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The Audubon Naturalist Society offers a wide variety of educational programs that foster an appreciation, understanding and stewardship of the natural environment.
Our programs are open to public schools, private schools, homeschool groups, and scouts in preschool through Grade 5. For programs with middle and high school students, please contact us to learn how we can tailor a program for your students. We can accommodate children with varied needs and are happy to work with teachers to meet their academic goals.
We give teachers the convenient choice of taking a field trip to one of our beautiful nature sanctuaries in Chevy Chase, Maryland or Leesburg, Virginia OR having a naturalist come to your school with our Naturalist in Your Classroom program.
We provide multilevel programs that meet state standards as well as developmental milestones in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
ANS Early Childhood Programs (Preschool-Grade 2)
- include multi-sensory nature activities
- nurture young children's natural curiosity
- foster process skills including observing, measuring, classifying
- encourage children to care for the environment
ANS Upper Elementary Programs (Grades 3-5)
- introduce science principles through hands-on nature activities
- encourage the use of scientific vocabulary
- foster process skills including inferring, predicting, and formulating hypotheses
- encourage students to take action for environmental stewardship
View the 2012-2013 ANS School Programs Catalog.
Conveniently located in the DC Metro Region, our Woodend Nature Sanctuary is in Chevy Chase, Maryland and our Rust Nature Sancuty is in Leesburg, Virginia.
Woodend Nature Sanctuary: 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 Woodend Google Map
Rust Nature Sanctuary: 802 Children's Center Road, Leesburg, VA 20175 Rust Google Map
To register for a School Program, please complete the School Programs Registration Form and send it to us in one of the following ways:
For programs at or near our Woodend Nature Sanctuary (Chevy Chase, Maryland):
For programs at or near our Rust Nature Sanctuary (Leesburg, Virginia):
- Animal Homes and Habitats
- Forest Bingo
- Nature Treasure Hunt
- Outdoor Classroom
- Picture Scavenger Hunt
- Scavenger Hunt
- Tree Identification Bingo
- Where the Wild Things Are Nature Treasure Hunt
- Teachable Science
- Maryland Association for Outdoor and Environmental Education
- Maryland Environmental Education
- Virginia Naturally
- DC Environmental Education Consortium
- National Science Teachers Association
If you have participated in one of our School Programs, we want to hear from you! Please take a quick moment and fill out one of our evaluations. By completing the evaluation, your feedback will help us to continue the tradition of quality environmental education!
Evaluation for programs with Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD
Evaluation for programs with Rust Sanctuary, Leesburg, VA
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