Tree Discovery Walk in Carlington

Don’t know your spruces from your pines? Local tree expert Owen Clarkin to the rescue! You’ll discover the many different trees species of Carlington, and learn which are native species, what they need to grow and thrive, and how to protect them. 

Using Carlington Park as our living example, the goal of this walk is to share information about the environmental, social, and economic benefits of our urban forest and city parks, and to promote actions and behaviour that will preserve the Park for future generations.

This walk will showcase the surprisingly rich biodiversity present in Carlington Park and the adjacent Clyde Woods. Most of the regional species of trees and shrubs which prefer limestone uplands are present here; this tour will highlight as many of these kinds plants as can conveniently be covered during our available time.

Join our clean-up crew: 
Neighbours will be getting together before the walk to do some clean-up in the park between 11:30 and 12:30.  If you feel like getting your hands dirty, why not come early and join our clean-up crew?
Meet at the Morisset Avenue gates at 11:20 am and we'll get you set up with everything you need.


Meet at the Morisset Avenue gates to Carlington Park, at Morisset and Caldwell Aves.  The walk will visit several sites within the park. 

The tree walk is partly accessible.   Some of the walk will be along a multi-use paved path; other parts of the walk will be on unpaved areas on relatively even ground in a small forested area.

There is more information on the Carlington Park blog at

About the walk leader

Owen Clarkin is Chair of Conservation of the Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club. He has expertise in tree identification and is passionate about trees, with a particular interest in conserving trees native to Eastern Ontario.

Friends of Carlington Hill formed in 2016 over shared concerns about Carlington Park, and the environmentally protected Carlington and Clyde Woods.



Owen Clarkin and Friends of Carlington Hill

Date:Sat May 4, 2019
Time:12:30 PM
Duration: 1 hour
Language: English
Start:Gates to the park at \n Morisset Avenue
Distance:2.0 kms

Parts of this walk will cross natural areas on relatively even ground in a small forested area.

White Spruce is a large coniferous evergreen tree, having needles about 1.5 to 2 cm long that are arranged in a spiral pattern around the twigs. The fruit of the eastern black walnut tree.  The nut is tightly bound to the husk, making the nut difficult to extract. Butternut is a member of the walnut family.  They prefer sunny locations with good drainage, and typically grow 40-60 ft tall. Staghorn sumac with berry clusters (panicles).