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Identifying Leaves

09/29/2020 | Seasons, Homework Help

The Secret Life of Trees

Have you been assigned making a leaf collection yet? If you have started your collection already but haven't identified the leaves yet, here are some websites and books that will help you figure out the names of the trees your leaves came from. If you haven't started collecting yet Butler University and Crown Hill Cemetery right here in Indianapolis are great places to get started. They each provide printable maps and information to make your visit successful.


Local Places to Find Leaves:

If you haven't started your collection yet or want to add to what you already have, there are two great places you can go in Indianapolis to find leaves, Crown Hill Cemetery and Butler University. Both places have websites you can go to for maps and directions. They even label the trees so that you know for sure what kind of leaf you have. Put on some old shoes and go on a leaf hike. The sun is shining, you get a map, the trees are labelled - Easy A!

Crown Hill Cemetery Logo

Crown Hill Cemetery
700 West 38th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
Phone: 317-925-3800

Butler University
4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Phone: 317-940-9413 or 317-940-8302

  • Butler University Friesner Herbarium Tree Walk

Memorial Stadium, Indiana State University
3300 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803101 Trees of Indiana
The "Indiana Veterans Memorial Mile" is a one mile walking trail around Indiana State University's Memorial Stadium located at Wabash and Brown Avenues on the Historic National Road.


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Trees of Indiana - How to Identify Leaves for an A+ Collection

Did you collection your leaves? Here are a dozen books to help you figure out the names of the trees your leaves came from. It is actually not as hard as it might sound. Different kinds of trees actually have very different leaves. You will be able to tell an oak from a maple from a walnut in no time! #indyplkids IndyPL_CarrieW

101 Trees of Indiana

A Field Guide

Jackson, Marion T.

Don't miss a single tree native to Indiana, with descriptions, drawings and color photos.


Butterfield, Moira/ Chen, Vivian Mineker (ILT)

Did you know that trees can talk to each other? Or that the oldest living thing is a tree? Let the ancient and mysterious Oakheart, the oldest and wisest tree in the forest, lead you through this beautiful guide to trees. Learn all about how they grow and survive, the many different types, why they are so important to humans, and tree folklore from around the world. Oakheart knows all the trees&; secrets, and he&;s going to share them with you!

Trees of Indiana

Wampler, Maryrose

This book shows each tree species as it looks in its natural setting plus paintings of each tree's the flowers, fruit or nuts, leaves, and a winter twig. Most of Indiana's approximately 100 native trees are included.