Height: 55 ft
Trunk Diameter: 46”
Spread of Branches: 85 ft
175-225 years old
About the Tree
This tree stands alone in a remote area of the park. With the spread of its branches a lot wider than the tree is tall, its long, swooping branches are like embracing arms. A few of these branches swoop to within feet of the ground, so it is easy to climb onto the lowest branches even without rope.
When I stand back and look towards the crown of a tall tree, I see a quiet retreat. Rope and saddle allow me to span the gap between the ground and the crown. It can feel like visiting another world -- one that very few people will ever visit. Climbing into the branches is how I really connect with a tree. It’s like being the “heart center” of the tree.
In the case of this beautiful bur oak in Woodfield Park, the crown begins just 6ft above the ground. Walking up to this tree under its sheltering branches, you can feel its energy radiating. It is peaceful to simply lay beneath the tree and stare up through its branches. I can spend hours sitting at its base and reading a book.
We pass by numerous trees during our day. Most of them seldom receive a second glance from the people walking by. Other trees stand out and might even become a good acquaintance. This tree is one of those trees that has a character all its own. For me, this tree is a personal friend.
I love to introduce people to this very special tree. I use the tree in our 2-day learn-to-climb classes. I enjoy aerial yoga in silks suspended from the branches. You have the opportunity to climb this tree in our Treetop hosted climbs (Open, Adult, Girl Scout Adventure, Private/Group, Climbing Club).
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As a G.O.T.C. Recognized Facilitator & Master Instructor, I.S.A. Board Certified Master Arborist, and T.C.I.A. Certified Treecare Safety Professional, Curt has spent over 30 years dedicated to the study and care of trees.