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The eagles are returning!


Another bald eagle season is upon us at the National Arboretum. For the fourth year in a row, our resident pair of American bald eagles Mr. President and First Lady have returned to their nest in the top of a venerable tulip poplar on Mt. Hamilton. Our collaboration continues with the American Eagle Foundation (AEF), the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, DC Department of Energy and Environment, and Alfred State, SUNY College of Technology, on bringing to DC, the Nation, and the world, high-definition eagle nest cameras. For 2018, the cameras have been updated, the optics and audio checked, and we are ready for another exciting season of 24/7 live-streaming video beginning on January 2, 2018 through at the AEF website. Our viewing scope is up and strategically positioned to provide unobstructed views to the eagle nest from below our Azalea collection. So visit in person or via the web as the National Arboretum hosts these majestic animals once more.


mobile appHave you tried our mobile app?


The U.S. National Arboretum mobile app will help guests navigate the vast grounds of the Arboretum via a digital map. A search feature will allow visitors to explore the collections and other features, learn about available visitor services, and locate a memorial bench or tree with greater ease. Tours, exhibits, events and gardens are programmed into the app to let visitors know in “real time” what they can see during their visit. 


Supported by both the iOS and Android platforms, the app will complement the existing signage and other ways of navigating the Arboretum’s many gardens and other features.




R Street Entrance Closing


Beginning March 1, the R Street Entrance will be CLOSED after 2:00 pm. Monday through Friday. Bicycles, pedestrians, official visitors, volunteers, tours, and contractors will be allowed to enter through R Street between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. All others must use the New York Avenue Entrance between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Traffic will be able to exit through the R Street gate during these closure hours.

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Grass Roots Initiative
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turfgrass research, and more!
Strategic Plan
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   Where science meets beauty"
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scientists and find one that's right for you!

A Proposed Classical Chinese Garden
at the U.S. National Arboretum.

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Last Updated January 23, 2018 7:53 AM