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December 5, 2015

Virginia Native Plant Society

Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society
PO Box 5311
Arlington, VA 22205
www.vnps.org/potowmack


November 23, 2015

"Forward Motion" hosted by Karen Allyn
Montgomery County Cable Channel 21

Nov 23, 2015 at 4pm
Dec 2 at 9pm
Dec 6 at 10:30am
Dec 8 at 4pm
Dec 16 4pm

 


November 21, 2015

Maryland Native Plant Society

Rock Creek Park Field Trip

Time: 10:00am - 1:30pm
Location: Rock Creek Park, DC

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Limited to 20. Registration is free. Please register here by Nov. 19.

We will explore the Boundary Bridge area of Rock Creek Park, where we’ll see river birch, American elm, sycamore, musclewood, black walnut, bitternut hickory, bladdernut, silver maple, pawpaw, spicebush and many other woody plants of the floodplain. Then we’ll climb into the upland woods where several species of oak, hickories, hop-hornbeam, American beech, mountain laurel, pinxter azalea and flowering witch-hazel are found.

Leader:  Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of the award-winning book, A Year in Rock Creek Park: the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC.

Registration through Oct. 28 for members only.

Notes:   We’ll cover about 2 ½ miles, mostly at a leisurely pace. Bottomland trail could be muddy so wear appropriate footwear.

There are no bathroom facilities available at our meeting point or along the walk.

Bring:  Water and light portable lunch.

Cancellation Policy: Hike goes rain or shine unless conditions are dangerous or miserable.

Contact: (for additional information; not to register) Melanie Choukas-Bradley 301-502-7410 

Directions: will be sent upon registration.


November 18, 2015

Takoma Horticultural Club, Co-Sponsored by Friends of Sligo Creek

A Year in Rock Creek Park
A slide show presented by Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Author and Naturalist

Wednesday, November 18, 7:15-9:00
Free/Open to the Public
Historic Takoma, 7328 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park MD 20912
(301) 270-2831

This inspirational talk about the natural history of Rock Creek Park, the oldest and one of the largest urban national parks in the country, is based upon the award-winning book, A Year in Rock Creek Park – the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington DC by Melanie Choukas-Bradley with photographs by Susan Austin Roth. The presentation takes us on a journey through the seasons in the park, with a focus on the native plants of the Rock Creek Park woodlands. Melanie has traveled the 33-mile length of the creek, on foot and cross-country skis, by bicycle and by canoe, and she will describe her adventures. The talk will be illustrated by Susan Austin Roth’s evocative photographs, many of which appear in the book. Celebrate the 125th anniversary of Rock Creek Park, which was created in 1890, the same year Yosemite was established, with our speaker from a neighboring watershed!

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is a naturalist, natural history teacher and author of A Year in Rock Creek Park — the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC, with photographs by Susan Austin Roth. She is also author of City of Trees, illustrated by Polly Alexander and now in its third edition, and two books about Sugarloaf Mountain, Maryland, illustrated by Tina Thieme Brown. Melanie leads field trips and tree tours for the Audubon Naturalist Society, Casey Trees, the Rock Creek Conservancy, the US Botanic Garden, the Maryland and Virginia Native Plant Societies, and other organizations in and around the city. She also has taught native plant identification courses for 9 years through the Natural History Field Studies Program co-sponsored by the Graduate School USA and the Audubon Naturalist Society. Melanie has appeared as a guest author on the Diane Rehm Show, the Kojo Nnamdi Show and All Things Considered. In 2014 she was awarded one of four inaugural Canopy Awards by Casey Trees for her efforts to educate people about the trees of Washington, DC. Her website is: www.melaniechoukas-bradley.com.

A Year in Rock Creek Park – The Wild Wooded Heart of Washington, DC was published by George F. Thompson Publishing in November, 2014 in two volumes: a paperback edition containing 32 full page photographs (distributed by the University of Virginia Press) and a limited edition containing 89 photographs. In the spring of 2015 it was awarded an Independent Publishers IPPY award — a silver medal for mid-Atlantic nonfiction. The book is in its second printing.

Our speaker, Melanie Choukas-Bradley, will be selling and signing her books before and after her talk.


November 15, 2015

Audubon Naturalist Society

Preparing for Winter at Carderock

Sunday, November 15 (9:30 am-1:30 pm)
Leaders:  Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Elizabeth Rives
Members $24; nonmembers $34
To register here, please click here.

In March, woody plant instructors Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Elizabeth Rives led our Budbreak at Carderock foray. In this hike, they’ll return to Carderock and the Billy Goat (B) Trail along the Potomac River to explore the woodlands as trees and shrubs let go of their last fall leaves, and reveal their mature fruits and next year’s buds in prep for winter dormancy. We’ll examine and compare the fruits of many species, including hornbeam, hophornbeam, oaks, hickories, black walnut, American beech, sycamore, bladdernut, spice-bush and other woody plants. We’ll get a jump on winter botany by looking closely at twigs, buds, and bark, using Elizabeth’s TSI (tree scene investigation) techniques. Our hike will cover 1.5-2 miles of the towpath and parts of Billy Goat B, mostly at a leisurely naturalist’s crawl. Some stretches, however, will be rocky, moderately steep, and possibly muddy. 


November 14, 2015

United States Botanic Garden

Fall Tree Tour of the Capitol Grounds

Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Author, 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. Stroll around the Capitol, admiring and learning about 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. She 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. Hearing aid compatible assistive listening devices are available during the tour.

Date: Saturday, November 14
Time: 10am to 1pm
Location: Tour will meet on the Terrace by the entrance to the Conservatory
FREE: This program is full


November 11, 2015

Audubon Naturalist Society

Fall Hike on Sugarloaf Mountain

Wednesday, November 11 (10am-3pm)

Leaders: Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Tina Thieme Brown
Members $30; Nonmembers $42

To register, please go here.

The author and the illustrator of two books on Sugarloaf Mountain team up once again for a seasonal nature hike on our local monadnock. We’ll explore the preserve’s botany, wildlife, geology, and history while covering 2-2.5 miles. We’ll search for late-season wildflowers and the maturing fruits of oaks, hickories, black birch and other woody plants. Fall color should be lingering, and witch hazel just coming into bloom. Our ears will be open for the sounds of wildlife, including Ravens, Eastern Towhees, and active Chipmunks.  During lunch, Tina will offer pointers on drawing in the field. Our hike includes uphill/downhill walking over rocky trails  and a fairly steep ¼ mile hike up to the summit—all at a leisurely pace.


November 8, 2105

Politics and Prose

A Walking Tour Through Rock Creek Park
The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC

Sunday, November 8, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


©Susan A. Roth

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Susan Austin Roth, the author and photographer of A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC, for a walk under the trees in the Boundary Bridge area of the park. Melanie and Susan are naturalists who frequently lead guided walks in the park, which was created in 1890 and celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, and are intimately acquainted with the trees and wildflowers growing along Rock Creek. Melanie and Susan will share their love of nature and knowledge of the area’s plants and wildlife, including how to identify various species of trees. See the last blaze of autumn glory in the trees and learn to identify them by their acorns nuts and other fall fruits. The enchanting, native witch-hazel will be in bloom and perhaps some late fall wildflowers. The group will hope to catch the calls of pileated woodpeckers in the tall trees or the loud chatter of a belted kingfisher cruising the creek for fish, all while exploring some of the author’s and photographer’s favorite spots, including Boundary Bridge, the Skunk Cabbage Swamp, the Laurel Ledge, and Meditation Rock.

The tour will take place on Saturday, November 8th, from 9:30 a.m. to roughly 12:30 p.m. The group will meet at the Boundary Bridge parking lot found along Beach Drive, where attendees can park. To get there, take the East-West Highway (Route 410) east from Connecticut Avenue (a right-hand turn if driving north on Connecticut from DC and a left-hand turn if driving south from the Beltway). Take the East-West Highway to Beach Drive and turn right (south) and drive to the locked gate across Beach Drive at the District line. Park in the parking lot just before the gate or along the road if the parking lot is full.

Because the tour should last up to three hours, attendees are encouraged to bring water, snacks, and/or a light lunch. In addition, depending on the day’s weather, sunscreen may be needed. Bring binoculars if you wish.

We will cover up to 2 ½ miles at a slow hiking pace with some elevation change on hiking trails. Note: there are no restrooms at the meeting location or along the route.

For more information contact Justin at jstephani@politics-prose.com.

Return Policy: Refunds are only guaranteed up to seven days before the trip.

A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC (Paperback)
By Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Susan Austin Roth (Photographer)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781938086243
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: George F. Thompson Publishing - December 12th, 2014


November 7, 2015

Audubon Naturalist Society

A Year at Boundary Bridge

Saturdays (9 am-2 pm)
Section D: November 7
Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Each walk members $30; nonmembers $42
To register, please go here.

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

Join the author of A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC for our 9th year of hikes in one of DC’s most beautiful wild areas. Celebrating the park’s 125th birthday, we’ll start at Boundary Bridge and follow the same 2.5 mile loop trail each season, admiring and IDing the rich plant life 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 hike will be on trails with moderate uphill and downhill walking. An ANS/Rock Creek Conservancy Partnership.


November 1, 2015

Casey Trees

Rock Creek Park 125th Anniversary Hike

Event: Tree Tour: Fall in Rock Creek Park 125th Anniversary
Hike Time: November 1, 2015 9:00am to 3:00pm

To celebrate Rock Creek Park’s 125th Anniversary, Casey Trees is hosting four season-focused hikes throughout the park throughout 2015 in collaboration with A Year in Rock Creek Park author Melanie Choukas-Bradley. Participants who lace up their hiking boots for our all four of the hikes will cover the distance of the two major hiking trails — Valley Trail and Western Ridge — and get to witness first-hand the majesty of the park’s mature trees and wildlife that flourishes right in the heart of DC

Our fall hike, the fourth and final in the series, will take hikers along the Western Ridge Trail — the rockiest but most scenic stretch of Rock Creek Park — to soak in the gorgeous display of autumn color which should be at its peak. We will break for lunch at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center for lunch (self-provided).

Instructors

Melanie Choukas-Bradley— author of City of Trees and A Year in Rock Creek Park
Stephanie Juchs— Community Education Coordinator, Casey Trees, ISA Certified Arborist

Registration

$35 per person per tour. Go here to register.
Registration includes one (1) copy of A Year in Rock Creek Park per registrant.
Advance registration is required; space is limited.
Please note refunds will not be issued. If you are unable to attend, please let us know prior to the day of and your registration fee will be processed as a donation to Casey Trees.

Who Should Attend?

This tour is ideal for anyone interested in learning about the trees of Rock Creek Park and how to identify them during the fall.

Come Prepared

This event will take place rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather where safety could be jeopardized, the tour will be rescheduled.

To ensure you enjoy your experience with us:

  • Dress for the event and weather. Be prepared for rain if forecasted.
  • Wear layers and comfortable hiking boots that can get muddy.
  • Apply sunscreen and insect repellant.
  • Bring water, snacks and a bag lunch.
  • Consider bringing binoculars, hand lenses, field guides and notebooks.

Getting There

The hike will start at Peirce Mill located near the corner of Tilden Street (same as Park Road) and Beach Drive NW. Complimentary parking is available. Peirce Mill can also be reached on foot from the Cleveland Park Metrorail station. Take the Connecticut Avenue East exit, travel south until you reach the Melvin Hazen Trail marker. Continue a half-mile to Picnic Grove 1 then turn left and the meeting spot is one block ahead.

Site Information

The hike will cover roughly five miles and include some elevation change. Bathroom facilities are available at the Peirce Mill parking lot and the Rock Creek Park Nature Center.


October 24, 2015

Rock Creek Conservancy

125th Anniversary Autumn Nature Walk in Rock Creek Park

10:00am - 2:00pm
The Boundary Bridge parking lot, Beach Drive
Click here to register.

©Susan A. Roth

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley, the author of A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC for an autumn nature walk under the trees in the Boundary Bridge area of Rock Creek Park.  Melanie is a naturalist who frequently leads guided walks in the park and she is intimately acquainted with the trees and other plants growing along Rock Creek. We will witness the changing foliage of the oaks, maples, sycamores, hickories and other trees of Rock Creek Park’s floodplain forest and upland woods. We’ll look for witch-hazel blossoms and fall wildflowers and we’ll study and admire acorns, walnuts and many other autumn fruits. We’ll also keep our eyes and ears peeled for birds and other park wildlife.

Location and Directions: The Boundary Bridge parking lot, Beach Drive. Take East-West Highway (Route 410) east from Connecticut Avenue (a right-hand turn if driving north on Connecticut from DC and a left-hand turn if driving south from the Beltway). Take East-West Highway to Beach Drive and turn right (south) and drive to the locked gate across Beach Drive at the District line. Park in the parking lot just before the gate or along the road if the parking lot is full.

Bring: Water and snacks and/or a light lunch. Wear sunscreen and (optional) bug spray. Bring binoculars if you wish. Note: there are no restrooms at the meeting location or along the route. 

Trail: We will cover up to 2 ½ miles at a slow hiking pace with some elevation change on hiking trails.

Trip limited to 16 participants.


October 10, 2015

Upshur Street Books

Walk in Rock Creek Park

Celebrate the 125th anniversary of Rock Creek Park! Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley, the author of A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC and City of Trees, for a nature walk under the trees in the Boundary Bridge area of Rock Creek Park. Melanie is a naturalist who frequently leads guided walks in the park, which was created in 1890 and celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. Melanie is intimately acquainted with the trees and wildflowers growing along Rock Creek. She will share her love of nature and knowledge of the area’s plants and wildlife, including how to identify various species of trees. We will see the first blush of autumn color as we explore the trees along Rock Creek and into the uplands of the park.


©Susan A. Roth

9:30am - 12:30pm

Upshur Street Books
827 Upshur Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011

Cost of Tour: $20
Cost of Tour and Autographed Book: $45
LIMITED TO 20 PARTICIPANTS.
For tickets, please click here.

TOUR LOGISTICS: The tour will take place on Saturday, October 10th, from 9:30 a.m. to roughly 12:30 p.m. The group will meet at the Boundary Bridge parking lot found along Beach Drive, where attendees can park. To get there, take the East-West Highway (Route 410) east from Connecticut Avenue (a right-hand turn if driving north on Connecticut from DC and a left-hand turn if driving south from the Beltway). Take the East-West Highway to Beach Drive and turn right (south) and drive to the locked gate across Beach Drive at the District line. Park in the parking lot just before the gate or along the road if the parking lot is full. (If you are coming from the Silver Spring area on the East-West Highway turn left on Beach Drive.)

Because the tour should last up to three hours, attendees are encouraged to bring water, snacks, and/or a light lunch. Sun screen is recommended. Bring binoculars if you wish. We will cover up to 2 ½ miles at a slow hiking pace with some elevation change on hiking trails.

NOTE: there are no restrooms at the meeting location or along the route.


October 8, 2015

DC Public Library Event: Northeast Neighborhood Library

Rock Creek Park Presentation

Time: 6:30pm


October 3, 2015

DC Ecowomen

Walking Tour of Rock Creek Park

Join DC EcoWomen for a guided nature walk in Rock Creek Park!

Event Details: Join DC EcoWomen and Melanie Choukas-Bradley, the author of A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC, for a walk under the trees in Rock Creek Park. Melanie is a naturalist who frequently leads guided walks in the park and is intimately acquainted with the trees and wildflowers growing along Rock Creek.

The tour will take place on Saturday, October 3rd, from 10:00 a.m. to roughly 1:00 p.m. The group will meet at the Peirce Mill, a historic mill building located in Rock Creek Park, at Tilden Street and Beach Drive. Parking is available for attendees, and the mill is less than a mile from the Van Ness-UDC and Cleveland Park Metro. Because the tour should last up to three hours, attendees are encouraged to bring water, snacks, and/or a light lunch. In addition, depending on the day’s weather, sunscreen and bug spray may be needed. We will cover up to 2 ½ miles at a slow hiking pace with some elevation change on trails. Note: there are restrooms at Peirce Mill, but not along the route.

Date: Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm
Where: Peirce Mill (2401 Tilden St NW, Washington, DC 20015)
Closest Metro Station: Van Ness-UDC or Cleveland Park (Red line)

Please RSVP here.

Melanie Choukas-BradleySpeaker Bio: Melanie Choukas-Bradley is a Washington, DC author and naturalist who field trips and tree tours for the Audubon Naturalist Society, the United States Botanic Garden, Casey Trees, the Maryland and Virginia Native Plant Societies, the Rock Creek Conservancy, the Nature Conservancy, and other organizations. She is the author of A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC, with photographs by Susan Austin Roth. The book was published in two editions in the fall of 2014 by George F. Thompson Publishing. The softcover edition is distributed by the University of Virginia Press.

Melanie is the author of three other critically acclaimed books: City of Trees: The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, DC, illustrated by Polly Alexander and now in its third edition (2008), An Illustrated Guide to Eastern Woodland Wildflowers and Trees: 350 Plants Observed at Sugarloaf Mountain, Maryland, illustrated by Tina Thieme Brown (2004, 2007), and Sugarloaf: The Mountain’s History, Geology, and Natural Lore, illustrated by Tina Thieme Brown (2003), all published by the University of Virginia Press. She is also a long-time contributor to The Washington Post and other publications, has appeared as an author and guest expert on All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and Metro Connection. In 2014, Melanie was awarded one of four inaugural “Canopy Awards” by Casey Trees, for her efforts to educate people about the trees of Washington, DC.


September 29, 2015

Town of Chevy Chase

Discussion and Desserts

Time: 7:30pm
Where: Town Hall, 4301 Willow Lane, Chevy Chase, MD 2008
Contact: 301-654-7144

Email: townoffice@townofchevychase.org

Join naturalist, writer, teacher and Town resident Melanie Choukas-Bradley for Discussion & Desserts in the Town Hall on Tuesday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m.


September 27, 2015

National Park Service

Rock Creek Park Day 2015

Find Yourself in Rock Creek Park to Celebrate 125 Years!
Sunday, September 27, 2015 at the Rock Creek Nature Center
5200 Glover Road, NW
11am to 3pm

11:00am Opening Ceremony

11:30am Public Parks and Private Properties: Making a Natural Connection by native landscape expert Larry Weaner

1:30pm A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC by naturalist and author Melanie Choukas-Bradley

2:30pm Celebrate with cake and selfies!

Join us for hikes with Outdoor Afro and Yoga Hiker, programs on gardening, games, food, music and and a climbing wall. REI will have classes on Knot tying, Hiking 101, map and Compass Reading, and Bike Repair clinics! The YMCA will lead kids' activities. There will be pony rides and more!


September 23, 2015

Audubon Naturalist Society

Happy Birthday, Rock Creek Park

Wednesday, September 23 (10 am-2 pm)

© Susan A. Roth

Leader:  Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Members $26; nonmembers $36

Register online here

Come celebrate the Fall Equinox, the 125th Anniversary of Rock Creek Park AND the 80th birthday of Boundary Bridge on this hike along a scenic stretch of Rock Creek. Our leader for this nature exploration is Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of the award-winning A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC. We’ll enjoy the Park’s rich plant community and watch for maturing fall fruits, late summer and fall wildflowers, and perhaps some early color. We’ll keep our ears open for bird life and our eyes open for butterflies and any other wildlife activity. Our 2.5 mile hike will be on natural surface trails with moderate uphill and downhill walking.



US Botanic Garden

Trees of the Regional Garden
Melanie Choukas-Bradley

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, hop-hornbeam, 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. 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).

See more at: http://www.usbg.gov/events/2015/05/26/tour-trees-regional-garden#sthash.Bwpj8t3p.dpuf

Date: Thursday, July 30
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Location: Tour meets on the National Garden Lawn Terrace

FREE: Pre-registration required


July 13, 2015

Cosmos Club

Literary Conversation Series: A Year in Rock Creek Park
Monday, July 13, 1:30 p.m. (Lunch at noon)

Melanie Choukas-Bradley (’11) will discuss her recent book, A Year in Rock Creek Park, in a presentation that celebrates the 125th anniversary of Rock Creek Park. Her talk will showcase photographs by Susan Austin Roth, many of which appear in the book. Complimentary light refreshments will be served in the library.

 


July 8 - July 29, 2015

Natural History Field Studies Program

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

Summer Wildflower Identification
NATH7149E , 1 credit
Class dates: July 8-29
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 pm
Location Woodend Sanctuary, MD
Tuition $259
Instructor Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Register Online

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.

Field Trips Dates: July 18 and 25 with optional kayaking field trip on August 1.
This course is part of the Certificate of Accomplishment in Natural History Field Studies.

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is the author of three natural history books, including two botanical field guides, and she is a freelance contributor to The Washington Post. She leads many field trips for ANS. B.A., University of Vermont.
Required textbook: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb.
Recommended: An Illustrated Guide to Eastern Woodland Wildflowers and Trees: 350 Plants Observed at Sugarloaf Mountain, Maryland by Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Tina Thieme Brown. Instructor has loaner copies.
Recommended: Finding Wildflowers in the Washington-Baltimore Area by Cristol Fleming, Marion Blois Lobstein, Barbara Tufty.


June 28, 2015

Casey Trees

Tree Tour: Summer in Rock Creek Park 125th Anniversary Hike

June 28, 2015, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Rock Creek Park
Boundary Bridge Parking Area, Chevy Chase, MD, 20815

To celebrate Rock Creek Park’s 125th Anniversary, Casey Trees is hosting four season-focused hikes throughout the park throughout 2015 in collaboration with A Year in Rock Creek Park author Melanie Choukas-Bradley. Participants who lace up their hiking boots for our all four of the hikes will cover the distance of the two major hiking trails —Valley Trail and Western Ridge — and get to witness first-hand the majesty of the park’s mature trees and wildlife that flourishes right in the heart of DC

Join “A Year in Rock Creek Park” author Melanie Choukas-Bradley for the third hike in a series of four educational hikes in Rock Creek Park during 2015, the 125th anniversary of the park. During this five mile hike participants will witness the deep cooling canopy of the Rock Creek Park woodlands and learn to identify many woody plant species in full leaf.

Registration is open for our fall Rock Creek Park tour taking place on November 1.

Instructors

Melanie Choukas-Bradley— Author, City of Trees and A Year in Rock Creek Park
Stephanie Juchs — Community Education Coordinator, Casey Trees, ISA Certified Arborist

 


Registration

$35 per person per tour

Registration includes one (1) copy of A Year in Rock Creek Park per registrant. Advance registration is required; space is limited. Please note refunds will not be issued. If you are unable to attend, please let us know prior to the day of and your registration fee will be processed as a donation to Casey Trees. To register, go to http://caseytrees.org/event/tree-tour-summer-in-rock-creek-park-125th-anniversary-hike/.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Audubon Naturalist Society

A Year at Boundary Bridge

Saturdays (9 am-2 pm)
Section C: June 27
Section D: November 7
Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Each walk members $30; nonmembers $42

Join the author of A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC for our 9th year of hikes in one of DC’s most beautiful wild areas. Celebrating the park’s 125th birthday, we’ll start at Boundary Bridge and follow the same 2.5 mile loop trail each season, admiring and IDing the rich plant life 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. 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 hike will be on trails with moderate uphill and downhill walking. An ANS/Rock Creek Conservancy Partnership.

Registration required, please use go to http://www.ansbookshop.org/index.php/nature-programs/adults#APR.


June 12, 2015

US Botanic Garden

A Year in Rock Creek Park

Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Author, Naturalist & Teacher
This inspirational talk about the natural history of Rock Creek Park, one of the oldest and largest urban national parks in the country, is based upon the newly published book, A Year in Rock Creek Park - the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington DC by Melanie Choukas-Bradley with photographs by Susan Austin Roth. The presentation takes us on a journey through the seasons in the park, with a focus on the native plants of the Rock Creek Park woodlands. Melanie has traveled the 33-mile length of the creek, on foot and cross-country skis, by bicycle and by canoe, and she will describe her adventures. The talk will be illustrated by Susan Austin Roth's evocative photographs, many of which appear in the book. Celebrate the 125th anniversary of Rock Creek Park, which was created in 1890, the same year Yosemite was established.

Date: Friday, June 12
Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Conservatory Classroom


June 6, 2015

Politics and Prose

Walking Tour of Rock Creek Park

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Susan Austin Roth, the author and photographer of A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC, for a walk under the trees in the Boundary Bridge area of the park. Melanie and Susan are naturalists who frequently lead guided walks in the park, which was created in 1890 and celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, and are intimately acquainted with the trees and wildflowers growing along Rock Creek. Melanie and Susan will share their love of nature and knowledge of the area’s wildlife, including how to identify various species of trees, feeling the cooling shade of the deep forest canopy, and searching for the first wildflowers of summer. The group will also listen for the songs of nesting birds and look for butterflies, dragonflies, and damselflies while exploring some of the author’s and photographer’s favorite spots, including Boundary Bridge, the Skunk Cabbage Swamp, the Laurel Ledge, and the Meditation Rock.

The tour will take place on Saturday, June 6th, from 9:30 a.m. to roughly 12:30 p.m. The group will meet at the Boundary Bridge parking lot found along Beach Drive, where attendees can park. To get there, take the East-West Highway (Route 410) east from Connecticut Avenue (a right-hand turn if driving north on Connecticut from DC and a left-hand turn if driving south from the Beltway). Take the East-West Highway to Beach Drive and turn right (south) and drive to the locked gate across Beach Drive at the District line. Park in the parking lot just before the gate or along the road if the parking lot is full.

Because the tour should last up to three hours, attendees are encouraged to bring water, snacks, and/or a light lunch. In addition, depending on the day’s weather, sunscreen and bug spray may be needed. Bring binoculars if you wish.

We will cover up to 2 ½ miles at a slow hiking pace with some elevation change on hiking trails. Note: there are no restrooms at the meeting location or along the route.

For more information contact Justin at jstephani@politics-prose.com.

Go to http://www.politics-prose.com/rock-creek-park-walking-tour to sign up for ths event.



June 12, 2015

US Botanic Garden

A Year in Rock Creek Park

Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Author, Naturalist & Teacher
This inspirational talk about the natural history of Rock Creek Park, one of the oldest and largest urban national parks in the country, is based upon the newly published book, A Year in Rock Creek Park - the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington DC by Melanie Choukas-Bradley with photographs by Susan Austin Roth. The presentation takes us on a journey through the seasons in the park, with a focus on the native plants of the Rock Creek Park woodlands. Melanie has traveled the 33-mile length of the creek, on foot and cross-country skis, by bicycle and by canoe, and she will describe her adventures. The talk will be illustrated by Susan Austin Roth's evocative photographs, many of which appear in the book. Celebrate the 125th anniversary of Rock Creek Park, which was created in 1890, the same year Yosemite was established.

Date: Friday, June 12
Time: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
ocation: Conservatory Classroom
FREE: Pre-registration required


June 6, 2015

Politics and Prose

Walking Tour of Rock Creek Park

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Susan Austin Roth, the author and photographer of A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC, for a walk under the trees in the Boundary Bridge area of the park. Melanie and Susan are naturalists who frequently lead guided walks in the park, which was created in 1890 and celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, and are intimately acquainted with the trees and wildflowers growing along Rock Creek. Melanie and Susan will share their love of nature and knowledge of the area’s wildlife, including how to identify various species of trees, feeling the cooling shade of the deep forest canopy, and searching for the first wildflowers of summer. The group will also listen for the songs of nesting birds and look for butterflies, dragonflies, and damselflies while exploring some of the author’s and photographer’s favorite spots, including Boundary Bridge, the Skunk Cabbage Swamp, the Laurel Ledge, and the Meditation Rock.

The tour will take place on Saturday, June 6th, from 9:30 a.m. to roughly 12:30 p.m. The group will meet at the Boundary Bridge parking lot found along Beach Drive, where attendees can park. To get there, take the East-West Highway (Route 410) east from Connecticut Avenue (a right-hand turn if driving north on Connecticut from DC and a left-hand turn if driving south from the Beltway). Take the East-West Highway to Beach Drive and turn right (south) and drive to the locked gate across Beach Drive at the District line. Park in the parking lot just before the gate or along the road if the parking lot is full.

Because the tour should last up to three hours, attendees are encouraged to bring water, snacks, and/or a light lunch. In addition, depending on the day’s weather, sunscreen and bug spray may be needed. Bring binoculars if you wish.

We will cover up to 2 ½ miles at a slow hiking pace with some elevation change on hiking trails. Note: there are no restrooms at the meeting location or along the route.

For more information contact Justin at jstephani@politics-prose.com.

Go to http://www.politics-prose.com/rock-creek-park-walking-tour to sign up for ths event.


May 17, 2015

Audubon Naturalist Society

Spring Hike on Sugarloaf Mountain

Saturday, May 24 (10 am-3 pm)
Leaders Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Tina Thieme Brown
Members $30; nonmembers $42

Join Sugarloaf author Melanie Choukas-Bradley and artist 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 mountain laurel, pinxter, 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 16, 2015

Melanie Choukas-Bradley
at the 2015 Gaithersburg Book Festival

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 10am - 6pm
Gaithersburg City Hall Grounds

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is the author of four natural history books, including the highly acclaimed “City of Trees: The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, DC,” which has been published in three editions during a 34-year period. Her newest book, “A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC,” was published in November.

Melanie is also author of two books about Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland. She leads tree tours and field trips for Casey Trees, the Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS), the Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Botanic Garden and she teaches plant identification courses for the Natural History Field Studies Program of the Graduate School USA and ANS. Melanie lectures widely and has been a guest on the Diane Rehm Show, the Kojo Nnamdi Show and All Things Considered. In 2014, she was awarded one of four inaugural Canopy Awards by Casey Trees.

Program: Melanie Choukas-Bradley: A Year in Rock Creek Park
Time: 10:35 am - 11:05 am
Genre: Non-Fictions
Location: Rachel Carson Pavilion
Signing Time: 11:15 am


May 2, 2015

US Botanic Garden

Spring Tree Tour of the Capitol Grounds

Spend a May morning strolling under the venerable trees that grace the U.S. Capitol grounds with Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of City of Trees. The lush and botanically diverse Capitol grounds were designed by the pre-eminent 19th century landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted - designer of New York City's Central Park and many other North American landscapes - and they have been described as one of the world's finest arboretums. We will explore the historic groves of the Capitol at the height of spring foliage and flower, admiring and learning about the trees that grace the grounds, including species from around the United States and the world. We hope to see magnolias, fringe-trees, buckeyes, horsechestnuts and other flowering trees in bloom. The tour begins at the USBG Conservatory and continues to the Capitol. Learn some basics of tree identification and a secret side of political Washington: the love of trees that goes back to founding presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and led to the capital becoming known as the "City of Trees." Memorial trees planted by Members of Congress - including one that is 100 years old - are among the trees on the tour. Hear arboreal highlights of the city's planning history and recommendations for local natural areas for further exploration. 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).

Date: Saturday, May 2
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Tour meets on the Terrace by the entrance to the USBG Conservatory
FREE: Pre-registration required


April 24, 2015

Rock Creek Conservancy

125th Anniversary Spring Nature Walk in Rock Creek Park

April 24, 2015
10:00am - 1:00pm


© Susan Austin Roth
Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley, the author of A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC for an Earth Day/Arbor Day spring nature walk under the trees in the Boundary Bridge area of Rock Creek Park.  Melanie is a naturalist who frequently leads guided walks in the park and she is intimately acquainted with the trees and wildflowers growing along Rock Creek. We will witness the fresh green foliage of the newly leafed canopy as we search for spring wildflowers and listen for the return of the musical wood thrush, DC’s official bird.  (Check back for information about two additional 2015 hikes with Melanie Choukas-Bradley on September 27th—the 125th anniversary of Rock Creek Park—and October 24th.)

Location and Directions: The Boundary Bridge parking lot, Beach Drive. Take East-West Highway (Route 410) east from Connecticut Avenue (a right-hand turn if driving north on Connecticut from DC and a left-hand turn if driving south from the Beltway). Take East-West Highway to Beach Drive and turn right (south) and drive to the locked gate across Beach Drive at the District line. Park in the parking lot just before the gate or along the road if the parking lot is full.

Bring: Water and snacks and/or a light lunch. Wear sunscreen and (optional) bug spray. Bring binoculars if you wish. Note: there are no restrooms at the meeting location or along the route. 

Trail: We will cover up to 2 ½ miles at a slow hiking pace with some elevation change on hiking trails.

Trip limited to 16 participants. Registration required.


April 22, 2015


April 19, 2015

Casey Trees Event

Tree Tour: Tudor Place with Melanie Choukas-Bradley

April 19, 2015 12:30pm - 3:00pm

Tudor Place
1644 31st Street NW
Washington, DC, 20007

Tudor Place is one of America’s last intact urban estates from the Federal Period and home to some of the District’s most botanically noteworthy trees. History lovers will delight in knowing that Tudor Place was once home to Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Martha Custis Peter, and the estate remained in the Peter family for 200 years before becoming one of the first designated National Historic Landmarks in DC

On our tour of the almost six-acre Georgetown property, we will see and study many impressive woody plants including a tulip poplar (or tulip tree), estimated to be more than 200 years old, and a scarlet oak planted on the bicentennial of President George Washington’s birth. The historic treescape also includes incense-cedars, several species of magnolia, American basswood and Kentucky coffee-trees — many of which will be in spring leaf and flower.

If you are interested in helping to restore Tudor Place’s historic treescape, consider also volunteering to plant trees onsite on April 25, 2015.

Instructors

Melanie Choukas-Bradley— author of City of Trees and A Year in Rock Creek Park

Registration

The $3 garden tour fee is waived for registered participants of this tree tour.

The tree tour will end in time for participants to attend the last house tour of the day if they wish. The house tour will begin at 3pm and is $10 for adults. Reservations are recommended for the house tour.

To register, go to http://caseytrees.org/event/tree-tour-tudor-place-with-melanie-choukas-bradley/.


April 12, 2015

Casey Trees

Tree Tour: Spring in Rock Creek Park 125th Anniversary Hike

April 12, 2015 9:00am - 3:00pm

Rock Creek Park
Boundary Bridge Parking Area, Chevy Chase, MD, 20815

To celebrate Rock Creek Park’s 125th Anniversary, Casey Trees is hosting four season-focused hikes throughout the park throughout 2015 in collaboration with A Year in Rock Creek Park author Melanie Choukas-Bradley. Participants who lace up their hiking boots for our all four of the hikes will cover the distance of the two major hiking trails —Valley Trail and Western Ridge — and get to witness first-hand the majesty of the park’s mature trees and wildlife that flourishes right in the heart of DC

Our spring hike, the second in the series, will take hikers along Rock Creek Park’s floodplain and upland woods via the Valley Trail. We will break for lunch (self-provided) at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center. Participants will be treated to trees in various stages of leafing and flowering along with gorgeous understory plants in bloom such as Virginia bluebells and trout lilies.

Registration is open for our summer and fall Rock Creek Park tours taking place on June 28 and November 1respectively.

Instructors

Melanie Choukas-Bradley— Author, City of Trees and A Year in Rock Creek Park
Stephanie Juchs — Community Education Coordinator, Casey Trees, ISA Certified Arborist

 


Registration

$35 per person per tour

Registration includes one (1) copy of A Year in Rock Creek Park per registrant. Advance registration is required; space is limited. Please note refunds will not be issued. If you are unable to attend, please let us know prior to the day of and your registration fee will be processed as a donation to Casey Trees. To register, go to http://caseytrees.org/event/tree-tour-spring-in-rock-creek-park-125th-anniversary-hike/.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Audubon Naturalist Society

A Year at Boundary Bridge

Saturdays (9 am-2 pm)
Section B: April 11
Section C: June 27
Section D: November 7
Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Each walk members $30; nonmembers $42

Join the author of A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC for our 9th year of hikes in one of DC’s most beautiful wild areas. Celebrating the park’s 125th birthday, we’ll start at Boundary Bridge and follow the same 2.5 mile loop trail each season, admiring and IDing the rich plant life 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 hike will be on trails with moderate uphill and downhill walking. An ANS/Rock Creek Conservancy Partnership.

Registration required, please use go to http://www.ansbookshop.org/index.php/nature-programs/adults#APR.


March 29, 2015

Audubon Naturalist Society

Budbreak at Carderock

Sunday, March 29 (9:30 am-1:30 pm)
Leaders: Melanie Choukas-Bradley & Elizabeth Rives
Members $24; nonmembers $34

During spring in Washington, all eyes seem to be on the colorful wildflowers and showy migrating birds. But one of the greatest miracles of spring, the bursting buds of native trees and shrubs, is often overlooked. Join Natural History Field Studies woody plant ID teachers Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Elizabeth Rives for a walk devoted to the identification and admiration of native trees and shrubs as their buds break and their leaves and flowers emerge! The 2-3 mile hike will mostly follow the C&O canal towpath, but we will venture down to the Potomac River on Section B of the Billy Goat Trail for a portion of the hike.This stretch involves some scrambling over rocks, a few steep sections, and some up and down, but we will move at a slow pace. For registration information, email Pam Oves or call Pam at 301-652-9188 x16. Go to http://www.audubonnaturalist.org/index.php/nature-programs-2/adults/classes-field-trips#MAR to register online.


March 25, 2015

Casey Trees Event

Canopy Connections: Urban Forests for Public Good

Canopy Connections is Casey Trees’ annual, one-day conference geared towards industry professionals to discuss pressing urban forestry issues, learn about the latest research being undertaken and connect with other practitioners and those interested in growing and protecting our trees and urban forests.

The theme for the 2015 Canopy Connections is Urban Forests for Public Good. Five distinguished experts will discuss how urban forests and other natural areas improve our lives and provide various health, environmental, economic and social benefits.

March 25, 2015 8:30am - 4:00pm

The Carnegie Institution for Science
1530 P Street NW, Washington, DC, 20005

Presenters include Dr. Kathy Wolf, University of Washington; Mike Galvin, SavATree; Dr. Morgan Grove, USDA Forest Service; Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author; and Dr. Jessica Vogt, Furman University.

Rates

Early Bird — $50.00 per person
General and Onsite — $75.00 per person

Space is extremely limited and tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket availability not guaranteed onsite. Registration includes light morning refreshments and lunch. Please indicate dietary preferences and/or allergies when registering to attend. To register online, please click here.

Continuing Education Credits

ISA Continuing Education Credits available.
SAF Credits available.
LA CES Credits available. A Public Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Cancellation requests made before March 11, 2015 will incur a $25.00 cancellation fee. Refunds will NOT be issued for any reason after March 11, 2015. Substitutions are permitted until March 18, 2015. Cancellation and substitution requests must be submitted to sjuchs@caseytrees.org. No cancellations or substitutions will be accepted over the phone.



March 14, 2015

National Zoo Visitor's Center Auditorium

Rock Creek Park Is Your Backyard

March 14, 2015
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us SaturdayMarch 14, 10 am to 12 noon to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Rock Creek Park! Learn more about the wild heart of Washington, hidden places you can explore, and what you can do to protect and connect with this urban forest. Hosted by Rock Creek Conservancy, in collaboration with Friends of the National Zoo, and the Rock Creek Park Partners Network. National Zoo Auditorium in the Visitors Center. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.   

  • Special guest author Melanie Choukas-Bradley offers inspiration from her book, A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC;
  • Arborist Marty Frye from Casey Trees, a non-profit dedicated to restoring our City of Trees, talks leafy canopy;
  • Rock Creek Conservancy announces a new program--Rock Creek Park in Your Backyard: Creating wildlife-friendly, water-wise natural landscapes;
  • and special presenter Pete Marra, Head of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, talks about the birds nesting in and around Rock Creek Park.

March 7, 2015

Virginia Native Plant Society, Potowmack Chapter

The Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society
proudly invites you to join us for the following event:

Rock Creek Park Field Trip
With Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Susan Austin Roth, Author and Photographer

A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC


Tulip Tree and Spice Bush in bloom in Rock Creek Park photos: Susan Austin Roth

Saturday, 9:30-1:30
March 7, 2015

Rock Creek Park
Washington, DC

We’ll walk along a scenic stretch of Rock Creek beginning at Boundary Bridge on the Maryland-DC line. Sycamores, white and green ashes, several maple species, American elms, cottonwoods, ironwoods, river birches, tulip trees, pawpaws and bladdernuts are among the woody plants we’ll encounter. We’ll pass a skunk cabbage swamp and switch back into an upland forest where extremely old oaks and beeches grow.

If weather permits, we’ll picnic on a dramatic rocky ledge crowned with American beech, witch-hazel, pinxterflower and mountain laurel. We’ll also see black walnuts and butternuts, three hickory species, and hop-hornbeam as we mosey along the creek, through the upland woods and back to Boundary Bridge.

VNPS programs are free and open to the public.
Registration for field events is required.
Please RSVP through Eventbrite at https://20150307.eventbrite.com

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is a writer, naturalist and teacher in the DC area and author of numerous books on natural history, most notable of which is City of Trees: The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, D.C.  She is a longtime contributor to The Washington Post and other publications and has appeared as an author and guest expert on All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show and the Kojo Nnamdi Show. In 2014 she was awarded one of four inaugural “Canopy Awards” by the non-profit organization Casey Trees, established in 2001 to restore and protect Washington’s tree canopy, for her efforts to educate people about the trees of Washington, DC.

Susan Austin Roth is a writer and photographer specializing in gardening and garden design. She worked as a field editor and assignment photographer for Better Homes and Gardens magazine for seven years, and she is the author and sole photographer of numerous popular gardening books. The Garden Writers Association has honored her with three awards for her writing and photography. She has now turned her camera to her true love: Nature. She moved to Virginia several years ago and now lives in Alexandria and Greene County. Susan became a Virginia Master Naturalist last year and is an editor of the state-wide Master Naturalist Newsletter. She volunteers in the war against invasive plants in local and national parks.

This event will take place rain or shine but will be postponed if weather is hazardous or miserable (such as heavy snow or heavy cold rain). Please dress in warm layers and bring rain gear if precipitation is possible.  Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes or boots that can get muddy. Bring water, snacks, lunch and (optional) binoculars (very good for looking at twigs and fruit on tall trees). A small hand lens is also helpful for examining trees up close.

This walk is along a loop trail which covers a distance of about 2.5 miles. There are no restrooms available onsite.

Potowmack Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society
PO Box 5311
Arlington, VA  22205
www.vnps.org/potomac


March 2, 2015

Politics & Prose @ Busboys & Poets Takoma
235 Carroll Street NW, Washington, DC, Nicolás Guillén Room

Author/Photographer Event

Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Susan Austin Roth
A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC

Susan and Melanie in Rock Creek Park
Photo by Judy Licht
6:30 pm

busboysandpoets.com


February 28, 2015

Audubon Naturalist Society

A Year at Boundary Bridge


© Susan Austin Roth

Saturdays (9am - 2pm)

Section A: February 28
Section B: April 11
Section C: June 27
Section D: November 7
Leader Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Each walk members $30; nonmembers $42; entire series $102/$143

Join the author of A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC for our 9th year of hikes in one of D.C.’s most beautiful wild areas. Celebrating the park’s 125th birthday, we’ll start at Boundary Bridge and follow the same 2.5 mile loop trail each season, admiring and IDing the rich plant life 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 hike will be on trails with moderate uphill and downhill walking. An ANS/Rock Creek Conservancy Partnership.

Members: $30; Nonmembers: $42

Registration required. For registration information, email Pam Oves or call Pam at 301-652-9188 x16. To register for a program, please mail or fax the registration form or register online. To download mail-in registration form, click here. To register online, go to http://www.audubonnaturalist.org/index.php/nature-programs-2/adults/classes-field-trips#FEB, and click on the large button "RegisterOnline."


February 21, 2015

United States Botanic Garden

Winter Tree Tour of the Capitol Grounds

Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Author of City of Trees
Winter is the best time to appreciate the architecture of the historic trees gracing the U.S. Capitol grounds. Stroll around the Capitol with Melanie Choukas-Bradley, admiring and learning about its magnificent trees from around the country and the world. Learn to identify Kentucky coffee-trees, Japanese pagoda trees, beeches, magnolias and dogwoods during winter. Melanie Choukas-Bradley will 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 on the tour. Melanie Choukas-Bradley will share history of the Capitol grounds and the city of Washington throughout the tour. Please note: This tour is held outdoors. Please come prepared to be outside in the winter weather. The tour is canceled if it rains or snows.

Date: Saturday, February 21
Time: 10am to 1pm
Location: Tour will meet in front of the USBG Conservatory entrance on the Terrace
FREE: This program is full.

February 12, 2015, 7:30-9:00pm

Virginia Native Plant Society, Potowmack Chapter

A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC
A Talk and Book Signing by Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Susan Austin Roth based on their just-published book

Thursday
February 12
7:30 to 9:00 pm

Green Spring Gardens
4603 Green Spring Rd
Alexandria, VA

703-642-5173

 

Melanie and Susan will be available to sell and sign books at 7 pm

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is a writer, naturalist and teacher in the DC area and author of numerous books on natural history, most notable of which is City of Trees: The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, D.C. She is a longtime contributor to The Washington Post and other publications and has appeared as an author and guest expert on All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show and the Kojo Nnamdi Show. In 2014 she was awarded an inaugural “Canopy Award” by non-profit Casey Trees, established in 2001 to restore and protect Washington’s tree canopy, for her efforts to educate people about Washington’s trees.

Susan Austin Roth is a writer and photographer residing in Virginia. She is author and photographer of numerous popular gardening books and has been honored with three awards from the Garden Writers Association. She worked as a field editor and assignment photographer for Better Homes and Gardens magazine, and her photographs appear regularly in books, national magazines and calendars. Recently, she became a Virginia Master Naturalist and volunteers in local and national parks.

VNPS programs are free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary for lectures.


February 8, 2015

Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church

10:10am - 10:55am
Chalice House
Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church
9601 Cedar Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814


February 1, 2015 - 9am - 3pm

Casey Trees

Tree Tour: Winter in Rock Creek Park 125th Anniversary Hike

Join A Year in Rock Creek Park author Melanie Choukas-Bradley for a series of four educational hikes in Rock Creek Park during 2015, the 125th anniversary of the park. During these four consecutive seasonal hikes we will cover the distance of the two major hiking trails in the park: the Valley Trail and the Western Ridge Trail. We will admire and learn about the mature trees of the stream valley forest running through the heart of Washington, DC as we hike through the city’s wild, wooded heart.

Winter in Rock Creek Park 125th Anniversary Hike
The first educational hike of the series will start at the Peirce Mill parking area and will take participants on the Valley Trail, after a linking hike on the Theodore Roosevelt Trail through a beech/oak/hickory/heath forest to Pulpit Rock, one of Teddy Roosevelt’s favorite hiking spots. We will hike over to the Rock Creek Park Nature Center for a picnic lunch before returning via the Valley Trail to Peirce Mill. We will explore the trees of the bottomland woods and the upland forest on this first hike, learning to identify many woody plant species in winter condition through their bark, buds, fruit and growth habits. Total hiking distance is approximately five miles with some elevation changes.

Registration Information

Each registered participant will receive a copy of A Year in Rock Creek Park. Participants can register for each hike separately (linked to below) or for the entire series at a discounted price, $125 for all four hikes. To receive the discounted rate, register under the Series Participant level and you will be enrolled for all four hikes. 

Winter in Rock Creek Park 125th Anniversary Hike-
Sunday, February 1, 2015

Spring in Rock Creek Park 125th Anniversary Hike- Sunday, April 12, 2015

Summer in Rock Creek Park 125th Anniversary Hike- Sunday, June 28, 2015

Fall in Rock Creek Park 125th Anniversary Hike- Sunday, October 25, 2015

Note: No refunds or exchanges will be provided. However, since space is limited please let us know if you’re unable to make it and your reservation will be opened for someone else and your registration fee will be processed as a donation.



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