On March 23, 2021, the National Park Service announced that, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and DC Health and in consultation with the National Park Service Office of Public Health, they will limit all vehicular and pedestrian access to the Tidal Basin, East Potomac Park and West Potomac Park during the peak bloom period of the cherry blossoms as a public health precaution to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Read the full announcement here.
#BloomCam, brought to you by the Trust for the National Mall, in partnership with the National Park Service and Earthcam, is a 24/7, live, real-time view of the cherry trees lining the Tidal Basin, one of the most popular and iconic sites in Washington, DC. Positioned on the roof of the Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC, #BloomCam offers year-round views of the cherry trees and their seasonal changes to viewers worldwide and is highlighted here during Bloom Watch as we await the peak blooms.
From March 20 – May 20, the Trust for the National Mall is raising funds through the annual Endow a Cherry Tree Campaign to endow each of the 3,800 cherry trees on the National Mall. The Trust’s Cherry Tree Endowment supports the National Park Service’s year-round efforts to preserve and protect the beloved cherry trees. You can make an individual gift, start or join a crowdfunding team, and help spread the word! Donations at any level are welcome.
Check out the Trust for the National Mall’s other cameras and time-lapse videos showing unique views! Also available will be live interviews, special tours, and behind-the-scenes views of how the National Park Service arborists take measures to care for and maintain the trees throughout the year.
Coming soon! Log 3.3 miles around the Tidal Basin without ever stepping foot outside your door! Use this online map to click on points of interest that are nestled among the flowering cherry blossom trees, and watch a brief video featuring a National Park Service ranger sharing the history and secrets of the iconic landmarks that grace the Tidal Basin area.
Grow your cherry blossom knowledge even further! Visit the National Park Service’s cherry blossom web page to understand the five stages of bloom and track the history of the trees as they’ve reached each stage – past and present.