Sat 12/23 @ 2PM
Why should fir and spruce get all the attention during Christmas season? Fight pernicious “conifer privilege” as a Cleveland Metroparks expert will dig up the dirt on the plight of the chestnut tree at the Rocky River Nature Center.
Once acclaimed in song and poetry as a spreading mainstay of eastern forests, the American chestnut was nearly wiped out. For once the villain wasn’t rapacious loggers but a fungus parasite. Naturalist Marty Calabrese will tell the story of how humans have been part of the solution this time in reviving this famous flora. They turned over a new leaf, one might say.
Admission is free, and all ages are welcome.