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February 2016
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We're Celebrating Black History Month - Join Us!
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Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS), in partnership with the Choose Clean Water Coalition, Chesapeake Bay Program’s Diversity Action Team and M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks, is Taking Nature Black, Saturday, February 20, 2016 at Woodend Nature Sanctuary from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Taking Nature Black is a FREE special event in celebration of Black History month.  

This day-long event begins with a Green Jobs Fair where college students, retirees and professionals of color can find short-term and long-term paid and volunteer opportunities in the environmental industry with nonprofit, government and private sector employers.  

There will be breakout sessions on environmental advocacy, cultural competency in the workplace, and stewardship practices at home or in local communities. Taking Nature Black will feature Bob “The Griot” Smith, Storyteller/Actor and President of the Griots’ Circle of Maryland, National Association of Black Storytellers.  

The day will conclude with a cocktail party reception.  A light breakfast and lunch will also be served.  

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USDA Seeks Public Comment on 2016-2020 Environmental Justice Strategic Plan 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites public comment on the draft update of the Department's Environmental Justice Strategic Plan. The four-year plan establishes goals to increase outreach and participation by historically underserved communities for the years 2016-2020 and outlines the ways each USDA agency plans to accomplish them.

USDA works to meet the needs of historically underserved communities by reducing environmental burdens and increasing access to environmental benefits that help make all communities safe, vibrant, and healthy places to live and work. USDA is committed to achieving environmental justice throughout every community in America.

To meet its goals and deliver measurable results, USDA staff periodically update the strategic plan outlining key priorities and tactics to increase capacity building, public participation, and opportunities for minority, low-income, American Indian and Alaska Native Communities, and Tribal governments.

Comments on the Plan may be submitted via email to EJStrategy@usda.gov. Comments are due by February 14, 2016.

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Summer Camp  Event Volunteers
Morning gaggle Event volunteers set up
Registration now open to ANS members. Online registration opens Thursday, February 4 at 9:00 am to nonmembers and members joining after December 1. Register. We need a few good volunteers to help with Taking Nature Black. Morning and afternoon shifts, Saturday, February 20. Interested? Email Antoinette

Woodend Master Plan Walks
    Woodend Mansion in Winter by Janice Browne

Tour Woodend with ANS Executive Director Lisa Alexander to learn more about the Woodend Master Plan now under development and to share your ideas for transforming our beloved nature sanctuary into a premier environmental destination for the region. Sessions are FREE, but registration is required for each. Meet in the Great Hall.

Next sessions: 

  • Tuesday, February 16, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
  • Tuesday, March 15, 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Register Today

Scotland: Nature of the Highlands and Islands

Limited number of spaces still available!
July 5 - 17, 2016
LEADERS: Neal Fitzpatrick & Aigas Rangers

Northern Scotland, the region known as the “highlands and islands,” is a varied and beautiful landscape with rich biological diversity.  Not many people live up here, and the small villages that dot the countryside are as charming as are the moors, forests, and coastal cliffs.  Our Scotland travel program, repeated from our very successful initial offering in 2015, is designed to engage our members with the charm of Scottish culture while learning about the wildlife, plants, geology, ecology, and conservation of this beautiful northern portion of Great Britain. Our trip starts and ends in Glasgow, and features three nights on Islay, one of the Inner Hebrides along the west coast, and then seven nights at the celebrated environmental education facility, the Aigas Field Centre.

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Environmental Education Programs at Rust 

Rust Nature Sanctuary offers Unplug and Play Afterschool Nature Clubs; Naturalist in the Classroom programs; Environmental Science Field Trips; birthday parties and more. Rust's environmental education lessons complement Loudoun’s Standards of Learning (SOLs) and onsite, the sanctuary offers offers opportunity for habitat and macroinvertebrate study and watershed education. 

One satisfied Loudoun County principal said Rust's school programs provide, "a great hands on and engaging experience, relevant, connected to learning objectives.”

Birthday parties at Rust include naturalist-led activities, games and fun!

Happy birthday party celebrants rave: "thank you so much for the amazing birthday party ever."

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Paul Bartsch Award Ceremony

Save the Date: Sunday, March 6, 2016, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, for the Paul Bartsch Award Ceremony and a Champagne and Dessert Reception at Woodend Nature Sanctuary.  

The Paul Bartsch Award for Distinguished Contributions to Natural History will be presented by the Audubon Naturalist Society to:

Cris Fleming
Kent Minichiello
Marcia D. Minichiello

Tickets are $25 and will be available for purchase on Monday, February 8.

Shop Sets Up Temporarily in Woodend Mansion

The Audubon Naturalist Shop will temporarily set up shop inside the dining room of the Woodend Mansion as we make a few minor renovations this February. This temporary shop set up will take place from Wednesday, February 3 through Wednesday, February 17, 2016. When it reopens, Audubon Naturalist Shop customers will notice a fresh coat of paint, new carpet and improved lighting.  

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2016-17 Nature Preschool Admissions 
 preschoolers running in meadow

New this upcoming school year, the Audubon Nature Preschool is offering an Oaks Class, ideal for older four year olds and younger five year olds. This new Forest Kindergarten class is an alternative to structured kindergarten or first grade.  The Preschool offers even more traditional drop off programs and parent and child classes.  

One more upcoming Open House at the Preschool: Friday, February 5, 2016, 12-1 pm. Meet the staff and explore Woodend. No RSVP necessary. Children encouraged to attend. Please dress for outdoor exploration after a short visit in our classroom.

Applications are accepted year-round; however, applications received by February 15, 2016 will receive preference. Applications from current and active ANS members also receive preference. Acceptance letters are sent in March. 

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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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