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Family Programs

Woodend/Chevy Chase Rust/Leesburg  

kidswithanneGive your family a chance to explore the wonders of the natural world! Our family programs feature hands-on, fun activities for children on a variety of subjects. Check out what programs are coming up at Woodend! For a complete listing of all programs, please view our Naturalist Quarterly.

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Tales and Trails - NEW 
Registration begins September 1                                
Ages 2-4 with a caregiver
Fall Session: $75 per child (9/27-11/29)
Winter Session: $75 per child (12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14)
Spring Session: $75 per child (3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23)
On Tuesdays at 10 o'clock, join us in the historic Woodend mansion for nature-themed stories and songs. We will read new books each week, enjoy learning nature songs and games, and explore Woodend trails. Feel free to relax and enjoy our trails, picnic areas, and bookstore before or after the program. Program starts at 10 am in the Woodend dining room followed by trail hikes outside until 10:45. Register online beginning September 1.

Weekend Walks in the Woods - Free Family Nature Walks!

First Saturday of the Month, (9-10 am)

FREE family programs are here! We invite you to take an hour out of your schedule to enjoy spending time with your family outdoors. Join our Master Naturalists on the first Saturday of each month from 9-10 am for a nature hike around Woodend Sanctuary. Each hike will have a unique and exciting natural history theme.  Programs are appropriate for family members of all ages and no registration is necessary. Please come prepared to hike in sneakers and don’t forget your water bottle. We hope you will join us for our exciting new programs each month! Meet at the amphitheater by the main house.


Nature Backpacks
Visit our Naturalist Shop to check out a backpack (ID required) that will have tools and activities you and your family can use to explore nature right here at Woodend Sanctuary! Backpacks are free for check-out in the shop but must be returned by 4:30 pm.

The Nature Backpacks are made possible thanks to the generous support of REI and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. 

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