Dig nature this week. World Ocean Day at the Natural History Museum; an Astronomy Festival at the National Mall; a Kids’ Bike Parade at Potomac Yard; and a Tree Identification Hike at Potomac Overlook Park.
Wednesday, June 8
Celebrate World Ocean Day at the Natural History Museum
10 am – 1 pm
1st Floor, Sant Ocean Hall; Ground Floor, Q?rius
Come celebrate the ocean with scientists from the Smithsonian, NOAA, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Living Oceans Foundation, and more!
Programs include: nudibranch encounters, exploration of ocean currents, discussions on squid, marine archaeology, reef games, and more!
Friday, June 10
Astronomy Festival at the National Mall
(North of the Washington Monument — 15th St NW & Constitution Ave.)
6 pm – 11 pm
Public parking is available at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center Building, entrance on 14th Street NW just 1/4 block North of Constitution Avenue, for $13.00 from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m.
In Washington, DC, on Friday June 10th from 6 to 11 pm, visitors to the nation’s capital will be a given a free guided tour of the sky at the Sixth Annual Astronomy Festival on the National Mall. The rain date is June 11th at The Catholic University of America, 620 Michigan Avenue Northeast, Washington, DC Metro stop Brookland-CUA, Red line.
This free public stargazing is organized by Dr. Donald Lubowich, Coordinator of Astronomy Outreach at Hofstra University. The Astronomy Festival on the National Mall (AFNM) will feature solar, optical, and radio telescope observations of the Sun, Moon, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn; hands-on activities, demonstrations, hand-outs, posters, banners, and videos; a planetarium show with a portable blow-up dome, speakers from scientific and educational organization, and a chance to mingle with astronomers.
Dr. Lubowich and local amateur astronomers will set up twenty telescopes on the Mall. Starting at 6 pm, visitors will be able to view sunspots with the help of specially filtered telescopes. After dusk and until 11 p.m. telescopes will provide close-up views of the Moon, Saturn with its beautiful rings, Jupiter and its moons, Mars, colorful double stars, and star clusters that sparkle like diamonds on black velvet.
Representatives from some of the nation’s foremost scientific institutions, organizations, and universities will present exciting demonstrations and answer questions about the latest astronomical discoveries or careers in science.
Saturday, June 11
Kids’ Bike Parade at Potomac Yard
9 am – 11 am
Bring out your bikes, trikes, scooters and wagons to the 1st Annual Kids Bike Parade. Decorate them and show off your creativity as family and friends cheer you on in our Kids Bike Parade!
Tree Identification Hike at Potomac Overlook Regional Park
1 pm – 2 pm
Oak, Maple, or Dogwood? Now you’ll know the difference! Learn the tricks to identifying many of our native species in the park during this informative walk. Meet at the nature center.