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A Fall Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island

In-person Tour

Morning Tour

Friday, November 5, 2021 - 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET
Code: 1NSC09
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$55 - Member
$75 - Non-Member

Materials for this program

  1. COVID Guidance for In-Person Tours

Theodore Roosevelt Island fountain with statue

Please Note: This tour is conducted in person and limited to 20 registrants. CDC and Smithsonian Covid-19 guidelines in effect at the time of the program will be followed. Updates will be posted to SmithsonianAssociates.org. Protocols such as distanced seating, mask mandate, and/or proof of vaccination may be required. Read the COVID requirements prior to registration.

Enjoy a fall 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 others regional nature titles, including Resilience: Connecting with Nature in a Time of Crisis and City of Trees, available for sale.

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General Information

  • The tour is 3 hours in length.
  • 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.
Tour meets in the Theodore Roosevelt
Island parking lot next to the footbridge.