Cambridge Uses Geocaching To Showcase Treasured City Trees

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — They're not just beautiful, they're tough as nails.

They're the trees that make up the urban forestry of Cambridge, and the city has found an interesting way to get residents to check them out as they celebrate Arbor Week this week.

"It's really cool to see how some of these trees grow in the city, faced with all the adversity that they have," Cambridge City Arborist David Lefcourt told WBZ NewsRadio's Kendall Buhl. "Especially over in East Cambridge, we have some magnificent oak trees that, you look at them and think, how are they even growing?"

Lefcourt has hidden seven geocaches around the city, discoverable with the Geocache app. Geocaching is a "global scavenger hunt" that allows any participant with a smartphone to seek out hidden prizes—and this particular hunt is meant to bring attention to some of Lefcourt's favorite locations in the city.

"Something that I was kind of hoping would come out of this is that you'd get people out and about, looking around," he said. "Obviously the primary focus is you're trying to find that geocache, but hopefully you're gonna take some time to really enjoy the trees that we have growing throughout the City of Cambridge."

To read about other Arbor Week events being held throughout the city, including tree plantings and a "tree walk" hosted by Lefcourt, visit

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WBZ NewsRadio's Kendall Buhl (@KBuhlWBZ) reports

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