A Walking Tour through Rock Creek Park

The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC

Saturday, November 11, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley, the author of A Year in Rock Creek Park—the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC, for a walk under the trees in the Boundary Bridge area of Rock Creek Park. Susan Austin Roth, the book's photographer and a Virginia Master Naturalist, will co-lead the walk. 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 wildlife, including how to identify various species of trees. See the last blaze of autumn glory in the trees and learn to identify them by their acorns nuts and other fall fruits. The enchanting, native witch-hazel will be in bloom and perhaps some fall wildflowers. 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, November 11th from 9:30 a.m. to roughly 1:30 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 DC 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. Note: Beach Drive is closed to motorized vehicles south of the park gate on weekends.

Because the tour should last up to four hours, attendees are encouraged to bring water, snacks, and/or a light lunch. In addition, depending on the day’s weather, 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 Justin Stephani at jstephani@politics-prose.com.

Return Policy: Refunds are only guaranteed up to seven days before the trip.

$40.00
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