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Register Today for Fall Season of Fresh Air Kids 

Fresh Air Kids meets once weekly, seasonally (winter, spring and fall) at Rust Nature Sanctuary in Leesburg and Algonkian Regional Park in Sterling, Virginia. Registration is open now for both locations.

Fresh Air Kids classes are for children ages 5 and younger along with a parent or caregiver. Each week the class examines a different nature topic guided by the children’s inherent curiosity about the natural world. Parents and caregivers learn--and teach--along side our ANS educators. Activities involve crafts, songs, books, and nature journaling, but the main focus is hiking out of doors.

What are parents and caregivers saying about Fresh Air Kids? 

~ “It’s fabulous. With so many electronics and screens, it’s good for the kids to get outside and into nature.” - Joanne Elvers, son Parker, 5, Fresh Air Kid ~

~ "The phrase, "thank you," cannot satisfactorily express how grateful Sam and I are for having been a part of F[resh] A[ir] K[ids] this Spring. My typically shy 2.5 year old came out of his shell and talked non-stop about what he learned at Mrs. O's class and how excited he was to go to Rust and see more nature." - Karen Kunc, son Sam, 2, Fresh Air Kid ~ 

~ "Thank you for leading such a fantastic nature program! It enriched her vocabulary (and mine, I learned a lot!), got her asking even more questions and gave us a jumping off point for many nature hikes and explorations to come." - Courtney Dillon, daughter Tessa, Fresh Air Kid ~ 

Register Today for Fresh Air Kids at Rust Nature Sanctuary
Register Today for Fresh Air Kids at Algonkian Regional Park

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Fall NHFS Classes Begin September 13 

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Photo by ANS member Janet Kegg.

It’s back-to school-time, whether you’re a child or an adult.  Want to learn more about local mammals such as flying squirrels?  Are you confused about the difference between a beech and a birch?  Consider registering for one of our Natural History Field Studies classes, which ANS offers in collaboration with the Graduate School USA.  Our slate of more than 30 courses provides adult nature enthusiasts with an overview of the region's natural history and conservation issues. Emphasis is on learning in the field and classes are open to anyone at least 18 years old. This fall's evening offerings include Mammals, Bird Life, and The Living Soil at our Woodend Sanctuary, MD, and Fall Woody Plant ID and Intro. to Ecology at Metro-accessible Capital Gallery, DC. Live in Virginia?  Birds of Prey will be offered at Oakton High School in Vienna.

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Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) offers opportunities year round to: 

  • Enjoy nature. Nature programs for all ages: preschool, school ages, adults. FREE family programs. Nature travel.   
  • Learn about nature. Continuing education with Natural History Field Studies, master naturalist training.  
  • Protect nature. Water quality monitoring. Keeping an eye on the streams and watersheds in the DC region and letting you know how you can help protect and restore them. 

What's more, ANS members make a difference for our local environment. Your annual membership dues and donations help ANS continue to provide quality environmental education for all ages, especially children, our next generation of nature stewards.  We count on your support to continue to protect, preserve and restore our region’s natural environment, starting with our own backyard and crown jewel, Woodend Nature Sanctuary. 

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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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