National Arboretum Reopens Monday –With Limits

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Forest Bathing on the way up Mount Hamilton in the Arboretum. Photo: Mary Procter

The US National Arboretum will reopen for the public starting Monday, June 8 on a limited basis.

The grounds will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 p..m. to 5 p.m. Cars can access the park from the New York Avenue entrance, and there will be a limit of 200 cars allowed on the grounds at any time. The majority of roads on the grounds will be closed to cars, so be prepared to walk once you are parked.

Pedestrians and cyclists should come through the R Street NE entrance.

Amenities are still closed, including the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, the Administration Buildingand Visitor Center, the Arbor House, the Asian Collections, Fern Valley and the National Herb Garden. “In reviewing these areas, we feel that social distancing is not possible in these pavilions, gardens and collections due in part to the intimate nature of the pathways and planting beds within them,” said the US Departmenr of Agriculture in a release.

Washrooms are also closed. Visitors should bring bottled water, comfortable walking shoes and hats or umbrellas, advises the reease. There will be no drinking water or vending services available.

Vistiors are also asked to wear a mask at all times when visiting.

As the situation remains fluid, you should check the website at www.usna.usda.gov