Give 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.
Free Family Programs at Woodend/Chevy Chase
Weekend Walks in the Woods - Free Family Nature Walks!
Saturdays, April 5, May 3, and June 7 (9-10 am)
Our brand new FREE family programs begin on April 5! Spring can be a busy time, so we invite you to take an hour out of your schedule to enjoy spending time with your family outdoors. Beginning in April, 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. The snow has finally melted and the birds are chirping; learn about this “season of change” at our April program which will include a spring nature walk and activity. 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.
Special Program - Spring Peepers FULL
Saturday, April 26 (7-8:30 pm)
Don't miss this special chance to hear the trills and peeps of frogs no bigger than your thumbnail. Join us for an evening search for spring peepers, tree frogs and wood frogs. We will learn the different songs and appearances of each species, then walk to a nearby swamp to listen and try to spot the singers. Spotted salamanders may be an extra bonus! Participants should bring waterproof boots and a flashlight. Registration required. $5 for nonmembers. Please use the registration form.
Support the Annual Bloomin' Birdathon!
Saturday, May 3 (9-10 am)
Turn off your phone and learn how twitters and tweets are really done! In celebration of our annual Birdathon attend a free family program at Woodend. You can learn bird calls, make a bird feeder for your yard, and try out our binoculars. We will hike the sanctuary and learn how to identify the field markings and habitats of native bird species you might find here or in your own neighborhood. Families can choose to participate in the Birdathon fundraiser for ANS; however, the program is open to everyone and is completely free. No registration required.