There are many different trees here at the nature center. Among them is the Bald Cypress, a swamp loving, coniferous tree. You can find these trees around the pond at our nature center.
Unlike most trees at the nature center, something strange happens to the Bald Cypress. Their tree roots come out of the ground vertically. These roots are called cypress knees. Cypress knees are common among species located in a swamp.
Although reasoning behind this strange phenomenon is not well understood, some speculate that these exposed roots are utilized for accumulating oxygen, collecting nutrients, and housing vital carbohydrates. People commonly buy these cypress knees for decoration or use them in art.