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Rock Creek Park: A Nature and History Walk (Smithsonian Associates — Rescheduled)

June 15, 2022 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am EDT

$55 – $75

This program has a rescheduled date (originally May 13, 2022).

Please Note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for participation on all tours; additionally, current CDC and Smithsonian COVID-19 guidelines (at the time of the tour) will be followed, including but not limited to masks on the bus and indoors.

Spend a spring morning exploring the verdant wooded trails of Rock Creek Park with naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of the award-winning A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC. She surveys the botanically diverse native trees of Rock Creek Park’s floodplain forest and upland woods and covers the history of D.C.’s woodland gem, the oldest urban national park in the country, twice the size of Central Park. View the outcrops where an exuberant President Theodore Roosevelt led his famous rock scrambles and get acquainted with the well-maintained trail network that now provides recreation for millions of local residents and visitors annually.

The walk begins near Peirce Mill, the historic and recently restored grist mill that celebrates the region’s agrarian past. Participants view the adjacent fish ladder that opened the spawning route for migrating shad and herring, dubbed the “herring highway.”

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  • Registration for this tour will end by 2 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 16, 2022.
  • The tour is 3 hours in length; meeting next to the parking lot across from Peirce Mill, 2401 Tilden St NW, Washington, D.C.; parking is available in the lot and on nearby side streets; restrooms may be open.
  • Masks are required and the tour is limited to 20 participants. Bring water, a snack, and comfortable, sturdy shoes. This is an easy-to-moderate walk.
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June 15, 2022
8:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
$55 – $75
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Smithsonian Associates
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Peirce Mill at Rock Creek Park
2401 Tilden St NW
Washington, DC United States
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