Sunday, June 7, 2009

This Week in the Natural Capital: June 8-14

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: If you work near the National Mall, pop over to the the US Botanical Garden after work on Monday evening. From 5:30 to 6:30 every Monday in June, there will be a free guided walk through the native plants in the outdoor National Garden, including folktales and stories surrounding the plants. This is a great opportunity to learn some of the plants you may see while you're out and about.


Sierra Club
Tue eve: Canoe & Kayak lessons at Fletcher's Boat House
Sat: Seneca Creek cleanup by canoe - service trip
Sat: Big Schloss/Great North Mountain (12 mi)
Sat: Halfmoon Mountain and Cherry Ridge (17 mi, carpool from Oakton Shopping Ctr)
Sat-Sun: Backpack Shenandoah National Park (14 mi)
Sun:St. Mary's River State Park (8-9 mi, carpool from metro)
Sun: Shenandoah NP - Neighbor Mtn/Jeremy's Run (14.5 mi, carpool from metro)
Sun: AT Snickers Gap to Buzzard Hill (10 mi, strenuous)

Potomac Appalachian Trail Club
Many cabin and trail crew work trips.
Tue: SNP - three peaks in Central District (17 mi)
Wed: W&OD Trail in Arlington (4-5 mi)
Sat: George Washington Nat'l Forest (18 mi)
Fri-Sun: Mid-State Trail/Dawson Cabin
Sun: AT Turners Gap to Thruston Griggs Trail (5.5-9.5 mi, bus pick-up from metro)

Audubon Naturalist Society
Thurs/Sat: 2-part class: Advanced Dragonfly Studies
Sun: AT, Hogback Mtn. to Thornton River (5.5 mi)

Northern Virginia Hiking Club
Sat: SNP - Nicholson Hollow (12 mi)
Sat: Canoe Shenandoah River (7 mi)
Sun: South Run Recreation Center (4.1 mi)
Sun: Social hike/happy hour on Four Mile Run (short)

Washington Women Outdoors
Sat: Learn to kayak, kayak to lunch
Sat: Bike ride from Chestertown to Rock Hall on the Chesapeake Bay/Eastern Shore (33 mi)
Sun: Beginner river/whitewater kayaking at Harpers Ferry

United States Botanical Garden
Mon eve: Tour of native plants in the National Garden
Sat-Sun: Botanical Drawing workshop

Center Hiking Club
Sat: Trout Pond in GWNF (10 mi, swimming; meets at Vienna Metro)
Sun: Rip Rap Hollow in SNP (10 mi, meets at Vienna Metro)

Capital Hiking Club
June schedule was not posted when we compiled this post; try the links to see if there's more info now.


Rock Creek Park
Fri: Creature Feature (all ages)
Fri: American Indian points (ages 9+)
Sat: Theodore Roosevelt hike (2 mi; ages 8+)
Sat: Milling, from prehistory to factories (all ages)

Did we miss something? Post it in the comments.