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Paul Bartsch Award Ceremony, Sunday, March 6 
Bartsch Award winners: Kent, Marcia, Cris

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

Join us for a champagne and dessert reception, Sunday, March 6, 2016, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Woodend Nature Sanctuary. Tickets available online now; $25.   

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Pictured above from left: Kent Minichiello, Marcia Minichiello, and Cristol Fleming, 2016 Bartsch Award winners. Photo by Ikona Photography.

Naturalist Quarterly  Master Plan 
Naturalist Quarterly Cover Spring 2016 Woodend
Check out the spring issue of the Naturalist Quarterly. Inside find more on Paul Bartsch award winners and spring nature programs. Read now.
Information about the Woodend Sanctuary Master Planning process now available online. Stay Informed and Get Involved.

Spring Into Nature
    Rue Anemone

ANS offers many opportunities for adults to immerse themselves in the many and marvelous rites of spring in the mid-Atlantic. From birds to butterflies and flowers to frogs, we’ll introduce you to the plants, animals, and geology of the region, through classes and field trips, both short and long—weekend and weekday.

For in-depth study, check out our Natural History Field Studies (NHFS) classes. These evening courses, such as Spring Flower ID and Weather and Climate, among others, start April 5 at our Woodend Sanctuary and/or the Metro-accessible Capital Gallery, DC.  

Don’t want to attend a class at night?  Consider our NEW Introduction to Spring Flowers class offered on Friday mornings at our Woodend Sanctuary, in collaboration with Montgomery College’s Lifelong Learning Institute.

Find even more half-to-full-day classes and field trips.

Fresh Air Kids Two Virginia Locations
 Fresh Air Kids at Rust

Fresh Air Kids is at two Virginia locations and spring sessions start in March. Fresh Air Kids is for children ages 5 and younger along with a parent or caregiver. Classes might involve crafts, songs, books and always a hike. Bring your lunch or snack. Mingle and meet other caregivers. Classes begin at Rust Nature Sanctuary in Leesburg, Friday, March 18, 2016 and at Algonkian Regional Park in Sterling, March 14, 2016. 

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Afterschool our Virginia naturalists are getting children to Unplug and Play! This unique afterschool program takes the fun outside as students discover their natural world through games, hikes, and eco-crafts. Each week has a different theme that may include adaptations, life cycles, plant and animal basics, habitats and erosion. Typical hours for the afterschool program are 2:45-3:45 pm. 

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Get ready to hunt for eggs! Search for eggs around Woodend. After, cash in the eggs for prizes.  Enjoy crafts other nature-themed activities. Food trucks on-site for purchases.  

Saturday, March 26
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Woodend Nature Sanctuary
Children (ages 10 and under): $10; Free for adults

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Spring Cleaning at Woodend 
 Spring at Woodend

The Woodend Mansion is looking better than ever!

Just in time for spring, we've made the following improvements:

  • Wood floors refinished 
  • Roof replaced
  • First floor painted 
  • Shop renovated 
  • New look for the Library

All the weddings, social events and meetings already booked for this year will be even more memorable.  

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The day will begin with a fun and engaging walk along the Woodend Nature Sanctuary trails, all while learning about nature and the local animals that call the sanctuary home.

Afterwards, author Laura Gehl will read from her book, Peep and Egg: I'm Not Hatching!. Enjoy crafts, activities and refreshments inside the Woodend mansion. This event will take place rain or shine. Dress for the weather.

Saturday, March 12, 2016  
10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Woodend Nature Sanctuary
Children (ages 3-6): $5; FREE for adults 

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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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