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'Rock Creek Park' Back to Press after IPPY Win

Melanie Choukas-Bradley A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC has received a 2015 Independent Publishers’ IPPY award—a silver medal for Mid-Atlantic nonfiction. The award was presented to author Melanie Choukas-Bradley at the Independent Publishers’ annual book awards ceremony on May 27th at the Historic Providence in New York City. A Year in Rock Creek Park is illustrated with 32 full-page photographs by award-winning photographer and author Susan Austin Roth. The book’s paperback edition has just gone into its second printing.

Reviewer Nancy Nye Hunt, author of Aldo Leopold’s Shack: Nina’s Story, wrote: “Evocative of Thoreau and grounded in Leopold’s land ethic, Melanie Choukas-Bradley in A Year in Rock Creek Park invites readers into an unexpected wilderness in the heart of Washington, DC. As a naturalist, her extensive knowledge and keen observations note seasonal changes, and the reader naturally falls in step, as if on one of her walks. Drawing on lessons learned from her deep connections to Rock Creek Park, she searches inwardly, reflecting on the interconnectedness of people and the land, realizing that our mutual well-being is dependent on the health of the land, which, in turn, is dependent on our responsible use. I have found another kindred spirit through this engaging book. ”

A Year in Rock Creek Park was launched at an Audubon Naturalist Society reception at the Woodend Mansion in Chevy Chase, Maryland, on December 11, 2014, to a standing-room only crowd. The author and photographer have given many book presentations in the Washington, DC area since that date, with more to come. On June 12th Ms. Choukas-Bradley will give a lecture titled “A Year in Rock Creek Park” at the U.S. Botanic Garden at the foot of Capitol Hill. Later this month, she will lead walking tours of Rock Creek Park for the Audubon Naturalist Society and Casey Trees. Other upcoming 2015 events will be sponsored by the Rock Creek Conservancy, the Cosmos Club, the Maryland and Virginia Native Plant Societies and many other organizations. A complete list of events can be found online.

Melanie Choukas-Bradley is author of City of Trees, which has been in continuous print in three separate editions since 1981. In 2014, she was awarded one of four inaugural “Canopy Awards” by Casey Trees for her efforts to educate people about the trees of Washington, DC. Ms. Choukas-Bradley is also author of two other highly acclaimed natural history books—Sugarloaf: The Mountain's History, Geology, and Natural Lore and An Illustrated Guide to Eastern Woodland Wildflowers and Trees—and numerous articles. She teaches and leads field trips in the Washington, DC area for many organizations. Susan Austin Roth is the author and photographer of ten popular gardening books and was honored with three awards from the Garden Writers Association. She worked for seven years as a field editor and assignment photographer for Better Homes and Gardens magazine, and her photographs appear regularly in books, national magazines, and calendars.

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