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September 21 - November 16, 2011

Fall Woody Plant Identification Course, Natural History Field Studies
Offered by the Graduate School USA and the Audubon Naturalist Society

Instructor: Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of City of Trees

The Natural History Field Studies Certificate Program is offered through Evening and Weekend Programs.

Fall Woody Plant Identification      
NATH1145E, 2 credits
Autumn's glory is created by colorful trees and shrubs, so fall is the ideal time to study techniques of woody plant field identification. Participants study the major woody plant families and species found in the Central Atlantic's forest communities. Field trips feature the use of recognition characteristics and botanical keys to identify many local woody plants. Students should have a 10x hand lens.

Class Night and Time: Wednesdays, 7-9:15 pm
Class meetings: September 21-November 16
Field Trip Dates: Oct. 1, 22 and Nov. 5
Location: Woodend Sanctuary, MD
Tuition: $355
Instructor: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
To Register Online: please click here.

You may apply for the certificate program online. For more information on certificate courses offered, please contact the certificate counselor at (202) 314-3349 or certificates@graduateschool.edu.


September 24, 2011

Tree Walk: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Instructor: Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of City of Trees

City of Trees author Melanie Choukas-Bradley will lead a tree tour at the historic Anacostia home of Frederick Douglass. The tree tour will immediately follow a 9:30 house tour of the Cedar Hill home where Douglass, a renowned 19th century abolitionist and women’s rights advocate, spent the happy and productive final years of his life. Many venerable trees grace the scenic property including several species of oaks and hickories, white ash, hackberry, and southern magnolia. The walk will cover a moderate distance over uneven terrain and will take place rain or shine, barring hazardous weather. Please dress accordingly.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered for ISA certified arborists.

Getting there: Take Green Line to the Anacostia Metrorail Station and take the B2 bus in the direction of Mt. Ranier. There is a bus stop directly in front of the Douglass home at the corner of 14th and W streets. Continue along the sidewalk in the direction the bus is traveling until you reach the visitor center (15th and W Streets SE). Parking is also available at the site.

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

If you'd like to attend this event you can RSVP online here.


October 8, 2011, 10:00pm - 1:00pm

United States Botanic Garden Tree Tour of Capitol Grounds

Autumn Tree Tour of the Capitol Grounds with Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of City of Trees.

Autumn is a magnificent time to appreciate the architecture and colorful foliage of the historic trees that grace the U.S. Capitol Grounds. Meet in front of the Conservatory to stroll around the Capitol, admiring and learning about its grand old tree specimens from around the country and the world, including many official state trees and memorial plantings. Melanie Choukas-Bradley will focus on autumn fruits and leaves and teach how to identify diverse species of oak, maple, beech, buckeye and many other trees. Melanie will share history of the Capitol Grounds and the city of Washington. Binoculars optional but recommended. Participants are encouraged to bring their own brown bag lunch to enjoy with Melanie after the tour!

Please note: This tour is held outdoors. We suggest bringing sunscreen, protective clothing and water. The tour is canceled if it rains or during times of extreme heat (heat index of 95 degrees or higher/ Code Red weather alert).

Code: TH100811

Location: Conservatory Terrace

FREE: Pre-registration required: register online www.usbg.gov or call (202) 225-1116


October 23, 2011, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Casey Trees Event www.caseytrees.org

National Mall Bike Tour of Trees
National Mall, Washington DC

Instructor: Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of City of Trees

Bike along the National Mall at a leisurely pace, stopping to explore the trees and grounds of the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Museums, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the United States Botanic Garden (USBG). As a grand finale we will loop our way back through the lushly landscaped Capitol grounds, home to many venerable and impressive tree specimens, arriving back at Union Station.

Barring severe weather, this event will take place rain or shine. Please dress accordingly. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered for ISA certified arborists.

If you'd like to attend this event you can RSVP online. Once you have reservations, you can still click Sign Me Up to increase or decrease the number of people in your party (subject to availability).


October 29, 2011 - 9am-2pm

A Year at Boundary Bridge, Audubon Naturalist Society
Saturday (9am-2pm)
Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Melanie Choukas-Bradley at Carderock
Photo by Sophie Choukas-Bradley

Join the author of City of Trees for the fourth in a series of 2011 seasonal hikes in one of Washington, DC’s most beautiful wild areas. Starting at Boundary Bridge and following the same 2.5 mile loop trail each season, we’ll explore the large trees, diverse shrubs, and exceptional wildflowers along a scenic stretch of Rock Creek, just inside the Maryland/ District Line. We’ll also see and hear many species of birds, butterflies, and amphibians. Autumn is glorious in Rock Creek Park, and we’ll conclude our series with a walk through colorful oaks, maples, and ashes, searching for the flowers of an early witch hazel in bloom. Our 2.5 mile circuit hike will be on trails with moderate uphill and downhill walking.

Members: $25; Nonmembers: $35

Registration required. Please use the registration form.


Friday November 4, 2011 - 10am-3pm

Fall Hike on Sugarloaf

Leaders:  Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Tina Thieme Brown

November is the perfect time for a hike to observe Sugarloaf Mountain’s rocky outcrops, free of summer shadows, and to develop an appreciation for the monadnock’s unique place in the historic Maryland Piedmont. There should still be some autumn color in the trees, and we’ll see fall fruits such as persimmons and hickory nuts. Common witch-hazel will be in bloom and we’ll work on winter diagnostics of Sugarloaf’s trees and shrubs. Our leaders are co-authors of two books on Sugarloaf. Tina will give pointers on drawing in the field, and Melanie will share historic and geologic highlights of this popular destination. Our hike will be short (less than two miles), but will include uphill and downhill walking and a fairly steep quarter mile hike up to the summit and back—all at a slow pace.

Members $26; nonmembers $36

Registration required, please use registration form.


November 12, 2011 (9am-12:30pm)

Natural Heritage Series: Peirce Mill to Pulpit Rock

Leaders: Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Steve Dryden
Join Steve Dryden (author of Peirce Mill: Two Hundred Years in the Nation’s Capital) and Melanie Choukas-Bradley (author of City of Trees) for a winter stroll from Peirce Mill, which is nearing completion of a 10-year restoration, to the scenic crest of Pulpit Rock. Learn about the historic mill that has been grinding grain in the nation’s capital since before the Revolutionary War. Our leaders will share some of the history of Rock Creek Park as it celebrates 120 years as one of America’s first and most beloved federal parks. As we walk to Pulpit Rock at a leisurely pace, Melanie will point out the woody plants along the hillside above Rock Creek and teach some tricks for winter identification. Our distance will be 2-3 miles, on a mix of natural and paved-surface trails.  Most of the hike is over relatively flat terrain, but there will be a half mile of relatively-steep woodland trail.

Members: $20; Nonmembers: $28

Registration required, please use registration form.



June 4, 2011

Casey Trees Event www.caseytrees.org

National Mall Bike Tour of Trees
National Mall, Washington DC

Instructor: Melanie Choukas-Bradley,
author of
City of Trees

Beginning at 9 am we will bike along the National Mall at a leisurely pace, stopping to explore the gardens and grounds of the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Museums, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the United States Botanic Garden (USBG). As a grand finale we will loop our way back through the lushly landscaped Capitol grounds, home to many venerable and impressive tree specimens, arriving back at Union Station at noon.

Meet at the southwest corner of Union Station (near the Metro entrance) at 9 a.m. The instructor and assistant will be wearing Casey Trees safety vests. Bring your own bicycle (which you can transport on the Metro according to their regulations) or rent a bike at Union Station. Wear a hat and sunscreen and bring water and snacks. Casey Trees will issue safety vests for the tour.

This event is free. Registration is required and is limited to 15 people.

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Address:
     50 Massachusetts Avenue NE
     Washington, DC 20002

If you'd like to attend this event you can RSVP online.

Once you have reservations, you can still click Sign Me Up to increase or decrease the number of people in your party (subject to availability).


June 18, 2011 - 9am-2pm

Melanie Choukas-Bradley at Carderock
Photo by Sophie Choukas-Bradley

Audubon Naturalist Society Events (www.audubonnaturalist.org)

A Year at Boundary Bridge
Saturdays (9am-2pm)
Section B: April 9
Section C: June 18
Section D: October 29
Section A: January 29

Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Join the author of City of Trees for our fifth year of hikes in one of Washington, DC’s most beautiful wild areas. Starting at Boundary Bridge and following the same 2.5 mile loop trail each season, we’ll explore the large trees, diverse shrubs, and exceptional wildflowers along a scenic stretch of Rock Creek. We’ll also see and hear many species of birds, butterflies, and amphibians. On our winter walk, an ideal time to admire the Park’s topography, we’ll look and listen for winter flocks and identify many species of woody plants. In April, we’ll witness the spring magic of Rock Creek’s myriad wildflowers. As summer arrives in the Park, we’ll hope for a glimpse of a kingfisher as we look for ferns and early seasonal wildflowers such as enchanter’s nightshade. Autumn is glorious in Rock Creek Park, and we’ll conclude our series with a walk through colorful oaks, maples, and ashes, searching for the flowers of an early witch hazel in bloom. Our 2.5 mile circuit hike will be on trails with moderate uphill and downhill walking.

Each walk: Members: $25; Nonmembers: $35
Two walks: Members: $44; Nonmembers: $62
Three walks: Members: $63; Nonmembers: $88

Registration required, please use registration form.


July 21, 2011

US Botanic Garden Event (www.usbg.gov)

Trees of the Regional Garden

Instructor: Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of City of Trees

Spend a summer evening learning to identify trees of the Mid-Atlantic Piedmont and Coastal Plain as you tour the Regional Garden. Melanie will teach you how to identify tupelo, hophornbeam, red buckeye, pawpaw, oaks, pines and many other native trees as you stroll the grounds of the National Garden. She will also share some of the arboreal history of Washington, DC, which has long been known as the “City of Trees,” and offer ideas for self-guided tree tours in and around the nation’s capital.

Code: TH072111
Date: Thursday, July 21
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: National Garden Lawn Terrace

FREE: Pre-registration required: Visit www.usbg.gov

Early registration ends on 05/05/2011.
Regular registration starts on 05/06/2011 and ends on 07/22/2011.
Late registration starts on 07/22/2011.
All times are 12:00am (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada).


July 6-July 27, 2011, Wednesdays, 7-9:30 pm

Natural History Field Studies Course

Summer Wildflower Identification 

Co-Sponsored by the Audubon Naturalist Society
and the Graduate School
 

Instructor: Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of City of Trees

NATH 1149E, 1 credit 
From milkweeds and morning glories to orchids and asters, summer presents a diverse array of wildflowers for study of plant family characteristics and ways to identify different species. Field trips to two scenic locations for summer wildflowers provide an opportunity for practice in the use of identification guides. Previous Spring Flower Identification class or similar course is recommended but not required.

Class night and time: Wednesdays, 7-9:30 pm
Class meetings: July 6-July 27
Field Trip Dates: July 16 (Comus farms) and July 23 (Sugarloaf). Optional kayaking trip at Fletcher’s Cove, July 30
Location: Woodend Sanctuary, MD
Tuition: $259
Instructor: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
To Register Online: http://www.graduateschool.edu/course_details.php?cid=NATH1149E

Required text: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb.

Recommended text: An Illustrated Guide to Eastern Woodland Wildflowers and Trees: 350 Plants Observed at Sugarloaf Mountain, Maryland by Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Tine Thieme Brown. (Instructor has loaner copies).

Recommended text: Finding Wildflowers in the Washington-Baltimore Area by Cristol Fleming, Marion Blois Lobstein and Barbara Tufty.

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is the author of three natural history books, including two botanical field guides, and she is a free-lance contributor to the Washington Post. She has led many field trips for ANS.  B.A., University of Vermont.



April 9, 2011 - 9am-2pm

Melanie Choukas-Bradley at Carderock
Photo by Sophie Choukas-Bradley

Audubon Naturalist Society Events (www.audubonnaturalist.org)

A Year at Boundary Bridge
Saturdays (9am-2pm)
Section B: April 9
Section C: June 18
Section D: October 29
Section A: January 29

Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Join the author of City of Trees for our fifth year of hikes in one of Washington, DC’s most beautiful wild areas. Starting at Boundary Bridge and following the same 2.5 mile loop trail each season, we’ll explore the large trees, diverse shrubs, and exceptional wildflowers along a scenic stretch of Rock Creek. We’ll also see and hear many species of birds, butterflies, and amphibians. On our winter walk, an ideal time to admire the Park’s topography, we’ll look and listen for winter flocks and identify many species of woody plants. In April, we’ll witness the spring magic of Rock Creek’s myriad wildflowers. As summer arrives in the Park, we’ll hope for a glimpse of a kingfisher as we look for ferns and early seasonal wildflowers such as enchanter’s nightshade. Autumn is glorious in Rock Creek Park, and we’ll conclude our series with a walk through colorful oaks, maples, and ashes, searching for the flowers of an early witch hazel in bloom. Our 2.5 mile circuit hike will be on trails with moderate uphill and downhill walking.

Each walk: Members: $25; Nonmembers: $35
Two walks: Members: $44; Nonmembers: $62
Three walks: Members: $63; Nonmembers: $88

Registration required, please use registration form.


April 16, 2011 - 9:30am-3:00pm

Casey Trees Event (www.caseytrees.org)

Tree Walk: Lincoln Cottage & Rock Creek Cemetery
President Lincoln's Cottage

Instructor: Melanie Choukas-Bradley - Author, City of Trees

Author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley will lead participants around the grounds of President Lincoln's Civil War era summer home. Explore the noteworthy trees around the newly renovated cottage and pay a visit to the nearby Rock Creek Cemetery. The cemetery is home to many historic trees and the gravesite of Alexander "Boss" Shepherd, who planted 60,000 trees during the 1870s as the second and last governor of DC, contributing to the lasting legacy known as the "City of Trees."

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy of City of Trees the day of the event, please email Melanie Choukas-Bradley (mcb@melaniechoukas-bradley.com) by April 8. Each copy is $20. Cash or check - made out to University of Virginia Press - are accepted.

Comfortable walking attire and footwear is recommended.

Advance registration is required; space is limited. This class is FREE.

Other Notes:

  • Please pack a picnic lunch.
  • While the event is Metro-accessible, we encourage cars or bicylces as we will be shuttling between locations.
    Casey Trees has made special arrangements for Cottage tour reservations. The tour will begin promptly at 10am. Please arrive by 9:30.
  • This tour is in high demand. Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel. 

Date: Saturday, April 16, 2011
Time: 9:30am - 3:00pm

If you'd like to attend this event you can RSVP online.

Once you have reservations, you can still click Sign Me Up to increase or decrease the number of people in your party (subject to availability).


April 29, 2011 (11am-2pm)

Arbor Day Celebration in the City of Trees  

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
1644 31st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007   

City of Trees author Melanie Choukas-Bradley will give a slide presentation highlighting the historic and botanically diverse trees of our city. She will discuss the involvement of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other leaders in creating a "city of trees."

Box lunch and tour of Tudor Place's "witness" trees follows the lecture.

Phone: 202.965.0400      
Email: info@tudorplace.org

$20/person (Tudor Place Landmark Society members $15)


Saturday, May 21 (10am-3pm)

Spring Hike on Sugarloaf Mountain

Leaders  Melanie-Choukas Bradley and Tina Brown
Members $25; nonmembers $35

Join Sugarloaf author Melanie Choukas-Bradley and illustrator Tina Thieme Brown for an outing devoted to the botany, wildlife, geology, and history of Sugarloaf Mountain, a monadnock in the rural Piedmont northwest of Washington, DC The 1.5-2.5 mile hike, with some uphill and downhill on rocky terrain, is timed to coincide with the flowering of many woodland plants, including fringe-tree, Canada Mayflower, several violet species, and possibly one or more orchids. Bring binoculars to look for wood thrushes, worm-eating warblers, ravens, and other bird species. Tina will give a brief demonstration on illustrating plants in the field during our lunch break.

Registration required, please use registration form.


May 31, 2011 - 7:30pm

Maryland Native Plant Society May Monthly Meeting

May 31, 2011 at 7:30 p.m., White Oak Library—Large Meeting Room, White Oak, Maryland

Speakers: Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author, teacher and MNPS board member & Tina Thieme Brown, botanical artist, teacher and environmental activist.

“Wildflowers in Focus”

Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Tina Thieme Brown, author and artist of two books about Sugarloaf Mountain, Maryland, will talk about their “Wildflower in Focus” column for Marilandica, formerly the Native News. Over the past few years they have described and illustrated nearly two dozen Maryland wildflowers for MNPS. Their articles and artwork can be viewed on www.mdflora.org. They will describe their creative process from field work to finished article and art. As each wildflower is discussed they will invite input from the audience about their favorite places to see the plants. Melanie and Tina will also talk about their ten year project to document and celebrate the natural history and flora of Sugarloaf.  Melanie teaches the summer wildflower identification course through ANS and the Graduate School and Tina teaches botanical art at the US Botanic Garden. They are longtime field trip leaders for ANS and other organizations. Tina’s art studio in Barnesville, MD is part of the Countryside Artisans open studio tours.


June 4, 2011

Casey Trees Event www.caseytrees.org

National Mall Bike Tour of Trees
National Mall, Washington DC

Instructor: Melanie Choukas-Bradley,
author of
City of Trees

Beginning at 9 am we will bike along the National Mall at a leisurely pace, stopping to explore the gardens and grounds of the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Museums, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the United States Botanic Garden (USBG). As a grand finale we will loop our way back through the lushly landscaped Capitol grounds, home to many venerable and impressive tree specimens, arriving back at Union Station at noon.

Meet at the southwest corner of Union Station (near the Metro entrance) at 9 a.m. The instructor and assistant will be wearing Casey Trees safety vests. Bring your own bicycle (which you can transport on the Metro according to their regulations) or rent a bike at Union Station. Wear a hat and sunscreen and bring water and snacks. Casey Trees will issue safety vests for the tour.

This event is free. Registration is required and is limited to 15 people.

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Address:
     50 Massachusetts Avenue NE
     Washington, DC 20002

If you'd like to attend this event you can RSVP online.

Once you have reservations, you can still click Sign Me Up to increase or decrease the number of people in your party (subject to availability).



January 29, 2011, 9am-2pm


© Susan A. Roth

Audubon Naturalist Society - Rock Creek Park Forays
A Year at Boundary Bridge

Saturdays (9 am-2 pm)
     Section A: January 29
     Section B: April 9
     Section C: June 18
     Section D: October 29

Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Join the author of City of Trees for our fifth year of hikes in one of Washington, DC’s most beautiful wild areas. Starting at Boundary Bridge and following the same 2.5 mile loop trail each season, we’ll explore the large trees, diverse shrubs, and exceptional wildflowers along a scenic stretch of Rock Creek.

Melanie Choukas-Bradley at Carderock
Photo by Sophie Choukas-Bradley

We’ll also see and hear many species of birds, butterflies, and amphibians. On our winter walk, an ideal time to admire the Park’s topography, we’ll look and listen for winter flocks and identify many species of woody plants. In April, we’ll witness the spring magic of Rock Creek’s myriad wildflowers. As summer arrives in the Park, we’ll hope for a glimpse of a kingfisher as we look for ferns and early seasonal wildflowers such as enchanter’s nightshade. Autumn is glorious in Rock Creek Park, and we’ll conclude our series with a walk through colorful oaks, maples, and ashes, searching for the flowers of an early witch hazel in bloom. Our 2.5 mile circuit hike will be on trails with moderate uphill and downhill walking.

Each walk: Members: $25; Nonmembers: $35
Two walks:  Members: $44; Nonmembers: $62
Three walks: Members: $63; Nonmembers: $88
Entire series:  Members: $80; Nonmembers: $112
Registration required. Please use the registration form
.


February 19, 2011, 1:00pm - 3:00pm


The United States Botanic Garden
Tour - Winter Tree Tour of the Capitol Grounds

Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Author, “City of Trees”

Winter is the best time to appreciate the architecture of the historic trees gracing the U.S. Capitol Grounds. Participants will meet in front of the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory and stroll around the Capitol, admiring and learning about its magnificent trees from around the country and the world. We’ll learn to identify Kentucky coffee trees, Japanese pagoda trees, beeches, magnolias, and dogwoods during winter. We’ll focus on the bark, buds, and overall growth habit of grand old trees, including many official state trees and memorial plantings. Giant sequoias and a massive willow oak are among the trees we’ll see. Melanie Choukas-Bradley will share history of the Capitol Grounds and the city of Washington as you tour the trees.

Code: TH021911
Date: Saturday, February 19 (Snow/Rain Date: Saturday, February 26)
Time: 1:00–3:30 p.m.
Location: Conservatory Terrace

FREE: Pre-registration required: Visit www.usbg.gov or call (202) 225–1116



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