- Earth Day Livestream
Join livestream of various events all over the US as we celebrate this earth day safely and join to fight the other great planetary problem, climate change and the degradation of our planet. Go to https://www.earthdaylive2020.org/ to sign up for the livestreams.
- DC environmental filmfest (ONLINE)
Stuck at home due to the quarantine? Worried about what is happening to our planet? Let us gather in a virtual film festival! A selection of the 2020 Festival schedule is available absolutely free to stream (read the notes below for exceptions) at https://dceff.org/2020online/ Some third party video providers — such as Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu — may require that you have an account with them or pay for access to their content.
- Rock Creek Cleanup
This is a joint event hosted by Rock Creek Conservancy and the National Park Service to celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend of Service. You MUST register for this event: https://publicevents.secure.force.com/volunteerEventRegisterPageBootstrap?cid=7010g000001d7WZ From Rock Creek conservancy website: We will be cleaning up trash from one of our "mini-oases", Carter Barron. In 2020, the Conservancy is focusing its restoration efforts on five "mini-oases" in Rock Creek Park in addition to the normal volunteer locations throughout the Rock Creek Watershed. These areas have been strategically chosen because they are important to the health of Rock Creek and they are important to the communities that live near them. Trash is one of the biggest threats to this urban park. We invite you to join Rock Creek Conservancy to help restore this "mini-oasis”. We hope to see you there! Meet beside the Brightwood Recreation Area by the entrance of the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. Closest address (4850 Colorado Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20011) will take you to the south entrance of Carter Barron. Parking is available in the lots. Volunteers are encouraged to carpool, bike, or use public transportation. What to Wear: Please dress appropriately for the weather. Wear sturdy boots or sneakers. What to Bring: Bring water. Gloves and bags will be provided. Feel free to bring your own gloves if you have them. Leader Contact Information: Jeanne Braha, [masked] Weather/Cancellation Policy: All participants will be notified via email at least 12 hours before the event start time if an event is canceled due to inclement weather. If you do not hear from us you should assume the event will occur as scheduled. All cancellations will be updated on the event calendar listing as well. Please check back if you are unsure.
- (FYI ONLY) Rock Creek Park Ranger talk
Posted here for information only. Event hosted by Rock creek park. From their website: The natural world and U.S. history are fundamentally intertwined in the creation of Rock Creek Park, the nation’s third oldest park unit after Yellowstone and Sequoia National Parks. Come learn how Washington, D.C.’s transformation and industrial changes in the broader United States shaped the development of this location. The talk has a specific focus on the work of Frederick Law Olmsted and his sons. Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. [masked]), in particular, leaves his imprint on the park, broader capital region, and even the creation of the National Park Service in 1916. Recommended Age 14+
- Explore PG County Trails by Metro
This is a joint hike with Sierra Club Potomac Regional outings. You can also rsvp at their meetup page at https://www.meetup.com/sierrapotomac/events/266065292/ Join us for a 7.5 mile hike along the northeast and northwest branches of the Anacostia River starting at the College Park Metro Station and ending at the West Hyattsville Station on the green/yellow line. Hike along Lake Artemesia, historic College Park Airport and Anacostia flood defense system. Option to return to College Park metro station after 3 miles when we pass close to the station. Metro use strongly advised so we can do our part to fight climate change. Drive at your own risk. Restroom (portable) / water fountain after 4 miles at Riverdale Recreation Center. Meet outside College Park Metro Station, corner of River Rd and Campus Dr. Leader Sankar Sitaraman, contact number for day of hike[masked]. Hike will be cancelled only in case of heavy rain. Optional $2 donation to help support Sierra Club outings program. Bring: Liquids, snack, and umbrella in case of rain.
- Hidden gems of Rock creek park hike
Join us for an easy out and back hike of about 7.5 miles and 800 feet elevation change to explore the Black Horse trail along the Rock Creek, the newly constructed Klingle Valley trail and the Tregaron conservancy trails. (The map above is for the first half -the outbound trip). Meet at parking lot at intersection of Joyce Rd and Ross Dr NW at 9 am. Parking lot is close to the E2, E4 bus stop on Military Road and the buses can be boarded at Friendship Heights or Fort Totten. This is a joint hike with Sierra club. A good number of people are expected to join (check out the Sierra club potomac regional outings page as well). A voluntary $2 donation to Sierra Club Potomac Outings program is appreciated. Bring adequate water and snacks. Contact phone number:[masked] Tregaron conservancy: https://www.tregaronconservancy.org/ Klingle Valley trail story: https://wamu.org/story/17/06/23/trails-tribulations-took-27-years-build-klingle-valley-hiker-biker-trail-rock-creek-park/
- Sunday: Environmental Filmfest Movie
Join us for a free movie screening at the new and exciting Eaton DC hotel billed as the world's first activist hotel. About the hotel: https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/americas/eaton-washington-dc-america-trump-hotel-city-break-a8637486.html REGISTRATTION REQUIRED so please hurry up and register at the DC environmental filmfest website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/environmental-film-festival-world-at-war-encore-tickets-58864143237 I have one extra ticket which will be given to first person who shows up at movie theater :-) I will go inside the theater at 12.50pm. From the filmfest website: The fish he loves to catch are disappearing, so teenage fisherman Jack Nixon enlists the help of marine conservationist Sylvia Earle. Finding a solution becomes a years-long global quest to save a dying ocean. Explorers Brian Skerry and Max Kennedy join the battle on the high-seas killing fields amid industrial fishing fleets and rapidly melting ice of the Chukchi Sea. The science and wisdom of Harvard biologist Dr. E. O. Wilson, deep diving pioneer Dr. Richard Pyle, and Stanford’s Dr. Barbara Block inform the mission. Apollo 8 astronaut Major General William Anders and activist Bill McKibben provide relevant lessons of how humanity met past challenges. Sobered by a close examination of the daunting scale of the challenge, the teenagers find hope in nature’s ability to heal and the ways a previous generation of youth overcame the global test of World War II.
- From Coal to Clean: Hike from Capitol Power Plant to Fort Totten
This is a Sierra Club event. From the Sierra Club outings website: "Learn about the transition from dirty to clean energy in the nation's capital. Meet at the Capitol South Metro station. We will walk to the Capitol Power Plant, which is the last coal-burning power station in the city. We will walk north, past many federal buildings with large rooftop solar arrays, through Catholic University, with its many solar projects, and finish at Fort Totten. Total distance is about 7 miles, the majority on the Metropolitan Branch Trail. This is a one-way hike that begins and ends at two separate Metro stations miles apart from one another. Bring snack, water and money to buy lunch at Union Station"
- After thanksgiving brisk urban/sylvan exploration hike
Brisk walk (about 18 min/mile) through leafy quiet streets of Chevy Chase, DC and some undulating trails of Rock Creek Park for a total of 5.5 miles with about 400 feet in elevation gain. We will explore the remnants of the old Rock Creek Ford Road (initially named Milkhouse Ford Road) and the civil war fort at Fort DeRussy. Meet at Friendship Heights metro station on north side of Western Ave across the Giant at 9:15 am. Contact phone number[masked]. Hike joint with Sierra club outings program History of this road and other interesting tidbits (including maps like the one on this page) at https://ggwash.org/view/36822/hidden-clues-reveal-an-old-road-that-disappeared-from-dc