Just yesterday, Lee Cain, Director of Kingman Island at Living Classrooms, hosted a first ever canoe trip around the Island that we were lucky enough to attend. It was an insider’s look into Kingman’s diverse ecosystem. Cain pointed out to our group the white egrets that migrate from the Amazon and a blue heron feeding on small fish. He also helped us identify the American lotus - different from the tropical lotus usually seen at Kenilworth, a plant (I forgot its name) that is thought to have been around since before Pangea, and various invasive plants along the waterways. It was an incredible trip! You can sign-up to join Lee on a future tour here.
Reminder to the brave swimmers: DC DPR’s one remaining open outdoor pool is the East Potomac Pool, and it will be opened until Sunday, October 16th.
It looks like we’re going to have some rain for the next few days and it’s the ideal time to see the city in a new light. When it rains - just like when it snows, I like to take my usual walks a little bit slower because everything looks, smells, and feels different. Take those rain jackets out and brave the rain and discover something new.
Soapstone Valley by Marc Andre
SOAPSTONE VALLEY TRAIL
Serving as a connection between Rock Creek Park and Van Ness metro area, the trailhead for Soapstone Valley is on Albemarle Street, just off of Connecticut Avenue. It starts off with a slope downhill and criss crosses through the shaded woods across a shallow stream several times before ending at Broad Branch Road. Despite being surrounded by residential areas, the valley is deep, quiet, and green, leaving the hustle and bustle of the city life behind. The trail is roughly a mile long, so if you loop back, it’s a nice two-mile hike. Another option is to continue on to Rock Creek Park‘s Western Ridge Trail or Beach Drive, a short walk from the Soapstone Valley’s eastern trailhead.
Located at Wisconsin Avenue and Reservoir Road NW in Georgetown, Book Hill Park is a classic example of a small neighborhood park that once fell into a state of disrepair, then got adopted and fixed up by the local community members. Thanks to their grassroots effort, Book Hill is now a charming, quaint park that offers tons of great spots to sit, read a book, and enjoy the panoramic view of Georgetown and across the Potomac River to nearby Rosslyn. There’s a curvy staircase that leads from a grassy lawn to the top of the hill and is adorned with numerous flowers, shrubs, and cherry trees. You do have to conquer Wisconsin ave's hill to get to this hilly park, but the view and the breeze on top of it are definitely worth it.
THURSDAY SEPT. 29 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Canoe Tour @ Anacostia Community Boathouse
End your day with a relaxing guided canoe tour learning about the natural and cultural history of the Anacostia River. Paddlers will see area wildlife and stunning views of Washington, DC. Anacostia Watershed Society supplies the canoes, so all you have to do is register and make sure you bring a jacket, water, and snack.
FRIDAY SEPT. 30 | 6:00 - 7:30 PM
Pop Up Jazz with the Jazz Congressionals @ RIDGE ROAD
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) recently announced that it will kick off a Pop Up Jazz in the Park Series at various locations around the city to signify the end of summer and the welcoming of autumn.
“While DPR is known for our amazing summer camps, programs, pools, spray parks and playgrounds, our more than 900 acres of park space are equally impressive,” said DPR Director Keith A. Anderson. “We are parks and recreation and it is our hope that folks will continue to take advantage of our fields and green spaces as the seasons change.”
DPR encourages residents and music lovers to bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy jazz performances. Check out the full schedule here.
SATURDAY, OCT. 1 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Rock Creek Park Day @ GEORGETOWN WATERFRONT
It's Rock Creek Park's 126th birthday and they are throwing their visitors a party! Rock Creek Park was established by an act of Congress on September 27th, 1890 under President Benjamin Harrison. Join the celebration and head down to the Georgetown Waterfront, where we will be hosting free events all day.
From ranger led programs to photo-walks, this year is lining up to be a blast. Check out the schedule of events here. Plus, we're going to be set up right next to the lovely people from Taste of Georgetown, so you can find some delicious food while you explore nature!