Theodore Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island welcome sign with foot bridge in background, credit Jean Pierre Louis

“The nation behaves well if it treats its natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value.”

- President Theodore Roosevelt during a speech delivered in 1910


Join a Washington Walks guide and a local naturalist for an exploration of the living memorial to America’s 26th president: Theodore Roosevelt Island, situated midstream in the Potomac River between the Georgetown waterfront and the skyline of Rosslyn, Virginia. The island’s 88 acres encompass numerous ecological zones and species of trees, from the varieties of oaks growing in upland forests to the lowland sycamores and silver maples found at the river’s edge.  It's a remarkable contrast to commercial office towers and concrete sidewalks by the Rosslyn Metro station, point of departure for the walk.  

Led by Carolyn with a special guest Joanne Hutton


Joanne Hutton is active with Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (since 1995), Arlington Regional Master Naturalists, and is an Ambassador for the Audubon at Home Wildlife Sanctuary program of the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia.  She is a member of the Virginia Native Plant Society and co-chairs the Plant NOVA Natives campaign.  Joanne managed the Master Gardener and community gardens program in Arlington County for five years, training volunteers for Virginia Cooperative Extension.  She helped launch the Tree Stewards program in Arlington and Alexandria.  A popular presenter to community groups, Joanne has given talks about gardening sustainably, restoring habitat, gardening for birds, and the need for managing deer populations.  She’s an active birder and part of a group of citizen scientists who conduct natural history field surveys for Audubon Society of Northern Virginia in the Occoquan Bay area.


"Touring the island gives you a real sense of its history. This is one of Washington Walks' unique once-a-year tours. We had two guides and they were thoroughly versed on the island's habitat, trees, wild flowers and history." - TripAdvisor reviewer


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Guides that may lead this tour: 
Portrait of Carolyn

CAROLYN attributes her devotion to walking tours to perambulations through her new hometown when she arrived to earn an M.F.A. in Acting from The Catholic University of America. She is the founder of Washington Walks.

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Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.Also available for private bookings.  Contact for details.


Approximately 2 hours
Reservations REQUIRED and limited to fifteen (15) participants.

$35 per person for public tours. 

Please email us for a private tour quote.

Embarks from the Rosslyn Metro station's N. Moore Street exit (1802 N. Moore Street) by the Metro Bus Supervisor kiosk.
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