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The U.S. Capitol Grounds and Arboretum In-person Tour (Smithsonian Associates, Politics & Prose)

Join naturalist and author of City of Trees Melanie Choukas-Bradley for a spring walking tour of the historic and botanically diverse trees of the U.S. Capitol Grounds and Arboretum (the new official name of the site). The visit offers the chance to admire trees in verdant June foliage including several species of magnolia, maple, centuries-old oaks and more.

$55 – $75

Forest Bathing Walk with Author Melanie Choukas-Bradley (Guided Walk — Politics & Prose)

Tregaron Conservancy 3031 Klingle Road, NW, Washington, DC

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of The Joy of Forest Bathing and A Year in Rock Creek Park, and several other nature books for a spring forest bathing walk through the enchanting Tregaron Conservancy, a woodland garden tucked away in the midst of northwest Washington

$50

Theodore Roosevelt’s North Dakota: Badlands and More (Smithsonian Associates)

Various Locations in North Dakota Bismarck, ND

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. On this 5-day study tour, , experience dramatic vistas, vivid canyons, and herds of wild bison, on an of North Dakota as Theodore Roosevelt saw it.

Various Prices

Forest Bathing Walk with Author Melanie Choukas-Bradley — Politics and Prose

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of The Joy of Forest Bathing and A Year in Rock Creek Park, and several other nature books for a fall forest bathing walk through the enchanting Tregaron Conservancy, a woodland garden tucked away in the midst of northwest Washington that has been restored and stewarded by a non-profit organization since 2006.

Capitol Tree Walk with Author Melanie Choukas-Bradley — Politics and Prose

U.S. Capitol Grounds and Arboretum Washington, DC

Join naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of City of Trees and several other nature books, for a fall walking tour of the historic and botanically diverse trees of the U.S. Capitol Grounds and Arboretum (the new official name of the site). The visit offers the chance to admire trees in early autumn splendor including several species of maple and magnolia, century-old oaks, pecans, giant sequoia, and the intriguing jujube. Many of the trees, such as oaks, pecans, black walnuts and dogwoods, will be bearing fall fruit, a perfect time to study and appreciate them.

$50

Autumn Hiking: Sugarloaf Mountain — Smithsonian Associates

West View Parking Lot: Sugarloaf Mountain Dickerson, MD

Natural beauty and fascinating history await this fall. Spend an autumn day hiking to the summit of Washington, D.C.’s local mountain, a natural treasure less than an hour’s drive from the city. The picturesque and rocky Sugarloaf offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside in Maryland. With color in the trees and fallen leaves on the ground, exciting rural vistas open up. Guided by popular study leader Melanie Choukas-Bradley, learn about the mountain’s plants and wildlife, seasonal changes, geology, and history.

$55 – $75

Autumn Hiking: Sugarloaf Mountain — Smithsonian Associates

West View Parking Lot: Sugarloaf Mountain Dickerson, MD

Natural beauty and fascinating history await this fall. Spend an autumn day hiking to the summit of Washington, D.C.’s local mountain, a natural treasure less than an hour’s drive from the city. The picturesque and rocky Sugarloaf offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside in Maryland. With color in the trees and fallen leaves on the ground, exciting rural vistas open up. Guided by popular study leader Melanie Choukas-Bradley, learn about the mountain’s plants and wildlife, seasonal changes, geology, and history.

$55 – $75

Autumn Hiking: Sugarloaf Mountain — Smithsonian Associates

West View Parking Lot: Sugarloaf Mountain Dickerson, MD

Natural beauty and fascinating history await this fall. Spend an autumn day hiking to the summit of Washington, D.C.’s local mountain, a natural treasure less than an hour’s drive from the city. The picturesque and rocky Sugarloaf offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside of Montgomery and Frederick counties in Maryland. With color in the trees and fallen leaves on the ground, exciting rural vistas open up. Guided by popular study leader Melanie Choukas-Bradley, learn about the mountain’s plants and wildlife, seasonal changes, geology, and history. Spend time on the summit, composed of pink quartzite and forested with uncommon table mountain pines and mountain laurel, for a light lunch and a bit of “forest bathing.”

$55 – $75

Autumn Tree Walk at Theodore Roosevelt Island — Audubon Naturalist Society

Theodore Roosevelt Island

This fall tree walk will take you deep into the island, where swamp and tidal inlet can be explored by boardwalk as willows, bald cypresses and cattails frame views of the city behind it. We’ll see autumn color among the trees as well as exciting new vistas as the leaves fall. In addition to sharing her knowledge and love of the Island’s trees, Melanie will share details of this National Park’s fascinating history.

$40 – $49