The Woods was a no-man’s land of tangled trees, brush, and debris when it was acquired in 2013.  Today the area provides a shady park-like setting for visitors to enjoy.  More than 30 different kinds of trees attract a variety of woodland birds and a few species of mammals.  Enjoy a leisurely walk through the woods as you look at the interesting variety of trees and animals.  How many can you identify?

Red Headed Woodpecker

Photo:  Watch out for beautiful Red-headed Woodpeckers as they fly from tree to tree searching for food.  Courtesy of D. Mosher, Mount Vernon Nazarene University. 


LEARN MORE  about the Woods on the Ariel-Foundation Park main site!


A special thanks to the students of the Field Botany class at Mount Vernon Nazarene University who wrote the reports on the various kinds of trees found in The Woods. These students include Chandler Cook, Grace Hall, Emily Kauble, Keith Kitchen, Madison Lotz, Kevin Maurer, Christina Norcross, Caroline Phillips, Dakoda Ramsey, Jacob Schott, Emily Smith, and Katelyn Stone.

All photos linked in this Learning Station courtesy of D. Mosher, Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Appendix I

Plant surveys were done by the Field Botany class at Mount Vernon Nazarene University during the fall semester of 2016.  A summary of the class surveys for woody plants and herbaceous plants is available.