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December 2015

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This Giving Season 
Preschoolers at Rust for Fresh Air Kids

Please include ANS in your year-end giving. We all know the transformative power of nature. Here are a few reflections from parents and young people within the ANS community: 

"He learned so much about the natural world - not just memorized facts, but wonderful ‘nature detective’ skills of observation, hypothesis, and investigation.”  - Parent of an Audubon Nature Preschooler 

“I love connecting kids with the natural world and make them feel part of it. It’s a rewarding and awesome experience.”  - ANS Summer Camp Counselor 

“With so many electronics and screens, it’s good for the kids to get outside and into nature. He’s learned so much. And we’ve had many great teachers who make it fun.” - Parent of a Fresh Air Kid at Rust Nature Sanctuary 

“I chose the Audubon Naturalist Society because I feel it’s my duty to give back and to help support the environment.  It also does great work in the area in which I live. I meet tons of interesting people, inspirational people who have done so many cool things.  [When he grows up] I would like to be a naturalist or environmentalist. I think I want to start as a researcher but then later in life work towards making change and preserving the environment.”  - ANS Volunteer (he's fifteen years old by the way)

With generous support from caring people like you, ANS is able to get more children outside, exploring the natural world and reconnecting with the pleasures of nature. Please help us continue to connect children to nature in the New Year by making a generous year-end gift today

Join Today for Jumpstart on Summer Camp 
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Today, December 1, 2015, is the last day to become an ANS member and become eligible for members-only registration for summer camps. Registration for ANS summer camps opens on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 9:00 am for current members and those who joined by today December 1. Summer camp registration for non-members and those joining after December 1 opens Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 9:00 am. ANS members also enjoy member pricing on summer camps. If you're not already an ANS member, join now

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Get Rockin’ in the New Year
Great Falls
Sign up for our Geology course or the new Rock Identification class offered in the upcoming term of the Natural History Field Studies Program, which ANS cosponsors with the Graduate School USA. Or consider Winter Bird Life, Conservation Philosophy, or Animal Behavior. You can enroll in these evening classes for professional development, personal enrichment, or to earn a Certificate of Accomplishment.  Winter classes will be held at our Woodend Sanctuary, MD and the Metro-accessible Capital Gallery, DC. Check out the full course list & registration info.

Rust's Nature ROCKS Program Gets a Boost  
Photo of Susanne with Loudoun Foundation
This fall, Audubon Naturalist Society received a $2,500 grant from The Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties to support our Nature ROCKS after-school program at the Rust Nature Sanctuary. Nature ROCKS is a grant-funded program ANS delivers in partnership with the City of Leesburg.  Read More

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'Tis the Season for Giving 
Jim Tate Birdwatching

As the clock winds down on 2015, please remember ANS in your year-end giving. Our members have a passion for nature and a curiosity about the natural world and with us they get their nature-fix.  

There’s a Mockingbird! I see a Pileated Woodpecker! And a couple of House Sparrows! And high above, a Chimney Swift. “It looks like a cigar with oars instead of wings.” - ANS Volunteer Master Naturalist 

"It is easy to forget the world's problems as you walk along a woodland path or stroll beside the Potomac River, especially if there is bird song to call attention to the great variety of birds to be enjoyed. In winter there are ducks on the river; in spring the call of the wood thrush is a reminder of the arrival of summer residents. It is a constantly changing scene." - ANS Member Since 1969

"There are countless ways in which nature is important. But to name just a few, nature is important for people. It provides a haven from the pressures of a fast-paced society: it is a relief from urban noise, the rush of city life, and from crowds. It also provides a bounty of outdoor recreation opportunities for people of all abilities and walks of life." - ANS Board Member 

We're proud to be nature nerds.  Let's keep reconnecting to nature together in the New Year. Please give generously this year-end.  

Gift Ideas, Birdseed Sale and Clearance Event 

First, find great gifts this holiday season at the Audubon Naturalist Shop.  Here are three great gift ideas you'll find at the Shop:  

  1. Certified Bird Friendly Shade Grown Organic Coffee by Birds & Beans
  2. Squirrel Buster Standard Birdfeeder by Brome 
  3. Gardening Gloves by Atlas Glove 

Next, find Birdseed on sale all December long at the Audubon Naturalist Shop. 

Lastly, mark your calendars. The Audubon Naturalist Shop is having a Clearance Sale January 2 through January 31 to prepare for minor shop renovations this February. Shop

Barnes & Noble Book Fair for Preschool Today! 
Barnes and Noble
The Barnes & Noble Book Fair benefiting the Audubon Nature Preschool is today, December 1. Head to the downtown Bethesda Store at 4801 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda. ANS is hosting storytime and activities.  What's more, 15 percent of the proceeds of all goods – including toys, games, coffee and sweets - sold in the Barnes & Noble downtown Bethesda store today will go to the preschool.  Remember, when shopping to use the Voucher Number 11749306.  Also shop Barnes & Noble online today through December 6, 2015 to benefit the Audubon Nature Preschool.  When shopping online, use Voucher Number 11749306.  Shop Now   

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Naturalist Quarterly  Thanks, Shop Volunteers 
Winter 2016 Naturalist Quarterly cover
Check out the Winter issue of the Naturalist Quarterly. Learn more about the master plan to transform Woodend Nature Sanctuary. Enjoy nature writing about sparrows in winter from one of our naturalists. And if you missed it, there's a recap of our Annual Meeting. You'll find programs that will get you into nature this winter too. Read now
Debbie at the Audubon Naturalist Shop
Audubon Naturalist Shop volunteers contributed over 2,000 hours to ANS in 2015.  When you stop by, this holiday season to shop our collection of nature-themed gifts, say hello to one of these dedicated volunteers: Bonnie, Deb, Denyse, Marcie, Helen, Barbara, Rich, Ginger, Katherine, Riley, Paula, Lane, Jane, Johanna, Debbie and Adria! More Shop
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