Photo of Melanie, her US Botanic Garden
tree tour group and willow oak at the Capitol
by Mikel Witte.

Melanie Choukas-Bradley leads a March 2014 tree tour of the Capitol grounds
for the U.S. Botanic Garden 

For Melanie's spring 2014 tree tours, nature walks and lectures, click here.

For a description of Casey Trees' inaugural Treeathlon and other archived events, click here.

We are happy and honored to share with you the following event, during which Melanie will be honored with the Award for Education.

Casey Trees is excited to announce the honorees of the inaugural Canopy Awards set for this Arbor Day Eve — Thursday, April 24 — at Dock5 @ Union Market.

Join us in celebrating the remarkable accomplishments of four distinguished community leaders who have selflessly dedicated their time and energy to making the Washington, DC region green and tree-filled. Your attendance ensures that we can continue to plant trees across the Washington metro region and educate the next generation on the importance of trees. Tickets are still available for purchase.

The 2014 Canopy Award honorees are: Anthony A. Williams, Award for Leadership; Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Award for Education; Betsy Emes, Award for Partnership; and Christy Kwan, Award for Volunteer Service

Stay tuned in these final days leading up to the event. We will be announcing a few surprises and guests that attendees will be able to look forward to on the big day.



Casey Trees Canopy Awards

Arbor Day Eve
Thursday, April 24
6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Dock5 @ Union Market
1309 5th Street NE, W DC

Food. Drink. Games. Silent Auction.

Music by Bumper Jacksons and Andrew Lipke and the Azrael String Quartet.

$45 advance sales/$55 at the door

Buy Tickets

All proceeds benefit Casey Trees’ tree planting and education programs.

 Hear Melanie’s interview on the Kojo Nnamdi Show
with guest host Paul Brown
Washington, DC’s NPR affiliate, WAMU.
(Click here, then click on "Listen" near the top left of the page.)

Melanie Choukas-Bradley with a
lace-bark pine, National Arboretum,
Washington, D.C.
Photo by Roberta Gutman.

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 Native Plant Society and the Nature Conservancy. She is the author of City of Trees: The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, D.C., illustrated by Polly Alexander. The first two editions of the book were published during the 1980s. A third edition was published by the University of Virginia Press in 2008. The Washington Post Book World called City of Trees: "…a splendid field guide—practical, botanically sound, and filled with good stories." City of Trees was featured in John Kelly’s columns in The Washington Post on August 1 and August 8, 2010 and in recent KidsPost columns of the Post’s Style section. The book was recommended by author/naturalist Mark Garland on WAMU’s “Metro Connection.” Melanie is profiled in recent issues of Arbor Friends (publication of the Friends of the National Arboretum) and The Washington Gardener Magazine.

Her article, “Trees of the White House,” was the cover story of a recent American Forests Magazine. Click here to read the story.

Melanie is the author of two natural history books about Sugarloaf Mountain, Maryland, illustrated by Tina Thieme Brown, and she has been a long-time free-lance contributor to The Washington Post and other publications. Melanie teaches two courses through the Natural History Field Studies Program sponsored by the Audubon Naturalist Society and the Graduate School USA. She lectures widely and has been a guest on the Diane Rehm Show, the Kojo Nnamdi Show* and All Things Considered. She has been interviewed twice recently on WAMU’s Metro Connection*.

Melanie served as programs and education director for the 25th anniversary celebration of Montgomery County, Maryland’s nationally acclaimed Agricultural Reserve in 2005. As a staff member of the House Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Melanie played a major role in the first post-Love Canal Congressional hearing on hazardous waste disposal. The hearing was chaired by Al Gore. Melanie is a former news director for a New Hampshire radio station. She is a member of the Maryland Native Plant Society Board of Directors and she serves on the Chevy Chase Tree Ordinance Board and the Montgomery Countryside Alliance Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Cosmos Club.

Melanie is currently working on a book tentatively titled A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C  with photos by Susan A. Roth. The book is scheduled to be published by George F. Thompson Publishing (Fall 2014). Melanie lives in Chevy Chase, MD with her husband, Jim, an energy attorney, musician and songwriter. He is president of the Sugarloaf Citizens Association. Melanie and Jim have two adult children.

WAMU (Washington, D.C.'s NPR affiliate) - Melanie Choukas-Bradley's interviews:

* Metro Connection interview - February 19, 2010 - Tree Tour of the US Capitol Grounds
* Metro Connection interview - City of Trees
* Kojo Nnamdi show with guest host Corey Flintoff - Sugarloaf: The Mountain's History, Geology, and Natural Lore
* Kojo Nnamdi interview - Montgomery's Agricultural Reserve at 25
* Kojo Nnamdi interview - The City of Trees

Washington, DC: City of Trees from Truth About Trees on Vimeo.

When author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley moved to Washington, DC, she learned that the natural and human history of this "city of trees" goes well beyond the flowering cherries for which it is so well known. She set out to document the botany and history of the area's trees, and the result is "City of Trees: The Complete Botanical and Historical Guide to the Trees of Washington, DC," now in its third edition. Melanie leads field trips and tree tours for Casey Trees, the Audubon Naturalist Society, the US Botanic Garden, and other organizations in and around the city. Melanie shared this story in March 2013 during a workshop organized by The Truth About Trees in collaboration with Casey Trees, with support from the National Science Foundation.

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