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Current Events and Programs

Many arboretum programs require advance registration.  Please refer to complete program descriptions.
You can now register either online or by mailing in a completed form.
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For registration information, call 202-245-4521; or use this form.

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Winter Activities

Program FULL? If a program is marked FULL, registration is closed, and we do not keep waiting lists. If there is a cancellation, we will remove the FULL marking and re-open registration. However, if the program is scheduled to occur within 10 calendar days, the cancellation period is over and we will not re-open registration. We do not keep waiting lists for any programs. For questions, please call 202-245-5898.

Full Moon Hike

The hikes sell out quickly and the best chance for reserving a spot is to register soon after we post them here on our Current Events and Programs page.
We post them quarterly, by season. Below are the dates that they will be posted and open for registration.

Spring hikes (March, April, and May) will be posted February 3.
Summer hikes (June) will be posted May 1. We do not hold hikes in July and August.
Fall hikes (September, October, and November) will be posted August 1.
Winter hikes (December, January, and February) will be posted November 3.

Note: If the date falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the posting will be done the following work day.

Hike dates are included below with other listings.

December

wreath workshopWorkshop: Holiday Wreath Making
December 6, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
or
December 7, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Make this wreath making workshop part of your holiday tradition. Take advantage of an exciting variety of fresh-cut seasonal greens, including many varieties not commonly available. Expert guidance from Arboretum staff will help you design and construct your natural, long-lasting wreath that will enhance your home for the holidays. All supplies are provided and all levels of experience are welcome. Minimum age 16. Fee: $59 (FONA $47) Registration required. Registered participants only allowed in the workshop.

 

full moon hikeFull Moon Hike
December 5, 7:00 – 9:00 pm FULL
December 6, 7:00 – 9:00 pm FULL
December 7, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
FULL

This four mile long, mildly strenuous hike is a magical trip through moonlit gardens, meadows, and woods. Discover how the striking landscape of the Arboretum changes under the moon and stars of the night sky. Winter hikes often have the clearest skies and best views due to cold, dry air and lack of leaf cover. Your guide will share points of special interest and seasonal highlights. The two-hour walk over hilly and uneven terrain is a brisk hike, not a garden tour. Ages 16 and up. No pets on the hike, please. Click here for complete Full Moon Hike details. Fee: $22 (FONA $18) Registration required.

 

Full Moon Hike for Group
December 5, 8:00 – 10:00 pm FULL

Full Moon Hikes are one of DC’s best outings and sell out quickly due to their popularity. Make sure your private group of friends, family, co-workers and others will be able to enjoy this unique experience by booking this hike. See description of Full Moon Hike, above for more information and click here for complete Group Hike details. Age 16 and up. No pets on the hike, please. Maximum 25 per group. Fee: $550. Registration required.

January

full moon hikeFull Moon Hike
January 4, 7:00 – 9:00 pm FULL
January 5, 7:00 – 9:00 pm FULL
January 6, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

This four mile long, mildly strenuous hike is a magical trip through moonlit gardens, meadows, and woods. Discover how the striking landscape of the Arboretum changes under the moon and stars of the night sky. Winter hikes often have the clearest skies and best views due to cold, dry air and lack of leaf cover. Your guide will share points of special interest and seasonal highlights. The two-hour walk over hilly and uneven terrain is a brisk hike, not a garden tour. Ages 16 and up. No pets on the hike, please. Click here for complete Full Moon Hike details. Fee: $22 (FONA $18) Registration required.

 

Full Moon Hike for Group
January 4, 8:00 – 10:00 pm FULL

Full Moon Hikes are one of DC’s best outings and sell out quickly due to their popularity. Make sure your private group of friends, family, co-workers and others will be able to enjoy this unique experience by booking this hike. See description of Full Moon Hike, above for more information and click here for complete Group Hike details. Age 16 and up. No pets on the hike, please. Maximum 25 per group. Fee: $550. Registration required.

 

kokedamaKokedama Workshop
January 10, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kokedama, 苔玉, literally "moss ball", is the Japanese art form of encasing the roots of a specially chosen plant in moss. The moss ball can then be suspended by string or, more traditionally, placed onto a special piece of pottery or driftwood for display. Learn the history and techniques of this garden art and make a kokedama to take home. Instructor Young Choe studied traditional arts in her native Korea before moving to the U.S. where she earned a degree in horticulture and currently works and teaches at the National Arboretum. Fee: $49 ($39 FONA). Registration required.

February

full moon hikeFull Moon Hike
February 2, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
February 3, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
February 4, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

This four mile long, mildly strenuous hike is a magical trip through moonlit gardens, meadows, and woods. Discover how the striking landscape of the Arboretum changes under the moon and stars of the night sky. Winter hikes often have the clearest skies and best views due to cold, dry air and lack of leaf cover. Your guide will share points of special interest and seasonal highlights. The two-hour walk over hilly and uneven terrain is a brisk hike, not a garden tour. Ages 16 and up. No pets on the hike, please. Click here for complete Full Moon Hike details. Fee: $22 (FONA $18) Registration required.

 

Full Moon Hike for Group
February 2, 8:00 – 10:00 pm FULL

Full Moon Hikes are one of DC’s best outings and sell out quickly due to their popularity. Make sure your private group of friends, family, co-workers and others will be able to enjoy this unique experience by booking this hike. See description of Full Moon Hike, above for more information and click here for complete Group Hike details. Age 16 and up. No pets on the hike, please. Maximum 25 per group. Fee: $550. Registration required.

More Winter Activities

Note: The koi have been removed from the pool for a renovation project and the terrace is closed during the renovation.

Cell Phone Tour

A free* tour of all of the major collections and research areas is available when you bring a cell phone to the arboretum. Look for the signs in the gardens and follow the directions. More information is available in the lobby. * You will use your minutes.

  

FONA/NBF

 

FONA/NBF refers to members of the Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA) or the National Bonsai Foundation (NBF), who receive a discount on many programs. For membership information for FONA, call 202-544-8733 or see their website at www.fona.org. For information on NBF, call 202-396-3510 or see www.bonsai-nbf.org.

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