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June 7, 2019

Smithsonian Associates

Finding Paradise in Montgomery County (all-day tour of Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve and Sugarloaf Mountain)

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Departs Mayflower Hotel, DeSales St side
1127 Conn. Ave NW; Fringe: I-270, Exit 6B
Best Western Rockville 1251 W Montgomery Ave
$175 Member, $225 Non-Member
Code: 1ND028
Register here.

Did you know there is rural beauty nearby to Washington that rivals the English countryside or Provence? Spend a June day exploring the verdant rolling hills of Montgomery County’s scenic 93,000 acre Agricultural Reserve and nearby Sugarloaf Mountain. Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a longtime resident of the reserve and author of two books about Sugarloaf, serves as guide and introduces some of her favorite places in this close-in slice of paradise bordering the Frederick County line.

Along the way, she covers two remarkable preservation stories: Gordon Strong’s lifelong mission to save Sugarloaf Mountain from development and keep it open for public enjoyment and education; and Montgomery County’s innovative farmland preservation program, which has served as a model for agricultural areas throughout the country and the world.

Visit lushly landscaped historic farms and meet farmers who offer a view of the progressive methods they employ to bring fresh strawberries, peaches, apples, and a myriad of vegetables to local markets. Step into an artist’s studio, explore historic sites, and take a short walk along one of the shaded and inviting trails of Sugarloaf Mountain.

Lunch is at Bassett’s Restaurant in Poolesville. Enjoy wine, cheese, and fresh strawberries at a local farm at the end of the day.

Fringe stop at about 9:10 a.m.

This tour includes lunch and afternoon refreshments; the tour involves walking and standing at most sites.


June 10, 2019

Recreational Equipment, Inc.

The Joy of Forest Bathing with Melanie Choukas-Bradley
(talk and book signing at the Rockville store)

Monday, June 10, 2019
7:00 PM
  –  8:30 PM
Rockville REI
910 Rose Avenue, North Bethesda, MD 20852 

A free event - please register here [You may be asked to give your REI Membership Number, but leave that box blank if you are not a member] or call (301) 770-1751

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.


June 26-28, 2019

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies

Forest Bathing Walks and Evening Talk & Booksigning

Forest Bathing Walk One Evening Talk & Booksigning
Location: Catto Center at Toklat
970.925.9157
11247 Castle Creek Road
Aspen, CO 81611
Thursday, June 27 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Non-member price: $75.00 Member price: $45.00
For Adults - Class maximum: 10
To register, please click here.
Location: Hallam Lake Nature Preserve
970.925.5756
100 Puppy Smith Street
Aspen, CO 81611
Date: Thursday, June 27 - 7:00pm
Non-member price: $5.00 Member price: $0.00
For Adults
For info, go here.

Forest Bathing Walk Two
Location: Catto Center at Toklat
970.925.9157
11247 Castle Creek Road
Aspen, CO 81611
Friday, June 28 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
Non-member price: $75.00 Member price: $45.00
For Adults - Class maximum: 10
To register, please click here.

Join ACES and certified nature and forest therapy guide, Melanie Choukas-Bradley, for a magical morning forest bathing walk in the aspen groves above the Catto Center at Toklat. Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, began in Japan in the 1980s and is rooted in the ancient Japanese reverence for nature. This mindfulness practice has since gained popularity all over the world. On our morning walk, we will breathe deeply and move slowly, as we soak up the beauty and wonder of the meadows and forests above the lodge, with their glorious mountain views. We’ll engage all of our senses as we explore the trees, wildflowers, meadow grasses and icy waters of a picturesque tributary of Castle Creek. Our walk will last for three hours and we’ll close with maple sap tea.

Join us for an evening presentation in addition to the two series of walks Melanie will be leading for ACES. Come for the evening presentation, and for a Forest Bathing walk!

About the Instructor:

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is an award-winning nature book author and forest therapy guide, certified by the Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides & Programs in Sonoma County, CA. Her most recent book is titled The Joy of Forest Bathing—Reconnect with Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life. Melanie is based in Washington, DC and she has written the authoritative guide to the trees of the capital, City of Trees, and an independent publishers’ award-winning nature memoir, A Year in Rock Creek Park. She led a forest bathing walk at Toklat last June as part of the Aspen Ideas Festival and fell in love with our aspen groves, wildflowers, mountain views and the story of Toklat.  She is very happy to return to lead walks for ACES this June!

Dress in layers for the weather. It’s apt to be quite chilly at the start of our walk. Since we move slowly on a forest bathing walk, standing and sitting often, you’ll want to dress more warmly than you would for a hike. As the day warms, you may want to take off your shoes (optional) to commune with the earth barefoot. Bring water and snacks.


July 10, 2019

Audubon Naturalist Society

Wonders at Woodend (Chevy Chase, MD): Forest Bathing Through the Seasons

Wednesdays (10 am-Noon)
Section C: July 10 FULL – REGISTER FOR WAITLIST ONLINE
Section D: October 16 FULL – REGISTER FOR WAITLIST ONLINE
Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Each walk members $26; nonmembers $36

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 ONLINE.


July 16, 2019

Audubon Naturalist Society

Summer Kayaking Trip at Theodore Roosevelt Island
With Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Stephanie Mason

Tuesday, July 16 (10 am-1 pm) FULL – REGISTER FOR WAITLIST ONLINE
Leaders: Melanie Choukas-Bradley and 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. Registration fee does not include boat rental. REGISTER HERE.


July 18, 2019

2019 GSDC Meet + Greet

Special Guest: Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of The Joy of Forest Bathing, City of Trees and A Year in Rock Creek Park

July 18, 2019
5:30 - 7:30pm

Earth Conservation Corps Pumphouse
Monique Johnson Anacostia River Centr (The Pumphouse) in SE D.C.
1520 First St. SE, Washington, DC 20003

Click here to check map and RSVP.

Contact: Earth Conservation Corps 202.479.4505/ Green Spaces for DC 301.325.6708, info@greenspaces4dc.org

Located directly on the Anacostia River, this location is rustic in appeal - but has a view unlike any other in Washington, DC. This building was originally a pumphouse for the Capital Building.

Green Spaces for DC fosters stewardship and improves the quality of parks and open spaces through advocacy; development and strengthening organizational capacity; and establishing partnerships and networks that share information and resources.

Directions
We encourage everyone to use transit. Get off at the Navy Yard Metro Station on the Green Line. You will have a 5 minute walk to the facility on the Anacostia River. There is no parking with the exception of on-street parking and private lots for the Nationals stadium nearby.


July 19, 2019

Hidden Ridge Farm

Rejuvenate on the Flower Farm: Forest, Flowers, and Fresh Air
(Forest bathing led by Melanie with yoga and flower arranging during an evening event in Clarksburg, MD)

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July 23, 2019

Forest Bathing with Certified Forest Therapy Guide Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
9:30am – 12:00pm
Tregaron Conservancy
3031 Klingle Road NW
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Register here.

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of The Joy of Forest Bathing and A Year in Rock Creek Park, for a summer forest bathing walk through the Tregaron Conservancy. Forest bathing is a mindfulness practice akin to meditation, yoga and tai chi that involves tuning in to the beauty and wonder of your natural surroundings with all of your senses. Melanie is a nature and forest therapy guide with certification from the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides & Programs. She will guide you on a calming and rejuvenating walk through the Tregaron woodland with plenty of time to slow down and soak up the beauty of this enchanting wild garden, one of the best kept secrets in our city.

Preparation: Dress in comfortable clothing and be prepared for slow walking on natural trails and stone steps with some hill climbing. Bring rain gear if showers are expected.

Weather Policy: We will go ahead in light intermittent rain but will cancel in steady heavy rain or a serious threat of thunderstorms.

Directions, Map and other information: Tregaron is a 10-15 minute walk from the Cleveland Park or Woodley Metro stops and can be accessed on foot or by bicycle (no bikes allowed within Tregaron) from the Klingle Valley Trail. We will meet at the iron gate entrance at 3031 Klingle Road, NW. You may also enter from 3100 Macomb Street, NW and walk through the park to meet up with us at the gate on Klingle.

Please note: There are no restrooms at Tregaron. There is a Starbucks on Connecticut Avenue across from the Zoo and a Firehook Bakery on Connecticut Avenue in Cleveland Park, each of which is a 10-15 minute walk from the meeting place.


July 25, 2019

Recreational Equipment, Inc.

The Joy of Forest Bathing

Thursday, July 25, 2019
7:00 PM
  –  8:30 PM
Tysons REI
8209 Watson Street, McLean, Tysons, VA 22102

A free event - register here [You may be asked to give your REI Membership Number, but leave that box blank if you are not a member] or call (703) 506-1938.

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.


September 15-19, 2019

Smithsonian Associates

Theodore Roosevelt’s North Dakota: Badlands, Bison, and
The Making of a Conservationist 5-Day Tour

This Overnight Tour is currently filled, but please call us to get on the Wait List at 202-633-3030.

Depart from Bismarck, ND: Sunday, September 15, 2019 - 6:00 p.m.
Return to Bismarck, ND: Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 1:00 p.m.

TICKETS

$1,625 Double Room Member
$1,925 Single Room Member
$2,100 Double Room Non-Member
$2,400 Single Room Non-Member

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.

The Badlands did transform Roosevelt over the course of the more than three decades he lived or visited there, reinventing himself into the kind of vigorous outdoorsman he’d idealized as a youth—and that shaped his public image as president. Perhaps more importantly, this corner of the West turned him into a passionate conservationist dedicated to the preservation of the rugged landscapes and native wildlife of the place he described as “where the romance of my life began.”

Experience those landscapes—filled with dramatic vistas, vividly colored canyons, and wandering herds of wild bison—on an extraordinary 5-day study tour led by author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley that brings you into the heart of Roosevelt’s Badlands and the national park that bears his name.

The tour begins in Bismarck with a welcome dinner and introduction by the tour staff. The following morning, travel by bus to the historic town of Medora, where the Rough Riders Hotel (the modern incarnation of an inn where TR once stayed), provides a base for the group. Over the course of the next days, explore the north and south units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park by bus and on foot, as well as the site of Roosevelt’s Elkhorn ranch along the Little Missouri River (easy and moderate hiking options offered). Clay Jenkinson, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University, and National Park Service rangers are among the specialists who offer insights into Roosevelt’s pivotal years in the Badlands and the area’s natural history.

Say farewell to North Dakota with an intimate private reception and a performance by local musician Jessie Veeder at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Medora.

The next morning, the return trip to Bismarck includes a stop at the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum before your transfer to the airport.

GENERAL DETAILS

  • Program begins Sunday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. with dinner in Bismarck and ends Thursday, Sept. 19 after lunch (around 1 p.m.) with a mid-day transfer to the Bismarck Airport or return to the hotel.
  • Cost includes 4 nights of accommodations, bus transportation, services of a study leader and Smithsonian representative, 11 meals (4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners), gratuities, taxes, and entrance fees. An airport shuttle is provided by the hotel.
  • Single-room supplement $300 (factored into the Single Room Member and Single Room Non-Member pricing).
  • Singles registering at the double-room rate are paired (on a nonsmoking basis) if possible, but must pay the single-room supplement otherwise.
  • An initial informational packet is emailed to all participants within one week of registration with detailed instructions. For questions, call the tours office at 202-633-8647.
  • Registrants may want to consider purchasing trip insurance.
  • Travel Information: Flights are not included; participants make independent flight arrangements to Bismarck, North Dakota. Round-trip fares typically range from $400 to $600 from Washington-area airports; American, United, and Delta serve this route. Once the tour has reached its minimum registration, participants will be notified and encouraged to purchase airline tickets.
View a video in which Clay Jenkinson discusses the importance of North Dakota in Theodore Roosevelt’s life, as well as the first structure on the site of the planned presidential library at Dickinson State, a replica of the cabin on TR’s Elkhart Ranch.

 
Nature photographs by Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Polly Alexander.

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