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February 19, 2017


© Susan Austin Roth
“A Year in Rock Creek Park —a Journey Through The Seasons.”

River Road Unitarian Church
6301 River Road, Bethesda, Maryland

“Coffee, Controversy & Conversation” series, 10:20-11:10 a.m.

Presented by Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Author, Naturalist & Teacher

This photo-illustrated, inspirational talk on the history and natural history of Rock Creek Park, based on 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, takes us on a journey through the seasons in the Park, with focus on its native trees and wildflowers. Melanie will talk about the spiritual sustenance she derives from  having traveled the 33-mile length of the creek, on foot and cross-country skis, by bicycle and by canoe, but also environmental threats to the Rock Creek watershed, and what we can do to mitigate them.


February 25, 2017

Audubon Naturalist Society

A Year in Rock Creek Park


A: Winter Tree Walk at Boundary Bridge
Saturday, February 25 (10 am-2 pm)

B: Spring Wildflower and Budbreak Walk at Boundary Bridge
Wednesday April 12 (9:30 am-2:30 pm)

C: Forest Bathing at Pinehurst Branch
Wednesday, May 31 (9:30 am-12:30 pm)

D: Fall Nature Hike in Rock Creek Park
Saturday, November 4 (9:30 am-3:30 pm)

Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Walks A and C: members $28; nonmembers $38
Walks B and D: members $34; nonmembers $42

In 2016 the award-winning author of A Year in Rock Creek Park completed 10 years of her popular walks for ANS titled “A Year at Boundary Bridge.” This year, Melanie Choukas-Bradley will branch out into other areas of Rock Creek Park with a new series of field trips throughout the year. During the winter tree walk, we will examine the twigs, buds, bark, and overall shapes of the park’s floodplain and upland forest trees and shrubs as we look and listen for winter bird flocks and the always anticipated visit of a kingfisher. We will also look for the winter-flowering skunk cabbage. On the April walk, we will witness the annual floral miracle of  Virginia bluebells, spring beauties and trout lilies in the floodplain forest, in addition to the leaves of tuliptree and American beech spilling from their buds. In May, we will have a change of pace and scene with a Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing walk in the Pinehurst Branch area of Rock Creek Park. Autumn will find us hiking the Western Ridge and Valley Trails during peak autumn foliage and fruiting season, stopping to study and admire trees along the route. Please join ANS as we visit familiar parts of Rock Creek Park and explore new ones! The Boundary Bridge Walks will cover a 2.5 mile loop on natural surface trails with moderate uphill and downhill. The Fall Hike will traverse 4-6 miles, with uphill and downhill on natural surface trails which may be rocky and uneven.

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 here, and click on the large button "Register Online."


March 1, 2017

United States Botanic Garden

Winter Tree Tour of the Capitol Grounds

DATE: Wednesday, March 1
TIME: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
LOCATION: Tour will meet in front of the Conservatory entrance on the Terrace
FREE: Pre-registration required. This tour is full. Next available USBG tour of the Capitol grounds with Melanie: May 6, 2017. Registration will open later.

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, 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 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 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. Tour on Saturday is a repeat of the tour on Wednesday.


March 4, 2017

United States Botanic Garden

Tour: Winter Tree Tour of the Capitol Grounds

DATE: Saturday, March 4
TIME: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
LOCATION: Tour will meet in front of the Conservatory entrance on the Terrace
FREE: Pre-registration required.This tour is full. Next available USBG tour of the Capitol grounds with Melanie: May 6, 2017. Registration will open later.

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, 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 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 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.



April 5. 2017

Audubon Naturalist Society

Budbreak at Theodore Roosevelt Island

Budbreak at Theodore Roosevelt Island  FULL
Wednesday April 5 (9:30 am-1:30 pm)
Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Members: $28; nonmembers: $38

Join award-winning author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley for an early spring walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island, an 88-acre park in the middle of the Potomac River opposite the Kennedy Center. We will explore the park using a loop trail through the island’s forests and along the boardwalk through its scenic swamp. During spring in the Washington area, when naturalists’ eyes turn to our magical ephemerals and migrating birds, the miracle of “budbreak” among the woody plants is often overlooked. We will examine the buds of many species of trees and shrubs as they burst from their winter-protective scales to reveal their spring leaves and flowers. Expect a leisurely walk of 2-3 miles.


April 9, 2017

Politics and Prose

The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C.

9:30am – 1:30pm
Cost of tour is $40.
This tour is sold out. For more information, contact Justin Stephani at jstephani@politics-prose.com.

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley, the author of A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C., for a spring nature walk under the trees in the Boundary Bridge area of Rock Creek Park. Susan Austin Roth, the book's photographer and a Virginia Master Naturalist, will co-lead the walk if her work-travel schedule permits. Melanie and Susan are naturalists who frequently lead guided walks in the park, and they are intimately acquainted with the trees and wildflowers growing along Rock Creek. We will see Virginia bluebells, spring beauties, trout lilies and other early spring wildflowers of the floodplain forest as we witness the miracle of "budbreak" among the park's venerable trees. Our trail will take us into the upland woods where ancient oaks reach for the sky and the lovely wild pinxter azalea blooms. The walk will be a musical experience too – as resident and migrating birds sing from the canopy, we may hear the calls of spring peepers and other amphibians. Melanie and Susan will share some of their favorite spots, which are described and depicted in their book, including Boundary Bridge, the Skunk Cabbage Swamp, the Laurel Ledge, and Meditation Rock.

The tour will take place on Sunday, April 9th from 9:30 a.m. to roughly 1:30 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 D.C. 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. Note: Beach Drive is closed to motorized vehicles south of the park gate on weekends.

Because the tour should last up to four 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. There are no restrooms at the meeting location or along the route.

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

NOTE: Those buying both a spot on the walk and a copy of Melanie and Susan's A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C. will receive 20% off the list price of the book!

 

 

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

April 12, 2017

Audubon Naturalist Society

A Year in Rock Creek Park

A Year in Rock Creek Park
B: Spring Wildflower and Budbreak Walk at Boundary Bridge
Wednesday April 12 (9:30 am-2:30 pm)

C: Forest Bathing at Pinehurst Branch
Wednesday, May 31 (9:30 am-12:30 pm)
D: Fall Nature Hike in Rock Creek Park
Saturday, November 4 (9:30 am-3:30 pm)
Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Walk C: members $28; nonmembers $38
Walks B and D: members $34; nonmembers $42

In 2016 the award-winning author of A Year in Rock Creek Park completed 10 years of her popular walks for ANS titled “A Year at Boundary Bridge.” This year, Melanie Choukas-Bradley will branch out into other areas of Rock Creek Park with a new series of field trips throughout the year. During the winter tree walk, we will examine the twigs, buds, bark, and overall shapes of the park’s floodplain and upland forest trees and shrubs as we look and listen for winter bird flocks and the always anticipated visit of a kingfisher. We will also look for the winter-flowering skunk cabbage. On the April walk, we will witness the annual floral miracle of  Virginia bluebells, spring beauties and trout lilies in the floodplain forest, in addition to the leaves of tuliptree and American beech spilling from their buds. In May, we will have a change of pace and scene with a Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing walk in the Pinehurst Branch area of Rock Creek Park. Autumn will find us hiking the Western Ridge and Valley Trails during peak autumn foliage and fruiting season, stopping to study and admire trees along the route. Please join ANS as we visit familiar parts of Rock Creek Park and explore new ones! The Boundary Bridge Walks will cover a 2.5 mile loop on natural surface trails with moderate uphill and downhill. The Fall Hike will traverse 4-6 miles, with uphill and downhill on natural surface trails which may be rocky and uneven.

Registration required. For registration information, email Pam Oves or call Pam at 301-652-9188 x16. To register online, go here.


April 14, 2017

Smithsonian Associates

A Rock Creek Park Tour All-Day Tour

Boulder Bridge, Rock Creek Park by Carol Highsmith (Library of Congress)

9:30am - 4:00pm
To get on the Wait List, click here.

There’s no more inviting time than spring to get a close-up look at the attractions of Rock Creek Park, Washington’s 1,700-acre urban oasis administered by the National Park Service that’s been welcoming visitors since 1890. Local natural historian Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of A Year in Rock Creek Park, leads a tour of the wondrous sights, both natural and manmade, that the park offers. Local experts and historians join the tour along the way to provide context and comment on some of the park’s natural highlights.

The tour includes walks through diverse terrain. Trails can be muddy, so please wear appropriate “off-roading” shoes and layers of comfortable clothing. Bring binoculars if you wish.

9:45 a.m. Thompson’s Boat House
This landmark sits where Rock Creek meets the Potomac River, at mile marker 0 on the C&O Canal.

10:15 a.m. Peirce Mill
Meet local historian Steve Dryden, who interprets the history of this 19th-century mill, and park ranger Bill Yeaman, who talks about spawning shad and herring at the fish ladder..

11:15 a.m.  Blagden Mill and Pulpit Rock
After crossing the aptly named Boulder Bridge, see Teddy Roosevelt’s favorite spot for his “scrambles” and notorious Rock Creek skinny dips.

11:45 a.m.  Rapids Bridge Nature Walk
The area around the lovely footbridge offers an ideal place to witness budbreak among the flood-plain trees and plants.

12:45 p.m.  Boxed Lunch at Rock Creek Park Nature Center
Box turtles, foxes, and of course, deer, make their home in the park. Learn about the abundant wildlife in Rock Creek and enjoy a picnic lunch.

1:45 p.m.  Milk House Ford and Joaquin Miller Cabin
Native Washingtonians may remember driving right across Rock Creek at Milk House Ford, where the water was only a few inches deep. Eccentric poet Joaquin Miller (1837–1913) originally built this cabin in Meridian Hill Park, but it was moved to Rock Creek Park in the early 1900s. Miller and his cabin were a tourist attraction for years.

2:30 p.m.  Boundary Bridge
Marking the line between the District and Maryland, Boundary Bridge was constructed by the Public Works Administration in the 1930s. It leads to a footpath bordered by towering sycamores and abundant wildflowers in spring bloom, including Rock Creek’s famous Virginia bluebells.

Bus departs at 9:30 a.m. from the S. Dillon Ripley Center; bus returns to this location at the program’s end.

LOCATION:
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)

Quick Tix Code: 1B0-201


April 23, 2017

Rock Creek Conservancy

Shinrin-Yoku or Forest Bathing Walk in Rock Creek Park

Sunday, April 23, 9:30 - approximately 12:30
Oregon Ave NW & Beech St NW, Washington, DC 20015

Join the Rock Creek Conservancy and Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of A Year in Rock Creek Park and City of Trees, for our inaugural Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing walk. We will meet in the Pinehurst Branch area of Rock Creek Park for a mindfulness walk under the tall trees near the scenic tributary. For more than 30 years, the forest agency of Japan has encouraged Japanese citizens to spend quiet time in the forest, taking in the sights, sounds, smells and tactile sensations of nature. Numerous health studies in Japan, North America and around the world have demonstrated measurable improvements in physical health and mood following sensory immersion in nature, including lowered blood pressure, lowered levels of the stress hormone cortisol, and increased immunity to disease. See the National Geographic January 2016 article: “This is Your Brain on Nature” and The Washington Post’s“’Forest Bathing is Latest Fitness Trend to Hit U.S. –‘Where Yoga Was 30 Years Ago,’” May 17, 2016. Melanie will share some simple techniques she has learned to help us connect more deeply with the beauty and wonder of the forest and waters that the Rock Creek Conservancy works so hard to protect. (Melanie is a Forest Therapy Guide who has received certification with the California Bay-area Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs Santa Rosa, CA.)

Registration: This is a free event. Participants must sign up here! Limited spots are available.

Meeting Place and Directions: We will meet at the intersection of 6800 Oregon Avenue and 3000 Beech Street, NW. (Note, this is Beech Street, not Beach Drive.) The meeting place is 1 mile north of Military Road and .4 miles north of Nebraska Avenue on Oregon Avenue. From Connecticut Avenue, NW take Western Avenue east from the Chevy Chase Circle at the DC/MD line. In one mile turn right on Beech Street and take it to Oregon Avenue. There is parking along Beech Street near Oregon.

Please note: There are no restrooms at our meeting place. There are restrooms at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road, 1.3 miles south of our meeting place. Nature Center opens at 9:00 a.m.

What to Wear and Bring: Wear warm comfortable clothing and dress in layers for the weather. Wear sturdy shoes with good soles as trails may be muddy. This is a rain or shine event, unless conditions are dangerous or miserable. Wear sunscreen and bring water and snacks.

What to Expect: We will be walking very slowly and covering a distance of about a mile during our 2-3 hour forest bathing walk. We will provide light portable canvas chairs that we encourage you to carry for the sitting portions of the walk. (Given the slow pace of the walk, extra layers of clothing are recommended for comfort.)


April 30, 2017

DC Ecowomen

Rock Creek Park Nature Hike

Join DC EcoWomen and Melanie Choukas-Bradley, the author of the award-winning book “A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C.," 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 Sunday, April 30, 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 stations.

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.

To register, please go here.

Note: While DC EcoWomen hosts many co-ed events throughout the year, this is a women-only event.

Speaker
Melanie Choukas-Bradley is a Washington, D.C. author and naturalist who leads 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, D.C., 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, D.C., 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, D.C. You can learn more about Melanie here.

When: Sunday, April 30th, 10:00am-1:00 pm

Where: Peirce Mill, a historic mill building located in Rock Creek Park, at Tilden Street and Beach Drive


May 6, 2017

United States Botanic Garden

Spring Tree Tour of the Capitol Grounds

DATE: Saturday, May 6
TIME: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
LOCATION: Tour will meet in front of the USBG Conservatory entrance on the Terrace
FREE: This program is full. For more registration information, please click here.
Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Author of City of Trees

Spend a May morning strolling under the venerable trees that grace the U.S. Capitol grounds with Melanie. 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, dogwoods, 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 104 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.


May 10, 2017


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

Television Interview: “A Year in Rock Creek Park”

Airtimes:

July 3 4 pm
July 14 4 pm
July 26 4 pm
Sept 4 4 pm

Check back later for additional airtimes.


May 17, 2017

Audubon Naturalist Society

Spring Hike on Sugarloaf

Wednesday, May 17 (10 am-3 pm)
Leaders: Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Tina Thieme Brown
Members $34; nonmembers $46

The author and the artist of two books about Sugarloaf Mountain team up once again for a seasonal outing devoted to the botany, wildlife, geology, and history of our local monadnock in the rural Piedmont northwest of Washington, D.C. The 1.5-2.5 mile hike is timed to coincide with the budding and 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. Over lunch, Tina will show you how to approach a quick leaf sketch, and Melanie will introduce the concept of "forest bathing," time permitting. 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.


May 23, 2017

Smithsonian Associates

City of Trees

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)
Code: 1B0205

SPECIAL OPTIONS: Purchase this program with a tour on either May 25 or 26. Click below for more information.

The trees of Washington, D.C., are rich in botanic diversity and arboreal history—a living legacy built on the horticultural expertise and passion for trees of Founding Fathers such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Local natural historian Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author ofCity of Trees: The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, D.C. (University of Virginia Press) offers an illustrated overview of many of the city’s notable green spaces and landscaped landmarks, including the White House, Capitol grounds, National Arboretum, and the Tidal Basin, as well as area sites such as Mount Vernon. She discusses the city’s canopy trees and iconic flowering trees, and leads a virtual tour of Rock Creek Park, the nation’s oldest urban national park.

Choukas-Bradley, who in 2014 was awarded one of four inaugural Canopy Awards by Casey Trees for her work in educating the public about the trees of the nation’s capital, signs the third edition of City of Trees, as well as her most recent book A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C.


May 31, 2017

Audubon Naturalist Society

A Year in Rock Creek Park

A Year in Rock Creek Park
C: Forest Bathing at Pinehurst Branch

Wednesday, May 31 (9:30 am-12:30 pm)
D: Fall Nature Hike in Rock Creek Park
Saturday, November 4 (9:30 am-3:30 pm)
Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Walk C: members $28; nonmembers $38
Walk D: members $34; nonmembers $42

In 2016 the award-winning author of A Year in Rock Creek Park completed 10 years of her popular walks for ANS titled “A Year at Boundary Bridge.” This year, Melanie Choukas-Bradley will branch out into other areas of Rock Creek Park with a new series of field trips throughout the year.

In May, we will have a change of pace and scene with a Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing walk in the Pinehurst Branch area of Rock Creek Park. We’ll walk slowly through the forest, tuning in to the sights and sounds of the upland woods and the meandering tributary of Rock Creek. We will also sit and silently witness the wonders of Rock Creek Park in special light-weight portable chairs that Melanie will provide for the occasion. This quiet form of nature immersion has demonstrated proven benefits in numerous health studies from around the world.

Autumn will find us hiking the Western Ridge and Valley Trails during peak autumn foliage and fruiting season, stopping to study and admire trees along the route. Please join ANS as we visit familiar parts of Rock Creek Park and explore new ones! The Boundary Bridge Walks will cover a 2.5 mile loop on natural surface trails with moderate uphill and downhill. The Fall Hike will traverse 4-6 miles, with uphill and downhill on natural surface trails which may be rocky and uneven. 


June 7, 2017

Audubon Naturalist Society

Forest Bathing Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island

Wednesday, June 7 (9:30 am-1 pm)
Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Members $28; nonmembers $38

Join natural history author Melanie Choukas-Bradley for a Shirin-Yoku or forest bathing walk at Theodore Roosevelt Island. Numerous studies in Japan, Europe and North America have demonstrated the health benefits of spending quiet time immersed in nature, including lowered levels of the stress hormone cortisol, lowered blood pressure, increased immune system function, and elevated mood (things that ANS members already knew!). We will walk for about 2.5 miles at a slow pace and spend quiet time sitting and watching summer wildflowers and nectaring butterflies. Our leader says this walk is "more about being than IDing." She has portable forest bathing stools to loan to each participant for the duration of the walk. Limited to 14 participants.



June 25, 2017

Casey Trees

Tree Tour: Trees & Trails Cycling Tour

Sun, June 25, 2017
11:00am – 2:30pm EDT

REI Flagship Store
201 M St NE
Washington, DC 20002

Register here (or sign up for wait list)

What could be better than a regular tree tour? A tree tour by bike! We’ll be meeting at the REI Washington D.C. flagship store in NoMa and making our way over to the Capitol. Along the way we’ll explore some of the most magnificent trees including ancient willow and bur oaks, pecans, sweet buckeyes and giant sequoias. If we’re really lucky we’ll even see the first blooms of some summer flowering trees. The action doesn’t stop there – we’ll head back to REI for food and fun in the historic building where the Beatles played their first concert in the U.S. in 1964!

Instructor

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

Registration
Free to Casey Trees Members. Non-members is $25 per person. Registration includes celebratory lunch and brew.

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 summer tree identification while biking around the Capitol.

Come Prepared
This event will take place rain or shine.

To ensure you enjoy your experience with us:

  • Bring your own bike or rent a Capital Bikeshare nearby.
  • Safety first! Be sure to bring your helmet.
  • Dress for the event and weather. Be prepared for rain if forecasted.
  • You'll probably get thirsty. Bring a water bottle.

Getting There
Our meeting location is the community room at the REI flagship store in D.C. located across from the NoMa-Gallaudet metro stop on the red line where Capital Bikeshare is available and there is plenty of bike parking outside the front doors.

Site Information
The bike tour will cover approx. 3 miles with leisurely stops. Bathroom facilities are available before and after the bike ride.


June 28, 2017

Friends of Theodore Roosevelt Island

Evening Nature Walk

June 28, 2017
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Registration required. Registration limited to 20 people.

Enjoy a long summer evening on Theodore Roosevelt Island learning about the trees, shrubs and wildflowers along the island’s trails. Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of City of Trees and A Year in Rock Creek Park, will lead us on a scenic walk around the island, pointing out diagnostic features of the sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, oaks, beeches, musclewoods, river birches, basswoods and many other tree species. We will also look for early summer wildflowers and look and listen for great blue and green herons, ospreys, bald eagles, belted kingfishers, wood ducks and eastern painted turtles as we gaze out over the Potomac River.  Enjoy the special pleasures of an early summer evening under the island’s tall trees along the river! Dress for the weather and bring plenty of water and a picnic supper or snack to enjoy!

Meet in the parking lot next to the island footbridge.
Walk will go rain or shine unless conditions are dangerous or unpleasant.


July 3, 2017


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

Television Interview: “A Year in Rock Creek Park”

Airtimes:

July 3 4 pm
July 14 4 pm
July 26 4 pm
Sept 4 4 pm

Check back later for additional airtimes.


July 8, 2017

Friends of Theodore Roosevelt Island

Morning Paddling Trip Around Theodore Roosevelt Island

July 8, 2017
9:00am - 11:30am

Registration required. Registration limited to 20 people.

Discover the joys of paddling around Theodore Roosevelt Island on a summer morning!

Author/Naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley will lead a kayak and canoe trip starting at Thompson Boat Center and circling the island. We will paddle close to the island shoreline so that we can see and identify the island’s beautiful silver maples, sycamores, river birches, cottonwoods and other trees of the floodplain forest and get close-up views of summer wildflowers in bloom. We will also look for herons, egrets, ospreys, bald eagles, belted kingfishers, wood ducks and eastern painted turtles as we paddle around the island. Learn how paddling can be one of the best ways to observe and enjoy the natural beauty of Theodore Roosevelt Island. We’ll catch stunning views of the Lincoln Memorial, the Kennedy Center and the Georgetown waterfront.

Meet at Thompson Boat Center. Kayak or Canoe rental costs extra.
Paddling trip depends on weather and river conditions.


July 14, 2017

United States Botanic Garden

Tour: Trees of the Regional Garden

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, D.C., 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).

DATE: Friday, July 14
TIME: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Tour meets on the National Garden Lawn Terrace
FREE: Pre-registration required


September 6, 2017

Audubon Naturalist Society

Paddle on the Potomac

Septembr 6 (10:30am - 1:30pm)
Leaders: Melanie Choukas-Bradley & Stephanie Mason
Members $30; nonmembers $42

Meet two naturalists at the Key Bridge Boathouse for a summer paddling trip around Theodore Roosevelt Island. Discover the magic of paddling around DC’s historic 88.5 acre island in the Potomac beneath the boughs of magnificent sycamores, cottonwoods, silver maples, black walnuts, basswoods and river birches. Witness the blooms of many summer wildflowers growing along the shoreline and the thrill of spotting ospreys, bald eagles, herons and egrets, and the noisy kingfisher! Canoes or kayaks can be rented or you can bring your own. NOTE: registration fee does not include boat rental. REGISTER HERE


September 9, 2017

Friends of Theodore Roosevelt Island

Naturalist-Led Morning Paddle Around Theodore Roosevelt Island

9:00am – 11:00am
Thompson Boat Center
2900 Virginia Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20037

Discover the joys of paddling around Theodore Roosevelt Island on a summer morning! Author/Naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley will lead a kayak and canoe trip starting from the Thompson Boat Center and circling the island. We will paddle close to the island shoreline so that we can see and identify the island’s beautiful silver maples, sycamores, river birches, cottonwoods and other trees of the floodplain forest and get close-up views of summer wildflowers in bloom. We will also look for herons, egrets, ospreys, bald eagles, belted kingfishers, wood ducks and eastern painted turtles.

Learn how paddling can be one of the best ways to observe and enjoy the natural beauty of Theodore Roosevelt Island. We’ll catch stunning views of the Lincoln Memorial, the Kennedy Center and the Georgetown waterfront.

Registration is free and limited to 20 participants. Kayaks and canoes can be rented from the Thompsaon Boat Center for a fee. Register here.


September 14-16, 2017

The Theodore Roosevelt Center
    at Dickinson State University
        Dickinson, North Dakota

President Roosevelt’s Explorations of Rock Creek Park -- Melanie Choukas-Bradley

President Roosevelt’s residence at the White House didn’t stop him from pursuing his love of nature, birding, and strenuous rock scrambles and point to point hikes. Learn about his adventures exploring Rock Creek Park, the wild stream valley that runs through the nation’s capital, in the company of friends and family, the French Ambassador Jean Jules Jusserand, other colleagues and soldiers, all of whom struggled to keep up with the indomitable president. Roosevelt has a trail named for him in Rock Creek Park and a 90-acre island memorial in the middle of the Potomac that is administered by the National Park Service and celebrates its 50th anniversary this fall. The presentation will be accompanied by stunning slides of Rock Creek Park and Theodore Roosevelt Island through the seasons.

Please click here for more information. Online registration is available here.


September 24, 2017

Audubon Naturalist Society

Forest Bathing Walk

9:30am-12:30pm
Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Members $28; nonmembers $38

We are happy to offer a Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing walk on a farm in Comus, MD near Sugarloaf Mountain. Numerous studies in Japan, Europe and North America have demonstrated the health benefits of spending quiet time immersed in nature, including lowered levels of the stress hormone cortisol, lowered blood pressure, increased immune system function, and elevated mood (things that ANS members already knew!). We will walk less than a mile at a slow pace and spend quiet time sitting and watching early fall wildflowers and nectaring butterflies. Our leader says this walk is “more about being than IDing.” She has portable forest bathing stools to loan to each participant for the duration of the foray. Melanie welcomes any questions about this new form of nature meditation, which evolved from practices in Japan and Korea: mcb@melaniechoukas-bradley.comREGISTER HERE.



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