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September 2016
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Camp Audubon's Over But Chances to Connect with Nature Year-Round  
Diane Lill teaching worms

We miss the morning gaggle, art projects made from recycled materials, Dead Ant Tag and especially the sound of enthusiastic summer campers. But, we don't want to miss your school-aged children, and they shouldn't miss all these ways to connect with nature this school year: 

  • School's Out Nature Camps - When school’s out in Montgomery County, ANS nature camps are in at Woodend Nature Sanctuary. The first School's Out Nature Camp of this school year is Monday, September 12, 2016. Register Today
  • School Programs & Field Trips - Tell a teacher, ANS naturalists will come into classrooms or school groups can come to ANS sanctuaries at Woodend and Rust for hands-on environmental education lessons. Sign up a school group
  • Afterschool Nature Clubs - Our afterschool nature clubs typically meet once a week for six weeks for one to two hours right in schools. The clubs are designed around nature play with students spending time outdoors investigating the natural world, playing games, and getting hands-on learning and science opportunities. Start a club.  
  • Nature Birthday Parties - Invite the friends from school and spend your birthday with us as a naturalist leads your crew in exploring nature and participating in nature activities and games. Book your party

Another summer will be here before we know it.  In the meantime, let's keep those students connected to the natural world and outside exploring nature! 

Meet Eliza Cava: New ANS Director of Conservation
Eliza Cava  

Eliza Cava joined Audubon Naturalist Society July 20, 2016 as our new Director of Conservation.  She previously worked as a Policy Analyst with Defenders of Wildlife and has an extensive background in environmental conservation, policy and community engagement. Eliza's passion for local clean water and her highly organized and thoughtful approach to the Communities for Clean Streams campaign will be a welcome addition to ANS. She's already hit the ground running, meeting Clean Streams partners and sharing her adventures around the watershed in our Riffle Effect blog. 

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Naturalist Quarterly Thanks Joe!
Autumn 2016 Naturalist Quarterly cover Joseph McGhee
In this issue of the Naturalist Quarterly, meet the Greenleafs, a fictional Audubon Naturalist Society family. Inside, find programs and activities that will get you and your family out into nature this fall.
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Joseph McGhee, 2015 Volunteer Master Naturalist class, supervised a group of teenage volunteers at Woodend this summer, helping them complete required service learning hours, while getting some great grounds projects done for ANS.

Annual Meeting Ad, October 20 RSVP

New Fall Session, New NHFS Instructors 
    Autumn hike

Natural History Field Studies courses offer area adults a chance to meet fellow nature lovers while studying an overview of the region's natural history and conservation. These evening classes emphasize learning in the field and can be taken for professional development, to achieve a Certificate of Accomplishment in Natural History, or for the pure pleasure of learning. This year’s fall slate of classes, starting September 13, includes Introduction to Ecology and Fall Woody Plant ID, both taught by new instructors, at the Metro-accessible Capital Gallery, DC. The Living Soil, Bird Life, and Mammals are booked at our Woodend Nature Sanctuary. And, Birds of Prey will be offered at Oakton High School in Virginia.  

Register Today

Photo by ANS member Janet Kegg.

Summer's Not Just for Campers at ANS 
By Melanie Choukas-Bradley

 paddlers on Potomac

While the rest of Washington was hunkered down with air conditioning or off at the beach, ANS was right here celebrating summer—and not only the lucky young camp-goers at Woodend!

I was fortunate to lead two adult summer field trips during the first weekend of August and both were highlights of my summer. On a steamy Saturday morning, wildflower instructor and fellow field trip leader Sujata Roy and I led a group of kayakers and one canoeist on a wildflower paddling trip from Fletcher’s Cove toward Chain Bridge on the Potomac. ...

The following morning, a Sunday, I led another ANS summer foray, this one our first Shinrin-yoku or “forest bathing” walk. ... Forest bathing, which originated in Japan in the 1980s (based on long-standing Japanese nature traditions), is a quiet sensory immersion in nature. Health studies in Japan and elsewhere have shown lowered cortisol (stress hormone) levels and blood pressure following forest bathing as well as an increased immunity to disease.  ...

I don’t think anyone associated with ANS needs scientific proof that time spent in nature improves both physical and mental health! 

Read all of Melanie's summertime reflections

Vamos al Bosque Program October 20 FREE at Meadowside Nature Center

Nature's Next Stewards Need You  
 Students exploring nature

With our area’s children back at school, ANS environmental educators are spreading out across the region to bring hands-on nature programs into classrooms and get children outside into nature.

Help us connect the next generation to the natural world this school year.
Your generous support will help us reach thousands of students across the region this year through our GreenKids, Naturalist in the Classroom, Rust Watershed Adventures, Unplug and Play afterschool nature clubs, and field trips to Woodend and Rust nature sanctuaries. 

Please consider making a special gift today to give these students the opportunity to explore the wonders of nature surrounding them.  

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Author Event: DDT Wars

Thursday, September 29, 2016 
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Woodend Nature Sanctuary

DDT Wars is the untold inside story of the decade-long scientific, legal and strategic campaign that culminated in the national ban of the insecticide DDT in 1972. This case history represents one of the greatest environmental victories of recent decades. Join us on Thursday, September 29 for a talk entitled "DDT Ban: Greatest Conservation Accomplishment in Our Nation's History" by author Charles Wurster. Wurster was born and raised in Philadelphia, went to Haverford College, University of Delaware, and received a PhD in chemistry from Stanford University (1957). He is a lifelong birder, which got him interested in DDT.

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Schools Out Nature Camp Ad, September 12 Register

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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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