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A Spring Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island

Daytime In-Person Tour

Morning Tour

Friday, April 23, 2021 - 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET
Code: 1NSC04
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Materials for this program

  1. COVID requirements for this Tour

Statue of Theodore Roosevelt on the island that bears his name

Please Note: This tour is not live streamed on Zoom. It will be conducted in-person, masks are required, and the hike is limited to 20 participants.

Enjoy a socially distanced morning walk on a natural oasis in the Potomac with Melanie Choukas-Bradley, the author of the new 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 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 through Politics & Prose.

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General Information

  • The tour meets 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.