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MNPS Field Trip: Wild Washington- Dumbarton Oaks Park (Sunday)

  • 10/04/2015
  • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Georgetown, NW DC


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Sponsoring Organization: Maryland Native Plant Society 

Dumbarton Oaks Park is a designed landscape that sits at the ecological edge of Rock Creek Park and is in the process of being restored- both as an historic landscape and a natural landscape with ecological principles. Though not really wild, it has been allowed to return to nature since it was given to the National Park Service in 1940.  

Leaders:  Mary Pat Rowan and David Culp



Notes: Easy to moderate walk. 

Bring: Lunch and water, and wear sturdy walking shoes.

Cancellation Policy: Canceled if raining. Call Mary Pat before 9 am on the day of the trip if you have concerns about whether the trip is canceled due to weather.

Contact: (for additional information; not to register) Mary Pat Rowan, 202-526-8821.  

Directions:  There are several ways to access Dumbarton Oaks Park. Most people take a short stroll downhill along an asphalted pedestrian-only lane, Lovers’ Lane, which descends from R Street NW in Georgetown. Lovers’ Lane is located approximately 200 feet east of R Street and 31st Street NW.  Lovers’ Lane* separates Dumbarton Oaks estate from Montrose Park and is signposted by a green-on-white wooden plaque reading,  “Dumbarton Oaks Park, Open Dawn to Dusk.”  The lane descends one-fourth of a mile to the Park entrance at the bottom of the hill. 

Free, street parking is available on R Street NW.

*Lovers’ Lane is the paved, gated path at approximately 3060 R Street NW in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC, located in between  Dumbarton Oaks and Montrose Park.

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