MDC offers Forest Park walk Oct. 24 to explore the park’s trees

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Did you know neighborhoods with well-shaded streets can be up to 10 degrees cooler in summer than neighborhoods without trees?  Or that tree-lined streets may be an antidote to stressful driving situations?  How about the fact that a 10 percent increase in trees in a neighborhood can reduce crime by 12 percent?

These are some of the benefits of trees, along with many others, that will be explored during the Trees Work! Walk hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) in Forest Park Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 3:30-5 p.m.

The naturalist-lead walk program is free and open for ages 10 and up. The stroll will take place around the Muny Opera grounds and examine how trees work for both people and animals. Bringing a smartphone is recommended to enhance the experience. The group will meet at the Culver Pavilion. Participants should dress for the weather and wear shoes suitable for walking in the park for up to an hour and half. 

Trees Work! Walk is a great way to discover how much influence trees and nature have even in an urban environment.  To register for the program, or to get more information, call 314-877-6014.

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