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Statue of Theodore Roosevelt on Roosevelt Island (Photo: William Perr)
Enjoy the beauty of an autumn morning on Theodore Roosevelt Island, a 90-acre wooded oasis and national memorial in the middle of the tidal Potomac. 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-fall glory. Look and listen, as well, for great blue herons, bald eagles, belted kingfishers, and wood ducks while you gaze across the river toward the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Memorial, and other iconic D.C. 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 50th 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 Roosevelt Island.
Dress for the weather and bring water and snacks or a picnic lunch. (The walk takes place rain or shine, depending on conditions.)
Tour meets in the Theodore Roosevelt
Island parking lot next to the footbridge.