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DC Nature Combo 2010

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: National Geographic Explorer’s Hall & National Museum of Natural History, D.C.
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 22 2010  10:00 am
Registration Opens: Thu, May 6 2010 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Thu, May 20 2010 12:59 pm
Event Duration:~5-6 hrs.
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Event Organizer(s):
Ruwan Alwis
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, All Ages
Maximum Group Size:25
Minimum Group Size:1
Number Registered So Far: 2 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Two years ago, I led an outing to two of the area's great nature museums, The National Geographic Explorer's Hall & the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.

The combination of the two made sense then and it makes sense now.

We’ll meet up at the National Geographic Explorer’s Hall to briefly check out these following exhibit themes: 1) Innovations for Life in the Developing World & 2) Global Cultures of Water Use.

Then we will take the subway over to the National Art Gallery’ Cascade Cafe for a quick lunch break. Next, we’ll finish up with some of the following highlights/exhibits at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: 1) The Giant Squid at the Sant Ocean Hall Exhibit, 2) The “Human Hobbits” in the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins, 3) Forensics Anthropology Lab of the “Written in Bone” Exhibit and 4) The Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond and Hope Diamonds of the Harry S. Winston Gallery National Gem Collection.

After the group pic in front of the African elephant display near the entrance, attendees can either stay with the group or explore the museum on their own.

The point of this event is to shed some light on some of the neat stuff going on at these two nature museums, in particular. So if you can’t make it out for this outing, hopefully you will be able to see these museums some other time!

National Geographic Explorer's Hall-

Smithsonian Natural History Museum-

Required Items to Bring:
*a few bucks for subway trip from Blue-Orange Lines Farragut West stop to Smithsonian stop (4 stops down)
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
* $10-15 for Cascade Cafe (museum priced food)
* camera
* Comfy walking shoes
* Backpack or other type of carrying bag

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Directions to meeting spot: in front of 1st Museum-
Take the Blue-Orange Lines to Farragut West stop and walk a few blocks up to the corner of 17th St and M St NW.
Take Red Line to Farragut North stop and walk a few blocks up to the corner of 17th St and M St. NW.

For those looking to street park near our meeting spot, the following is the street address:
National Geographic Society
1145 17th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036-4688
(Corner of 17th and M St. NW)

*** Specific directions will be sent to those wishing to meet for only the Smithsonian Natural History Museum part of the event.

A convenient carpool site can be arranged, if so desired.
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