Be more aware of the little things in life – see and enjoy the diversity and beauty of the life and colors on a tree – and share it with others.

  • Bugs are sitting on wonderfully patterned bark
  • Lichen grow in different colors and forms
  • Leaves grow and change their colors
  • Birds sing on the branches and build their nests
  • Flowers bloom close to the roots
  • and so on and so forth

How to start:

  1. Pick a tree – either one you like a lot or one that you see every day on your way to work or that happens to live on your balcony.
  2. Observe it: every day or once a week or less. What grabs your attention? What kind of animals are and what kind of plants grow on it?
  3. Write about your observation, make sketches or take photographs and share it with us.

How to participate:

  1. Write a post on your own blog and send the link – Please read this blog entry about how to share your posts on this blog
  2. Write to me at tty (at) raebeer (.) ch – I can make you an author on this blog.
  3. Go to the facebook page  “The Tree Year” and share. (Page deleted in June 2016)
  4. If you have a twitter account use the hashtag #treeyear to publish your posting

This is a start – we’ll see what grows…
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60 Responses to Participate

  1. Nicole says:

    Would love to join, but the few trees we have here look the same all year around (I kid you not).

  2. Katie says:

    Interesting. After realizing many of my bird photos were taken while they were perched in the coast Douglas fir that grows next to our 3rd story balcony, I recently made a new blog label: Next year I hope to capture pictures to mark new growth, cones, and the swarm of crane flies that hover around the branches on warm summer evenings.

  3. Nicole LeDonna says:

    Really love this idea and it’s really funny because I just started the Kamana self-study Nature Program that Jon Young wrote. I sit outside, everyday, in the same spot, getting to know the area and flora and fauna- similar to your ideas. You can check it out at I will how incorporating your idea about studying one tree works for me as I continue this program and add in the journaling portion. Thanks!

  4. Jennifer Dudley says:

    What a great idea! Hope there are lots of participants. Now, I have to pick a tree….

  5. jennifd says:

    Can I pick 2 trees?

  6. Flighty says:

    What a great idea! I’ll have a think about what tree to pick over the next couple of weeks and do a post early in the New Year.
    I’ll also add this blog to my favourite links.
    I’m supporting Tree Year on Facebook and Twitter, where I’m not Flighty on either but do still use the same avatar so checking who I am is no problem!

  7. Doğanın sigortası olan ağaçları tanıtıp sevdirmek bakımından çok güzel bir düşünce.Bende katılarak bu mutluluğu tatmak istiyorum.

    • dreamfalcon says:

      Thank you Abdülkadir for leaving a comment! But I have to say, that I had to try a Turkish-English translation online tool to get at least an idea of what you said. Here it is: “Insurance nature of the love of trees in terms of promoting the happiness of participating in a very nice düşünce.Bende want to taste. ” Ok, I got the idea 🙂

  8. darcey blue says:

    I will definatley be joining this movement! I love trees, I teach about tree medicines (herbal) and use the trees as allies and teachers myself! I will have to find the special tree i want to journey with when i get back home this weekend, but love love love this idea!!! Thank you!

  9. Kimberly Dunn says:

    What a great way to befriend an element…AND take the time
    to ‘smell the roses’. We can all use a bit more grounding. Thanks!

  10. Banu says:

    I picked my trees. A great mulberry tree and three old and beautiful plane trees. 🙂
    Happy Neaw Year and also Happy Tree Year to all tree & nature lovers.
    Best wishes from Istanbul / Turkey

  11. Flighty says:

    I’ve also chosen a hawthorn, which is growing on my allotment and just done the first post about it –

    I do also occasionally mention other trees in my posts and when I do I’ll now include a link to here.

  12. Mo says:

    Found you thanks to Flighty. Love your idea and have a couple of trees in mind. I’ll be back when I’ve made a decision.

  13. Joe says:

    Hey falcon, this is definitely a great idea. I really want participate with one of trees of my city in Brazil, but i doesn’t have a blog, i only have a facebook page, can’t be? what i can do? Thanks.

  14. Edward Frank says:

    I picked a tree and posted a blog about it here:

    It is a tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera) located in Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania, USA.

  15. Kathy says:

    This sounds great! Just found it via twitter. Won’t be able
    to get any pics till the weekend as it is too dark when I leave for
    work and when I come home – but will try to post on my blog on
    Saturday ( )

  16. Kelly says:

    This project speaks to my heart and it is persistent! I am looking forward to participating with a much loved tree.

    Such a wonderful idea!

  17. Ananda says:

    I would like to participate. My first post is up, I am choosing the trio of white colored birches.


  18. julietwilson says:

    oh gosh, what a lovely idea, I should join in (even if I’ll
    be starting a little late!). I have a favourite hornbeam tree which
    I visit most weeks, though at the moment I can’t get to it because
    of the ice and snow…. I could also talk about the cherry trees
    just across the road from where I live…. Juliet Crafty Green poet

  19. neighbor says:

    Hello! This is a fabulous idea. I attempted something like
    it last year, on my own, and never got far. The fact that you’ve
    made it a public thing is brilliant! I think it’ll work for me,
    knowing that you’re all out there, doing it too. I’ve got redwoods
    in my yard and will be observing/being with them. There may be some
    attention paid to my local black walnuts as well, as they seem to
    be full of meaning that’s popping up lately (a recent post and
    another forthcoming one on my blog on that topic). As soon as I’ve
    got my redwood/Tree Year post up, I’ll let you know!

  20. Marvin says:

    A wonderful idea. Sorry I’m getting started a little late, but please include my contributions as I celebrate an American Persimmon and Sweet Gum.

    Marvin @ Nature in the Ozarks

    • Marvin says:

      A slight change in plans here. My wife, Jo Turnbull Smith, wanted to participate so she’ll follow the Sweet Gum. She plans to post photos to the Tree Year Facebook page and make occasional “guest posts” on my blog. (I noticed Jo is already listed as a contributor. Thank you.)

  21. HabibiBoo says:

    Came to this via another blogger, am jumping in a little late if that’s Ok? Am going to bring to your lovely forest of trees my ‘family’ apple tree(2 years old and my birthday present) and our Mimosa tree. Great site, have linked to it in my blog today, if that’s OK, as I’m not a Facebooker – I don’t have the face for it! Thanks for a lovely idea :o)

  22. Please count me in! I’m going to follow a stand of staghorn sumac here on Droop Mountain, in Pocahontas County, West Virginia.
    Here’s my first blog post on the topic:

  23. Amber says:

    Hi! I’m signing up with a balsam poplar and catalpa tree.

  24. Lynn Wilson says:

    I will be following along with a dogwood here in North Carolina.

    Thanks for doing this!

  25. Nirupama says:

    Lovely idea! A friend asked me to check this page out and while coming to work today I picked *my tree* 🙂 Trust me I love trees! It saddens me when I see a tree being cut down 😦 But anyways, till I take pictures of my tree (which might be a bit difficult) I can definitely think of writing a post 🙂
    Will send you the link as soon as I put up a post 🙂
    – Niru

  26. Nirupama says:

    And here’s the link to my blog post 🙂
    Let me know if it’s valid 🙂
    – Niru

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  28. lucy says:

    oh what a great idea!….i know exaclty what tree i will talk about!

  29. Stacy of KSW says:

    Great idea, we already have our favorite picked out. We wrote about it here Guess we’ll be visiting our trees again real soon, so we can follow you on this journey

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  31. umut says:

    I like the idea very much, and write a post on our local newspaper-website at Bodrum, Turkish Republic.

    I am going to get over it on our summer trainings with 4-8 years old chidren this year. You may follow from july on our website

    By the way, i choose a walnut tree in front of our house, and put the link later.

  32. Rebecca says:

    I added a Tree Year badge to my site and a link to the Tree Year Posts..
    Thanks for hosting this event!

  33. Thank you for the invitation to join The Tree Year. I looked at it when you became a follower on Twitter but was uncertain whether I should take part . . . Although I will be following the sycamore tree (and, more particularly, the plants around it) through the year – (indeed, I took note of it last year too so it’s quite a long term observation) – I will not be posting on it every week, there are too many other things I also document on my blog. It might be once a month but it might be less. It might be as little as spring, summer, autumn.

    The other thing is that I don’t belong to Facebook – nor do I want to!

    If this infrequency in posting and the lack of Facebook do not disqualify . . . then I would certainly like to be associated with this project. It’s a fascinating idea and always a pleasure to come across others with shared interests and approaches.

    Do let me know.


    • dreamfalcon says:

      There is absolutely nothing that would disqualify you from taking part in this project. So welcome! and let us know somehow, when we can come and see your post.

  34. J Altieri says:

    Hi! My class has chosen a tree… and we will work with our school to offer this to kids so that they might choose more. We’ll keep you posted. Thanks!

  35. Mandy says:

    I know that over half the year is gone, but I just discovered the Tree Year and have to participate. Such a great project! I blog at

  36. wellywoman says:

    Just found this blog. Brilliant. Trees are amazing, so definitely going to participate. I blog at I have in fact just posted about my visit to the National Arboretum In the UK at Westonbirt.

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