When I began my tree inventory in late May, I didn’t know much about Homewood and lacked some knowledge/experience in conducting a tree survey of a community. However, as the months passed, all of that changed. I learned about and experienced the significant passion the community has for change and continual progress in their neighborhood. I became more comfortable with interacting and communicating with the community, and asking for their thoughts and opinions for the future of their tree canopy. The residents words of appreciation and interest in the project has really bolstered and pushed me to continue working on my research. On the scientific and technical side, I have gained skills in using research materials and being able to identify trees through different techniques. The balance between science and community engagement this summer has been fantastic in gaining a well-rounded understanding in building community resilience and sustainable cities.