Paul Simon had it right — “It’s all happening… At the zoo.”
The NVPS April field trip will be April 15 to the National Zoo – photographic opportunities there certainly include the pandas, but are far more extensive.
Most exhibits should be open. The exceptions, according to the Zoo’s web site, are:
· The cheetah viewing area at the Cheetah Conservation Station is temporarily closed for renovation.
· The Bird House is close to prepare a new exhibit, “Experience Migration.” The plateau and outdoor exhibits will remain open until sometime mid- to late-spring. (We’ll update this information when it becomes available.)
Most of us have been to the Zoo before, and know that photography is encouraged. Tripods are generally allowed, except in some areas and buildings such as the Giant Panda House.
We’ll meet at the Visitors’ Center at 9:00 am. The Zoo opens at 8:00 and the buildings at 9:00, so there are photo opportunities for early arrivals.
From April 5 to 23, the Zoo plans to increase security screening, including bags and backpacks, at all entrances. This may lead to some waiting in line. If you leave, you’ll have to be rescreened before returning. The Zoo explains that the screening is a response to expected increased traffic while schools are on spring break.
Parking can always be a problem and costs $22, so the sign-up sheets will indicate if you can take additional passengers. (Remember, Friends of the National Zoo members can park free.) Metro may also be an option, depending on track work schedules.
We’ll plan on a group lunch at one of the many restaurants near the Zoo – suggestions welcome if you have a favorite in that neighborhood that could accommodate a group of hungry photographers.