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February 19, 2020

Audubon Naturalist Society

Wonders at Woodend: Forest Bathing through the Seasons

Wednesdays (10 am-12:30 pm)
Section A: February 19
Section B: May 13
Section C: July 15
Section D: October 14

Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Each walk members $26; nonmembers $36
Entire series members $94; nonmembers $130

Savor the natural joys of each season on forest bathing walks led by Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a longtime ANS field trip leader and the author of The Joy of Forest Bathing—Reconnect with Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life. Discover the magic of shinrin-yoku, translated as “forest bathing,” a nature-oriented mindfulness practice that originated in Japan and has become popular all over the world. Our leader is a Nature & Forest Therapy Guide with certification from the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides and Programs of Sonoma County, California. Experience the restoration of Woodend as we explore and commune with the living things in our meadows, forest, and Blair Garden. A serving of maple sap “tea” and a sharing of nature poetry will conclude each walk. REGISTER


February 29, 2020

United States Botanic Garden

Winter Tree Tour

DATE: Saturday, February 29
TIME: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
LOCATION: Tour will meet in the Conservatory Lobby
FREE: Pre-registration required. Register here.

[NOTE: All registrations will be waitlisted.]


Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of 
City of Trees and The Joy of Forest Bathing

Winter is the best time to appreciate the architecture of the historic trees gracing the U.S. Capitol campus. Stroll around the grounds with Melanie, admiring and learning about magnificent trees from around the country and the world. Learn to identify beeches, magnolias, horse-chestnuts, buckeyes, dogwoods, and many other trees 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 U.S. 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.

CANCELLATION POLICY: The U.S. Botanic Garden reserves the right to substitute instructors or cancel programs when necessary.


March 3, 2020

Recreational Equipment, Inc.

The Joy of Forest Bathing

Thursday, March 3, 2020, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
A free event - please register here.

Tysons REI
8209 Watson Street, McLean, Tysons, VA 22102

Instructor: Melanie Choukas-Bradley

There's a growing body of evidence that the practice of forest bathing - known as "Shinrin-yoku" in Japan, where the phenomenon started - can help boost immunity and mood and help reduce stress. Forest therapy is now gaining popularity as a way to reconnect with nature for health and many other benefits. Melanie Choukas-Bradley, certified forest therapy guide and author of "The Joy of Forest Bathing," joins us for a talk on the practice and benefits of forest bathing.

March 21, 2020

Tregaron Conservancy

Forest Bathing Walk

(details forthcoming)


April 4, 2020

Audubon Naturalist Society

Bluebells and Budbreak at Boundary Bridge

Saturday April 4 (9:30am-2pm)
Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Members $28; nonmembers $38

We’re delighted that the author of the award-winning book, A Year in Rock Creek Park and the critically acclaimed, City of Trees, will offer her 14th year of nature walks for ANS in the country’s oldest urban national park. On our walk, we will witness the annual floral miracle of Virginia bluebells, spring beauties, and trout lilies in the floodplain forest, as we admire the leaves of tulip tree and American beech begin to spill from their buds. We’ll hope to catch bloodroot, wild ginger, cut-leafed toothwort and other spring ephemerals in bloom as we explore both floodplain and upland woods at a leisurely pace. Our lunch stop, high above the creek on a dramatic rock outcrop offering, will offer spectacular views. Here, we’ll do a bit of “forest bathing,” time permitting. Throughout, we’ll keep our eyes and ears open for belted kingfishers, wood ducks, migrating songbirds, and tiny spring peepers. REGISTER


April 8, 2020

Audubon Naturalist Society

A Year at Theodore Roosevelt Island

A: Budbreak and Spring Wildflower Walk, Wednesday, April 8 (10 am-2 pm)
B: Summer Kayaking Trip with Stephanie Mason, Wednesday, July 22 (10 am-1:30 pm)
C: Autumn Tree Walk, Wednesday, November 4 (10 am-2 pm)
D: Late Autumn Tree Walk, Wednesday, December 2 (10 am-2 pm)
Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Each walk: members $28; nonmembers $38

Photo by Ana Ka’ahanui.

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of the forthcoming Finding Solace at Theodore Roosevelt Island (August 2020), 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


April 11, 2020

Politics & Prose

Spring Walk in Rock Creek Park

(details forthcoming)

Most nature photographs by Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Polly Alexander.


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