Go back in time with DC EcoWomen as we take a walk through the rich history of Theodore Roosevelt Island and explore a wide variety of flora and fauna along the footpaths.
Long before its transformation into a national park, Roosevelt Island was put to a variety of uses over the years. When Europeans first arrived in the area, Native Americans fled to the island as a means of quarantining themselves against infectious diseases. Later, it became the private property of founding father George Mason, who often welcomed visitors like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. During the Civil War, the island hosted Union troops, then following the declaration of the war against Spain the island served as the perfect place for secretive explosives tests. Today, the island serves as a memorial to the nation’s 26th president honoring his contributions to the conservation of public lands and forests, national parks, wildlife and monuments – a great place to enjoy nature and escape from the busy pace of downtown.
The guided walk will be led by former DC EcoWomen board member Meg Hathaway. Please meet on the footbridge at the entrance to the island on the Virigina mainland side. After the walk stay to network with your fellow EcoWomen for a BYO picnic lunch. Comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes are recommended. There are no restrooms or water fountains along the route, so please plan accordingly.
Note: While DC EcoWomen does host co-ed events throughout the year, this event this designated as women only.