Tree Seed Photo Challenge Week One

During the month of April, GBLC is holding a Tree Seed Photo Challenge! Each week we will post a photo of a seed and ask you to identify it. When you submit your guess- even if it's right or wrong!- you will be entered into a raffle prize drawing and the winners will be randomly chosen on Arbor Day. For more information about how the challenge works or the prizes, check out our blog post.


Which tree made this seed?

HINT: Each tree has distinctive bark, the texture of this tree's bark helps us to identify it.

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This week's tree was...
Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra)

northern red oak tree

The Northern Red Oak is one of New England's most widespread forest trees. In the spring, it produces flowers that develop into fruits (or acorns) that are popular with many mammals, but are poisonous to humans unless they are processed correctly. Its dark bark is striped with long, smooth plates separated by deep furrows. In the fall, the leaves change colors to crimson, golden-orange, or russet. Learn more about the Northern Red Oak at Native Plant Trust's Go Botany project and at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first Tree Seed Photo Challenge! If you missed it, don't worry! On Monday we will post a new photo of a tree seed, giving you another change to enter into the raffle prize drawing. The final photo challenge will be posted on Monday, April 20th and the winners will be randomly chosen on Arbor Day (Friday, April 24th).

Children and adults are encouraged to join in! If you're looking for more nature-based activities to keep your family busy, check out our list below:


At-home activities for the whole family

Nature bingo from Mass Audubon 

Art and Play Activities from Art Bar

Greenager's Virtual Programs


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tree seed photo