Sunday, May 10, 2009

This Week in the Natural Capital: May 11-17

Each week, we will list opportunities to get outdoors, to learn about nature, and to do service. We'll list just brief teasers about each one. Please click through to the organization hosting each event for more details.

This Week's Highlight: Friday, May 15 is Bike to Work Day! "Join thousands of area commuters on May 15th for a celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work! The Washington Area Bicycling Association will be hosting 26 pit stops all over the region, as well as experienced commuter convoys and a party at Freedom Plaza."


Sierra Club
all weekend: Beginner Backpacking Trip at False Cape State Park (VA)
Sat: DC/Greek Festival (6-7 mi)
Sun: First Bull Run/Manassas Battlefield (5.6 mi)
National Arboretum(choose 4 mi. or 8 mi)

Potomac Appalachian Trail Club
Many cabin and trail crew work trips.
Tue: Shenandoah National Park (16 mi)
Wed: Patuxent River Park (boat ride + 3mi)
Sun: Shenandoah National Park (8-11 mi)

Audubon Naturalist Society
Sat: Sugarloaf (1.5-2.5 mi, with a skilled botanist)
Sun: Birding at Lois Green Conservation Park, MD
Benthic macroinvertebrates class

Maryland Native Plant Society
Sat: Gunpowder State Park

Center Hiking Club
Sat: Mary's Rock in Sperryville (8-9 mi)

Capital Hiking Club
Sat: Little Devil Stairs (10 mi)

Rock Creek Park
Sat: view the stars, planets, and other night sky phenomena with telescopes

Brookside Gardens
Fri: Lecture: Tree Biology Essentials

The Nature Conservancy
Tue: early morning birding at Rock Creek Park
Thu: early morning birding at The National Arboretum

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Sun: annual Living Shoreline restoration workshop, geared toward waterfront property owners as well as the general public. Planting native wetland grasses and shrubs at the newly restored shoreline on the West River.


Audubon Naturalist Society
Thu: Predators and Prey (ages 3-6)
Sat: Frogs & toads (ages 3-6)
Pond Plunking (ages 4-6)
Orienteering (ages 7+)

Rock Creek Park:
Fri: Creature Feature
Sat: view the stars, planets, and other night sky phenomena with telescopes

photo credit: dlemieux at flickr

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