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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.

September 28, 2019

Politics & Prose

The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C.

Saturday, September 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Price of the walk: $45

For reservations, go to https://www.politics-prose.com/rock-creek-park-walking-tour.

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley, the author of A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C. and the newly released The Joy of Forest Bathing—Reconnect with Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life, for a walk under the trees in the Boundary Bridge area of Rock Creek Park. Susan Austin Roth, the Rock Creek Park book's photographer and a Virginia Master Naturalist, will co-lead the walk, schedule permitting. Melanie and Susan are naturalists who frequently lead guided walks in the park, and they are intimately acquainted with the trees and wildflowers growing along Rock Creek. Melanie and Susan will share their love of nature and knowledge of the area’s ecology. See the first spark of autumn glory in the trees and learn to identify them by their leaves, bark, and fall fruits. Many late summer and early fall wildflowers will be in bloom. The group will hope to catch the calls of pileated woodpeckers in the tall trees or the loud chatter of a belted kingfisher cruising the creek for fish, all while exploring some of the author’s and photographer’s favorite spots, including Boundary Bridge, the Skunk Cabbage Swamp, the Laurel Ledge, and Meditation Rock.

The tour will take place on Saturday, September 28th from 9:30 a.m. to roughly 1 p.m. The group will meet at the Boundary Bridge parking lot found along Beach Drive, where attendees can park. To get there, take the East-West Highway (Route 410) east from Connecticut Avenue (a right-hand turn if driving north on Connecticut from D.C. and a left-hand turn if driving south from the Beltway). Take the East-West Highway to Beach Drive and turn right (south) and drive to the locked gate across Beach Drive at the District line. Park in the parking lot just before the gate or along the road if the parking lot is full.

Because the tour should last up to 3 1/2 hours, attendees are encouraged to bring water, snacks, and a light lunch. In addition, sunscreen and bug spray may be needed. Bring binoculars if you wish.

We will cover up to 2 ½ miles at a slow hiking pace with some elevation change on hiking trails. There are no restrooms at the meeting location or along the route.

For more information, contact Bob Attardi at battardi@politics-prose.com.

See also: https://www.politics-prose.com/forest-bathing-walk-author-melanie-choukas-bradley


October 2, 2019

Smithsonian Associates

An Immersion in Nature: Japanese "Forest Bathing" - Urban Style

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

This program is sold out. Call us at (202) 633-3030 to get on the Wait List.
This tour is also available on: Oct. 22 and Oct. 24
To register, go to https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/immersion-in-nature-japanese-forest-bathing-urban-style.

Shinrin-yoku (translated as “forest bathing”) began in Japan in the 1980s. Rooted in Shinto and Buddhist traditions of reverence for nature, the practice involves a full sensory immersion in the outdoors. Recent health studies conducted in Japan, North America, and other countries document the mental and physical health benefits of quiet time spent in nature, including lowered blood pressure and stress hormone levels, as well as improved mood and cognition. Lately, more and more studies are focused on the health benefits of time spent in natural landscapes within cities.

Experience forest bathing as Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a certified nature and forest-therapy guide and author of The Joy of Forest Bathing (Rock Point), leads a series of 2-hour walks in the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle. Move slowly to soak up the beauty of the Moongate Garden, inspired by the Chinese Temple of Heaven; the Fountain Garden, modeled after the Court of the Lions at the Alhambra, and the Victorian Parterre. This unique and restorative celebration of the beauty of autumn in one of the garden gems of the nation’s capital is the perfect way to learn why forest bathing is becoming popular all over the world.

The group meets at the entrance to the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW. Metro: Smithsonian.

All participants receive a signed copy of The Joy of Forest Bathing.


October 07, 2019

Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture - Annual Meeting

Joy of Forest Bathing - presented by Melanie Choukas-Bradley
North American Adaptation of Japanese Shinrin-Yoku for Health and Happiness

Annual Meeting (October 6-8) will take place at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Conference Center
Melanie's talk will take place on October 7, at 8:00am

For more information, and to view and download the Program for the meeting, click here.

Melanie is the author of The Joy of Forest Bathing—Reconnect with Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life, City of Trees, and A Year in Rock Creek Park. She will describe a nature mindfulness practice that has become popular around the world, contributing to mental and physical health and well-being. Melanie will show beautiful slides from her recent forest bathing trip to Japan and describe forest bathing walks she leads for many organizations in Washington, DC area parks and gardens. She will summarize and explain the health studies showing the benefits of spending quiet time in nature. Melanie will be available to sign her books after the talk. WALK


October 16, 2019

Audubon Naturalist Society

Wonders at Woodend: Forest Bathing through the Seasons

Wednesdays (10 am-Noon)
Section D: October 16 [FULL]
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.


October 19, 2019

The National Bonsai Foundation

Bask in the Beauty of Bonsai: Forest Bathing Among Treasured Trees with Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Saturday, October 19, 2019
8:30 AM   10:30 AM
Tickets starting at $35.
To register, click here.

Join certified nature and forest therapy guide and acclaimed author, Melanie Choukas-Bradley, for a very special guided exercise in meditation, rejuvenation and contemplation among the nation’s premier bonsai collection. In the 2-hour program, Melanie will guide participants through the visual, auditory, and interactive experience of Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” a practice popularized in Japan and known for its transformative and therapeutic experiences like a boosted immune system, reduced blood pressure, improved sleep patterns and more.

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is a Washington, DC author and naturalist who leads field trips and tree tours for a variety of organizations. She is an award-winning author of several DC nature books, including "The Joy of Forest Bathing," now available for purchase. Melanie is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide.


October 22, 2019

Smithsonian Associates

An Immersion in Nature: Japanese "Forest Bathing" - Urban Style

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

This tour is also available on: Oct. 2 and Oct. 24
To register, go tohttps://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/immersion-in-nature-japanese-forest-bathing-urban-style-1CSB01

Shinrin-yoku (translated as “forest bathing”) began in Japan in the 1980s. Rooted in Shinto and Buddhist traditions of reverence for nature, the practice involves a full sensory immersion in the outdoors. Recent health studies conducted in Japan, North America, and other countries document the mental and physical health benefits of quiet time spent in nature, including lowered blood pressure and stress hormone levels, as well as improved mood and cognition. Lately, more and more studies are focused on the health benefits of time spent in natural landscapes within cities.

Experience forest bathing as Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a certified nature and forest-therapy guide and author of The Joy of Forest Bathing (Rock Point), leads a series of 2-hour walks in the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle. Move slowly to soak up the beauty of the Moongate Garden, inspired by the Chinese Temple of Heaven; the Fountain Garden, modeled after the Court of the Lions at the Alhambra, and the Victorian Parterre. This unique and restorative celebration of the beauty of autumn in one of the garden gems of the nation’s capital is the perfect way to learn why forest bathing is becoming popular all over the world.

The group meets at the entrance to the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW. Metro: Smithsonian.

All participants receive a signed copy of The Joy of Forest Bathing.


October 24, 2019

Smithsonian Associates

An Immersion in Nature: Japanese "Forest Bathing" - Urban Style

Thursday, October 24, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

This tour is also available on: Oct. 2 and Oct. 22
To register, go to https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/immersion-in-nature-japanese-forest-bathing-urban-style-1CSC01

Shinrin-yoku (translated as “forest bathing”) began in Japan in the 1980s. Rooted in Shinto and Buddhist traditions of reverence for nature, the practice involves a full sensory immersion in the outdoors. Recent health studies conducted in Japan, North America, and other countries document the mental and physical health benefits of quiet time spent in nature, including lowered blood pressure and stress hormone levels, as well as improved mood and cognition. Lately, more and more studies are focused on the health benefits of time spent in natural landscapes within cities.

Experience forest bathing as Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a certified nature and forest-therapy guide and author of The Joy of Forest Bathing (Rock Point), leads a series of 2-hour walks in the Enid A. Haupt Garden behind the Smithsonian Castle. Move slowly to soak up the beauty of the Moongate Garden, inspired by the Chinese Temple of Heaven; the Fountain Garden, modeled after the Court of the Lions at the Alhambra, and the Victorian Parterre. This unique and restorative celebration of the beauty of autumn in one of the garden gems of the nation’s capital is the perfect way to learn why forest bathing is becoming popular all over the world.

The group meets at the entrance to the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW. Metro: Smithsonian.

All participants receive a signed copy of The Joy of Forest Bathing.


October 27, 2019

Politics & Prose

Forest Bathing Walk with Author Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Sunday, October 27, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Price of the walk: $45
In the Tregaron Conservancy
Please visit this site for detailed transportation options and directions, a map and information about the Tregaron Conservancy: https://www.tregaronconservancy.org/directions/.

Registration Limited to 20 people.
To register, please go to https://www.politics-prose.com/forest-bathing-walk-author-melanie-choukas-bradley

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of The Joy of Forest Bathing and A Year in Rock Creek Park, for an autumn 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. We will meander under tall trees resplendent with autumn color, cross picturesque bridges over musical streams, and climb stone steps through a century-old cultivated and wild woodland landscape reminiscent of “the secret garden.” Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, began in the 1980s in Japan and it is rooted in the traditional Japanese reverence for nature. 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 and she has participated in guided shinrin-yoku walks throughout Japan. 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.

Meet at the iron gate entrance on Klingle Road, NW. Please note there is another entrance to the Conservancy on Macomb Street, NW and also pedestrian access from the Rock Creek Park Klingle Valley Trail.

Preparation for the Walk: 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 if steady heavy rain is in the forecast.

Directions, Map and other information: Tregaron is a 10-15 minute walk from the Cleveland Park and Woodley Metro stops and can be accessed on foot or by bicycle (no bikes allowed within Tregaron) from the Klingle Valley Trail in Rock Creek Park. 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.


October 29, 2019

Audubon Naturalist Society

The Natural and Cultural History of the Ag Reserve

Tuesday, October 29 (9:30 am-4 pm) 
Leaders: Melanie Choukas-Bradley & Stephanie Mason 
Members $36; nonmembers $54

Thirty-five years ago, with regional farmland rapidly diminishing, Montgomery County had the foresight to set aside more than 90,000 acres of farms and open space in the western and northern third of the county as an “Agricultural Reserve.” Come explore this scenic, biologically diverse area and learn how it contributes to clean air and water, the availability of fresh local produce, and the overall quality of life for residents of the metro area. Our trip will visit a working CSA farm, a fall produce and pumpkin stand, an historical site, and perhaps an artist’s studio, time permitting, to experience the rich diversity of plants and wildlife (and human livelihoods) that thrive in the Reserve’s fields, meadows, wetlands, and rocky woodlands. Image credit: Don Graham REGISTER ONLINE. 

Questions? Call Pam at 301-652-9188 x16 or email pam.oves@anshome.org.


November 2, 2019

Audubon Naturalist Society

Rock Creek Park Nature Hike

Fall Hike in Rock Creek Park
Saturday, November 2 (9:30 am-3:30 pm)
Members $34; nonmembers $42
Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Our leader, author of the award-winning book, A Year in Rock Creek Park, and the critically acclaimed The Joy of Forest Bathingand City of Trees, offers another of her popular nature walks for ANS in the country’s oldest urban national park, created in 1890. Autumn will find us hiking the Western Ridge and Valley Trails during peak fall foliage and fruiting season, stopping to study and admire oaks, maples, hickories and many other trees along the route. This hike will traverse 4-6 miles, with uphill and downhill on natural surface trails which may be rocky and uneven. REGISTER

 


November 6, 2019

Brookside Gardens

Shinrin-yoku: The Art of Forest Bathing

Wednesday, November 6
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
$30 | FOBG $27 | #71548
Meet at the Visitor Center Entrance
Melanie Choukas-Bradley, Author, Naturalist, and Certifed Forest Therapy Guide

This nature-oriented mindfulness practice, which is rooted in the traditional Japanese reverence for the natural world, has since become popular internationally, bringing joy and improved mental and physical health to millions of people. Participants will be led on a forest bathing walk through the beautiful fall colors at Brookside Gardens. Experience the incomparable beauty of the bursting golds and reds of the trees moving at a slow pace and using our senses to ponder the many small miracles unfolding. We’ll close the walk by enjoying pure maple syrup in Japanese tea cups, maple candies and walnuts. *Note: Portable Stools available during the walk.


November 9, 2019

Sky Meadows State Park

Introduction to Forest Bathing

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Ln., Delaplane, VA 20144. Mary's Shelter in Picnic Area.
November 9, 2019. 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Join Sky Meadows State Park and the Paris Apothecary for The Joy of Forest Bathing, a presentation by Melanie Choukas-Bradley. This presentation serves as an introduction to the Forest Bathing Walk, a nature immersion experience guided by Melanie the following day at Sky Meadows.

A practice began in Japan in the 1980's. Forest bathing is full sensory immersion in the beauty and wonder of nature. Melanie, author of The Joy of Forest Bathing, will show beautiful slides of her forest bathing trip to Japan and forest bathing walks that she has led in Washington, D.C. and throughout the U.S. Learn how and where to forest bathe, and why many doctors are now prescribing 'nature' to their patients for physical and mental health. After her presentation, Melanie will be available to answer questions and sign copies of her book. Enjoy tea provided by the Paris Apothecary.

Cost of the program is $40, which includes the tea and $7.00 parking fee. Registration is required. Register for the presentation and the Forest Bathing Walk the following day for $80, and save $5 on each program.

Pre-register for either or both programs at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/forest-bathing-lecture-and-experience-at-sky-meadows-park-tickets-65102226512.

Other details

Extra fee: Yes.
Children welcome: Yes.
Phone: 540-592-3556
Email Address: SkyMeadows@dcr.virginia.gov


November 10, 2019

Sky Meadows State Park

Introduction to Forest Bathing

Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Ln., Delaplane, VA 20144. Mary's Shelter in Picnic Area.
November 10, 2019. 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join us for an inspiring and rejuvenating forest bathing walk at Sky Meadows State Park. Experience the beauty of the park on an autumn day as we explore the sights, sounds, and smells of the fields, forests and streams. Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, began in Japan in the 1980's, and is rooted in the ancient Japanese reverence for nature. Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of The Joy of Forest Bathing, and a certified forest therapy guide, will lead our walk. We will close our forest bathing walk with herbal tea provided by the Paris Apothecary. Wear boots or shoes with good tread and dress more warmly than you would for a hike as we will move at a slow pace.

Registration is required. Cost is $50, which includes the tea and $7.00 parking fee. You also do not want to miss Melanie's introductory presentation the previous day, November 9, to learn more about forest bathing. Register for both for $80 and save $5 on each program.

Pre-register for either or both program at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/forest-bathing-lecture-and-experience-at-sky-meadows-park-tickets-65102226512.

Other details

Extra fee: Yes.
Children welcome: Yes.
Phone: 540-592-3556
Email Address: SkyMeadows@dcr.virginia.gov


November 13, 2019

Smithsonian Associates

An Autumn Nature Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island

This tour is also available on: Nov. 20

Tour meets in the Theodore Roosevelt Island parking lot next to the footbridge.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.$45 Member, $55 Non-Member
To purchase tickets, go to https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/autumn-nature-walk-on-theodore-roosevelt-island

Enjoy the beauty of an autumn morning on Roosevelt Island, a 90-acre wooded oasis and national memorial in the middle of the tidal Potomac. Author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley lead a scenic walk around the island, pointing out distinguishing features of the sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, oaks, beeches, musclewoods, river birches, basswoods, and many other tree species in their late-fall glory.

Look and listen, as well, for great blue herons, bald eagles, belted kingfishers, and wood ducks while you gaze across the river toward the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Memorial, and other iconic D.C. landmarks. During the walk, hear highlights of the fascinating history of the island, which was once owned by the family of George Mason.

Choukas-Bradley is the author of City of Trees: A Year in Rock Creek Park and a forthcoming nature memoir about Theodore Roosevelt Island.

Dress for the weather and bring water and snacks or a picnic lunch. (The walk takes place rain or shine, depending on conditions.)


November 16, 2019

United States Botanic Garden

Fall Tree Tour

Saturday, November 16
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tour meets by the entrance to the Conservatory on the Terrace
United States Botanic Garden 100 Maryland Ave, SW, Washington, DC 20515

Pre-registration required. Registration ends 11/15/2019 5:00 p.m. Register here.
All registrations will be waitlisted.

Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of City of Trees and A Year in Rock Creek Park

Autumn is a magnificent time to appreciate the architecture and colorful foliage of the historic trees that grace the grounds adjacent to the U.S. Capitol. Stroll with Melanie to admire and learn about grand old tree specimens from around the country and the world, including many official state trees and memorial plantings. Melanie will focus on autumn fruits and leaves, and teach how to identify diverse species of oak, maple, beech, buckeye, and many other trees. She will share history of the U.S. Capitol Grounds and Arboretum and the city of Washington. Binoculars optional, but recommended. Participants are encouraged to bring their own brown bag lunch to enjoy with Melanie after the tour.

Please note: This tour is held outdoors. We suggest bringing sunscreen, protective clothing, and water. The tour is canceled if it rains. Hearing aid compatible assistive listening devices are available during the tour.



November 20, 2019

Smithsonian Associates

An Autumn Nature Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island

This tour is also available on: Nov. 13

Tour meets in the Theodore Roosevelt Island parking lot next to the footbridge.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
$45 Member, $55 Non-Member
To purchase tickets, go to https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/autumn-nature-walk-on-theodore-roosevelt-island-1NSB01

Enjoy the beauty of an autumn morning on Roosevelt Island, a 90-acre wooded oasis and national memorial in the middle of the tidal Potomac. Author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley lead a scenic walk around the island, pointing out distinguishing features of the sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, oaks, beeches, musclewoods, river birches, basswoods, and many other tree species in their late-fall glory.

Look and listen, as well, for great blue herons, bald eagles, belted kingfishers, and wood ducks while you gaze across the river toward the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Memorial, and other iconic D.C. landmarks. During the walk, hear highlights of the fascinating history of the island, which was once owned by the family of George Mason.

Choukas-Bradley is the author of City of Trees: A Year in Rock Creek Park and a forthcoming nature memoir about Theodore Roosevelt Island.

Dress for the weather and bring water and snacks or a picnic lunch. (The walk takes place rain or shine, depending on conditions.)


 
Nature photographs by Melanie Choukas-Bradley and Polly Alexander.

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