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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 Shinrin-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.


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


July 21, 2017

Audubon Naturalist Society

Paddle on the Potomac

Friday, July 21 (9:30am - 12:30pm)
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.


 
Nature photographs by Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Polly Alexander.

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