Brattleboro Museum & Art Center to host tree ID workshop

Michael Wojtech will lead a tree identification workshop on Thursday.

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BRATTLEBORO — A New England naturalist and educator will lead a tree-identification workshop at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center at 7 p.m. Thursday. Admission is free for art center members and youths 18 and under and $5 for all others.

At "Bark! Get to Know Your Trees," Michael Wojtech will teach participants to identify trees by their bark. The traits usually used to describe trees — leaves, twigs and buds — are often hard to see or seasonally absent. According to Wojtech, bark is an ideal marker of tree species because it is always visible in every season. Wojtech will explain why such a wide variety of bark types exist, from smooth bark to bark that is thick, broken or peeling.

Wojtech holds a master's degree in conservation biology from Antioch University New England. He lives in western Massachusetts and travels widely to present programs and workshops.

Wojtech is the author of "Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast" and the co-author with artist Julia Kuo of "Drawing Trees and Leaves: Observing and Sketching the Natural World." The art center will have copies of both books for sale at the workshop and Wojtech will conclude the workshop with a book-signing. This event is presented in conjunction with "Mar a Elena Gonz lez: Tree Talk," on view at the art center through Feb. 9, 2020. "Tree Talk" is a multimedia installation that uses video, sound, drawing, sculpture and collage to capture the spiritual essence of the birch tree.

The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center is in historic Union Station at the intersection of Main Street and routes 119 and 142. Support is provided by its members and Allen Bros. Oil, Brattleboro Savings & Loan, C&S Wholesale Grocers, the Four Columns Inn, Sam's Outdoor Outfitters and Whetstone Station Restaurant & Brewery. For more information, call 802-257-0124 or visit: