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Stream Superheroes 
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Too frequently community streams and local watersheds are threatened by pollution (trash, pesticides, agricultural waste); reckless development proposals; or irresponsible stormwater management plans and policies. These small streams are too important. 

We need communities of informed and engaged people and partners who care about clean streams and watersheds. Our region's streams need a few good superheroes.  

Plug into ANS's Communities for Clean Streams and get involved. Find ways you too can be a stream superhero. 

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 Know Your Invasive Plants, Saturday, May 21  
 Water Quality Monitoring Class from January 2016

Know Your Invasive Plants is one in a series of Water Quality Monitoring classes ANS offers to community members interested in learning more about protecting local habitats and improving water quality. 

So who takes these classes? 

  • Karen Kuehl, a master naturalist: “I live off Sligo Creek and am very aware of how compromised it is. I wanted to find out what things we can do to help.” 
  • Bethesda ninth-grader Ella Wilks signed up for a water quality monitoring class with her dad Gary, so she could earn Student Service Learning credits. 
  • Julie Simpson, Executive Director, Port Tobacco River Conservancy, located in Port Tobacco, Maryland: “I’m here to learn more [regarding stream health].”

Check out Know Your Invasive Plants, Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon at Woodend Nature Sanctuary (class held at the Audubon Nature Preschool, Teale) and learn more about the invasives that kill or bring down mature trees and can seriously alter stream health and ecosystem function.

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Web Redesign  Volunteer with ANS
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We are planning a comprehensive redesign of our website: anshome.org. We want to hear from you. Share your thoughts. Take the survey.   We depend on volunteers in all areas of our work: environmental education, sanctuary stewardship, citizen science. Learn more about joining the team

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Adult Nature Programs to Check Out this Spring

Monday, May 9 through Tuesday, May 10, Mark Garland will lead adult nature enthusiasts to the Appalachian peaks and hollows of West Virginia, during Springtime in West Virginia. Don't miss migrant songbirds, spring wildflowers, early season butterflies, and perhaps a salamander or two.  

Another one that shouldn't be missed, Spring Woods of Prince William Forest Park, with Elizabeth Rives. Join Elizabeth Saturday, May 14 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, and explore Prince William Forest Park, which protects the largest Piedmont forest in the National Park Service and the largest green space in the DC-metro area.

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Cape Breton Island
 Cape Breton Island

ANS returns to Nova Scotia, September 17 - 25, 2016, but this year we’ll focus our explorations on the glacial valleys, coniferous forests, and rocky shores of Cape Breton Island--a land of scenic vistas and rich natural and cultural history.

Our primary destinations are Cape Breton’s two National Parks: Fortress Louisbourg, a Parks Canada site that illustrates the Island’s historic past, while preserving scenic natural areas along the Atlantic Ocean; and Cape Breton Highlands National Park where we’ll watch for all manner of animal and plant life in woodland, bog, and coastal terrain coastline.  Along the way we’ll explore the history of Cape Breton, focusing on French influences on the history and music of Cape Breton and the Acadian village of Cheticamp.

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Fresh Air Kids –  Algonkian Regional Park 
 Fresh Air Kids at Rust

Children are born naturalists. Audubon Naturalist Society builds on children's inherent curiosity about the world by using hands-on, nature-based activities to foster social, physical, and academic skill development. Our Fresh Air Kids Class is for children ages five 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.

Algonkian Regional Park, Sterling, VA
Four weeks: May 2 - May 23, 2016
Cost: $50 (Siblings 21 months and older $40)
Siblings under 21 months free for all programs; offered in partnership with NOVA Parks. 

Email Susanne Ortmann to register. 

Itsy Bitsy Audubon Ad June 10, 2016

Spring Celebration 

Come to Woodend Nature Sanctuary, Saturday, May 7, 2016 for FREE walks and festivities. All ages welcome. 

The day will begin with free walks around the trails of Woodend with an experienced birder to teach you the basics. Next, join us for a family-friendly nature walk, and then stick around for a tour of the historic home on the property, crafts, games and more. 

8:00 am to 9:00 am - FREE Beginner Bird Walk
9:00 am to 10;00 am - FREE Weekend Walk in the Woods
8:00 am to 11:00 am - FREE Open House, Demos, Games and more

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What's happening at Audubon Nature Preschool? 

We learned on Earth Day, very fitting, that the Audubon Nature Preschool earned recertification as a 2016 Maryland Green School from the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE). Audubon Nature Preschool is the only certified green preschool in Montgomery County (the only other one in the state is in Anne Arundel County).  

There's still space available in the afternoon preschool class and a few spots in the parent and child classes.  Register online and learn more about the preschool. While you're there, don't miss the the preschool blog -- adorable photos of children in nature.

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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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