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Outdoor Muslims is a community of Muslims and allies in the greater Washington DC area who enjoy exploring, learning, and reconnecting with the outdoors together. We believe in promoting diversity and stewardship in the outdoors and that includes celebrating all the varied ways people experience nature. This community is a safe space for learning outdoors skills, and fostering fellowship, and finding new ways to connect with the outdoors. Join us and share your stories using #OutdoorMuslims.

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Preparing for a Group Hike (https://www.meetup.com/OutdoorMuslims/pages/27676653/Preparing_for_a_Group_Hike/)

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Upcoming events (5+)

Fossil Hike at Calvert Cliffs

Calvert Cliffs State Park

Join us for a 7 mile hike in Calvert Cliffs State Park in Maryland. We’ll start our hike sauntering through the forest looking for early signs of Spring, make our way through the wetlands, and arrive at the cliffs. We’ll stop to eat lunch, enjoy the sandy beach, and look for fossils before we make our way back across the ridge. Calvert Cliffs were formed over 10 to 20 million years ago when all of Southern Maryland was covered by a warm, shallow sea. When the sea receded the cliffs were exposed and began eroding. Today these cliffs reveal the remains of prehistoric species Including sharks like Megalodons, whales, rays, and seabirds that were the size of small airplanes. This is a great hike for anyone who’s looking to make the transition to longer day hikes. Difficulty: Moderate; wide even trails with gentle climbs Distance: ~ 7 miles total Elevation: ~300ft Where to Meet: Vienna Metro – North Parking https://goo.gl/maps/HdqUdjE7Viq Carpool Time: 8:15am Please arrive at the carpool location by 8:15am to arrange carpools and leave promptly for the trailhead by 8:30am. If you are meeting us at Calvert Cliffs State Park, please plan to arrive by 9:45am. Please read: Preparing for a Group Hike (https://www.meetup.com/OutdoorMuslims/pages/27676653/Preparing_for_a_Group_Hike/) What to Bring: Hikers are encouraged to pay attention to the forecast and plan for fluctuating temperatures and factors such as wind and rain. Please contact the hike leader if you have questions. • Minimum 2L of water • Lunch and snacks • Cool weather hiking gear (hat, jacket, gloves) • Sturdy hiking shoes • Extra pair of socks • Rain gear • Preferred hiking gear (poles) Location Specific Weather Forecast: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=38.402900000000045&lon=-76.42188999999996#.XFSxM2hKhPY Directions: Calvert Cliffs State Park 10540 H. G. Trueman Road Lusby, Maryland Parking: Free at metro stations on Sundays. We will carpool from Vienna where there is ample parking. It’s a 1 hour 45 min drive to Calvert Cliffs State Park Contribution and Costs: There is a $5 entrance fee per vehicle for MD residents; $7 for out of state residents. There is a $10 recommended contribution for carpool drivers. Contact: For questions please contact Faizan ([masked]) or call[masked]

Spring Ephemerals along the Potomac

Cooper Middle School

Join us for an early spring hike along the Virginia side of the Potomac River where we’ll keep an eye on the Spring Ephemerals that may be blooming. We’ll begin our hike near the American Legion Bridge where we’ll pick up the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail to Turkey Run Park. Along our way we’ll look out for Cutleaf Toothwort, Spring Beauties, Dutchman’s Breeches, Bloodroot, and if we’re lucky, maybe even some Virginia Bluebells. There are two stream crossings and a steep incline up to Turkey Run Park where we’ll search higher ground and stop for a snack before we retrace our steps back to the trailhead. Difficulty: Moderate, steep climbs and stream crossings Distance: ~ 7 miles Elevation: ~500ft Where to Meet: Please meet at Cooper Middle School, located at 977 Balls Hill Rd, McLean, VA 22101 Please arrive by 7:45 am to arrange carpools and leave for the trailhead by 8:00am. What to Bring: Hikers are encouraged to pay attention to the forecast and take into consideration fluctuating temperature and factors such as wind and rain. Please contact the hike leader if you have questions. • Minimum 2L of water • Lunch and snacks • Cool weather hiking gear (jacket/sweatshirt) • Sturdy hiking shoes • Extra pair of socks • Rain gear • Preferred hiking gear (poles) Location Specific Weather Forecast: https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=38.9627&lon=-77.1556#.XFTDvGhKhPY Parking: Please park at Cooper Middle School: 977 Balls Hill Rd, McLean, VA 22101. From there we will carpool at 8:00am to trailhead where there are a limited number of parking spots. Contact: For questions please contact Faizan ([masked]) or call[masked]

Coffee and Spring Nature Walk - City Nature Challenge 2019!

Grounded Coffee Shop

Join us for a short hike to participate in this years City Nature Challenge! Join us for coffee and a morning Spring nature walk in Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria (VA). We'll grab some breakfast and coffee at Grounded Coffeeshop and then head over to the nearby park for a 2 mile saunter through forests and wetlands. We'll take our time to explore this nearby resource and observe how our local plants and wildlife emerge in Spring. We'll document how many different we see!If you joined us for our winter walk, you'll witness the difference the seasons make on this landscape. Bring your cameras and binoculars! April 26-29th is the global City Nature Challenge, a friendly competition in which people from cities across the world step out into nature and help scientists and researchers collect data about the wildlife and plants that they see. To participate in this "BioBlitz" all you have to do is download the free iNaturalist app on your Apple or Android device and take pictures of what you see on our walk! Huntley Meadows is a local nature preserve that is host to some incredible biodiversity including most of our regional mammals, waterfowl, reptiles, amphibians, and plants! More info: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2019-washington-dc-metro-area Meet for Coffee at 8:00am at: Grounded Coffeeshop (great coffee and breakfast) 6919 Telegraph Rd, Alexandria, VA 22310 At 8:30am we'll head over to: Norma Hoffman Visitors Center, 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA 22306 Difficulty: Easy (mostly flat, even terrain, minimal elevation gain) Distance: ~2 miles What to Bring: Hikers are encouraged to pay attention to the forecast and take into consideration fluctuating temperature and factors such as wind and rain. Please contact the hike leader if you have questions. • Minimum 1L of water (that’s at least two 16oz water bottles) • Sturdy walking shoes • Rain gear/ Light jacket for the morning Weather Disclaimer: Adverse weather including snow, thunderstorms or high-wind will cancel this event. RSVP: We understand your plans may change but we kindly ask that you update your RSVP if you can no longer attend. Thanks! Contact: For questions please contact Faizan ([masked])

Explore Cedar Hill - Frederick Douglass' Anacostia Estate (Ramadan Friendly)

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Join us for a Ramadan friendly outing as we explore the house and grounds of Cedar Hill, Frederick Douglass’ estate in Anacostia. While many know Frederick Douglass as a scholar, abolitionist, and one of the most formative figures in American History; he was also an admirer of nature. Douglass named his estate Cedar Hill after his favorite tree, the Eastern Red Cedar. After the ranger-led house tour, we’ll explore the remaining grounds and the specimen trees, some of which Douglass planted himself. Note: This outing is limited to 10 people and includes a reservation for the house tour at 9:00am. If you have RSVP’d and can no longer attend, please update your RSVP so that others may join. Thanks! Cost: $1 Where to Meet: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Visitors Center, located at 1411 W Street SE, in Washington, DC. Time: 8:45AM Please arrive promptly at the Visitors Center at 8:45am where we’ll gather and begin our scheduled tour of the house. What to Bring: Attendees are encouraged to pay attention to the forecast and plan for fluctuating temperatures and factors such as wind and rain. Please contact the hike leader if you have questions. • Warm weather gear (hat, sunscreen, bug spray) • Sturdy walking shoes • Rain gear Directions: The Visitors Center is located at 1411 W Street, SE Parking: The free parking lot is at the intersection of W and 15th Streets. Contribution and Costs: There is a $1 fee for the house tour. Contact: For questions please contact Faizan ([masked]) or call[masked]

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