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December 2014

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ANS members at 2014 annual meeting

As the clock winds down on 2014 and the countdown to the New Year begins, we thank you—our members, supporters, volunteers—our dedicated community of nature-enthusiasts. 2014 has been a great year for ANS. Your generous support helped us Save Ten Mile Creek, develop the next generation of nature stewards and grow nature-loving families. Looking ahead to 2015, your continued support will help us reach more citizen scientists through our new Creek Critters smart phone app, expand support for our work from a more diverse membership base and polish our crown jewel, Woodend Nature Sanctuary. We can't do it without you. Please consider making a special year-end tax-deductible contribution today to help us reach our goal of $50,000 by December 31. Give now

Photo credit: Luca Casareto, Ikona Photograpy 


Join ANS Now for Jumpstart on Summer Camp
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Monday, December 8, 2014 is the last day to become an Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) member and become eligible for members-only registration for summer camps. Registration for ANS summer camps opens to current members and those who joined by December 8 on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 9:00 am.  Summer camp registration for non-members and those joining after December 8 opens, Friday, January 30, 2015 at 9:00 am.  ANS members also enjoy member pricing on summer camps.  If you're not already and ANS member, join today

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Get On Course With Nature this Winter
Winter scene
Study Winter Bird Life, Winter Woody Plant ID, American Nature Literature, Geology or other timely topics through the Natural History Field Studies Program, which ANS cosponsors with the Graduate School USA. Enroll in these evening classes for professional development, personal enrichment, or to earn a Certificate of Accomplishment. Winter classes begin January 20 at our Woodend Sanctuary, MD, Metro-accessible Capital Gallery, DC. and Hidden Oaks Nature Center, VA.  Check out the course list & registration info.

Plan Ahead - We're Headed to Panama in April
Darién, the easternmost province of Panama, is home to the wildest and most diverse forests of Central America. Ecosystems of South America and Central America mingle here. Creatures that don’t mix well with humans can still be found in Darién, including Harpy Eagle and Jaguar. This region used to be very challenging to visit, but the folks who manage the Canopy Tower (and who hosted two very happy ANS groups in 2013) have just opened a small lodge called the “Canopy Camp.” This week-long trip is based at the Canopy Camp, heading out into different habitats each day to find birds and other wildlife in this spectacular rainforest environment. Join leader Carlos Bethancourt, April 18-25, 2015. Learn more and register.  

Full Moon Night Hike & Campfire at Rust 
Rust night hike

 Under a Full Moon, the 68 acres at Rust Nature Sanctuary take on a new look, feel and memory. Explore with us, Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, as we hike the Rust grounds and listen for owls and many of the fascinating night sounds of the woods. Absorb the peace, tranquility and beauty of what nature offers us at night under the stars and moon. The adventure will end with a warm campfire and light snacks. Headlamps will be provided. Hiking shoes required. Open to all ages.The cost is $5 per participant.  This is an ANS/NOVA Parks event. To register, email Ellen McDougall.                                     


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Do you participate in the National Capital Area CFC?
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The easiest way to support ANS is to designate the Audubon Naturalist Society 75493 in the 2014 Combined Federal Campaign under EarthShare Mid-Atlantic. 

A Year in Rock Creek Park, December 11 at Woodend
Join author Melanie Choukas-Bradley and photographer Susan Austin Roth for a journey through the seasons in Rock Creek Park, Thursday, December 11 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Woodend Sanctuary. The author and photographer of A Year in Rock Creek Park: the Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC will impart fascinating information about Washington, DC’s internationally renowned urban park through readings and photographs from their new book. Light refreshments will be served. The Audubon Naturalist Shop will be open at 7:00 pm for this event. The presentation begins at 7:30 pm. Learn more and RSVP

2015 Preschool Admissions 

Come visit the Audubon Nature Preschool during one of our upcoming open houses! Meet our staff and explore our grounds. No RSVP necessary. Children are encouraged to attend. Please dress for outdoor exploration after a short visit in our classroom.

Open House Dates:

  • Saturday, February 7, 9:30-11 am
  • Friday, February 20, 11 am-1 pm
  • Saturday, February 21, 9:30-11 am

Preschool applications are accepted year-round; however, applications received by February 25, 2015 receive preference. Applications from current and active ANS members also receive preference. Acceptance letters are sent to parents in March. Learn more.   


Rent Woodend in Winter

Naturalist Quarterly Volunteer with ANS 
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Check out the Winter issue of the Naturalist Quarterly. Read how others are giving back to ANS. Also find programs that will get you into nature this winter. Read now.
Volunteer Meadow Planting
New! Online application and easy to navigate opportunities list. Thanks to all our talented and dedicated volunteers for connecting people to nature in the region. Get involved
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Rust Sanctuary
802 Childrens Center Road
Leesburg, VA 20175
Phone: 703-669-0000
Fax: 703-669-1234

Woodend Sanctuary, Headquarters
8940 Jones Mill Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: 301-652-9188
Fax: 301-951-7179

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