Winter Tree Identification virtual DAY in the WOODS Resources now available

Our November 13, A DAY in the WOODS program Winter Tree Identification was offered virtually via Zoom Webinar.  

Recording of the PowerPoint presentation with Dave Apsley, OSU Extension and Jim Downs, Hocking College

Topics included in this presentation:

  • twigs, buds, fruit and other characteristics,
  • using bark to identify trees
  • resources available to aid in Winter Tree Identification

PDF of PowerPoint with notes: Winter ID Virtual 2020

PDF of PowerPoint without notes: Winter ID Virtual 2020 no notes

Link to playlist of short bark clips: bark id short clips  (note these are currently being uploaded, check this link soon)

Link to Tree ID short videos:



Fall is in the air, and many of the trees in Southeastern Ohio have already shed their leaves. This makes tree identification more difficult, but there are still many clues that you can use to identify trees in their leafless state.

Dave Apsley (Ohio State University Extension) and Jim Downs (Hocking College) will provide you with the information and tips to help you to differentiate among the variety of trees on your property in the coming winter months.    This program will take place from 10:00 to 11:30 am, and participants in this program will:

  • Learn to use bud and twig characteristics to identify trees
  • Become familiar with many tree fruits like acorns and other clues that can be found on the ground
  • Begin to develop an eye for bark to aid in winter tree identification




“A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, USDA-Forest Service (Northern Research Station, State and Private Forestry and the Wayne NF), USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Vinton-Hocking-Athens Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Central State University Extension, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Pixelle Specialty Solutions, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, the Ruffed Grouse Society, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee. Since 2012, “A Day in the Woods” has offered 70 programs with more than 100 presenters for nearly 3,000 woodland owners and enthusiasts just like you.

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