Forest Ecology Walk at the Greenbelt Forest Preserve

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Time: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Location: We will meet up at the Greenbelt Forest Preserve in Greenbelt, MD. From Crescent Road, turn onto Northway Road (a dead-end street) and drive past the forest preserve sign until you reach the end of the road at the "parking lot" adjacent to the Northway Fields and the Observatory. Click here to view a map of the area.

About the site: The Greenbelt Forest Preserve was established in 2003 after decades of citizen effort to save the last of the original green belt. The land, over 200 acres, had been slated for development into single family homes, apartments, etc. Through the efforts of the Committee to Save the Green Belt the land was bought by the city with help from the state of Maryland and in 2003 put under the protection of the Forest Preserve. Ten years later we are celebrating our beautiful urban preserve! For information about the 10-Year Anniversary Celebration events contact or Susan Barnett at 301-474-7465  or go to the website at

Description: AWS and the 10-Year Anniversary Celebration Committee of the Greenbelt Forest Preserve are partnering together on this event as part of the larger 10-Year Anniversary Celebration. This will be a moderately strenuous walk led by Jorge Bogantes Montero, Natural Resources Specialist at the Anacostia Watershed Society, and Jimmy Soulé, a tree expert who grew up in the Greenbelt area near the preserve. During the walk we will hike through the preserve's trails where the walk leaders will interpret the ecology and biodiversity of these amazing woods. The leaders will also identify the preserve's wonderful flora including the seasonal spring ephemeral plants. The event will go on through a light rain but will be cancelled if there is a thunderstorm. If you have any questions please contact Jorge Bogantes at (301) 699-6204 or (202) 560-6107 (the second number is better if calling on the day of the event).

Bring: We strongly recommend wearing long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, socks, and closed-toe shoes (hiking or waterproof). This helps minimize skin exposure to poison ivy and ticks, which are found in the preserve. (If clothing can also be light-colored, it’ll be easier to spot deer ticks.) We recommend bringing along a repellant designed to repel both deer ticks and mosquitoes and a bottle of water. Don’t forget to bring your plant and wildlife field guides, binoculars, and/or a hand lens to enjoy the biodiversity of one of the best urban greenspaces in the nation!

Note: Poison ivy is commonly found in the park, if you are allergic to poison ivy take all the appropriate measures to avoid getting in contact with the plant and its irritant oils.

Light snacks will be provided after the walk.

To register for this event, click here.

Event Date and Time: 
Sat, 03/16/2013 - 10:30am - 12:30pm


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