• P.O. Box 28, Round Hill, VA 20142

Visit the US National Arboretum

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Date(s) - May 7, 2017
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Update – 5/4 – Cool weather forecast for Sunday makes an outdoor picnic less appealing, so will omit this as an organized activity.  Personally, I’ll probably check out the Union Market nearby on the trip home for lunch @:

1309 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

Join us for a visit to the US National Arboretum for a leisurely exploration of the grounds, viewing the Spring blooms and sites, followed by an (optional) picnic lunch. 

We’ll park at the National Grove of State Trees parking lot (https://goo.gl/maps/yEUC4AQoCQT2) at about 11:00 am, meeting at the grove marker, and from there, make a loop that includes visiting Mt Hamilton, to view the thousands of blooming azaleas and dogwoods,  and a short detour to peek at the “Mr. President” and “The First Lady’s” nest, a pair of mated bald eagles who’ve nested on Mt. Hamilton, and their two eaglets.

(note that parts of Mt. Hamilton are off-limits due to the Bald Eagle nesting area.)

From there, we’ll visit the Friendship garden, the Gift shop, the Visitors Center, then the the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum.  

We’ll also take in the National Herb Garden, the National Capitol Columns display, and return to the Grove of State trees area by 2:00 to meetup with your carpool. 

This is an unguided visit, so feel free to wander – this tool may be useful for finding what you want to see – http://usna.usda.gov/abe/

Just be sure to be back in time for your car pool 🙂 

As this is an entirely outdoor excursion, this may be re-scheduled in case of inclement weather.

Carpool Info

If you wish to carpool, the (first) meeting point will be at the following, leaving at 10:00 am (meaning, please arrive by 9:45)

Wegmans 45131 Columbia Pl, Sterling, VA 20166 https://goo.gl/maps/qcTt3sSwS342

In the parking area directly across from the Chik-Fil-A – note that Wegmans may be a good place to pick up picnic items.

Other pickup locations may be added as necessary.

There are no admission or parking fees; if you carpool with someone, a $5 donation to cover fuel and toll road expenses is suggested. 

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