Nature Programs for Scouts
Looking for a WILD place to earn your scout badges?
Audubon Naturalist Society provides an easy, fun-filled way to earn your nature and wildlife badges. We offer a variety of programs led by experienced naturalists at our nature sanctuaries in Chevy Chase, MD and Leesburg, VA as well as at the Broadlands Nature Center in Broadlands, VA. Interested in having a naturalist come to you? Check out our Naturalist in the Classroom programs.
Explore our ponds, meadows, and forests to experience nature up close! Programs range from one to two hours in length and are offered seven days a week between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. For specific dates and times, please contact us for availability.
Program offerings can be found in the School Programs Catalog. Most School Programs can be slightly tailored to meet the requirements of your badge. Please let us know if there is anything specific you would like for us to cover.
Night Hikes, Campfires and Overnights at Woodend
Join naturalists at Woodend Nature Sanctuary for a fun-filled nature hike followed by campfire building, roasting S’mores, and singing campfire songs.
Extend the excitement of your night hike and campfire with an overnight at Woodend! Choose between sleeping inside our historic mansion or camping outside under the stars. In the morning we’ll cook breakfast together before you head home or back to school. Add an optional morning hike after breakfast to complete the experience.
For more information and pricing options, see the School Programs Catalog.
Awards and Bridging Ceremonies at Woodend:
Looking for a spot to hold your award or bridging ceremony? We love to support our local troops and can offer Woodend Nature Sanctuary as a free place to hold your ceremony. Contact Katharine Leysath to check availability of the grounds.
Registration and Cancellation Policy:
To register for a Scout Program, please download the Registration Form.
Once downloaded, please fill it out completely, save it to your computer with Your Scout Troop Number and Registration Form in the title (ex: Brownie Troop 1481 Registration Form.pdf), and then send it to us in one of the following ways:For programs at or near our Woodend Nature Sanctuary (Chevy Chase, MD) either:
Email your registration form to Katharine Leysath: kLeysath@audubonnaturalist.org
Fax your registration form to 301-951-7179
- Print and mail your registration form to: Scout Programs, Audubon Naturalist Society, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
For programs at or near our Rust Nature Sanctuary (Leesburg, VA) either:
- Email your registration form to Susanne Ortmann: sOrtmann@audubonnaturalist.org
- Print and fax your registration form to 703-669-1234
- Print and mail your registration form to: Scout Programs, Audubon Naturalist Society, 802 Children's Center Road, Leesburg, VA 20175
For programs at or near Broadlands Nature Sanctuary (Broadlands, VA):
- Visit www.ANShome.org/Broadlands to see program offerings and to find out how to register.
Questions? Contact Us:Woodend Nature Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, MD: Katharine Leysath 301-652-9188 x17 Rust Nature Sanctuary in Leesburg, VA: Susanne Ortmann 703-669-0000 x2
Broadlands Nature Center in Broadlands, VA: Lisa Matthews 703-729-9726