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Nature Walk in Rock Creek Park with Melanie Choukas-Bradley - Saturday December 9, 2017

Nature Walk in Rock Creek Park with Melanie Choukas-Bradley - Saturday December 9, 2017

December 09, 2017 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

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Rock Creek Conservancy

Nature Walk in Rock Creek Park

with author/ naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 9:30-1:30

Join the Rock Creek Conservancy and Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of A Year in Rock Creek Park and City of Trees, for a late autumn nature hike in the floodplain forest and upland woods of Rock Creek Park. We’ll walk along a scenic stretch of Rock Creek beginning at Boundary Bridge on the Maryland-DC line. Sycamores, maples, American elms, cottonwoods, ironwoods, river birches, tulip trees, pawpaws and bladdernuts are among the woody plants we’ll encounter. We’ll pass a skunk cabbage swamp and switchback into an upland forest where extremely old oaks and beeches grow. The timing of the walk should allow for the study of many different types of autumn fruits: acorns of several oak species, three species of hickory, black walnut, hop-hornbeam and many others.


If weather permits, we’ll picnic on a dramatic rocky ledge crowned with American beech, pinxterflower, mountain laurel and blooming witch-hazel.


Registration: The event is free but all hikers need to pre-register here. There is a strict 20-person cap on attendees.

Meeting Place and Directions: The Boundary Bridge parking lot, Beach Drive. Take 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 East-West Highway to Beach Drive and turn right (south) and drive to the locked National Park Service gate across Beach Drive at the District line (beyond the right-hand intersection of Wyndale Road). Park in the parking lot just before the NPS gate or along the road if the parking lot is full. Please note that Beach Drive is closed south of the NPS gate so you will have to approach the meeting place from the north.

Please note: there are no restrooms at our meeting place.

What to Wear and Bring: Wear warm comfortable clothing and dress in layers for the weather, keeping in mind that we will be stopping often to look at trees so extra layers may be required. Wear sturdy boots or shoes with good soles as trails may be muddy. This is a rain or shine event, unless conditions are dangerous or miserable. Wear sunscreen and bring water, snacks and a light lunch.

What to Expect: We will be covering 2 ½ miles at a slow pace, with some moderate elevation change.