American Public Gardens Association
2019 Conference
Washington D.C. June 17-21, 2019

The Smithsonian Zoological Park: An American Trail Trek
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Date / Time: 
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 7:00am to 9:15am
Smithsonian National Zoological Park
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Pre-Registration Required: 

Spend the morning exploring the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park. Founded in 1889, the National Zoo sits on 163 acres in the heart of Washington D.C.’s Rock Creek Park. Join the Zoo's horticulturists for a tour of the park's recently renovated section, American Trail. Along the Trail, learn about the close relationship between the horticulture and animal care staffs. This relationship allows for both visually appealing exhibits and safe conditions for the animals and keepers alike. Discover how the Zoo's horticulture team create natural looking exhibits that blend easily into the surrounding parklands and encourage visitors to become immersed in the animal experience. Learn about the challenges of working around a living collection—including many unwanted deer—and designing and maintaining exhibits and public spaces with a staff of just ten gardeners and horticulturists.

After walking the Trail, participants will be treated to a special sea lion demonstration led by the Zoo's fabulous animal care staff! 

Please note: This is a walking tour starts and finishes with a 0.5 mile walk between the zoo and hotel. Comfortable walking shoes recommended.

Departure: Participants should plan to meet in the hotel lobby at the main entrance by the above departure time. Additionally, the Association will not be able to accommodate participants driving their own vehicles to/from offsite locations.