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A Spring Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island

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A Spring Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island

In-Person Program

Morning Tour

Wednesday, May 24, 2023 - 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET
Code: 1CSB06
Tour meets in the Theodore Roosevelt
Island parking lot next to the footbridge.
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Materials for this program

Enjoy a spring morning walk on a natural oasis in the Potomac with Melanie Choukas-Bradley, the author of the book Finding Solace at Theodore Roosevelt Island. The nearly 2-mile path follows the island’s shore and moves deep into the swamp and tidal inlet along the boardwalk where willows, bald cypresses, and cattails frame views of Washington, D.C.

She shares an overview of the landscape’s fascinating mix of trees, wildflowers, birds, and other wildlife and highlights the island’s history and the legacy of the naturalist and conservationist president it memorializes. The morning also includes pauses for moments of guided forest bathing to quietly soak up the beauty of this wild island set against the capital city.

In addition to her book on Theodore Roosevelt Island, Choukas-Bradley is the award-winning author of six other regional nature titles, including The Joy of Forest Bathing and City of Trees, available for sale through Politics & Prose.

Know Before You Go

  • Tour participants meet at the Theodore Roosevelt Island Bridge off the parking lot (George Washington Memorial Parkway northbound lanes between Roosevelt Bridge and Key Bridge).
  • Bring water, a snack, and comfortable, sturdy shoes.
  • This is an easy-to-moderate walk.

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General Information

  • Registration for this tour will end by 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 23, 2023.
  • Smithsonian is a mask-friendly environment. Masks are strongly recommended but not required.
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