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Join a dedicated corps of volunteers who are helping ANS fulfill its mission to preserve our region's natural resources and increase public understanding of natural history.

Special Needs

High school student volunteers – two opportunities to earn your SSL hours with ANS:

  • Grounds volunteers, two shifts
    • Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 am – 11 am
    • Friday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Bookshop volunteers, two shifts
    • M-F 10:00 – 1:30
    • M-F 1:30 – 5:00

See signup information below.

ANS members with nonprofit financial management experience are needed to join our Finance Committee. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Director of Finance and Administration Margo Francis.

Founded and run by volunteers for many years, ANS continues to rely on volunteers in many ways:


CardinalFlowerVolunteer teams are working at Woodend to monitor nest boxes and maintain the bird feeding station; to restore the northeast meadow; to conduct beginner bird walks; to study and implement deer management strategies; to maintain demonstration gardens for native plants, runoff control, and organic produce; to remove invasive species; and to keep trails safe and accessible.


Master Naturalist program alumni and other volunteers help ANS to conduct one free family program per month, as well as programs for adultslocal schools, and the Audubon PreSchool.


Volunteers are redesigning and updating Woodend's five information kiosks. Volunteers also help publicize ANS programs by participating in and staffing ANS information tables at community events. They work with ANS staff to maintain this website, produce the Naturalist Quarterly, and prepare mailings.


The ANS Water Quality Monitoring program depends on teams of trained volunteers to collect and identify organisms from local streams on a regular basis to help gauge the health of our waterways. Volunteers also participate in conservation campaigns, such as the effort to protect Ten Mile Creek.

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Benefits include opportunities to participate in hikes, lectures, and social events organized exclusively for volunteers. Volunteer opportunities are available through the ANS headquarters at Woodend in Chevy Chase, MD. Minimum age of 14 required; training is provided as needed.

For more information on our volunteer program, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at or call 301-652-9188 x30.

Application form:
     PDF (print, complete, mail)
     Word (right-click to save; complete, attach to e-mail)