Monday, October 19, 2009

Natural Happenings: Peeping, Rallying, Building, Boating, and More...

Our calendar of events for this week is chock full of trips to the mountains for hiking and leaf-peeping. It's hard to pick among them, so we'll let you browse them for yourself. A few things we find interesting this weekend:

Saturday has been designated as a world-wide day of action on climate change. There are dozens of activities around the DC area, but the main event is a rally at Malcolm X Park and march to the White House.

Looking for something even more hands-on? There are several work trips with the PATC, including an overnight weekend trip with the Cadillac Crew to work on the AT, a Saturday trip with the Flying McCleods, work on a shelter on the Tuscarora Trail, and Saturday work on trails at Manassas Battlefield. On Sunday, PATC will lead a 7-mile hike on a new section of the Tuscarora Trail, followed by a celebration of the work that all the trail crews do at 2:30 pm at the Basore's Ridge Shelter. See our calendar for more info on all of these events.

If you want a work day closer to home, check out the park-related events at Volunteer Fairfax on Saturday morning. Participating parks include Annandale, Fred Crabtree, Huntley Meadows, Nottoway, and Woodglen Lake. Many of these events include pulling invasive plants, to give the native plants room to grow.

On Sunday at 2:00, you have one last chance to go on a pontoon boat tour at Patuxent River Park. Participants will learn about the wetlands, wildlife, research projects, management issues and 10,000 years of human history in the area. Tours run only through October, so this is your last chance for the year. Reservations required; call the park office at 301-627-6074. Even if the pontoon boat fills up, it's gorgeous out there when the leaves are changing.

Now get outside -- we'll see you out there!

Like the photos in this post? Mouse over for credits; a click takes you to the photographer on Flickr.