Biodiversity and History Along the Potomac River — George Washington’s Plantation and Four Parks Including Great Falls on the Potomac of the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Virginia
Registration Fee: $60
Equipment and Attire: Participates should be prepared for rain or shine and wear comfortable walking shoes. Walking will be on gentle slopes and flat areas and will not be overly strenuous, except for Turkey Run Park where participants may chose to explore the park using a gently sloping trail or a steep trail depending on their physical abilities. It will be great to bring binoculars and cameras. Insect repellent might be needed at some sites. The day might be warm and humid or on the cooler side.
Itinerary: 8 AM. Leave the convention center to arrive at Mt Vernon at 9:15 AM. Walk among gardens and natural habitats. Take a guided tour of Washington’s home. (about 1 mile round trip) 11 AM. Leave Mt Vernon to arrive at Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve (DMWP) at 11:20 AM. Eat a boxed lunch. Hike to the boardwalk via Haul Road (about 1 mile round trip). Noon. Leave DMWP to arrive at Roosevelt Island (RI) at 1:30 PM. Walk across the bridge to the monument and Civil War rocks (about 1 mile round trip). 2:40 PM. Leave RI to arrive at Turkey Run Park (TRP) at 3 PM. Take the trail from the main office to Turkey Run (about 1 mile round trip). 4 PM. Leave TRP to arrive at Great Falls Park (GFP) at 4:30 PM. Walk from the parking lot to Great Falls. Have a snack brought by each person. (about 3/4 mile round trip) 5:15 PM. Leave GFP to arrive at the conference center at about 7 PM.