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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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July Aug
Family 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 2.
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 3.
Winter hikes (December, January, and February) will be posted November 2.

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.

July

pot competition3rd National Juried Bonsai Pot Exhibition
Through August 2
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum
Special Exhibits Wing

This premier national juried ceramics exhibition showcases well-known potters and also introduces us to a new generation of talented artists. See over 80 American-made works selected by an expert jury of professional bonsai ceramic artists, including the prize winners in five categories. Sponsored by the National Bonsai Foundation, the Kennett Collection, and Bonsai Shinsei New York. Free.

 

An Evening of Family Fun at the Grass Roots Exhibit
July 9, 6:00-8:00 pm

Enjoy an evening at the Arboretum at this special “after hours” event! The Friends of the National Arboretum and the Grass Roots Initiative invite you to explore the Grass Roots Exhibit, with family lawn games and free scoops of ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s Tesla delivery car. Free. Registration required; email lrietkerk@fona.org to reserve your spot. Note: Only the R Street gate will be open. GPS: 2400 R Street NE. Questions? Call 202-544-8733.

 

Bonsai repottingWorkshop: Bonsai II; Bring Your own Tree
July 12, 12:30 – 3:30 pm
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum
Lecture/Demonstration Center

Take your skills and your tree to the next level at this workshop designed for those who have taken a beginner’s class and are ready for the next step. Bring your tree in to learn how to properly prune, wire, and apply design elements that will improve its overall design and health. The Museum curator will teach the principles and give individual attention to each participant. Limit of one large or two small bonsai per student. Bring your own tools.Fee: $39 ($31 FONA/NBF) Registration required.

 

 

Music in the Meadow
July 23, 6:30-8:30 pm

Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and relax on the lawn with views of the National Herb Garden and the historic Capitol Columns. Enjoy award-winning jazz musician Mark G. Meadows and his quartet, Somethin’ Good. Fee: $5 (Free to FONA members and guests under 12) Registration required; email lrietkerk@fona.org to reserve your spot. Note: Only the R Street gate will be open. GPS: 2400 R Street NE. Questions? Call 202-544-8733.

August

pot competition3rd National Juried Bonsai Pot Exhibition
Through August 2
National Bonsai & Penjing Museum
Special Exhibits Wing

This premier national juried ceramics exhibition showcases well-known potters and also introduces us to a new generation of talented artists. See over 80 American-made works selected by an expert jury of professional bonsai ceramic artists, including the prize winners in five categories. Sponsored by the National Bonsai Foundation, the Kennett Collection, and Bonsai Shinsei New York. Free.

More Summer Activities

Fall Events
September, October, and November programs, including Full Moon Hikes, will be posted here on August 3.

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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