Branching Out

Following are events of interest to Tree Stewards and other tree lovers. Outdoor events are weather permitting.

(CE) Attendance at these events may be counted as Continuing Education.

(VOL) Working at these events may be counted as Volunteer Hours.

ANS is Audubon Naturalist Society. Here’s the website.


Memorial Arboretum Walking Tour (CE)
Arlington National Cemetery
Fridays, Oct. 19, and Nov. 2, 9-11:30 a.m.
Free. Meet at Welcome Center Information Desk.
View more than 300 species of trees and learn about the cemetery’s Level III Accredited Arboretum.

Free Tree Distributions (VOL)
Saturday, Oct. 20, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Arlington County Nursery, 4240 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington 22206
Wed., Oct. 24, 3–6 p.m.
Bon Air Memorial Rose Garden Parking Lot, 850 N. Lexington St., Arlington 22205
Tree Steward volunteers help Arlington residents select one of 400 free tree whips for planting in their yards to help expand and enhance the county’s urban tree canopy.

Neighborhood Tree Planting (VOL)
Saturday, Oct. 20, 8:30 a.m.-noon (Rain date: Sunday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m.)
Alley between 604 & 606 Fulton St., Falls Church City
RSVP to here Help plant about 20 street trees in the Little City. After a demonstration, teams will plant throughout FCC.

Trainees Learn to Plant Trees (Mandatory for trainees) (VOL for certified) Saturday, Oct. 20, noon-3 p.m.
Columbia Gardens Cemetery, 3411 Arlington Blvd., Arlington 22201
Tree Stewards President Kurt Moser demonstrates how to plant trees of various species and size during an open house for families at this large cemetery. Trainees are required to attend.

Native Tree Planting and Invasive Plant Removal (VOL)
Sunday, Oct. 21, 1-4 p.m.                                 JUST ADDED
Claremont Immersion Elementary School, 4700 S. Chesterfield Rd., Arlington

Remove invasive plants from the school’s pollinator meadow and woods bordering Barcroft Park, plus plant some native trees during the school’s garden day. Snacks provided.

Fall Fungus Walk (CE)
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2-4:30 p.m.
Leader: Tovi Lehmann
ANS Members $24; nonmembers $34
Fall is a great time to learn to ID some of the most common families of fungi and their role in the ecosystem. At a local natural area, explore the natural history of your fungal neighbors. Note: this will focus on natural history of fungi species, not their edibility

Climate Change Is Real, Elections Matter
Monday, Oct. 22, 3-4:30 p.m.                       JUST ADDED
Arlington Central Lib rare, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington
Environmental activist and 20-year county board member Jay Fisette shares excerpts from Al Gore’s most recent climate change presentation and explains how to support the shift to clean, renewable energy. Free, registration not required.

OAKtoberfest, including Tree Wonders Walking Tour (CE)
Saturday, Oct. 27, 1-3 p.m.                              JUST ADDED
National Arboretum, 2400 R St. NE or 3501 New York Ave. NE, D.C. $15
Check out the fall foliage and mature trees of the arboretum during a walking tour that begins at the visitor center lobby. For the adventurous, learn to climb a tree from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. during a one-hour session for $25. Details and registration.



Return to the Crypt

facade of the crypt at ivy Hill Cemetery, Alexandria VA

Ivy Hill Cemetery’s crypt awaits our Halloween party after a tree ID walk on the 22-acre grounds of this lovely old cemetery in Alexandria.

Fall Tree ID Walk, Membership Meeting, and Halloween Party in the Crypt
Sunday, Oct. 28, 4-8 p.m.                   FUN! FRIGHT! FRIENDS!
Ivy Hill Cemetery, 2813 King St., Alexandria 22302
Tree Steward Emily Ferguson leads trainees on a walk to identify trees by their leaves and other characteristics. Certified Tree Stewards are welcome to very quietly join the walk. All are encouraged to wear a Halloween costume and gather for refreshments and a membership meeting/party in the Crypt.
RSVP here

Alexandria Native Tree Sale
Wednesday, Oct. 31
is the deadline for ordering here

Saturday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., pick up your tree(s) at Jerome “Buddie” Ford Nature Center, 5750 Sanger Ave., Alexandria
Tree and shrub species offered are Flowering dogwood, Spicebush, Persimmon, New Jersey tea, White oak and Black gum.

Window into the World of Fungi (CE)        HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Thursday, Nov. 1, 7-9:30 p.m.
Leader: Tovi Lehmann
Free, but registration required.
Rooted, yet not plants, heterotrophs, but not animals (growing in fairy rings, yet not even fairies), fungi are members of another kingdom. Mostly hidden under the surface, fungi have evolved their own solutions to life’s persistent problems. Gaining the recognition for their pivotal role in shaping the living world, they now reshape fundamental perceptions of biologists. In this lecture at the ANS Woodend Sanctuary, explore the natural history and ecology of local fungi neighbors. Edibility is not featured.

A Year in Rock Creek Park
Fall Nature Hike in Rock Creek Park (CE)
Saturday, Nov. 3, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
ANS members $34; nonmembers $42
Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of the award-winning book, A Year in Rock Creek Park and the critically acclaimed, City of Trees, will offer her twelfth year of popular nature walks for ANS in the country’s oldest urban national park, created in 1890.  Hike the Western Ridge and Valley Trails during peak fall foliage and fruiting season. The hike will traverse 4-6 miles, with uphill and downhill on natural surface trails which may be rocky and uneven.

A Year at Theodore Roosevelt Island
Autumn Tree Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island (CE)
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Late Autumn Tree Walk on Theodore Roosevelt Island (CE)
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 
Each walk: ANS members $28; nonmembers $38

Join Melanie Choukas-Bradley for a part of a year-long exploration of Theodore Roosevelt Island, a 90-acre island in the Potomac that serves as a fitting memorial to our conservationist and naturalist 26th  president—and Audubon Naturalist Society member. The fall tree walks will take you deep into the swamp and tidal inlet along the boardwalk where willows, bald-cypresses and cattails frame views of the city behind it.

Fall Leaf Drawing Workshop (CE)

Monday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Leader: Tina Thieme Brown

ANS members $32; nonmembers $44

There is a long tradition of naturalists keeping field notes, often accompanied by drawings. Learn how to add sketches to your field observations at a workshop at Woodend Sanctuary. Tina will lead you on a walk in the woods, where you will carry along your sketchbook and reflect on the changing season. Returning to an indoor classroom, she will guide you through the steps to create a drawing of fall leaves and acorns. The only experience required is a love of nature, and a desire to look closely at the seasonal changes in native trees. A suggested art supply list will be provided with confirmation letter.

Trees Matter Symposium (CE)
Wednesday, Nov. 14, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Silver Spring Civic Center, Silver Spring, MD
Hefty fee and registration required through Montgomery Parks
Experts on urban forestry discuss innovative efforts to plant, protect, and preserve trees in urban and suburban settings.

Hawks at Four Mile Run (CE) (They live in trees!)
Sunday, Nov. 18, 10-11 a.m.
4109 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria 22305
Look for migrating hawks and other wild residents of the natural areas of the park. Binoculars and field guides optional.

Geology at Long Branch (CE) (Where lots of trees grow)
Saturday, Dec. 1, 1- 4 p.m.
Inclement weather date: Sunday, Dec. 9
Leader: Joe Marx
ANS members $26; nonmembers $36
Arlington’s Long Branch Nature Center occupies a picturesque spot overlooking a short, misnamed tributary of Four Mile Run, itself a tributary of the Potomac. Hike a mile or so out–and a mile back–down Long Branch and Four Mile Run, returning by the same route. A variety of rock units are exposed along the trail, including an undersea landslide frozen in time, long-vanished seaside flats, and the bottom layer of the coastal plain. To add botanical icing to our geological cake, we will traverse an old-growth upland forest and a quicker-changing floodplain forest. The paved route is entirely on level to gently inclined park trails.

TreesVirginia Workshop Rescheduled: Register Now (CE)
Thursday, Dec. 6, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Best Western Inn and Conference Center, Waynesboro

Tree Steward fee: $55 Register here