Como Park Tree Trek

The D10 Environment Committee hosts Tree Treks where community members can learn how to identify and appreciate the multitude of different tree species living in Como Park. Volunteer tree expert Stephanie Mirocha is our fabulous second-generation Tree Trek guide (her father was the original Tree Trek Guide).

Fall Como Tree Trek - October 2, 2021

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 2, 10am–Noon, for the D10 Environment Committee’s Fall Tree Trek!

This walking tour will be led by Minnesota Master Naturalist Stephanie Mirocha. She will provide fascinating facts, uses, and histories of many of the diverse tree species in the park.

The event is free, but please register in advance. Attendance will be limited to 25 participants.

Dress for walking and the weather and meet at the Eastern end of the Butterfly Parking Lot (adjacent to the Labyrinth – just across the pedestrian bridge on the west side of Lexington Parkway – map below).

If necessary, this event will conform to any current COVID-19 safety precautions required by the City of Saint Paul. Check for these at Saint Paul Parks & Recreation COVID-19 Updates (stpaul.gov)

Self-Guided Tree Identification Trek

In addition to the planned events each year, the Tree Trek program has also created and installed Tree Tags on numerous trees around Como Park. We’re currently working on greatly expanding the number of species that the tags identify and updating materials to help people take themselves on a “self-guided Tree Trek” any time they’d like! We’ll update this page when there’s more to report on this effort, and you’ll surely see updates mentioned in our weekly newsletter.

The Environment Committee of the Como Community Council, as part of its educational activity, has organized a self-guided, pictorial tree identification program. Our intention is to introduce Como Park users to the variety of interesting tree flora in the park, some of which are quite unique. Understanding some of our tree species will lead to a greater appreciation of the botanical treasures found in the park. The location of each tree can be found on the accompanying map (click here to download PDF).

The original Tree Trek was created in 2011 by committee member Chet Mirocha. A decade later (after Chet’s passing), his daughter Stephanie revived the Trek. The committee is in the process of doubling the number of trees that are identified and will be available in the self-guided tour in 2021.

The trees that you will find on the identification trek are:

  • Austrian Pine
  • Black Locust
  • Black Walnut
  • Bur Oak
  • Catalpa
  • Douglas Fir
  • Green Ash
  • Hackberry
  • Honey Locust
  • Kentucky Coffee
  • Magnolia
  • Mulberry
  • Ohio Buckeye
  • Ponderosa Pine
  • Red Oak
  • Scotch Pine
  • White Fir
  • White Pine