The Astonishing Dawn Redwood

The Astonishing Dawn Redwood

Photo of the speaker, Len Eiserer, wearing a baseball cap and a blue collared shirt. The photo on the right is of a very tall but barren dawn redwood tree in winter.
(left) Len Eiserer. (right) A Dawn Redwood tree in winter in the Tanger Arboretum. Photo by Len Eiserer.

Finding a remnant population of supposedly extinct Dawn Redwoods in a remote Chinese valley was one of the most important botanical discoveries of the 20th century. Join tree hobbyist Len Eiserer for a presentation on Saturday, November 2 at 10am about the incredible past, thriving present, and sparkling future of the Dawn Redwood, a living fossil.

Len Eiserer received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine and his doctorate in Psychology from Bryn Mawr College. He has taught for 38 years and currently teaches at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC). He maintains the website, Tree Treasures of Lancaster County, and serves on the board of the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum.


The Astonishing Dawn Redwood will take place on Saturday, November 2 at 10am at LancasterHistory, 230 North President Avenue. Tickets are $5/Adults (18+) and $3/Children (17 & Under). Friends of the Tanger Arboretum receive complimentary admission, but advance reservations are highly recommended. (Walk-in tickets are not guaranteed.) Ticketholders should check-in at LancasterHistory’s museum before proceeding into the auditorium in Ryder Hall.

*Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 18 years or older.

This event is hosted by the Friends of the Tanger Arboretum. The Friends of the Tanger Arboretum, a subsidiary organization of LancasterHistory, helps foster public interest in, and support for, the maintenance and development of the Tanger Arboretum as a community asset. To learn more about the Arboretum or to become a member, please visit the Arboretum’s webpage.

Family-Friendly In-Person Event Lecture

November 2, 2024 LancasterHistory, 230 N. President Avenue, Lancaster 10am