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January 2015

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Register for Summer Camp this January
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Registration for summer camps opens to all Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) members (including those who joined by December 8) on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 9:00 am. Registration opens to nonmembers and those joining after December 8 on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 9:00 am.  We have a few new camps for teens and high schoolers, including beginning and advanced backpacking and two Mountain Outpost options. Explore all the nature summer camp choices

P.S. Look for the registration button on the homepage of anshome.org on January 24! 


Fight Continues to Protect Ten Mile Creek 

On December 17, ANS Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator Cathy Wiss with Friends of Ten Mile Creek Board Member Anne James attended a WSSC and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) public hearing on a sewer proposal, which threatens Ten Mile Creek. The impacts from the sewer line are unacceptable and the agency's proposal a “non-starter.” Friends of Ten Mile Creek President Tenley Wurglitz sent letters to Montgomery County Council President Leventhal, WSSC General Manager Jerry Johnson, and County Executive Leggett rejecting the sewer proposal and requesting a new, transparent process based on fulfilling the Council’s mandate to use extraordinary measures to permanently protect Ten Mile Creek.

ANS with its Save Ten Mile Creek Coalition partners worked tirelessly to win a land use plan this past April 2014 with stringent restrictions that guides future conservation and limited development in Montgomery County’s last, best creek – Ten Mile Creek in Clarksburg and Boyds. Now, with the Friends of Ten Mile Creek we must keep up the fight to defend it. Learn More Join the Friends of Ten Mile Creek. 


Rent Woodend in Winter

Start the New Year Rockin' 
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Winter is a great time to study the lay of the land and the geologic forces that shaped it.  Enroll in Geology or one of six other courses, either for professional development or personal enrichment, during the upcoming quarter of our Natural History Field Studies program.  These evening classes, offered in collaboration with Graduate School USA, are held at Woodend, Metro-accessible Cap Gallery and Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Virginia. Learn more

Panama: The Wild, Remote Forests of Darien

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 the 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 leaders Rob Gibbs and Carlos Bethancourt, April 18-25, 2015. Learn more and register 


Fresh Air Kids & School's Out Nature Camps at Rust
Fresh Air Kids at Rust

There's still time to register for the winter session of Fresh Air Kids at Rust Nature Sanctuary in Leesburg. Fresh Air Kids is designed for children ages five and younger along with a parent or caregiver. The winter session begins, Friday, January 9 and runs through Friday, February 27. Classes meet once a week from 10 am to 11:30 am. Classes take place entirely outdoors and include crafts, songs, books and always a hike.

Also, when Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) are out, ANS nature camps are in at Rust Nature Sanctuary. Sign up today for our next School's Out Nature Camp at Rust Monday, January 19 

Find more on Fresh Air Kids and School's Out Nature Camps at Rust, including registration information


 Audubon Nature Preschool Open Houses 

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.


Virginia Conservation Advocate Job Ad

The Green Quill Club Volunteer with ANS  
green quill
Nature writing is widely considered a uniquely American contribution to the world of literature. Washington has famously been home to many of the country’s iconic nature writers. ANS Member Rick Borchelt is exploring ways to build a solid commitment to nature writing back into the suite of ANS activities and programs. Interested?  Join the Green Quill Club by emailing Rick to let him know you'd like to learn more.   
Marilyn Leung, ANS invasives team leader
Did you know volunteers, such as Marilyn Leung (pictured here), do a lot of work maintaining and improving the Woodend grounds? Marilyn leads a group of volunteers two Mondays a month to weed out invasives on the property. Diyan Rahaman is forming a team of weekend warriors two Sundays per month, and Dan Bowman is leading a trail improvements team two Fridays a month. Ready to join a team?  Email Alison Pearce.
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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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