Sunday, September 19, 2010

Calendar: Public Lands Day and Walking/BikingTown DC

Even more is going on than usual this weekend as two major sets of outdoors events are scheduled on top of a regular weekend of hikes and activities.

But first, a plug for our own walk: on Saturday, join us for two hours of wild food foraging, including looking for chestnuts, black walnuts, and wild grapes. We'll be done by 11:00, plenty of time to join one of these other events. Register here.

All weekend you can join free tours with WalkingTown DC and BikingTown DC, a twice-annual event. Many are more oriented toward history and architecture, but there's always a sprinkling of nature-themed tours. They include:

a walking tour of the Arboretum Saturday at 10:00AM
a walking tour of restoration projects along Watts Creek Saturday afternoon at 1:00PM
a walking tour of Roosevelt Island Saturday at 3:00PM and Sunday at 3:30PM
a walking geological history tour Sunday at 9:00AM
a bike tour of Rock Creek Park Saturday at 9:00AM

Be sure to visit the website and register soon as many tours fill up -- they're free!

National Public Lands Day is also this Saturday. It's an opportunity to give back to the many city, county, state, and federal parks that give us so much joy throughout the year. You can find an event here; some highlights from the DC area include cleanups at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and the Carderock climbing area, invasive plant removal at Greenbelt Park and the Northwest Branch, and trail work at Great Falls.

As always, there's lots more on our calendar. We'll see you out there!