MI Big Tree Hunt

Learn about the MI Big Tree Hunt and how it related to the 4-H Children's Garden

Looking for a fun activity to do with the family or friends this summer? Well, look no further than the Michigan Big Tree Hunt. ReLeaf Michigan created the Michigan Big Tree Hunt in 1993 to celebrate our state's beauty and create a fun way to gather information about Michigan's biggest trees. This program, which is sponsored by the Department of Forestry and the Michigan DNR, uses the public to identify Michigan's biggest trees. The public can submit trees to the ReLeaf Michigan website (www.releafmichigan.org) and you can see if a tree in your community is one of Michigan's biggest trees. The website hosts a list of current state champions. If you would like to see some of Michigan's biggest trees, you can use the list and go on your own big tree hunt in your own community. Michigan State actually has quite a few big trees right here on campus, including one in the 4-H Children's Garden. The big tree in the 4-H Children's Garden is a Dawn Redwood and ranks in the top ten for that species in the state. The Department of Forestry is actually photographing these big trees with some pretty cool technology The photos here are of the Dawn Redwood in the 4-H Children's Garden were taken with both leaves on and leaves off. If you're in the garden this summer, make sure to stop by the 4-H Children's Garden and take a look at our big tree and maybe check out some others on campus too!

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