Ranger Programs


2018 Ranger-led Cherry Blossom Programs

Park Rangers from the National Park Service lead guided hikes and family programs during the at the Cherry Blossom Festival. Learn about the cherry trees in a fun, family-friendly way. Programs are offered on Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1, and daily from Saturday April 7 through Sunday, April 15. Choose from our program list below or visit our year round Calendar of Events.

Ranger standing with visitors under the Cherry Trees.
Ranger giving Daily Cherry Talk near the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.

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Daily Programs


Tidal Basin Welcome Area – Daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Begin your visit to the National Cherry Blossom Festival at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area, located off Maine Avenue, SW, on the northeast side of the Tidal Basin. Information tents, food and souvenir sales areas, and first aid provide everything you need for a fun-filled visit.

Junior Ranger Activity Zone Daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Head to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial to learn about the cherry blossoms and Japanese culture through games and hands-on activities, including origami, haiku, Japanese style headbands and more. Leave a message on the Japanese-American Friendship Mural. Also be sure to pick up your Bloomin' Junior Ranger booklet in the activity zone or at the National Park Service tent at the Tidal Basin Welcome Area and complete the family-friendly, fun activities to earn a special Junior Ranger badge and certificate!

Jefferson Memorial Cherry Blossom Ranger Talk – Daily 10 a.m.,12 p.m., 2 p.m. 4 p.m., 6 pm
Join a Park Ranger and learn more about the history and lore of the cherry blossoms. Programs meet on the plaza in front of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Cherry Blossom Ranger Talk – Daily 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.
Join a Park Ranger and learn more about the history and lore of the cherry blossoms. Programs meet at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial bookstore.

Special Programs

Throughout the Cherry Blossom Festival, rangers present special programs to experience the cherry blossom season in a new and unique way. Join us at any of the special dates and times below for a once in a lifetime experience.

Lantern Walk Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Bring your flashlight for an evening stroll beneath the blossoms; evening is one of the best times to beat the crowds and enjoy the beautiful serenity of the cherry trees! This 1.8 mile, two hour guided walk around the Tidal Basin begins at the National Park Service tent in the Tidal Basin Welcome Area.

Run with a Ranger
– Saturdays 8 a.m.
Meet at the Washington Monument Lodge on 15th Street NW
Beginner and marathon runners alike will enjoy the beauty of the cherry trees on this informational and engaging 3.5 mile jog with a Park Ranger through the National Mall. Meet at the Washington Monument Lodge (15th Street between Madison and Jefferson Drives, adjacent to Washington Monument).

Pups ‘n’ Petals Dog Walk – Saturdays/Sundays 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Bring your furry friend for a two-hour stroll among the cherry blossoms! Meet outside the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial bookstore. Don’t forget your leash (required), waste bags and water.

Ranger Cherry Bike Tours – Saturdays 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Meet at the backside of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial (East Basin Drive). Bring your own bike, helmet, and water for a leisurely ride beneath the blossoms.

Birds and Blooms – Saturdays 7:30 a.m.
Join a Park Ranger for a bird walk among the cherry blossoms. Meet at the World War II Memorial contact station and remember to bring your binoculars!

Rangers and visitors with dogs prepare for walk around the Memorials
Rangers and visitors with dogs prepare to go on a walk around the memorials.

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Last updated: March 27, 2018