Breakthrough families are invited to come together for outdoor adventure, play, and learning in three different ways. Join the "Woods Play Group" social group here on Konstella to stay up to date with announcements about these events. Here is some detailed information about each opportunity (keep in mind that although there are directions for how to get to each location by bus from each campus, it is often possible to get a ride with another family who is attending).
- Every Tuesday at 4pm, meet in Rock Creek Park for a very short walk to a secluded wooded area where kids play and adults have social time. Generally, kids are allowed to roam free within agreed upon boundaries and adults stay in a central location. Some families bring blankets to share for sitting on and snacks to share. Meet at 17th St and Colorado Ave NW. There is ample street parking on Colorado Ave. It is also accessible by bus from Petworth campus and Takoma campus. From Petworth, take the 14th St bus north and get off at Decatur St. Walk west of Decatur to 17th, turn right on 17th and you will come to Colorado Ave. From Takoma, take the 54 bus starting at 4th and Butternut going toward Metro Center, and get off at Gallatin St. Walk west on Gallatin to 16th St, turn right and go 1 short block to Colorado and turn left and walk along Colorado until you get to 17th. Everyone walks into the play spot at about 4:05.
- Twice monthly meet up on Fridays at 4pm for a hike (easy to moderate under 2 miles hilly dirt path). Once a month the Friday hike is close to Takoma: meet at 16th and Whittier Place and go for a hike along the Valley trail to the Holly trail and back again. There is street parking on Whittier, and it is accessible by bus from both campuses. From Takoma, take the 54 bus starting at 4th and Butternut going toward Metro Center, and get off at 14th & Aspen. Walk 1 block west on Aspen to get to 16th, then turn left on 16th and walk 1 block to Whittier. From Petworth, take the 14th St bus going north (the 54 going toward Takoma Station) and get off at Aspen St. Walk south on 14th to Whittier Place, turn right on Whittier and walk to 16th St. Walk will begin at about 4:05. Generally this walk will happen on the first Friday of the month (starting this week!) Check the Woods Play Group for notice exact dates.
- Once a month the Friday hike is close to Petworth campus: meet at Shepherd St and 18th St NW and go for a hike through Piney Branch Park to the Valley trail and Meadowlink trail. There is parking on Shepherd, 18th, and on Crestwood Dr. It is accessible by walking from Petworth: walk west long Taylor St to Arkansas Ave, go left on Arkansas and walk to 16th St, turn right on 16th and then almost immediately left on Shepherd St, then walk 3 blocks to 18th St. It is accessible by bus from Takoma: take the 54 bus starting at 4th and Butternut going toward Metro Center, and get off at 14th & Upshur St. Walk west on Upshur to 18th St and turn left, walk along 18th for 2 blocks to get to Shepherd. This takes a bit longer than any of the other locations, and so if you are travelling by bus please let someone in the Woods Play Group know to expect you and the group will wait for you to begin, otherwise the walk will begin at about 4:05. Check the Woods Play Group for notice exact dates.
- Weekend hikes: about once a month, a weekend hike on a Saturday or Sunday will occur. These hikes will be at locations around the city. In the past we have had hikes in Rock Creek Park and at the National Arboretum. Notices about these hikes will go up a few weeks in advance. An announcement about the first one will happen soon (keep October 26th open on your calendars!)
Research shows that being in the woods increases your immune system in ways that measurably show up for months after, and just being near trees improves mental health and attention spans. Come have fun and be healthy with your community!