Tree Tours are brought to you by the Wesselman Nature Society, in partnership with the City of Evansville's Department of Urban Forestry.  The bus tours are generously sponsored by AMERICAN EAGLE TREE SERVICE.

The Evansville area has a wealth of significantly large trees.  Of the 98 local champion trees, 32 are state champions, and 5 are national champions.

The bus tours will include stops at over different 20 trees each.  The west side tour will be a tour of trees in the rural part of the county including the National Champion Redbud, the World Peace Tree, the new huge Osage Orange that was listed, and champions in Oak Hill Cemetery and Burdette Park.  

The east side tour includes the National Champion Catalpa and Princess trees, the Founding Tree, the WWI Douglas Viele Tree, and the Freedom Tree.  The Catalpa is the largest tree of all the champions, and is also the only tree who's location is undisclosed, except for the east side bus tour.  The current Big Tree Register can be found at, or obtained by calling 436-5752.

Knowledgeable tree specialists will guide one hour free walking tours to showcase the champion trees located in Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve at 10 a.m. & 12 p.m.  Times for Bus tours will be 8 a.m.-11 a.m. for the west side of Vanderburgh County, and 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. on the east side of the county.  Bus tour participants may enjoy a lunch, included with a bus tour ticket purchase, in the nature center at 11:15.  A slideshow of significant trees of Vanderburgh County that are not on the tours will be given at 11:15. The slideshow is free, and open to the public. Several family-oriented hands-on tree activities will be offered there as well from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  There will also be a silent auction for raising funds for the printing of a new Big Tree Booklet to be printed in 2013.

The walking tours, slideshow, and family activities at the Nature Center are free to the public. The bus tours are $15 per person for one tour, or $20 per person for both tours, and lunch is included for either tour.  Seating is limited, and is first reserved, first served.  Reservations must be made by calling 479-0771 ext 102 before noon on Friday, November 2 .  Those coming on bus tours should come 15 minutes early to find a place to park and get to the buses on time.  Buses will leave promptly at departure time. There will be no rest stops during either tour, so participants should plan accordingly.  No pets or alcoholic beverages will be allowed on the bus.

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