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Rock Creek Park: A Virtual Exploration

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1NV072
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Boulder Bridge, Rock Creek Park

Did you know that Rock Creek Park is the oldest urban national park in the country and is twice the size of New York’s Central Park? This forested gem running through the heart of Washington, D.C., has delighted residents long before it was declared a national park by an Act of Congress in 1890—and now more than ever offers a welcome destination for outdoor lovers.

With stunning images and a deep knowledge of Rock Creek Park through the seasons, author and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley introduces the story and natural history of a national park landscape as old as Yosemite. Learn about the Indigenous people who hunted, fished, and quarried on the land; the presidents including Theodore Roosevelt who enjoyed recreation here; and the flora and fauna that find wild refuge in their urban surroundings.

Choukas-Bradley is the author of the award-winning A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild Wooded Heart of Washington, DC, with photographs by Susan Austin Roth, and six other nature books, including City of Trees and Finding Solace at Theodore Roosevelt Island.

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