Monday, August 3, 2009

Natural Happenings: August 3-9

Each week, we list opportunities to get outdoors or learn about nature. Click through to the organization hosting each event for more details -- some events require registration or charge a fee.

This week's highlight: The Audubon Naturalist Society is hosting a session called How to Get Moths to Land on Your Bedsheets at Night on Friday night (7:30-11 pm) at Woodend. "Come discover why moths constitute about 90% of all the Lepidoptera on the planet: not bad for a group of animals that flew with some of our most well-known dinosaurs! Join Dr. David Adamski in reviewing the most common moth families found in the Capitol Region. After sunset, he’ll help us identify the moths that are attracted to his blacklight set-up on our Woodend grounds." Members $20; Nonmembers $28. Registration required.

Also:

Mycological Association of Washington
Tue eve: Monthly meeting at Chevy Chase Library - practice identifying mushrooms
Sat: possible foray to Cosca Regional Park, Clinton, MD (check website/contact leader)

Sierra Club
Sat: Hawksbill Mtn, SNP–Setting Sun/Rising Moon Hike & candlelight potluck (9 mi)
Sat: Austin Mountain and Jones Run Trail (16 mi)
Sun: Piscataway Park plus Chapman State Park (10 mi)

Potomac Appalachian Trail Club
Many cabin and trail crew work trips.
Tue: North District, Shenandoah NP (16.5 mi)
Thu : Family Hike: AT at Weverton Cliffs (6.2 mi)
Sat: Austin Mtn Trail to the Doyles River, Jones Run Trail, and Furnace Mtn Trail (17 mi)

Center Hiking Club
Sat: Tumbling Run/Lewis Rocks, Michaux St. Forest, PA (10 mi)
Sun: Lake Accotink (6 mi)

Capital Hiking Club
Sat: Jeremy's Run, SNP (9 mi)

Maryland Outdoor Club
Sat: Bike ride on the North Central Railroad trail

Northern Virginia Hiking Club
Sat: High Knob- Catoctin Mountain Loop, Gambrill State Park (5 mi)
Sat: Woodstock Towers/Edinburg (12 mi)
Sun: Elizabeth Furnace/Tuscarora (8 mi)

Wanderbirds
Sun: Swimming hike to South River Falls, SNP (7-10 mi)

Washington Women Outdoors
Sat: Potomac Heritage Trail/C&O Canal (9.5 mi)

Audubon Naturalist Society
Thurs eve & Sat: Grass identification
Fri
: Birding Delaware Coastal Areas

Rock Creek Park
Sun: Ranger-led horseback tour (ages 12+)

FOR KIDS

Rock Creek Park
Various planetarium programs
Wed:
Art in the park - basics for drawing outdoors (ages 10+)
Thu:
Nature Journal (ages 9+)
Thu: Woodland Trail Hike (ages 5+)
Fri: Creature Feature (all ages), Sensational Senses (ages 3+)
Sun: Fort DeRussy Hike (ages 8+)

Museum of Natural History
Daily feedings in the insect zoo, and museum tours.
Tue: Hands-on activities in the Dig It! soil exhibit
Wed: Look at specimens or artifacts with a scientist in the Ocean Hall

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