The March

April 22nd, 2017

Start: Washington D.C., North of Washington Monument, Constitution Avenue NW between 15th and 17th street.

8:00am: Grounds open.

9:00am: Teach-ins start

10:00am: Main stage rally program begins.

2:00pm: March begins! 

The Route 

The march will form on the Washington Monument Grounds and proceed over the following route: starting at 15th and Constitution Avenue NW and proceed east on Constitution Avenue NW to 3rd Street NW, south on 3rd Street NW into Union Square where the group will disperse. 

Details

In Washington DC, the March for Science will kick off at 9 AM with a teach-in and rally and end with a march through the streets of DC. Co-hosted with the Earth Day Network, the rally will be a call for politicians to implement science based policies, as well as a public celebration of science and the enormous public service it provides in our democracy, our economy, and our daily lives.


The rally will feature main stage speakers and several large teach-in tents around the Mall where scientists, educators, and leaders from a wide variety of disciplines will discuss their work, effective science communication strategies, and training in public advocacy.  More details on speakers and presenters will be available soon.

Virtual March

The March for Science in Washington D.C. will be live streamed as a virtual march!  People who are unable to attend in person can submit photographs and messages to be shared on our site on April 22.  


FAQ

Q: When is the March for Science?

The March for Science Rally site opens at 8AM. Teach-ins begin at 9 AM. The Main stage program begins at 10 AM and will conclude at 2PM.  The March will begin at 2PM.

Q: Where is the March for Science?

The Rally will be located on the north side of the Washington Monument, South of Constitution Avenue, NW between 15th and 17th Streets, NW, Washington, DC, with the stage facing the White House.  The monument grounds are located between 15th and 17th streets and are easily accessible via public transport.  

There are two access entrances to the site:  (1) On 15th Street at Madison Drive between Constitution and Independence Avenues, NW; (2) At the corner of 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW.

The tents for the teach-ins are located on the 17th street side of the monument grounds.  

The route for the march itself will be announced soon.

Q: How can I get to the March for Science?

Take the metro to Smithsonian on the blue, silver and orange lines or check with the DC Metro guide

Q: Will the March for Science be accessible to people of all abilities?

The Washington DC March for Science and Earth Day Network have worked together to ensure that the March for Science is accessible for people with disabilities.  Below is the current accessibility plan for the march, but please know that this is not a comprehensive list of how we’re making the march accessible, safe, and welcoming for everyone. It is limited to the information we are able to provide pending the exact layout of the event.  More information will be provided as available.

Accessibility drop off points will be at Madison Drive at 14th Street, NW, 15th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW, 17th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW. 

The accessible seating area for people with disabilities will be located near the stage and the mall’s ADA accessible entrances.  It will be an elevated platform approximately 3’ off the ground.   Accessible port-a-potties will also be available.  The event layout will be finalized at the end of the month and we will be able to provide many more details at that point.

We have partnered with Metropolitan Washington Ear to provide free audio description during the rally to marchers with visual impairments.  Sign language interpreters will be present for all main stage speeches and the event will be closed captioned.

We are still working on the exact route of the march.  When the map is complete, it will be available on our website and include clearly mark exit points for any individuals who cannot march the entire route and needs easy access to the metro and bus stops.  We will also provide directions to locations nearby that will offer places to recharge power chairs.

Q: Accessibility at Satellite Marches

Based on input from people with disabilities and disability advocates, we have compiled recommendations and suggestions to distribute to satellite marches around the world who may have questions with regards to increasing accessibility at their own marches. If you have accessibility needs, we encourage you to reach out to your local march for more details.

If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact us at accessibility@marchforscience.com.

Q: Do I need a ticket?

No, but we hope you will take the time to register at marchforscience.com/RSVP.

Q: What should I wear?

There is no "official" uniform or item of clothing for the March for Science.  We encourage you to be creative!  Dress as your favorite scientist.  If you are a scientist, come in your work clothes -- a lab coat, goggles, a stethoscope, field gear -- scientists work in all settings and we shouldn’t limit the march to any specific kind.  Or just wear your comfortable “I’m ready to be politically active and send a message about the need for science in policy” outfit.  

Q: What sign should I carry?

The March for Science celebrates science and its critical role in both society and policy.   Do you have a special love for cell biology or physics?  Maybe you want to proudly tell the world that vaccines have kept you healthy?  Or thank the EPA for keeping your water safe?  This could be the right time to declare your support for a well funded NIH!  This isn’t about any one politician -- this is about science and policy, scientists and science supporters.  We hope our signs reflect that!  But please do not mount signs on wood or metal sticks or posts as they will not be allowed in.

Leading up to the march, we will be making posters available for download on our site.  To submit posters, please send PDFs to art@marchforscience.com.  

Q: Can I bring a banner?

Yes, banners and signs are welcome!

Q: Will there be security checks at the site?

Yes, all attendees entering the site will go through security at the access entrances. All bags will be checked at these entrances. Please allow extra time if you are carrying a bag.  The following items are prohibited from being brought into the Rally: aerosols, alcoholic beverages, ammunition, balloons, explosives, firearms, knives, blades or other sharp objects (of any length), packages, structures, supports for signs & placards, weapons of any kind, and any other items that may pose a threat to the security of the event as determined by and at the discretion of the security screener.

Q: Will there be food and water available?

Yes, there will be vending carts on site.

Q: Will there be bathrooms available? 

There will be regular and ADA accessible port-o-johns onsite.

Q: How can I get there by bus?

We’ve partnered with Skedaddle on transportation to the Marches for Science! Skedaddle is a transportation technology that makes it simple to start or join a van or bus route anywhere in North America. Start a route from your city, campus or town directly to the March, or join an existing route to ride with others. Routes require a minimum of 10 passengers, and you won’t be charged until 48 hours prior to departure. Learn more here.

Buses should park at RFK Stadium and reserve a spot online here. Reservations cost $65.00 and each bus should bring a printout of the confirmation email with to the lot. Groups traveling by bus should also confirm with their bus company that they have the correct permitting or plates to park in DC (most companies are all set but please confirm). If your bus company needs a travel permit, please direct them to the DC Department of Motor Vehicles website.
Event attendees arriving at RFK Stadium should travel to the Washington Monument Grounds by metro. RFK Stadium’s metro stop is called Stadium-Armory. A WMATA map can be found here.

Q: Where will my bus drop me off?

Buses will drop off at RFK Stadium.  Marchers can access the rally via the Metro.

Q: How do I get to the march from my drop off point?

The Washington Monument grounds are easily accessible by public transportation. If you are going to be taking the metro into D.C., there are several stops within walking distance to the Washington Monument grounds.The Smithsonian Metro stop on the blue, orange, and silver lines is approximately 3 blocks from the 15th Street Entrance Access location for the Rally. Other Metro stops such as Federal Triangle (blue, orange, silver lines), the Archives and L’Enfant (green, yellow lines) are nearby as well. The closest stop on the red line is Metro Center. This map can help you navigate from your respective Metro stops to the Washington Monument grounds.

Q: Can I get a Metrocard in advance?

Yes, and we highly recommend this.  Lines to buy cards the day of may be long.  Cards can be purchased in advance at the WMATA website.  Each card costs $10 for an $8 ride and every traveler will need their own card.  We will be working with an organization to collect cards with remaining funds to distribute to people in need in the DC area.

Q: Can I drive to the march?

If you are driving, here is a map of parking garages near the Washington Monument grounds. Please don’t forget to consider any potential city traffic for this event and adjust your travel times accordingly. We recommend using public transportation and carpooling where possible. The last few stops of each metro line often have free parking available on weekends.

 


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