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January 12, 2018

"Forward Motion" television interview
hosted by Karen Allyn.

Tune in to Montgomery County 
Cable Channel 21

“A Year in Rock Creek Park”
(Click on the image to see the interview.)

Airtimes        
Jan 12
4pm
Jan 24 9pm
Feb 4 10:30am
Mar 5 4pm

January 27, 2018

Rock Creek Conservancy

Winter Nature Walk in Rock Creek Park


© Susan Austin Roth
Join the Rock Creek Conservancy and Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of A Year in Rock Creek Park and City of Trees, for a winter nature hike through the floodplain forest and upland woods of Rock Creek Park. On February 19, 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt wrote to his son, Kermit: “Rock Creek Park was beautiful. It is really a wonderfully wild piece of scenery. The steep hillsides were covered with snow which lay in strips on the limbs of the trees, and the stream churned noisily between the ice-rimmed banks and among the ice-coated boulders.” In another letter to Kermit in February of 1908, TR reported that he swam in the creek after the ice had just melted, in his winter clothes and hobnail boots. We will not follow the example of our intrepid 26th president and wade into the creek although we’ll admire the winter beauty of the park that he loved. We’ll walk along a scenic stretch of Rock Creek beginning at Boundary Bridge on the Maryland-DC line. Sycamores, silver maples, American elms, cottonwoods, ironwoods, river birches, tulip trees, pawpaws and bladdernuts are among the woody plants we’ll encounter. We’ll pass a swamp where the skunk cabbage blooms in January and switchback into an upland forest where extremely old oaks and beeches grow. We’ll study the trees in their winter condition and admire the beauty of their leafless crowns.

If weather permits, we’ll picnic on a dramatic rocky ledge crowned with American beech, pinxter, mountain laurel and witch-hazel.

Registration: 
The event is free but all hikers need to pre-register here
. There is a strict 20-person cap on attendees.

Meeting Place 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 National Park Service gate across Beach Drive at the District line (beyond the right-hand intersection of Wyndale Road). Park in the parking lot just before the NPS gate or along the road if the parking lot is full. Please note that Beach Drive is closed south of the NPS gate so you will have to approach the meeting place from the north.

Please note:
There are no restrooms at our meeting place.

What to Wear and Bring:
Wear warm comfortable clothing and dress in layers for the weather, keeping in mind that we will be stopping often to look at trees so extra layers may be required. Wear sturdy boots or shoes with good soles as trails may be muddy. This is a rain/snow or shine event, unless conditions are dangerous or miserable. Wear sunscreen and bring water, snacks and a light lunch.

What to Expect:
We will be covering 2 ½ miles at a slow pace, with some moderate elevation change.

DON'T FORGET TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENT HERE.


February 24, 2018

Audubon Naturalist Society

A Year in Rock Creek Park

A: A Winter Tree Walk at Boundary Bridge, Saturday, February 24 (10 am-2 pm)
B: Spring Wildflower and Budbreak Walk at Boundary Bridge, Saturday, April 7 (9:30 am-2:30 pm)
C: Nearing the Solstice Nature Walk at Boundary Bridge, Saturday, June 16 (9:30 am-2:30 pm)
D: Fall Nature Hike in Rock Creek Park, Saturday, November 3 (9:30 am-3:30 pm)
Walk A: members $28; nonmembers $38
Walks B, C, and D: members $34; nonmembers $42

Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of the award-winning book, A Year in Rock Creek Park and the critically acclaimed, City of Trees, will offer her twelfth year of popular nature walks for ANS in the country’s oldest urban national park, created in 1890. 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 rattling voice 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, and admire the leaves of tuliptree and American beech as they begin to spill from their buds. In June, we’ll revisit the dense canopy of floodplain forest and upland woods of the Boundary Bridge area as we learn about and marvel over trees, late spring and early summer wildflowers and nesting birds. Autumn will find us hiking the Western Ridge and Valley Trails during peak fall foliage and fruiting season, stopping to study and admire oaks, maples, hickories and many other trees along the route. 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. 

REGISTER HERE


March 3, 2018

United States Botanic Garden

Winter Tree Tour of the Capitol Grounds

Sat., Mar 03, 2018
10am to 1pm
Tour meets in the Conservatory Lobby
This program is full

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 bur 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 4, 2018

Audubon Naturalist Society

A Year at Theodore Roosevelt Island

A: Budbreak and Spring Wildflower Walk at Theodore Roosevelt Island, Wednesday, April 4 (10 am-2 pm)
B: Summer Kayaking Trip around Theodore Roosevelt Island with Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Stephanie Mason, Wednesday, July 18 (10 am-1 pm)
C: Autumn Tree Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island, Wednesday, November 7 (10 am-2 pm)
D: Late Autumn Tree Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island, Wednesday, December 5 (10 am-2 pm)
Each walk: members $28; nonmembers $38

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of A Year in Rock Creek Park and City of Trees, for a year-long exploration of Theodore Roosevelt Island, a 90-acre island in the Potomac that serves as a fitting memorial to our conservationist and naturalist 26th  president—and Audubon Naturalist Society member! In the early spring, we’ll witness the miracle of budbreak among the island’s remarkable trees and see the floodplain forest come alive with Virginia bluebells, spring beauties, trout lilies, and trilliums. During summer, ANS Senior Naturalist Stephanie Mason will join us for a kayaking trip around the island, launching from Key Bridge Boathouse on the Georgetown waterfront. We’ll paddle under the island’s graceful silver maples and sycamores, get close to the  summer wildflowers along the shore, and watch herons, egrets, wood ducks and—hopefully—the noisy kingfisher! As a bonus, we’ll be treated to stunning views of the Lincoln Memorial and the “City of Trees” on the horizon. Our fall tree walks will take us deep into the swamp and tidal inlet along the boardwalk where willows, bald-cypresses and cattails frame views of the city behind it. Melanie will share details of the island’s fascinating history during this year-long exploration and we’ll witness the ebb and flow of the Potomac tides along with the changing seasons. 

Fee for trip B does not include canoe or kayak rental. 

REGISTER HERE


April 6, 2018

"Forward Motion" television interview
hosted by Karen Allyn.

Tune in to Montgomery County 
Cable Channel 21

“A Year in Rock Creek Park”
(Click on the image to see the interview.)

Airtimes      
April 6 4pm
May 28
4pm
June 8 4pm

April 7, 2018

Audubon Naturalist Society

A Year in Rock Creek Park

B: Spring Wildflower and Budbreak Walk at Boundary Bridge, Saturday, April 7 (9:30 am-2:30 pm)
C: Nearing the Solstice Nature Walk at Boundary Bridge, Saturday, June 16 (9:30 am-2:30 pm)
D: Fall Nature Hike in Rock Creek Park, Saturday, November 3 (9:30 am-3:30 pm)
Walk A: members $28; nonmembers $38
Walks B, C, and D: members $34; nonmembers $42

Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of the award-winning book, A Year in Rock Creek Park and the critically acclaimed, City of Trees, will offer her twelfth year of popular nature walks for ANS in the country’s oldest urban national park, created in 1890. 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 rattling voice 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, and admire the leaves of tuliptree and American beech as they begin to spill from their buds. In June, we’ll revisit the dense canopy of floodplain forest and upland woods of the Boundary Bridge area as we learn about and marvel over trees, late spring and early summer wildflowers and nesting birds. Autumn will find us hiking the Western Ridge and Valley Trails during peak fall foliage and fruiting season, stopping to study and admire oaks, maples, hickories and many other trees along the route. 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. 

REGISTER HERE


April 11, 2018

Smithsonian Associates

Spring Nature Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island

When: Saturday, April 11, 2018 at 9:30am
Where: The Theodore Roosevelt Island parking lot next to the footbridge.
Register here.

Enjoy the magic of a spring morning on Roosevelt Island, a 90-acre wooded oasis and national memorial in the middle of the tidal Potomac and located entirely within the District. Author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley leads a scenic walk around the island, pointing out distinguishing features of the sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, oaks, beeches, musclewoods, river birches, basswoods, and many other tree species in their spring glory. Look and listen, as well, for great blue herons, bald eagles, belted kingfishers, and wood ducks while gazing out over the Potomac River toward the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Memorial, and other iconic DC landmarks. 

During the walk, hear highlights of the fascinating history of the island, which was once owned by the family of George Mason. Last fall marked the fiftieth anniversary of the dedication of the island’s memorial to our 26th president.

Choukas-Bradley is the author of City of Trees, A Year in Rock Creek Park, and a nature memoir about Theodore Roosevelt Island.

Dress for the weather and bring water and snacks or a picnic lunch. (Walk will go rain or shine, depending on conditions.)


April 14, 2018

Politics and Prose

A Walking Tour through Rock Creek Park

Saturday, April 14, 9:30am to 1:30pm

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 look for 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 grows. 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 Saturday, April 14th from 9:30 a.m. to roughly 1:30 p.m – there are no restrooms at the meeting location or along the route. 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.

Because the tour should last up to four hours, attendees are encouraged to bring water, snacks, and a light lunch. In addition, 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.

Price of the walk and a copy of A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C. (9781938086243): $65

Price of the walk: $40

To be added to the wait list, contact Justin Stephani at jstephani@politics-prose.com.

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


April 27, 2018

United States Botanic Garden

Arbor Day Tree Tour of the Capitol Grounds

DATE: Friday, April 27
TIME: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
LOCATION: Tour meets in the Conservatory Lobby
FREE: Pre-registration required

Melanie Choukas Bradley, Author of City of Trees
Celebrate Arbor Day and 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. 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 bur 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. The tour is canceled if it rains or snows.


April 29, 2018

The Nature Conservancy /Maryland/DC

City Nature Challenge: Tree Tour of the Capitol Grounds

April 29, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

US Botanic Garden
100 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, DC 20001


The United States Capitol in
Washington, DC. © Devan King / The
Nature Conservancy

Which city on Earth has the most nature and the most engaged residents? Join us for the City Nature Challenge and find out!

The City Nature Challenge encourages people to discover and document the biodiversity of our urban spaces. What started as a friendly competition in 2016 between San Francisco and Los Angeles has now grown into a global event touching down in 65 cities in 17 countries. It’s easy to participate using the iNaturalist app (free on the app store). Just take a picture of a plant or animal and upload it to the app!

The Nature Conservancy is offering three guided events during the challenge weekend. The Tree Tour will be on Sunday, April 29 from 10am to 1pm.

Washington, DC author and naturalist, Melanie Choukas-Bradley, will guide attendees through identifying the diverse tree species planted on the Capitol grounds, including oak, maple, beech, fringe-tree, flowering dogwood, magnolia and buckeye. Melanie will also share a bit of history about the grounds and the city of Washington.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required and space is limited to 25 people (children and adults). Click here to RSVP. We will meet at the US Botanic Garden.

Restrooms will be available when the conservancy opens at 10:00 a.m. The tour will last approximately three hours. Attendees are encouraged to bring water, snacks, and/or a light bagged lunch. Sunscreen and bug spray may be needed depending on the weather. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bring binoculars if you wish. This tour is weather dependent and will be cancelled in the event of rain.

Melanie Choukas-Bradley has authored a host of critically acclaimed books including, City of Trees: The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, DC, illustrated by Polly Alexander. For more information on Melanie's work, please visit her website.


May 3, 2018


National Bonsai Foundation

Bask in the Beauty of Bonsai: Forest Bathing Among Treasured Trees

May 3 and May 31, 8:30 - 10:30am
Tickets are $35 and classes will be capped at 16 people

Registration opens on April 9th.

Advance ticket sales for our email subscribers are available on Eventbrite now.
Click the button and enter the password below to reserve your spot today.

Many of us can attest to the calming and therapeutic qualities of taking a walk in the woods. But when was the last time you fully immersed all of your senses in nature? Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” has been practiced in Japan for decades as a public health initiative. As the practice gains popularity in the U.S., we are thrilled to be introducing a one-of-a-kind program this May – Bask in the Beauty of Bonsai: Forest Bathing Among Treasured Trees.

Join certified nature and forest therapy guide Melanie Choukas-Bradley for a guided exercise in meditation, rejuvenation and contemplation among the nation’s premier bonsai collection. In the 2-hour program, Melanie will guide you through the visual, auditory, and interactive experience of shinrin-yoku.

As you unplug from daily life, walk slowly through the stroll gardens, spend solo time appreciating the bonsai trees, and share your experiences in a small group setting, we hope you will feel all the transformative, therapeutic experiences that forest bathing can offer, including:

  • boosted immune system
  • reduced blood pressure
  • improved sleep patterns
  • lowered stress levels
  • improved mood

May 12, 2018

United States Botanic Garden

Tour: Spring Tree Tour of the Capitol Grounds

DATE: Saturday, May 12
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

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 16, 2018

Rock Creek Conservancy

Forest Bathing Walk in Rock Creek Park

May 16, 2018 9:30am  - 12:00pm
5200 Glover Road Northwest, Washington, DC 20015

Forest Bathing Walk in Rock Creek Park with Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Wednesday, May 16, 9:30-12:30. Details about specific location and walk logistics forthcoming. Registration required. Walk limited to 16 participants.

Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing, a practice begun in Japan in the 1980s and rooted in the ancient Japanese reverence for nature, is a powerful way to connect with the beauty and wonder of Rock Creek Park. Numerous health studies from around the world demonstrate the proven mental, physical, and emotional health benefits of quiet time spent in nature.

Melanie is the author of A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC and the forthcoming book, The Joy of Forest Bathing. She is a certified nature and forest therapy guide who has traveled to Japan and participated in walks led by Shinrin-yoku guides.

Volunteers can register here.

Details on location will be shared soon.


May 19, 2018

Dora Kelley Nature Park, Alexandria, Virginia

Forest Bathing Walk

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 9:30am - 12:30pm
5750 Sanger Ave., Alexandria, VA 22311
Adults - $9.00
Activity #419802-01
Registration
 
begins March 14

Join us for a forest bathing walk at Dora Kelley Nature Park led by Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author, naturalist and certified forest therapy guide. Learn why forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, has become such a popular practice around the world and here at home.

Forest bathing started in Japan during the 1980s as a means of combating stress and improving physical and mental health. Studies from around the world have documented the health benefits of quiet time spent in nature. We will walk at a slow pace, exploring the Holmes Run Stream Valley and the marsh, and then continuing into the upland woods where tall trees rise above mountain laurel, which may be blooming.

We will savor the beauty of the springtime trees and flowers, as well as listen for songbirds and other sounds of nature! Portable tripod stools are available to lend to each participant for the sitting portions of the walk.

 

 


May 25, 2018

Audubon Naturalist Society

Spring Hike on Sugarloaf

Friday, May 25. 2018(10 am-3 pm)
Leaders: Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Tina Thieme Brown
Members $34; nonmembers $42

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 mile hike is timed to coincide with High Spring’s greening of the Sugarloaf Mountain woodlands and many plants, including mountain laurel and fringe-tree. Bring binoculars to look for Wood Thrushes, Warblers, Ravens, and other bird species. After 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. REGISTER HERE


May 31, 2018

National Bonsai Foundation

Bask in the Beauty of Bonsai: Forest Bathing Among Treasured Trees

May 3 and May 31, 8:30 - 10:30am
Tickets are $35 and classes will be capped at 16 people
Registration opens on April 9th.

Advance ticket sales for our email subscribers are available on Eventbrite now.
Click the button and enter the password below to reserve your spot today.

Many of us can attest to the calming and therapeutic qualities of taking a walk in the woods. But when was the last time you fully immersed all of your senses in nature? Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” has been practiced in Japan for decades as a public health initiative. As the practice gains popularity in the U.S., we are thrilled to be introducing a one-of-a-kind program this May – Bask in the Beauty of Bonsai: Forest Bathing Among Treasured Trees.

Join certified nature and forest therapy guide Melanie Choukas-Bradley for a guided exercise in meditation, rejuvenation and contemplation among the nation’s premier bonsai collection. In the 2-hour program, Melanie will guide you through the visual, auditory, and interactive experience of shinrin-yoku.

As you unplug from daily life, walk slowly through the stroll gardens, spend solo time appreciating the bonsai trees, and share your experiences in a small group setting, we hope you will feel all the transformative, therapeutic experiences that forest bathing can offer, including:

  • boosted immune system
  • reduced blood pressure
  • improved sleep patterns
  • lowered stress levels
  • improved mood

June 1, 2018

United States Botanic Garden

Botanical Bliss: An Immersive Walk in the National Garden

DATE: Friday, June 1
TIME: 6pm to 8pm
LOCATION: Tour meets on the Lawn Terrace of the National Garden
FREE: Pre-registration required

Melanie Choukas Bradley, Author, Naturalist, Certified Forest Therapy Guide
Studies have shown that spending time in nature is good for both mental and physical health. This slow moving, immersive tour through the USBG National Garden aims to promote wellness and reflections on nature. Join Melanie as she explores the beauty and wonder of the Garden through all five senses. Stop to periodically share experiences and observations with other participants and sip some pure maple sap "tea" at the conclusion of the journey.


June 8, 2018

Smithsonian Associates

Finding Paradise in Montgomery County:
Sugarloaf Mountain and the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve All-Day Tour

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 8:30am to 7:30pm
Code: 1ND027

A summer day in Western Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve (Photo: Martin Radigan)

Did you know there is rural beauty nearby to Washington that rivals the English countryside or Provence? Spend a June day exploring the verdant rolling hills of Montgomery County’s scenic 93,000 acre Agricultural Reserve and nearby Sugarloaf Mountain. Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a longtime resident of the reserve and author of two books about Sugarloaf, serves as guide and introduces some of her favorite places in this close-in slice of paradise bordering the Frederick County line.

Along the way, she covers two remarkable preservation stories: Gordon Strong’s lifelong mission to save Sugarloaf Mountain from development and keep it open for public enjoyment and education; and Montgomery County’s innovative farmland preservation program, which has served as a model for agricultural areas throughout the country and the world.

Visit lushly landscaped historic farms and meet farmers who offer a view of the progressive methods they employ to bring fresh strawberries, peaches, apples, and a myriad of vegetables to local markets. Step into an artist’s studio, explore historic sites, and take a short walk along one of the shaded and inviting trails of Sugarloaf Mountain.

Lunch is at the Comus Inn, which offers a view of Sugarloaf Mountain. Enjoy wine, cheese, and fresh strawberries at a local farm at the end of the day.

Fringe stop at about 9:10am
This tour includes lunch and afternoon refreshments.

Learn more about Montgomery County's Agricultural Reserve.


June 8, 2018   

"Forward Motion" television interview
hosted by Karen Allyn.

Tune in to Montgomery County 
Cable Channel 21

“A Year in Rock Creek Park”
(Click on the image to see the interview.)

Airtime: June 8 at 4pm

 


June 16, 2018 

Audubon Naturalist Society

A Year in Rock Creek Park -- Nearing the Solstice Nature Walk

C: Nearing the Solstice Nature Walk at Boundary Bridge, Saturday, June 16 (9:30am-2:30pm)
D: Fall Nature Hike in Rock Creek Park, Saturday, November 3 (9:30am-3:30pm)
Walks C and D: members $34; nonmembers $42

Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of the award-winning book, A Year in Rock Creek Park and the critically acclaimed, City of Trees, will offer her twelfth year of popular nature walks for ANS in the country’s oldest urban national park, created in 1890. In June, we’ll revisit the dense canopy of floodplain forest and upland woods of the Boundary Bridge area as we learn about and marvel over trees, late spring and early summer wildflowers and nesting birds. Autumn will find us hiking the Western Ridge and Valley Trails during peak fall foliage and fruiting season, stopping to study and admire oaks, maples, hickories and many other trees along the route. 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. REGISTER HERE.



June 23, 2018

Aspen Ideas Festival / Spotlight Health

Forest Therapy Walk in the Ashcroft Wilderness Area, Colorado

Please visit the Aspen Ideas Festival website for details.

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is a certified nature and forest therapy guide who teaches, lectures, and leads walks for many organizations in Washington, DC. In 2017, she traveled to Japan to learn about the health-enhancing practice of Shinrin-yoku. Choukas-Bradley is the author of four natural history books, including City of Trees, which has been in continuous print for 35 years, and A Year in Rock Creek Park, which won an Independent Publishers’ award for nonfiction. Her forthcoming book is The Joy of Forest Bathing. Choukas-Bradley’s forest walks have been featured on NPR and in National Parks magazine, and in 2014 she was awarded one of four inaugural Canopy Awards by Casey Trees.

July 8, 2018

Casey Trees

Forest Bathing Walk at the Franciscan Monastery 

July 8 from 10:00am - 12:00pm EDT
$30.00 - $55.00
MEETING LOCATION:
The Franciscan Monastery is a 0.7 mile walk from the Brookland-CUA Metro Station on the Red Line. The #6 Fort Lincoln bus will take you directly in front of the building.
This event will take place rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather where safety could be jeopardized, the tour will be rescheduled.
Register here.

Join Casey Trees and author and certified nature and forest therapy guide, Melanie Choukas-Bradley, for a forest bathing walk among the lovely and contemplative gardens and trees of the Franciscan Monastery. This peaceful oasis in northeast Washington is the ideal location for a forest bathing walk.

Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, began in Japan in the 1980s as a response to the overly stressed and over-worked status of citizens of Tokyo and other urban areas. The Forest Agency of Japan began encouraging people to get out into the forests periodically and immerse themselves in the beauty of nature with all of their senses. The practice, which is rooted in the ancient Japanese reverence for nature, has caught on all around the world as people everywhere are discovering the joys—and proven mental and physical health benefits—of time spent in nature.

Melanie will guide us on a slow-paced walk through the trees and gardens of the Franciscan Monastery with plenty of time to stop and soak up the beauty of our surroundings. Melanie has visited Japan and participated in forest bathing walks led by Shinrin-yoku guides near Tokyo and in the Japanese Alps. Melanie has led many tree walks, cycling and kayaking trips for Casey Trees, and she looks forward to spending a summer morning with us in one of her favorite spots in the City of Trees. Her forthcoming book, The Joy of Forest Bathing, will be published in September.

Come Prepared: To ensure you enjoy your experience with us:

  • Dress for the event and weather. Be prepared for rain if forecast.
  • Wear layers and comfortable hiking boots or shoes that can get muddy.
  • Apply sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Bring water and snacks.

What to Expect: We will be walking at a slow pace for about 2 miles and soaking up the beauty of our surroundings. Melanie is happy to answer any questions about the practice of forest bathing prior to our walk: mcb@melaniechoukas-bradley.com.

If you purchased a Thermos: We will bring for you to use in the tea ceremony and hand out on site! Here it is — a stainless steel thermos to get you through the summer heat and winter chill, and allow you to broadcast your Casey Trees pride.

About our Instructor: Melanie Choukas-Bradley is the author of City of Trees, A Year in Rock Creek Park, two books about Sugarloaf Mountain, Maryland, and the forthcoming book, The Joy of Forest Bathing. She is a Nature and Forest Therapy Guide with certification from the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs of Santa Rosa, CA.


July 18, 2018

Audubon Naturalist Society

A Year at Theodore Roosevelt Island -
Summer Kayaking Trip with Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Stephanie Mason

B: Summer Kayaking Trip around Theodore Roosevelt Island with Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Stephanie Mason, Wednesday, July 18 (10am-1pm)
C: Autumn Tree Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island, Wednesday, November 7 (10am-2pm)
D: Late Autumn Tree Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island, Wednesday, December 5 (10am-2pm)
Each walk: members $28; nonmembers $38

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of A Year in Rock Creek Park and City of Trees, for a year-long exploration of Theodore Roosevelt Island, a 90-acre island in the Potomac that serves as a fitting memorial to our conservationist and naturalist 26th  president—and Audubon Naturalist Society member! During summer, ANS Senior Naturalist Stephanie Mason will join us for a kayaking trip around the island, launching from Key Bridge Boathouse on the Georgetown waterfront. We’ll paddle under the island’s graceful silver maples and sycamores, get close to the  summer wildflowers along the shore, and watch herons, egrets, wood ducks and—hopefully—the noisy kingfisher! As a bonus, we’ll be treated to stunning views of the Lincoln Memorial and the “City of Trees” on the horizon. Our fall tree walks will take us deep into the swamp and tidal inlet along the boardwalk where willows, bald-cypresses and cattails frame views of the city behind it. Melanie will share details of the island’s fascinating history during this year-long exploration and we’ll witness the ebb and flow of the Potomac tides along with the changing seasons. Fee for trip B does not include canoe or kayak rental. REGISTER HERE


August 28, 2018

Publication of The Joy of Forest Bathing

The Joy of Forest Bathing
Reconnect With Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life

By Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Illustrations by Lieke van der Vorst

Forthcoming book available for
preorder through Amazon.

Being present in a forest can produce mental,
emotional, and physical health benefits; 
The Joy of Forest Bathing
 
is a simple antidote to our nature-starved lives.

The Joy of Forest Bathing is both an invitation
to take up the practice, and an inspiration to
connect with nature to heal your mind and spirit.


September 9, 2018

Audubon Naturalist Society

Forest Bathing Walk

Forest Bathing Walk - WAITLIST OPEN
Sunday, September 9 (9:30 am-12:30 pm)
Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Members $28; nonmembers $38

We are happy to once again offer a Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing walk on a farm in Comus, MD near Sugarloaf Mountain. Numerous studies have demonstrated the health benefits of spending quiet time immersed in nature–things that ANS members already know well. We will walk less than a mile at a slow pace, and spend quiet time sitting and watching late summer wildflowers and nectaring butterflies. Our leader says this walk is “more about being than IDing.” She has spent time on walks with Shinrin-yoku guides throughout Japan. Melanie has portable forest bathing stools to loan to participants for the outing. Her new book, The Joy of Forest Bathing, will be published in early September. 

Image credit: Melanie Choukas-Bradley   REGISTER HERE FOR WAITLIST.


September 15, 2018

Smithsonian Associates

Theodore Roosevelt’s North Dakota: Badlands, Bison,
and the Making of a Conservationist 
5-Day Tour

This Overnight Tour is currently filled, but please call us to get on the Wait List at 202-633-3030.

$1,600 Double Room Member
$1,900 Single Room Member
$2,100 Double Room Non-Member
$2,400 Single Room Non-Member

Depart from Bismarck, ND: Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
Return to Bismarck, ND: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. Code: 1NNNDK

In 1883, Theodore Roosevelt looked to the Badlands of western North Dakota as a place where he could transform himself from an asthmatic 24-year-old New Yorker into a big-game hunter, rancher, and authentic cowboy. A year later, it took on new meaning as place of refuge and solace after the deaths of his wife and mother.

The Badlands did transform Roosevelt over the course of the more than three decades he lived or visited there, reinventing himself into the kind of vigorous outdoorsman he’d idealized as a youth—and that shaped his public image as president. Perhaps more importantly, this corner of the West turned him into a passionate conservationist dedicated to the preservation of the rugged landscapes and native wildlife of the place he described as “where the romance of my life began.”

Experience those landscapes—filled with dramatic vistas, vividly colored canyons, and wandering herds of wild bison—on an extraordinary 5-day study tour led by author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley that brings you into the heart of Roosevelt’s Badlands and the national park that bears his name.

After assembling in Bismarck, travel to the historic town of Medora, where the Rough Riders Hotel (the modern incarnation of an inn where TR once stayed), provides a base for the group. Over the course of the next days, explore the north and south units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, as well as the site of Roosevelt’s Elkhorn ranch along the Little Missouri River. Clay Jenkinson, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University, and National Park Service rangers are among the specialists who offer insights into Roosevelt’s pivotal years in the Badlands and the area’s natural history.

The return trip to Bismarck includes a stop at Dickinson State, site of the future Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library. (Participants can opt to attend the 2018 Theodore Roosevelt Symposium at the university, which takes place after the tour’s conclusion, at their own cost).

GENERAL DETAILS

  • Program begins Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. with dinner in Bismarck and ends Wednesday, Sept. 19 after lunch (around 1 p.m.) with a mid-day transfer to the Bismarck Airport or return to the hotel.
  • Cost includes 4 nights of accommodations, bus transportation, services of a study leader and Smithsonian representative, 11 meals (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners), gratuities, taxes, and entrance fees. An airport shuttle is provided by the hotel.
  • Single-room supplement $300 (factored into the Single Room Member and Single Room Non-Member pricing).
  • Singles registering at the double-room rate are paired (on a nonsmoking basis) if possible, but must pay the single-room supplement otherwise.
  • An initial informational packet is emailed to all participants within one week of registration with detailed instructions. For questions, call the tours office at 202-633-8647.
  • Registrants may want to consider purchasing trip insurance.
  • Travel Information: Flights are not included; participants make independent flight arrangements to Bismarck, North Dakota. Round-trip fares typically range from $400 to $600 from Washington-area airports; American, United, and Delta serve this route. Once the tour has reached its minimum registration, participants will be notified and encouraged to purchase airline tickets.


September 25. 2018

Friends of the Chevy Chase Library

Author Event with Melanie Choukas-Bradley

(Tuesday) 7:00 pm
Chevy Chase Library
8005 Connecticut Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Local naturalist and author Melanie Choukas-Bradley will give us an inspiring presentation about the increasingly popular practice of shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing. Shinrin-yoku began in Japan in the 1980s and it is rooted in the long-standing Japanese reverence for nature. Through beautiful slides taken on her recent trip to Japan and in our own backyard, Rock Creek Park, Melanie will show you how you can weave this simple practice into your everyday life. Learn about the mental, physical and emotional benefits of quiet time spent in nature that have been demonstrated in health studies around the world. Melanie will sign her books after the talk.

Melanie is a certified nature and forest therapy guide and author of five nature books, including City of Trees, which has been in continuous print in three separate editions for 37 years. She frequently leads forest bathing walks, nature walks, and tree tours for the Audubon Naturalist Society, Rock Creek Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Botanic Garden, Politics & Prose, Smithsonian Associates and other organizations. She lives in the Town of Chevy Chase with her husband Jim. The couple have two adult children.

Melanie will be available to sign her new book, The Joy of Forest Bathing, as well as her popular award-winning nature memoir, A Year in Rock Creek Park.

Sponsored by Friends of the Library, Chevy Chase Chapter.


September 26, 2018

Politics & Prose

Melanie Choukas-Bradley - The Joy of Forest Bathing:
Reconnect with Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life

September 26, 2018, 7pm - 8pm
Politics and Prose at Union Market
   1270 5th Street NE   Washington   DC    20008
This event is free to attend with no reservation required.
Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

A simple antidote to our nature-starved lives, The Joy of Forest Bathing is an enticing and comprehensive introduction to forest bathing—or Shinrin-yoku, in Japan—the meditative practice of connecting with nature and disconnecting from the distractions of daily life.
 

Full sensory immersion in the beauty and wonder of nature and trees can produce mental, emotional, and physical health benefits. Research has shown that forest bathing lowers blood pressure, pulse rate, and cortisol levels; improves mood; and may even boost our immunity to cancer and other diseases.
 
The Joy of Forest Bathing invites you to experience the benefits of this healing practice for yourself. Learn the history and background of forest bathing, followed by detailed instructions for establishing a forest bathing practice in your own adopted “wild home,” encompassed in three steps:

  1. Disengagement from your daily routine
  2. Deep breathing and nature connection through a series of quiet activities or “invitations”
  3. Transitioning back to your daily life

This restorative activity can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities: children, teenagers, and even senior citizens with limited mobility and people recovering from illness and surgery. And you don’t need to travel to the Japanese alps to experience the benefits of forest bathing. All you need is a small patch of untouched (or lightly touched) nature to adopt as your “wild home.”
 
Within, find practical tips and inspiration for forest bathing through the seasons: in the winter, when the leafless trees open up new vistas; in the spring, when you can hear the melodious serenade of song birds as they nest in the newly formed green canopy; in the summer, watching the butterflies nectaring on wildflowers; and in the autumn, when you can catch glimpses of hurried squirrels storing food for the winter.
 
The Joy of Forest Bathing introduces a variety of activities that can be enhanced with forest bathing elements, such as mindfulness practices, exercise, art and writing, and outdoor celebrations. Learn, too, how surrendering to the mysteries of nature can provide guidance through difficult times.
 
As you find nourishment in nature, you will instinctively begin to wonder how you can preserve and protect this healing resource. This guide includes suggestions for tending to your “wild home.”
 
Illustrated throughout with enchanting artwork by Dutch illustrator Lieke van der Vorst and stunning nature photographyThe Joy of Forest Bathing is the perfect guide to enhancing your life with the wondrous world of nature.

About the Author
Melanie Choukas-Bradley is an award-winning nature book author and Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs). Melanie leads forest bathing walks and tree tours for the Audubon Naturalist Society, the United States Botanic Garden, Smithsonian Associates,  the Rock Creek Conservancy, the Nature Conservancy, Casey Trees, Politics and Prose, the Aspen Institute and other organizations. She is the author of the award-winning book, A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C., and City of Trees. Melanie has traveled throughout Japan, participating in forest bathing walks led by shinrin-yoku guides.

Originally from the Netherlands, Lieke van der Vorst is the illustrator behind Liekeland. Her work is influenced by the times she spent camping with her family every summer. Being kind to animals and the environment is an important part of her vision. She uses her illustrations to make a positive impact on the world, and to keep people honest and humble. She received a vocational education at Graphic Design SintLucas, Boxtel NL and has an art degree from Academy of Fine Arts and Design St. Joost, Breda NL. 


September 27, 2018

National Bonsai Foundation

Bask in the Beauty of Bonsai, Forest Bathing Among Treasured Trees

National Bonsai & Penjing Museum
3501 New York Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20002

View Map

8:30-10:30am
Cost: $35
Register here.
(National Bonsai Foundation Registration opens September 10)

REFUND POLICY
Refunds up to 1 day before event

Many of us can attest to the calming and therapeutic qualities of taking a walk in the woods. But when was the last time you fully immersed all of your senses in nature? Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” has been practiced in Japan for decades as a public health initiative. As the practice gains popularity in the U.S., we are thrilled to be hosting a one-of-a-kind “bonsai bathing” program this fall.

Join certified nature and forest therapy guide Melanie Choukas-Bradley for a guided exercise in meditation, rejuvenation and contemplation among the nation’s premier bonsai collection. In the 2-hour program, Melanie will guide you through the visual, auditory, and interactive experience of shinrin-yoku. 

As you unplug from daily life, walk slowly through the stroll gardens, spend solo time appreciating the bonsai trees, and share your experiences in a small group setting, we hope you will feel all the transformative, therapeutic experiences that forest bathing can offer, including:

  • boosted immune system
  • reduced blood pressure
  • improved sleep patterns
  • lowered stress levels
  • improved mood

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is a Washington, DC author and naturalist who leads field trips and tree tours for a variety of organizations. She is an award-winning author of several DC nature books, including "The Joy of Forest Bathing," now available for purchase. Melanie is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide.


October 3, 2018

Smithsonian Associates

An Immersion in Nature: Japanese “Forest Bathing”—Urban Style

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:30am
Code: 1B0278. Register here.
$30 Member, $45 Non-Member
Tour meets at the entrance to the S. Dillon
Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian

Shinrin-yoku (translated as “forest bathing”) began in Japan in the 1980s. Rooted in Shinto and Buddhist traditions of reverence for nature, the practice involves a full sensory immersion in the outdoors. Recent health studies conducted in Japan, North America, and other countries document the mental and physical health benefits of quiet time spent in nature, including lowered blood pressure and stress hormone levels, as well as improved mood and cognition. Lately, more and more studies are focused on the health benefits of time spent in natural landscapes within cities.

Experience forest bathing as Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a certified nature and forest-therapy guide and author of The Joy of Forest Bathing (Rock Point), leads a series of 2-hour walks in the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle. Move slowly to soak up the beauty of the Moongate Garden, inspired by the Chinese Temple of Heaven; the Fountain Garden, modeled after the Court of the Lions at the Alhambra, and the Victorian Parterre. This unique and restorative celebration of the beauty of autumn in one of the garden gems of the nation’s capital is the perfect way to learn why forest bathing is becoming popular all over the world.

All participants receive a signed copy of The Joy of Forest Bathing.

The group meets at the entrance to the Ripley Center.


October 6, 2018

Dora Kelley Nature Park (City of Alexandria, VA)

Forest Bathing

5750 Sanger Ave, Alexandria, VA 22311
(703) 746-5559

Minimum 8, Maximum 16

18 & Up. Join us for a peaceful walk at Dora Kelley Nature Park led by Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author, naturalist and certified forest therapy guide. This walk, known as forest bathing, started in Japan during the 1980s as a means of combating stress and improving physical and metal health. We will move at a slow pace, savoring the beauty of autumn leaves and birds Tripod stools are provided for the sitting portions of the walk. Dress in comfortable layers and bring water and snacks.

 


October 10, 2018

Smithsonian Associates

An Immersion in Nature: Japanese “Forest Bathing”—Urban Style

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:30am
Code: 1B0278. Register here.
$30 Member, $45 Non-Member
Tour meets at the entrance to the S. Dillon
Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian

Shinrin-yoku (translated as “forest bathing”) began in Japan in the 1980s. Rooted in Shinto and Buddhist traditions of reverence for nature, the practice involves a full sensory immersion in the outdoors. Recent health studies conducted in Japan, North America, and other countries document the mental and physical health benefits of quiet time spent in nature, including lowered blood pressure and stress hormone levels, as well as improved mood and cognition. Lately, more and more studies are focused on the health benefits of time spent in natural landscapes within cities.

Experience forest bathing as Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a certified nature and forest-therapy guide and author of The Joy of Forest Bathing (Rock Point), leads a series of 2-hour walks in the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle. Move slowly to soak up the beauty of the Moongate Garden, inspired by the Chinese Temple of Heaven; the Fountain Garden, modeled after the Court of the Lions at the Alhambra, and the Victorian Parterre. This unique and restorative celebration of the beauty of autumn in one of the garden gems of the nation’s capital is the perfect way to learn why forest bathing is becoming popular all over the world.

All participants receive a signed copy of The Joy of Forest Bathing.

The group meets at the entrance to the Ripley Center.


October 18, 2018

National Bonsai Foundation

Bask in the Beauty of Bonsai, Forest Bathing Among Treasured Trees

National Bonsai & Penjing Museum
3501 New York Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20002

View Map

8:30-10:30am
Cost: $35
Register here.
(National Bonsai Foundation Registration opens September 10)

REFUND POLICY
Refunds up to 1 day before event

Many of us can attest to the calming and therapeutic qualities of taking a walk in the woods. But when was the last time you fully immersed all of your senses in nature? Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” has been practiced in Japan for decades as a public health initiative. As the practice gains popularity in the U.S., we are thrilled to be hosting a one-of-a-kind “bonsai bathing” program this fall.

Join certified nature and forest therapy guide Melanie Choukas-Bradley for a guided exercise in meditation, rejuvenation and contemplation among the nation’s premier bonsai collection. In the 2-hour program, Melanie will guide you through the visual, auditory, and interactive experience of shinrin-yoku. 

As you unplug from daily life, walk slowly through the stroll gardens, spend solo time appreciating the bonsai trees, and share your experiences in a small group setting, we hope you will feel all the transformative, therapeutic experiences that forest bathing can offer, including:

  • boosted immune system
  • reduced blood pressure
  • improved sleep patterns
  • lowered stress levels
  • improved mood

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is a Washington, DC author and naturalist who leads field trips and tree tours for a variety of organizations. She is an award-winning author of several DC nature books, including "The Joy of Forest Bathing," now available for purchase. Melanie is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide.


October 20, 2018

United States Botanic Garden

Fall Tree Tour of the Capitol Grounds

Saturday, October 20, 2018
10:00am - 1:00pm TOUR
LOCATION: Tour meets by the entrance to the Conservatory on the Terrace
FREE: Pre-registration required. Register here.

Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of City of Trees and A Year in Rock Creek Park
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 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 U.S. Capitol Grounds and Arboretum 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.



October 23, 2018

Audubon Naturalist Society

Author Talk and Signing for The Joy of Forest Bathing

October 23, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00pm
Woodend Nature Sanctuary
8940 Jones Mill Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Light refreshments will be served. 

Join award-winning naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley for this author talk and book signing at Woodend Nature Sanctuary.

ANS members and friends are invited to a special presentation and book signing to celebrate the release of The Joy of Forest Bathing by Naturalist, Author and Longtime ANS Field Trip Leader Melanie Choukas-Bradley.

Melanie will describe the world-wide phenomenon called shinrin-yoku or forest bathing that began in the 1980s and is rooted in the traditional Japanese reverence for nature. Forest Bathing has demonstrated mental and physical health benefits, which Melanie will discuss as she shows slides from her recent trip to Japan and talks about the local forest bathing walks she leads

The Joy of Forest Bathing contains inspirational and practical tips for strengthening your nature connection, is beautifully illustrated by Dutch artist Lieke van der Vorst, and contains several full-page color photographs, making it the ideal gift for nature enthusiasts!

Read more about this award-winning author and register at https://anshome.org/forest-bathing-book-signing/

Melanie will be signing her popular book on the subject after the lecture. The Audubon Naturalist Shop will be open until 9:00 pm.


October 26, 2018

Audubon Naturalist Society

The Natural and Cultural History of the Agricultural Reserve

Friday, October 26 (9:30 am-4 pm)
Leaders: Melanie Choukas-Bradley & Stephanie Mason, ANS Senior Naturalist
Members $36; nonmembers $54

Thirty-five years ago, with regional farmland rapidly diminishing, Montgomery County had the foresight to set aside more than 90,000 acres of farms and open space in the western and northern third of the county as an “Agricultural Reserve.” Come explore this scenic, biologically diverse area and learn how it contributes to clean air and water, the availability of fresh local produce, and the overall quality of life for residents of the metro area. Our trip will visit a working CSA farm, a fall produce and pumpkin stand, an historical site, and perhaps an artist’s studio, time permitting, to experience the rich diversity of plants and wildlife (and human livelihoods) that thrive in the Reserve’s fields, meadows, wetlands, and rocky woodlands. We’ll begin and end the tour in some of the beautiful parkland along its borders: Seneca Creek State Park and Dickerson Conservation Park, site of an American sycamore, officially the largest known tree in MD. REGISTER ONLINE.


October 31, 2018

Smithsonian Associates

An Immersion in Nature: Japanese “Forest Bathing”—Urban Style

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:30am
Code: 1B0278. Register here.
$30 Member, $45 Non-Member
Tour meets at the entrance to the S. Dillon
Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian

Shinrin-yoku (translated as “forest bathing”) began in Japan in the 1980s. Rooted in Shinto and Buddhist traditions of reverence for nature, the practice involves a full sensory immersion in the outdoors. Recent health studies conducted in Japan, North America, and other countries document the mental and physical health benefits of quiet time spent in nature, including lowered blood pressure and stress hormone levels, as well as improved mood and cognition. Lately, more and more studies are focused on the health benefits of time spent in natural landscapes within cities.

Experience forest bathing as Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a certified nature and forest-therapy guide and author of The Joy of Forest Bathing (Rock Point), leads a series of 2-hour walks in the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle. Move slowly to soak up the beauty of the Moongate Garden, inspired by the Chinese Temple of Heaven; the Fountain Garden, modeled after the Court of the Lions at the Alhambra, and the Victorian Parterre. This unique and restorative celebration of the beauty of autumn in one of the garden gems of the nation’s capital is the perfect way to learn why forest bathing is becoming popular all over the world.

All participants receive a signed copy of The Joy of Forest Bathing.

The group meets at the entrance to the Ripley Center.


November 3, 2018

Audubon Naturalist Society

A Year in Rock Creek Park Autumn Hike

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

Members $34; nonmembers $42

Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of the award-winning book, A Year in Rock Creek Park and the critically acclaimed, City of Trees, will offer her twelfth year of popular nature walks for ANS in the country’s oldest urban national park, created in 1890.  Autumn will find us hiking the Western Ridge and Valley Trails during peak fall foliage and fruiting season, stopping to study and admire oaks, maples, hickories and many other trees along the route. 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. Image credit: Dcrjsr  REGISTER HERE


November 7, 2018

Audubon Naturalist Society

A Year at Theodore Roosevelt Island Autumn Tree Walk

Wednesday, November 7 (10 am-2 pm)
Each walk: members $28; nonmembers $38

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of A Year in Rock Creek Park and City of Trees, for a year-long exploration of Theodore Roosevelt Island, a 90-acre island in the Potomac that serves as a fitting memorial to our conservationist and naturalist 26th  president—and Audubon Naturalist Society member! Our fall tree walks will take us deep into the swamp and tidal inlet along the boardwalk where willows, bald-cypresses and cattails frame views of the city behind it. Melanie will share details of the island’s fascinating history during this year-long exploration and we’ll witness the ebb and flow of the Potomac tides along with the changing seasons. (Photo: William Perr) REGISTER HERE

 

 


November 14, 2018

Smithsonian Associates

Autumn Nature Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island

Inside Science program
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Code: 1B0289
Register here.

Enjoy the beauty of an autumn morning on Theodore Roosevelt Island, a 90-acre wooded oasis and national memorial in the middle of the tidal Potomac. Author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley leads a scenic walk around the island, pointing out distinguishing features of the sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, oaks, beeches, musclewoods, river birches, basswoods, and many other tree species in their late-fall glory. Look and listen, as well, for great blue herons, bald eagles, belted kingfishers, and wood ducks while you gaze across the river toward the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Memorial, and other iconic D.C. landmarks.

During the walk, hear highlights of the fascinating history of the island, which was once owned by the family of George Mason. This fall marks the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the island’s memorial to our 26th president.

Choukas-Bradley is the author of City of Trees: A Year in Rock Creek Park and a forthcoming nature memoir about Roosevelt Island.

Tour meets in the Theodore Roosevelt Island parking lot next to the footbridge.

Dress for the weather and bring water and snacks or a picnic lunch. (The walk takes place rain or shine, depending on conditions.)


November 18, 2018

Politics & Prose

Autumn Nature Walk in Rock Creek Park with Photographer Susan Austin Roth

The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C.
Sunday, November 18th, 9:30am to 1pm

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley, the author of A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C. and the newly released The Joy of Forest Bathing—Reconnect with Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life, for a walk under the trees in the Boundary Bridge area of Rock Creek Park. Susan Austin Roth, the Rock Creek Park book's photographer and a Virginia Master Naturalist, will co-lead the walk, schedule permitting. 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. Melanie and Susan will share their love of nature and knowledge of the area’s ecology. See the last blaze of autumn glory in the trees and learn to identify them by their leaves, bark, acorns and other fall fruits. The enchanting, native witch-hazel will be in bloom and perhaps some 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 Sunday, November 18th from 9:30 a.m. to roughly 1 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.

Because the tour should last up to 3 1/2 hours, attendees are encouraged to bring water, snacks, and a light lunch. In addition, 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.

Price of the walk: $45 For more information, contact Bob Attardi at battardi@politics-prose.com. Register here.

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


November 27, 2018

Camp Moody Hosts Author Talk with Forest Bathing Expert Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Time 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Phone 315-491-0811
Cost  Free
Website https://www.eventbrite.com/e/author-talk-with-forest-bathing-expert-melanie-choukas-bradley-tickets-51265845524 
Location Central Library, Austin Public Library Gallery
Address 710 W Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX
Email valerie@bloom-comm.com

Austin-area nature enthusiasts are invited to join the YMCA for an author talk featuring Melanie Choukas-Bradley, an award-winning nature book author and Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, Tuesday November 27th at the Central Library, located at 710 W Cesar Chavez St. in Austin, TX from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Choukas-Bradley’s new book, “The Joy of Forest Bathing: Reconnect With Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life,” explores Shinrin-yoku, the full sensory, meditative practice of connecting with nature and disconnecting from the distractions of daily life. The presentation will include beautiful slides from her forest bathing trip to Japan and from Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC. In addition, she will walk through a forest bathing walk, give a short history of the practice and describe some very exciting initiatives that doctors are pursuing. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of “The Joy of Forest Bathing” will be available for purchase at a discounted price of $14.99 (17% off retail). All forms of payment are accepted. Choukas-Bradley will be available to personalize and sign books on-site. 

 


November 29, 2018

Adventure for All Benefit

Date: Thursday, Nov. 29th
Time: 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Location: Fair Market | 1100 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702
Featuring: Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of “The Joy of Forest Bathing” & Musical Performance by a Surprise Special Guest
Tickets: $100 per guest
Attire: Austin Chic
Including: Camp-Themed Activities, Dancing, Curated Eats & Drinks, Raffle and Opportunities to Invest

Join YMCA’s Camp Moody on Thursday November 29th for the Adventure for All Benefit at Fair Market from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm – experience an evening of camping-inspired entertainment featuring DJ Mixer Rogers and live music from a surprise, headlining act and a book signing with celebrated forest bathing expert and author of, “The Joy of Forest Bathing: Reconnect With Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life,” Melanie Choukas-Bradley. Guests are welcomed to enjoy signature cocktails, dancing, raffle and opportunities to invest. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here


December 1, 2018

Family Forest Bathing Hike & Celebration of Nature

Time 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Phone (315) 491-0811
Cost Free
Website https://www.austinymca.org/news/family-forest-bathing-hike-celebration-nature 
Location YMCA's Campy Moody
Address 959 Old San Antonio Rd., Buda, TX
Email valerie@bloom-comm.com

Join YMCA’s Camp Moody on Saturday December 1, for our Family Forest Bathing Hike & Celebration of Nature – experience a family fun morning with celebrated forest bathing expert and author of, “The Joy of Forest Bathing: Reconnect With Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life,” Melanie Choukas-Bradley. Activities will include guided hikes with Melanie and friends, a Fossil Table, Nature Crafts and more. Melanie’s new book explores Shinrin-yoku, the full sensory, meditative practice of connecting with nature and disconnecting from the distractions of daily life. The event is free and open to the public.

 


December 5, 2018

Audubon Naturalist Society

A Year at Theodore Roosevelt Island Late Autumn Tree Walk

Wednesday, December 5 (10 am-2 pm)
Each walk: members $28; nonmembers $38

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of A Year in Rock Creek Park and City of Trees, for a year-long exploration of Theodore Roosevelt Island, a 90-acre island in the Potomac that serves as a fitting memorial to our conservationist and naturalist 26th president—and Audubon Naturalist Society member! Our fall tree walks will take us deep into the swamp and tidal inlet along the boardwalk where willows, bald-cypresses and cattails frame views of the city behind it. Melanie will share details of the island’s fascinating history during this year-long exploration and we’ll witness the ebb and flow of the Potomac tides along with the changing seasons. REGISTER HERE

 




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