Secret Life of Trees

Trees are the focus of a Hannibal Parks & Recreation nature program July 10 in Riverview Park.

The Secret Life of Trees” will start at 6 p.m. at the big shelter near the playground.

Gale Rublee, nature educator, will lead the program. “Trees are vital to our existence. They provide oxygen for us to breathe, fruits and nuts to eat, shade and beauty to sit under. Ever listen or talk to a tree? How do they ‘talk’ to each other?”

Rublee has previously been a naturalist and teacher at Shaw Nature Reserve in St. Louis and has been a storyteller and actor. She is the coordinator and teacher for the Bluff City Theater Youth Education Theater Initiative.

Hannibal has been named a Tree City USA for 20 years.

Riverview Park was given to the city in 1909. The park has 465 acres and hundreds of trees and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

There will be walking on the paved trails during the nature program, which is free but reservations must be made by calling 573-221-0154 or emailing