Above: Hikers join Melanie Choukas-Bradley on a forest bathing hike, soaking in all that Rock Creek has to offer.
Photo credit: Kathryn E. Arion
Start December Off Right!
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 switch back 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.
This nature walk is completely booked, but we're hosting a few more nature walks this month with another DC author: Scott Einberger.
This Halloween we joined her on a forest bathing walk through Rock Creek. You won't believe what we discovered!