Tree Walks & Tree Maps

The maps on the following pages enable one to visit and get acquainted with particular trees and learn their names. A major step on the path to familiarity is learning a name; thus armed, the explorer can look up information and talk to others about discoveries.

These maps, along with the list of Noteworthy Trees (PDF), can be used to create pleasant outings or guided tree walks. To be a tour guide, it is not necessary to be an expert. Experience shows that groups should be limited to about a dozen people; if there are more, you will find the laggards strolling up to a tree just as you are moving off with the main group to your next fascinating stop. Those bringing up the rear have, however, been enjoying their own conversation and don’t seem to mind missing your commentary, no matter how brilliant.

The following seven maps provide a good start for those planning tree tours. The areas mapped are centrally located, and have both a diversity and density of trees. All are oriented with north down, as if approaching from Palm Drive, except the Cantor Center map, which is oriented toward Museum Way. Scale varies somewhat, but fixed features – buildings, pathways, streets, sculpture, lawns, and numerous lampposts – should allow fairly precise location.

Residents of neighboring cities are in the same climatic zone as Stanford and will find our tree collection relevant to their own interests. Conversely there are specimens of interest to campus dwellers that are located off campus. A dozen Palo Alto tree walks are available in printed form and on the Web from Canopy, a tree advocacy group, at 650.964.6110,

Stanford tree maps (2004):

Stanford University Health Improvement Program. 1984. Tiptoe through the Trees. (PDF). Dated, but still a useful and innovative approach to campus tree appreciation.

Stanford Grounds Services Arizona Garden, Spring plant walks, & other points of interest

Canopy Trees of Palo Alto tree walk maps

Botanical name index | Common name index | Family home