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September 2015

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Online Registration for Day-Off & Spring Break Camps 
Schools out camp at Woodend

New this school year, parents and guardians can register online for our School's Out and Spring Break Camps at Woodend Nature Sanctuary. We offer School’s Out Nature Camps at Woodend when Montgomery County Public Schools are closed--typically, professional days for teachers, holidays and election days. We have two School’s Out Nature Camps: Nature Adventures (Grades K-5) and Eco-Team Service Learning (Grades 6-9). The first camp of the 2015-16 school year is Monday, September 14. Register Today. 

Public Meeting on Restoring Woodend Sanctuary  
Woodend in Autumn

Join us for a public meeting Tuesday, September 15 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Woodend Nature Sanctuary to discuss upcoming restoration projects planned for the sanctuary. 

We want your feedback on a draft plan for soaking up 100 percent of Woodend’s stormwater runoff onsite to help protect nearby Rock Creek. During the meeting, we'll also share plans for new way-finding signs and a deer exclosure fence to help restore the plant, insect and wildlife communities of Woodend.  

Donna Evans, Planning Specialist, RainScapes Program, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and Greg Hoffmann, Engineer, Center for Watershed Protection will join us for the meeting. Greg will present the proposed retrofit plans for each of the paved areas at Woodend. Donna will show landowners how they can apply similar retrofits to their own residential and institutional sites and apply for rebates. 

The meeting is FREE and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP Today

Free Beginner Bird Walks

Two Conservation Events this September 
Happy Hour Invitation

Conservation Montgomery and Safe Grow Montgomery invite you to a Happy Hour for Healthy Lawns Bill 52-14, Friday, September 18, 6:00 pm at the Battery Park Club House, 7908 Glenbrook Road in Bethesda. Before you go, don't forget to tell the County Council to stop watering the bill down. Take Action Now

Mark your calendars this month too for the Progressive Neighbors District 8 Candidates' Forum, Wednesday, September 30 at the Silver Spring Civic Center. The doors will open at 7:00 pm and the forum will start at 7:30 pm. The forum will cover a broad range of environmental issues. Audubon Naturalist Society is an event cosponsor. 

New Tool Maps Communities with Environmental Risks 
Ten Mile Creek
The Choose Clean Water Coalition (CCWC) successfully pushed for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to release the EJSCREEN mapping tool in June after several years of development. This online GIS-mapping tool shows an area's proximity to sources of water, air and soil pollution as well as demographic information such as whether a community is low income—data that could help indicate which communities have environmental-justice concerns. Twenty-eight CCWC members, including ANS, petitioned the EPA to release the tool.  Learn More

Fresh Air Kids at Two Locations 

The fall sessions of ANS's popular Fresh Air Kids program starts this month at two Virginia locations. 

  • Rust Nature Sanctuary, Leesburg, Fridays, September 25-November 20 (10-11:30 am); No class November 13
  • Algonkian Regional Park, Sterling, Mondays, September 28-November 16 (10-11am); No class October 12 and November 2

Fresh Air Kids is a program for children ages five and younger along with a parent or caregiver. Classes might involve crafts, songs, books and always a hike. Learn More

Nature Birthday Parties Ad

Audubon After Dark Events 
Audubon After Dark

Save the dates! Audubon After Dark is a new series of Audubon Naturalist Society special events.  This fall, mark your calendars for: 

  • Author Talk: Feeding Wild Birds in America, Thursday, October 8, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm 
  • AuduBoo! Friday, October 30, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm 
  • Holiday Party, Saturday, December 12, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm 

All events will be held at Woodend Nature Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Road in Chevy Chase. RSVP, Get Tickets, Learn More.

Audubon Naturalist Shop Part of Sidewalk Sale 
Museum Sidewalk Sale

The Audubon Naturalist Shop will be among the vendors at the Kennedy Center Atrium (Roof Level), 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20566 on Saturday, September 12 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm as part of the Museum Sidewalk Sale. 

The sale is a one-day opportunity to shop the best selection of merchandise from Washington-area cultural centers at bargain basement prices! Deals on clearance and one-of-a-kind items are available on a first-come, first-served basis, as long as supplies last. Stop by and check us out. Learn More  

Few Preschool Spots Still Open for This School Year

A few spots still remain open at the Audubon Nature Preschool for this school year, which starts September 8.

The Nature Preschool builds on children's inherent curiosity about the world by using hands-on, nature-based activities to foster social, physical, and academic skill development. The 40-acre outdoor environment and indoor and outdoor classrooms serve as natural venues for language, artistic, and musical expression as well as scientific observations and discoveries. 

AM and PM drop-off preschool programs are available for 3 1/2 to 5 year old children. Parent-child classes are offered on Thursdays and Friday mornings for children ages 4 and younger.  Apply Today.   

Naturalist Quarterly Save the Date 
Autumn 2015 Naturalist Quarterly Cover
Check out the Autumn issue of the Naturalist Quarterly. Inside, learn more about how ANS supports the region's teachers and how they give back to us. Also find programs and activities that will get you out and into nature this fall. Read Now
ANS members at 2014 annual meeting

ANS Annual Meeting | October 22
6-9 pm | Woodend Sanctuary

Featuring Alonso Abugattas, the Capital Naturalist blogger. Light supper provided by Seasons. RSVP Today
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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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