The Kenwood Press
: 01/15/2014

JLSP celebrates New Year of the Trees



On Jan. 18, Jack London State Historic Park will honor Jack’s Oak, The Grandmother Tree, and all the trees that are a part of the park’s 1,400 scenic acres, with a special nature hike celebrating “The New Year of the Trees.” Although inspired by the Jewish holiday occurring in January, Tu Bishvat (literally “new year of the trees”), which speaks to the renewal of nature, this is a non-religious event to honor and appreciate the trees in their native environment. In modern-day Israel the holiday is now promoted as an ecological awareness day and trees are planted.

A slow ecological ramble through the park will be led by naturalist John Lynch. In addition, the results of various tests determining the fate of Jack’s Oak, will be announced. The New Year of the Trees is an opportunity to gather as a community to once again celebrate both this most important tree, and all the others that make up the park.

This special hike is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hikers should meet in the upper ranch parking area (turn right at kiosk.) Donations of $10 are requested. A $10 parking fee is collected at the entrance kiosk. Advance reservations can be made online at jacklondonpark.com. For questions or more information call 938-5216. 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen.