Sunday, May 24, 2009

This Week in the Natural Capital: May 25-31

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. Some events require prior registration; some charge a fee.

This Week's Highlight:
WalkingTown, DC is a festival of more than 120 free walking tours (and some biking tours) across Washington, DC. On both Saturday and Sunday, there are a wide variety of walks, each with a theme. Topics include specific neighborhoods, DC and National history, architecture, graveyards, and an interfaith eco-tour, as well as natural areas such as the Anacostia River, Kingman Island, and various gardens. Reservations are required; some walks fill up.

Runner Up:
We're hoping to go on the MD Native Plant Society hike to Buck Lodge Magnolia Bog in PG County: "Buck Lodge Park is a wooded park in the Paint Branch watershed that harbors many rare and uncommon plants, a diversity of habitats of the coastal plain, and high quality forest...Buck Lodge is one of the last remnants in the area of pristine oak-chestnut-heath forest and low-lying seepage forest, dominated by scarlet oak, chestnut oak, American holly, American chestnut, pines, mountain laurel, and evergreen groundcovers. Part of the park is a forested swamp with pin oak, sweetgum, and pitch pines. The bog contains Alnus serrulata, alder; Cypripedium acaule, pink lady's slipper orchid; and Saccharum giganteum, the sugarcane plumegrass." Contact for directions.


K9 Trailblazers
Sun: Gunpowder Falls SP (5 mi)

Maryland Native Plant Society
Tue:monthly meeting: "Whither Potomac Wildness?"
Sat: Buck Lodge Magnolia Bog in PG County

Sierra Club
Sun: Hike part of the Inter-County Connector Route to see what will be lost when this road is built. (5 mi, moderately paced)
Sun: Fairfax Cross County Trail (7.5 mi)

Potomac Appalachian Trail Club
Many cabin and trail crew work trips.
Tue: Great Falls/Billy Goat Trail (15 mi)
Wed: Sugarloaf (5 mi, some carpool available)
Sat: Gunpowder Falls (north of Baltimore) with K9 Trailblazers
Sat: Tuscarora/Shockeys Knob (6 mi)
Sun: Wanderbirds 75th Anniversary. Potomac Heritage Trail (9.5-13.5 mi)

Audubon Naturalist Society

Wed: Caddisflies.
Sun: Geology in NW MoCo (4 mi).

Center Hiking Club
Sat: Great Falls (8 mi)
Sat: George Washington NF - Trout Pond (10 mi)
Sun: W&OD trail (4 mi)

Capital Hiking Club
Wed eve: Brookland neighborhood walk (4.5 mi, meets at metro)
Mt. Marshall/Big Devils Stairs to Skyline Drive (11.7 mi, bus available)

Washington Women Outdoors
Sat: Gunpowder Falls State Park (9.2 mi)

Rock Creek Park
Sat: Hike following the footsteps of Theodore Roosevelt (ages 8+)

National Arboretum
Sat: hike through the Arboretum (5 mi)

The Nature Conservancy
Wed: early morning birding at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Sat: James River Days paddle along Four Mile Creek

Northern Virginia Hiking Club
Sat: Bird Knob (11 mi)
Sun: Lake Accotink (4 mi)


Rock Creek Park
Fri: Creature Feature
Sat: Hike following the footsteps of Theodore Roosevelt (ages 8+)

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