Memorial on Theodore Roosevelt Island, Washington, DC
Enjoy the magic of an autumn morning on Roosevelt Island, a 90-acre wooded oasis and national memorial in the middle of the tidal Potomac and located entirely within the District. Author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley leads a scenic walk around the island, pointing out distinguishing features of the sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, oaks, beeches, musclewoods, river birches, basswoods, and many other tree species in their late autumn glory. Look and listen, as well, for great blue herons, bald eagles, belted kingfishers, and wood ducks while gazing out over the Potomac River toward the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Memorial, and other iconic DC landmarks.
During the walk, hear highlights of the fascinating history of the island, which was once owned by the family of George Mason. This fall marks the fiftieth anniversary of the dedication of the island’s memorial to our 26th president.
Choukas-Bradley is the author of City of Trees, A Year in Rock Creek Park, and a forthcoming nature memoir about Theodore Roosevelt Island.
Dress for the weather and bring water and snacks or a picnic lunch. (Walk will go rain or shine, depending on conditions.)
Tour meets in the Theodore Roosevelt
Island parking lot next to the footbridge.