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September 2014

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Back to School with ANS
Unplug and Play Nature Club students

We're happy to hear the school bell ring on another school year because our naturalists are ready to get into classrooms around the region and host school groups at ANS's Woodend and Rust sanctuaries!

Educators, sign up online for our School Programs in Maryland, DC or Virginia. We offer environmental education lessons themed around animals, forests or water.

Also, when school's out in Montgomery and Loudoun counties, ANS nature camps are in at Woodend and Rust.  At Woodend, our first School's Out Nature Camp of the new school year will be Thursday, September 25. Parents, register your students today.

And when the school day is done, our Afterschool Nature Clubs encourage the region's students to unplug and play. Our afterschool nature clubs are offered right in the schools. We're adding more schools each year.  Learn more about starting a club today

Prince George’s County Stormwater Stewardship Grant 

Prince George's County with the Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT) and Low Impact Development Center, held a briefing on August 7, 2014 about the new Stormwater Stewardship Grant Program, being administered by CBT for Prince George’s County. This exciting new grant program is part of legislation ANS actively supported and the Prince George’s Council passed in July 2013 establishing the county’s stormwater utility fee.

The Stormwater Fee law (CB 45-2013), in Section 10-303 Purposes of the Fund, Part 6, states that non-profits are eligible for grants for "watershed restoration and rehabilitation projects."  It requires that county-based businesses be hired by the non-profits to build/conduct the projects (which include on-the-ground restoration/retrofit projects and also public outreach and education).  

The deadline for submission of grant proposals under this program is September 18.  As a partner in the restoration of the Anacostia River, including in the Prince George’s part of the Anacostia watershed, ANS encourages organizations and businesses to look into this program and to consider partnering on these grants. On-the-ground restoration project proposals are eligible to apply for grants between $20,000 and $200,000. Learn more.

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Sign Up Today! Fall NHFS Courses Start September 15
Natural History Field Studies courses, which ANS offers in collaboration with the Graduate School USA, offer adults an overview of the region's natural history and conservation issues with an emphasis on learning in the field. The evening classes can be taken for professional development, to achieve a Certificate of Accomplishment in Natural History, or for the pure pleasure of learning. Our fall slate includes Geology, Eastern Forest Ecosystems, Weather & Climate and Fall Woody Plant ID at the Metro-accessible Capital Gallery; and The Living Soil, Intro. to Ecology and Birds of the World at our Woodend Sanctuary. Find course descriptions and fees.  

Costa Rica: Celebrating Tropical Biodiversity
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The trip packet is now available for our 2015 expedition to the tropical wonderland of Costa Rica.  Join ANS leader Stephanie Mason and local guide Charlie Gomez, partnering for their 16th trip to Costa Rica, as we explore the great variety of habitats: from classic, Caribbean rainforest at La Selva Biological Station to the wetlands of Cano Negro to the gorgeous mountain woodlands of Celeste Mountain Lodge and the cloud forest of Bosque de Paz. Our final stop on the basic trip features the tropical dry forest habitat and freshwater wetlands of Palo Verde; we offer an optional extension into the higher Talamanca Mountains that takes us to the land of the Resplendent Quetzal. This popular trip often fills up quickly! Register Today.

P.S. We have one space available for Ecuador, November 29 - December 13. Register Now.  

School Programs through Rust Nature Sanctuary
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Welcome back to school Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS)! ANS's Rust Nature Sanctuary offers programs for LCPS students to supplement their in-classroom instruction. When school is out for LCPS students, ANS nature camps are in! We're offering two upcoming School's Out Nature Camps at Rust this school year, October 13 and January 19. After school, LCPS students can Unplug and Play in our Afterschool Nature Clubs. Afterschool nature clubs typically run for one hour, once a week for six weeks right in elementary schools in the LCPS system. Learn more and register for school programs with Rust today 

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Educating the Next Generation of Nature Stewards
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Your support is vital to ANS's ability to protect our natural environment right here in the DC region. To ensure the future health of nature in our area, ANS works to educate the next generation to be good stewards of our environment. As the new school year gets underway, consider making a special tax-deductible contribution to help us continue to grow our environmental education programs. If we don’t connect the next generation to the natural world today, there will be no one to fight for the health of our region’s environment tomorrow. Give today

99 Reasons to be Fascinated by Birds 
Join Author William Young at Woodend Sanctuary on Thursday, September 18 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm as he gives a presentation based on his book, The Fascination of Birds: From the Albatross to the Yellowthroat, released in May 2014. Light refreshments will be served. The Audubon Naturalist Shop will be open at 7:00 pm for this event. The program starts at 7:30 pm. Learn more and RSVP.

Intro to Water Quality Monitoring, Saturday, Sept. 6 
Learn all about Water Quality Monitoring with ANS during this Introduction to Water Quality Monitoring class, this Saturday morning, September 6, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Black Hill Regional Park. FREE for members and students earning SSL hours, $12 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Register Today

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Naturalist Quarterly Join ANS Today! 
Check out the Autumn issue of the Naturalist Quarterly. Inside get back to school with ANS! Also find programs and activities that will get you into nature this fall. Read more
Not an ANS member? Take advantage of our limited-time membership discount offer by joining ANS now through September 30, 2014. Join Today!
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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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