Botanical Society of Washington Field Trips:

2016 Field Trips


2015 Field Trips

  • Saturdays, April 4 and 18 - Bear Island - C and O Canal - Mile 12.6 (Maryland), meet at 9:00 a.m. at the parking area across from Old Angler's Inn. The plan is for these trips to be led by the group members themselves, many of whom have been to this site a multitude of times over the past years.

    Here is a list of spring-blooming species for the area of the park we will be visiting:
    It's based on Dan Nicolson's list, with some additions by Alan Whittemore.
    And here is a key to the species. Alan has been updating these files for the last few years.

    Things to bring: lunch, water, sunscreen, hat, hand lens, binoculars, field guides, etc.


2014 Field Trips

  • Saturday, April 5 and 19 - Bear Island - C and O Canal - Mile 12.6 (Maryland), meet at 9:00 a.m. at the parking area across from Old Angler's Inn. The plan is for these trips to be led by the group members themselves, most of whom have been to this site a multitude of times over the past years.

    Here is a list of spring-blooming species for the area of the park we will be visiting. It's based on Dan Nicolson's list, with some additions by Alan Whittemore. Bear_Island_list_7_March_2013.pdf And here is a key to the species. Bear_Island_key_7_March_2013.pdf

    Things to bring: lunch, water, sunscreen, hand lens, binoculars, field guides, etc.

    From a 1975 document about Old Angler's Inn: item about Justice Douglas

    Full document can be found here.

  • Saturday, April 12 9:50 a.m - 1:00 p.m.

    Where: Turkey Run Park, part of the national park The George Washington Memorial Parkway - Parking lot C-1. Map of Turkey Run


2013 Field Trips

  • February 3 - Hemlock Overlook Regional Park

  • Saturday, April 6 - Bear Island - C and O Canal - Mile 12.6 (Maryland), meet at 9:00 a.m. at the parking area across from Old Angler's Inn.

    Here is a list of spring-blooming species for the area of the park we will be visiting. It's based on Dan Nicolson's list, with some additions by Alan Whittemore. Bear_Island_list_7_March_2013.pdf And here is a key to the species. Bear_Island_key_7_March_2013.pdf

  • Saturday, April 13 9:50 a.m - 1:00 p.m.

    Where: Turkey Run Park, part of the national park The George Washington Memorial Parkway - Parking lot C-1. Map of Turkey Run

    Notes: We will be in a national park where it is illegal to disturb or collect anything. The hike is of medium rigor since we will walk down the zig-zag steps down a steep valleyside, walk up a hill, and cross 1 or 2 large rocky streams. Be prepared for different weather from light rain through a sunny day. Wear layers of clothes if needed, and bring a backpack to carry your lunch and extra clothes. We are likely to cancel our trip due to medium or heavy rain. There is a restroom in the park at the beginning and end of our walk. For forging the stream, you might find a walking stick useful. If the water is high, you need waterproof footware. BYO lunch. At about noon, we will have lunch on the shore of the Potomac River across from Plummers Island, MD.

    Things to see, hear, or both, include habitats and organisms. Habitats: Boulder forest, floodplain forest, mowed parkland, oak upland forest, river, and streams. Organisms: Andrena bees, American Cancer-roots, American Robins, Asian Clams, Bladdernuts, Bloodroots, Blue Cohoshes, Boxelders, Bumble Bees, Canada Geese, Carolina Wrens, Carrionflowers, Chestnut Oaks, craneflies, Cutleaf Toothworts, Dancing Whites, Eastern Sycamores, Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, Fish Crows, fungi, invasive species, Garlic-mustards, Great Blue Herons, Green Ashes, Mallards, Nomada bees, Pawpaws, Periwinkles, Northern Red Oaks, Ostrich Ferns, River Birches, Spring Azures, sweat bees, Toad Trilliums, Tuliptrees, Twinleafs, Troutlilies, Virginia Bluebells, Western Honey Bees, and Woodland Geraniums. This trip might occur during, before, or after the height of the flowering of spring ephemerals, depending on weather. An excellent, general field guide for our hike is Alden et al. (2008), National Audubon Society, Field Guide to the Mid-Atlantic States.

    Contact: barrowse@georgetown.edu, RSVP.

    We plan to meet in parking lot C1 at 9:50 a.m.

    Sponsors: Botanical Society of Washington; GU Center for the Environment (GUCFE); GU Department of Biology; GU; GU Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA)

    Cost: Free, open to the public.

  • Saturday, April 20 - same as for April 6.

    The plan is for these trips to be led by the group members themselves, most of whom have been to this site a multitude of times over the past years.

    2012 Field Trips

    • Saturday, March 31 - Bear Island - C and O Canal - Mile 12.6 (Maryland), meet at 9:00 a.m. at the parking area across from Old Angler's Inn.

      Here is a list of spring-blooming species for the area of the park we will be visiting. It's based on Dan Nicolson's list, with some additions by Alan Whittemore. Bear_Island_list_April_2011.pdf And here is a key to the species. Bear_Island_key_April_2011.pdf

    • Saturday, April 7 - same as for March 31.

      The plan is for these trips to be led by the group members themselves, most of whom have been to this site a multitude of times over the past years.

    • Saturday, April 14

      When: Saturday, 14 April 2010, 10:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.

      Where: Turkey Run Park, part of the national park The George Washington Memorial Parkway

      Cost: Free, open to the public.

      Species list for Turkey Run: 2000_list_Earth_All_110416_425kb.rtf

    • Notes: The walk involves level paths and paths downhill and up a low hill. We will meet in the parking lot by the Ziz-zag Stairs, walk down the Stairs, and walk on the Potomac Heritage Trail west to near the American Legion Bridge. We'll visit a riverine floodplain forest, upland forest, cliff habitat, and a sandy area. The organisms that we'll note range from archaeans and bacteria through protistans (algae) through fungi, plants, and animals. Emphasis is on plants and insects. Many of the the spring wildflowers should be at their peak during our visit. We will likely see several bird species. Edd will have a downloadable handout for the adventure.

      Contact: Edd Barrows, barrowse@georgetown.edu

      More information: Turkey Run Park is located in McLean, Virginia, two miles south of the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495) in the national park the George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP). From Beltway Exit 14, follow the GWMP south 2 miles to the Turkey Run Park exit on the right. Follow signs into the Park. From Washington, D.C., and Old Town Alexandria, take the GWMP north approximately 8 miles and exit right at the Turkey Run Park sign. Make the first right turn into the Park.

      Sponsor(s): Botanical Society of Washington; GU Biology Club; GU Center for the Environment (GUCFE); GU Department of Biology; GU EcoAction; GU Outdoor Education; GU Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA)

      2011 Field Trips

      • Saturday, April 2 - Bear Island - C and O Canal - Mile 12.6 (Maryland), meet at 9:00 a.m. at the parking area across from Old Angler's Inn.

        Here is a list of spring-blooming species for the area of the park we will be visiting. It's based on Dan Nicolson's list, with some additions by Alan Whittemore. Bear_Island_list_April_2011.pdf And here is a key to the species. Bear_Island_key_April_2011.pdf

      • Saturday, April 9 - same as for April 2.

        The plan is for these trips to be led by the group members themselves, most of whom have been to this site a multitude of times over the past years.

      • Sunday, April 17

        When: Sunday, 17 April 2010, 10:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.

        Where: Turkey Run Park, part of the national park The George Washington Memorial Parkway

        Cost: Free, open to the public.

        Species list for Turkey Run: 2000_list_Earth_All_110416_425 kb.rtf

      • Notes: The walk involves level paths and paths downhill and up a low hill. We will meet in the parking lot by the Ziz-zag Stairs, walk down the Stairs, and walk on the Potomac Heritage Trail west to near the American Legion Bridge. We'll visit a riverine floodplain forest, upland forest, cliff habitat, and a sandy area. The organisms that we'll note range from archaeans and bacteria through protistans (algae) through fungi, plants, and animals. Emphasis is on plants and insects. Many of the the spring wildflowers should be at their peak during our visit. We will likely see several bird species. Edd will have a downloadable handout for the adventure.

        Contact: Edd Barrows, barrowse@georgetown.edu

        More information: Turkey Run Park is located in McLean, Virginia, two miles south of the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495) in the national park the George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP). From Beltway Exit 14, follow the GWMP south 2 miles to the Turkey Run Park exit on the right. Follow signs into the Park. From Washington, D.C., and Old Town Alexandria, take the GWMP north approximately 8 miles and exit right at the Turkey Run Park sign. Make the first right turn into the Park.

        Sponsor(s): Botanical Society of Washington; GU Biology Club; GU Center for the Environment (GUCFE); GU Department of Biology; GU EcoAction; GU Outdoor Education; GU Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA)

      • MAy 8, Saturday - Plummers Island
      • May 28-29 - Poconos
      2010 Field Trips

        Two upcoming fieldtrips to Pennsylvania. These are not BSW trips but all BSW members are welcome to come on the trips. Both will be led by Lou Aronica.

      • Saturday, May 8 - Mothers' Day Weekend in Pennsylvania's Ridge & Valley Province
      • Saturday, June 5 - Sweetbay Magnolia in Central Pennsylvania

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      • Saturday, April 3 - Bear Island - C and O Canal - Mile 12.6 (Maryland), meet at 9:00 a.m. at the parking area across from Old Angler's Inn.

        Here is a list of spring-blooming species for the area of the park we will be visiting. It's based on Dan Nicolson's list, with some additions by Alan Whittemore. Bear_Island_list_March_2010.pdf And here is a key to the species. Bear_Island_key_March_2010.pdf

      • Saturday, April 10 - same as for April 3.

        The plan is for these trips to be led by the group members themselves, most of whom have been to this site a multitude of times over the past years.

      • Saturday, April 17

        When: Saturday, 17 April 2010, 9:30 a.m ? 12:30 p.m.

        What:\A0 Biodiversity Workshop Walk at Turkey Run Park, VA
        Who: Led by Edd Barrows
        Where: Turkey Run Park, part of the national park The George Washington Memorial Parkway (http://www.nps.gov/archive/gwmp/vapa/turkey.htm)

        Cost: Free, open to the public.

        Notes: The walk is limited to 25 people so everyone can hear Edd. We willbe in a national park where it is illegal to disturb or collect anything.The hike is of medium rigor since we will walk down the zig-zag steps whichare on a steep valley side, walk up a hill, and cross 1\962 large rockystreams.\A0 Be prepared for\A0 weather from light rain through a sunny day.\A0Wear layers of clothes if needed, and bring a backpack to carry your lunchand extra clothes.\A0 We are likely to cancel our trip due to medium throughheavy rain.\A0 There is a restroom in the park at the beginning and end ofour walk.\A0 For forging streams, you might find a walking stick useful.\A0 BYOlunch.\A0 At about noon, we will have lunch on the shore of the Potomac Riveracross from Plummers Island, MD.\A0 Things that we perceive, include Andrenabees, American Cancer-roots, American Robins, Bladdernuts, Blue Cohoshes,Canada Geese, Carolina Wrens, Carrionflowers, Chestnut Oaks, crane flies,Dancing Whites, Eastern Sycamores, Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, invasivespecies, Great Blue Herons, Green Ashes, Mallards, Nomada bees, Pawpaws,Northern Red Oaks, River Birches, Spring Azures, sweat bees, ToadTrilliums, Tuliptrees, Twinleafs, views of the Potomac River, Troutlilies,Virginia Bluebells, Western Honey Bees, and Woodland Geraniums.\A0 This tripwill occur at the height of the flowering of colorful spring ephemerals, ora little later, depending on weather.\A0 An excellent field guide for ourhike is Alden et al. (2007, 2008), National Audubon Society Field Guide tothe Mid-Atlantic States.

        Contact: Edd Barrows, barrowse@georgetown.edu

        More information: Turkey Run Park is located in McLean, Virginia, two miles south of the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495) in the national park the George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP). From Beltway Exit 14, follow the GWMP south 2 miles to the Turkey Run Park exit on the right. Follow signs into the Park. From Washington, D.C., and Old Town Alexandria, take the GWMP north approximately 8 miles and exit right at the Turkey Run Park sign. Make the first right turn into the Park.


      2009 Field Trips

      • Saturday, April 4 - Bear Island - C and O Canal - Mile 12.6 (Maryland), meet at 9:00 a.m. at the parking area across from Old Angler's Inn.
        Details - Maps, plantlists, etc.     

        A few Pictures from the trip. And some more pictures.

      • Saturday, April 11 - Turkey Run Park (Virginia), meeting at parking lot C-1 at 9:30 a.m.

        Each person should have a map so we can study plant communities together. People who want the long handout for the trip are certainly welcome to print it. I put a table of contents in the handout?s beginning to help people pick and choose what they might wish to print for themselves.

      • April 25-26 - St. Anthony's Wilderness, PA, - oak-heath forest in the Ridge and Valley: rare orchids; heaths; maybe get to a high-elevation black spruce peatland.

        Directions: Proceed to Harrisburg, PA via I-83 (Baltimore Area) or I-270 and Route 15 (D.C. area). Take Route 22-322 about 7 miles north to the town of Dauphin ? exit into town about 1000 feet ? and gather in front of small shopping area on left.
        Meeting Time: 10 a.m.
        Bring: Lunch, water, and footwear for some moist but rocky terrain.
        Contact: If you are late or lost, call Lou Aronica's cell phone 703-597-3711 to hook up.

        Rob Soreng also sent location of a campground where he and Nancy are planning to camp:

        Swatara State Park
        N40 32.414 W76 27.788 NE pt.
        N40 29.839 W76 31.980 SE pt. on Gold Mine Run rd.
        ca 23 to 28 mi ENE of Duncannon, just off and N of hwy 81

        This trip could be a one day or an 2-day overnight trip, depending onfolks' interest. There's a nice place to stay and eat nearby forovernighters:

        Doyle Hotel in Duncannon, PA http://www.doylehotel.com (717)834-6789. The place caters especially to AT hikers and has nice rooms for $25 anight.

        Someone recommended: “ The Stardust Motel on Rte 15 in Duncannon, 717-834-4433,is also a good choice. Not quite as cheap as Doyle Hotel, but very reasonableand you get your own bathroom.”

      • May 9 - Join MNPS and VNPS to survey pristine wildlands along the Mattawoman Creek in Charles County, MD.

        10 AM meeting time

        Directions: From the Capital Beltway (495), take Indian Head Highway (Rt. 210) south approximately 22 miles to the Rt. 227(Livingston Road) intersection at Bryans Road (at the intersection and not surprisingly, a McDonald's and Burger King will be onyour right and a builders' supply will be on left - don't take PG County versions of Livingston Road many miles before thisintersection!). Turn left at Rt. 227 and almost immediately look for entrance on right to "Banquet Parking" behind Fire House,just past gas station and adjacent to Fire House entrance. We'll park and meet towards back of "Banquet Parking" lot at 10:00am.

        Wear waterproof footware!!

      • May 30-31 - State College-Lewisburg, PA area. Visit an old-growth forest.

        Go to http://dcnr.state.pa.us/FORESTRY/oldgrowth

        Find the cluster of D4, D3, and D5 in lower center of PA map and click oneach to see photos and descriptions of different field trip sites that arein very close proximity to each other, including one to a black sprucemountain peatland - Bear Meadows Natural Area (D4).

        Full details are here.

      • Saturday June 20 - 10:00-4:00 or later

        Summer Solstice Walk at Chapman Forest South

        Jointly sponsored by MNPS, VNPS, and the Botanical Society of Washington

        The south tributary of Chapman Forest South is a pristine, spring-fed stream that begins as a series of Magnolia Bogs andseeps and flows through steep, forested ravines to Mattawoman Creek. ?We will walk along the floodplain of this streamfrom near its convergence with Mattawoman Creek upstream to a large series of wet meadows formed by beaver dams. ?This isa wild and pristine area with a great diversity of wildlife (migratory fish spawn in the stream and evidence of bobcathas been observed, among many others). ?In addition to discovering new things, we should see the state-rare DeciduousHolly (Ilex decidua) and Camphorweed (Pluchea camphorata); extensive fern belts and clubmoss colonies and many species offerns, including Adder's Tongue; numerous wildflowers and species of Carex; and a diversity of trees and shrubs. ?Most ofthe vegetation here is typical of the Coastal Plain, but some of the stream passes through beds of calcareous marinesands and marl, which give rise to a distinctive flora with montane elements.

        Moderate though lengthy walk on fairly level ground. ?

        Bring lunch, water, and good shoes. ?Some wet ground or occasional very shallow stream crossing may be encountered.?Afterwards, a group of us will meet at Chinese restaurant in Bryans Road shopping center for dinner.

        Directions: From the Capital Beltway (495), take Indian Head Highway (Rt. 210) south approximately 15 miles to the Rt.227 intersection at Bryans Road (at the intersection and not surprisingly, a McDonald's and Burger King will be on yourright and a builders supply will be on left - don't take PG County versions of Rt. 227 many miles before thisintersection!). ?Turn left at Rt. 227 and proceed south for approximately 3-4 miles. ?Slow down as road begins to descenddown big hill to Mattawoman Creek (Lamont's will be on left about here) and be prepared to turn right just after streamcrossing at Buteaux Crossing and before abandoned railroad tracks. ?Parking area will be on right at railroad tracks.?We'll meet in parking lot. ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

      • Saturday, October 17 - Crow's Nest - Stafford County, Virginia [Had to be postponed because of extremely wet weather which would have caused damage to the area had the trip gone as scheduled.]

      Ideas for other fieldtrips:

        (At the April meeting we will seek the interest of members by taking a vote on the sites and firming up the dates.)

      • May or June - Crow's Nest in Stafford County, VA., approximately 40 milessouth of D.C. Crow's Nest is a 4,000 acre, deeply dissected forestedpeninsula on the coastal plain, with calcareous marine sands at lowerelevations and acidic terrace gravel deposits on ridges and high elevations.The site has a remarkably diverse flora with numerous rare species, sectionsof old-age forest, wetlands, and pristine tidal marshes.

      • Mid-June - Huntley Meadows Park in mid-June, Fairfax County, VA. The park has probably Virginia's largest colonies of purple milkweed. It has the state co-champ wild plum, great diversity of wildflowers, grasses, sedges, ferns, and wildlife. Easy walking for all folks.

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