Holiday Special Event: The Smithsonians Zoo Presents "Zoolights" with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group!
Directions: Click the link under “Directions to the Trailhead” located near the end of the event listing. The linked page has location/direction details, driving/parking info, including where to Meetup after you arrive. · , DC
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A Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group Holiday Special Event -- Featuring Our Annual ZooLights Hike at the Smithsonian's National Zoo! A Newbie-Friendly, Easy, and Social Sneaker Hike! (🚇METRO AccessibleⓂ️)
ZooLights has become a part of the Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group's annual holiday traditions! "ZooLights includes live music performances, tasty winter treats and plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping. More than 500,000 environmentally-friendly LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland complete with a dazzling light show set to music!"
Speedwell Foundation Conservation Carousel
Begin a new tradition during your ZooLights visit: a ride on the Conservation Carousel! Hop on to your choice of 58 animal figurines, as the carousel highlights the Zoo's incredible research and success stories. It is one of the few carousels in the world powered by solar energy, thanks to a generous donation by Pepco Energy Services. The carousel is a new spin on conservation.
Zoo Tubing on Lion/Tiger Hill (Sponsored by GEICO)
It doesn't have to be a white holiday season to enjoy your favorite snow games. Lion/Tiger Hill will be a winter wonderland complete with two 150’ long "snow tubing" tracks! Be sure to take the plunge down this magical snowless track.
GRUMP Holiday Market
Shop at a European-style outdoor market that will double in size this year, featuring more local artisans offering unique gifts for all ages.
Food and Drink
Warm up with dinner and hot beverages at the Zoo's restaurants, which will be serving their complete menu plus seasonal specials. Concessions located in the Visitor Center and throughout the park.
Nearby City: Washington DC
Skill Level: Easy/Newbie Friendly Sneaker Social Hike
Scenery: Paved pathways draped with holiday lights, animal habitats.
Configuration: Modified Loop
Elevation Gain: 60 feet
Exposure: Exposed, not much cover from weather
Traffic: Light traffic on weeknights at the zoo
Trail Surface: Paved surfaces
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Facilities: Many buildings open with water and restrooms available to the public.
Park Entry Fee
There is no park entrance fee.
Click Here (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/gear-information.html) for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.
We hike rain, snow, or shine. Click Here (http://www.wunderground.com/weather-forecast/zmw:20001.1.99999) to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.
Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/RSVP_Rules_and_Etiquette/) to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette.
Carpool Suggestions and Information
Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and places are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the 'Comments' section below, or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings.
Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Carpool_Directions_for_Savage_Station/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Savage Station location.
DC Area Carpool Suggestion - Centreville
To carpool or caravan from the metro DC area, people can arrange to meet at the Centreville Park and Ride. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Maryland-Hiking/pages/Directions_to_Centerville_Park_and_Ride_Carpool/) for directions and additional information regarding carpooling from the suggested Centreville Park and Ride location.
If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. Click Here (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Suggested_Carpool_Locations/?name=Suggested_Carpool_Locations) for a list of suggested carpool locations complete with directions and other details including other carpool information. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends, and support the environment — by just offering a ride!
Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for Directions (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/Directions%3A_Woodley_Park-Zoo_-_Adams_Morgan_Metro) to Where We Meet for this Hike
Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 6:45-6:55 a.m.
The Hike is at 7:00 p.m.
Carpool Time from Savage Station — 5:30 p.m.
Carpool Time from Centreville Park and Ride — 6:15 p.m.
Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html)and Leave No Trace (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html) principles. Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html) and donations ARE tax deductible (https://midatlantichikinggroup.networkforgood.com/projects/17107-fall-into-hiking-for-health). Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html).
Fido is NOT Welcome on this Particular Hike Per Park Rules!
Let’s have fun at this special annual holiday event and see you there!
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