Monday, July 11, 2011

Calendar: Rock Creek Park, July 16-17

It's in the heart of our city, but how much have you really explored Rock Creek Park? This weekend our calendar holds five different events in five different sections of the park. I bet at least one of them will go somewhere you've never been. Why not take this opportunity to explore?

Taft Bridge from Ellington Bridge
Photo credit: KCIvey

The Sierra Club is walking the Melvin Hazen and Soapstone Valley trails -- a hilly section of the park with interesting geology. Free, Saturday at 10 AM.

And four ranger-led events caught our eye:

Join a ranger on a hike from the Nature Center and learn about the environmental challenges facing the park and how the NPS is addressing them. (I predict deer and sewage will be on the list.) Free, Saturday at 10 AM.

Or, join the Paws in the Park exploration of Georgetown's Montrose Park, also part of the Rock Creek parkopolis. Free, Saturday at 10 AM.

Sunday, you can see if there are spots left on the ranger-led horseback tour. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance. $40, 10 AM.

Or you could join a ranger on a hike to Rolling Meadows Bridge. Free, Sunday at 2 PM.

Our calendar has lots more options all over the DMV. And don't forget about Steve Brill this Friday.