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Historic photo of the Octagon House from the late 1880s.
Jul 20
Washington, D.C.

A Skeptic’s Guide to D.C.’s 'Haunted' Octagon House

Step inside the iconic 19th century home to learn the truth behind the spooky legends.
The CIA Seal.
Jul 27
Washington, D.C., District of Columbia

The Spies of Georgetown

Join us as former CIA clandestine operative Rosanna Minchew tells us the secret tales of the spies that populate Georgetown.
Eastern red bats populate the District, swooping in to snack on pests like gypsy moths.
Aug 1
Washington, D.C.

The Bats of Tudor Place

Join us in the gardens of Georgetown's 18th-century federal mansion as we search for these winged, nocturnal mammals.
Union Station in the early 20th century.
Aug 4
Washington, D.C.

Hidden Union Station

With trains rumbling nearby, explore parts of D.C.'s iconic Union Station that the public rarely sees.
Eastern red bats populate the District, swooping in to snack on pests like gypsy moths.
Aug 8
Washington, D.C.

The Bats of Tudor Place

Join us in the gardens of Georgetown's 18th-century federal mansion as we search for these winged, nocturnal mammals.

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