Last weekend Casey Trees volunteers, members, bikers, and tree enthusiasts joined us for a tree tour on wheels to our nation’s Capitol. Nearly thirty bikers in neon vests hit the road to learn more about the trees planted on the Capitol grounds. Lucky for us, we had an expert with us. Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of City of Trees and A Year in Rock Creek Park, was able to answer all of our tree-related questions. No stranger to Casey Trees and our work, she has led many a tree tour with us, including one of the National Gallery of Art!
With the weather in our favor at breezy and sunny 80 degrees. We biked from the REI flagship store in NoMa down tree-lined streets. Once at the Capitol, we spotted some gorgeous Ancient Willows, Bur Oaks, Pecans, Giant Sequoias and many more! Not only did we learn about the different types of trees on the Capitol grounds, but for many of them, we learned their history, how they came to be planted there, and who sponsored them.
We ended the bike tour with a celebratory lunch from Shake Shack and are happy to report a successful day with no bike collisions or angry drivers!
As many of you know, this tree tour filled up fast! We hope to do more in the future and you can be the first to know by becoming a Casey Trees Member. It’s as easy as $5 a month – and you get access to advance registration and deals on our events including Tree Tours and Community Tree Plantings.