Thankful for bike rides and beautiful fall foliage via Rudi Riet
Happy Thanksgiving! This year, we are thankful for all the opportunities to connect with and be inspired by the many outdoor allies who, earnestly and resiliently, contribute to DC’s thriving outdoor community. Through this series of weekly newsletters, we discovered more parks, mapped the creators and hosts of outdoor events, gleaned insight into the future of parks and green spaces across the city, and met hundreds of outdoorists, new and experienced alike.
And above all, we are thankful for… the trees, the flowers, the bees, the breeze, the mountains and rolling hills, and so much more! Share what you’re thankful for by replying to this email or tagging your reasons to social media with #ThankYouMotherNature.
Alrighty, now about news affecting DC's outdoor community!
The C&O Canal detour in Georgetown has started. Canal Locks 3, 4 and the pathways between 30th St and Thomas Jefferson St are inaccessible. The suggested new route is via M Street or Water Street.
Rock Creek Park announced that the window to enact their White Tailed Deer Reduction Program is November 15, 2016 through March 31, 2017. The program temporarily closes sections of the park where trained sharpshooters, in coordination with local and park police, work to reduce the deer population to average levels.
One of the most popular neighborhoods in DC shares its name with the central meeting point, Dupont Circle Park. It’s part park, part “human highway” - an intersection of all walks of life in DC. Dupont Circle features a water fountain, benches, several grassy areas, and permanent chess boards. On any day, you could see an artist sketching the fountain, groups of people slacklining, readers on the bench, and coffee drinkers passing by. On Sunday, the biggest farmers’ market in DC opens adjacent to the circle, drawing weekly crowds mixed with locals and visitors alike. It’s a lovely spot for people-watching and just hanging out. In the winter time, when we are given the gift of snow (rare, but still), Dupont Circle is often the chosen meeting spot for massive snowball fights!
Located directly across the White House, Lafayette Square is one of the more highly manicured parks in all of DC and provides a vantage point of capturing the White House with the Washington Monument behind it. Due to its strategic location, the former “President’s Park” is best known for the frequent happenings of protests of all sizes and causes. Besides a hot spot for political protests and celebrations, Lafayette Park used to be a race track, a graveyard, an encampment for soldiers during the War of 1812, and even a zoo. Nowadays, filled with numerous mature trees, flower beds, and benches, it’s a great place to take a stroll or rest your legs on a long day of sightseeing. In the spring, we love seeing flowers in bloom and mother ducks leading her flock of ducklings through the park.
SATURDAY NOV. 26 | 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Post-Thanksgiving Hike @ NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN
Join Sierra Club DC for their second annual post-thanksgiving urban hike. They are headed out on a five mile hike around landmarks, monuments, and memorials. Make sure to bring water and weather appropriate clothing. RSVP and more details found here.
SATURDAY NOV. 26 | 1:00 - 1:30 PM
Movie Screening "Black Holes: The Edge of Infinity" @ ROCK CREEK PARK
Rock Creek Park will be hosting a film on Black Holes in the Nature Center planetarium. It features visualizations of cosmic phenomena, working with data generated by computer simulations, bringing the current science of black holes to the big screen. Recommended for ages 10 to adult.
SUNDAY NOV. 27 | 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Community Yoga @ PATAGONIA DC
End the weekend strong by joining Patagonia DC for community yoga every Sunday at 9:30 am. Classes are led by staff member Emily Phillips-Geeza, who has been studying and teaching Prana Vinyasa Flow Yoga for over 5 years. Practicing yoga can help raise your vibration, and open your heart and mindfulness. All classes are free and open to the public.
Head out to REI for Pacific Crest Trail Association's DC launch of their new book, "The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America's Wilderness Trail." The book tells the saga of this 2,650-mile hiking and horseback riding trail. Co-author Barney Scout Mann will share stories, photos, and videos straight from the Pacific Crest Trail. The presentation will be followed by book signing.
ALL WEEK | 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Season's Greeting Exhibit @ US BOTANICAL GARDEN
The Botanical Garden has opened their annual train exhibit. This year, in honor of NPS 100th anniversary, the trains will traverses through recreations of some of the most iconic parks and historic places. The exhibit opens this weekend and runs through January 2, 2017.