AWS and REI Encourage you to #OptOutside This Thanksgiving

Here at the Anacostia Watershed Society we’re always looking for opportunities to get outside and enjoy the beautiful areas surrounding the Anacostia River. So, we were excited when our friends at REI announced they would be closing all their stores on Black Friday, November 27th, to encourage folks to spend time with their friends and family in the great outdoors.

We agree that nature can be a great place to reconnect, reflect, and enjoy the Thanksgiving season. We are lucky to have numerous opportunities to get outside right here in the Anacostia Watershed. While there are countless opportunities to enjoy the Anacostia, here are a few ideas to get outside on Black Friday:

• Late fall can be a great time of year for bird watching along the Anacostia River. This blog post  tells you about some of the birds you may see near the river. If you’d like to learn more about birdwatching, join us one Saturday this winter for a birdwatching tour—more information on our calendar. 

• November in the mid-Atlantic can bring a range of weather patterns. If this year’s Thanksgiving is a warm season and you have access to a kayak or canoe, the Anacostia Water Trail is a fantastic way to experience the river.  The fall and winter can also be a great time to plan your  warm weather paddles—and get excited for our free Thursday paddle nights returning in June!

• There are many opportunities to walk or bike on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. This paved path offers beautiful views of the Anacostia River, as well as the chance to see wildlife and numerous kinds of native plants. The trail is nearly 12 miles long, has numerous access points around Northeast and South DC, and is primarily flat—so this is a great option for families! A map of the Riverwalk Trail can be found here.

• You can explore some of the wetlands we’ve been restoring near Kingman Island! Take a walk around Kingman Island –spot some wildlife like ducks and other birds. Click here to learn more about exploring Kingman Island. 

• Check out the trails of the Anacostia Tributary Trail system in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. These trails cover a variety of terrains and offer opportunities to explore the varied wildlife of the Anacostia River Watershed. This map has more information on the trails.

How do you plan to enjoy the Watershed this holiday? We’d love to know how you enjoy the nature in your backyard.

Thank you REI for the inspiration, and for encouraging all of us to get outside!

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