Ancient Trees at the Urban Boundary


The margin between urban and rural areas is an area of constant change. In most cities, development rapidly gobbles up rural land, including its forests. In Lexington, Kentucky, strict land use regulations have slowed this trend.  It is at the edge of the city that we can most closely watch and learn from the impacts of development and other land use changes on our Venerable Trees.

Please join us on Saturday, February 4 as we explore the city’s edge. We will explore the fascinating Coldstream complex, a diverse area of developed and agricultural land that is home to a remarkable population of ancient trees. Katherine Shaw and Tom Kimmerer will tell the fascinating history of the area, and we will together explore the unique biology of these ancient trees and their habitat. We will also help you hone your winter tree identification skills.

Registration is required, but there is no fee. To register, send an email to, and provide your name, number of people in your party, your email, and a phone number where you can be reached. We will then send you detailed information about the course. Right now, the weather forecast is for temperatures in the 50s and overcast. If that changes for the worse, we may reschedule the course.

People of all ages are invited. The walking will be easy, and the terrain not very rough. Children are welcome with adult supervision. Well-behaved dogs on a leash are also welcome, though cats and parakeets are not.

We hope to see you on the fourth. 


The Coldstream Complex