For: Out-of-School Time, Parents, School Administrators, Students, Teachers

Resource Type(s): Curriculum, Field Trip Destination, Lesson Plans, Out-of-School Time Programs, Outdoor Program, Professional Development, School Year Programs, STEM in schools, Summer Programs, Weekend Programs

Grade Band: Elementary, High School, Middle School, Pre-K

Subject(s): Environmental Science, Science

The Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) aims to promote environmental learning in the Greater Washington D.C. region and to help preserve the natural habitats here through a variety of programs. They work with teachers and schools to enrich their curriculum, create school-wide projects and encourage environmental stewardship in both the school and surrounding community.

School Programs:

ANS School Programs offer field trips and special Naturalist in Your Classroom Programs for children in MD, DC and VA. The Naturalist in Your Classroom Programs highlight human impacts, ecological systems, natural resources, investigations, and natural processes through hands-on, STEM focused classroom activities. Field Trips can be taken to the Broadlands Nature Center, Woodend Nature Sanctuary and Rust Nature Sanctuary are available.

Their outreach program, GreenKids, brings naturalists and new ideas into classrooms throughout the year and helps schools earn the Maryland Green School Certification or the Virginia Naturally Award.  GreenKids provides participating public schools with two years of free resources and field experiences to foster watershed stewardship and environmental literacy while meeting established curriculum goals and even continues providing support to allumni schools upon completion of the program.

Audubon Afterschool Nature Clubs focus on bringing children outside to play and learn in nature at the end of the school day! Sessions run once a week for 6-weeks on site at your school. Teachable Science is a teacher training workshop for K-5th grade teachers will help you include nature across the curriculum and enhance your students’ science knowledge.

Out of School Programs:

ANS also provides a variety of out of school time resources at their various locations including their School’s Out Nature Camps offered on Montgomery County Public School one day holidays. This program offers both a K-5 hands-on nature program and a 6-5 service learning program. Spring break versions of both of these programs are also available. Free weekend family walks are another fun activity at Woodened Sanctuary and appeals to people of all ages. If you just want to explore the sanctuary on your own Nature Backpacks have the tools and activities to help you experience the sanctuary fully. Summer Programs are offered for campers ages 4 to 17 and can be either day or overnight programs. Volunteer CIT opportunities are available for campers 14 and up. All of Audubon Naturalist Societies summer programs feature environmental education in a natural setting with hands-on activities and investigations. Nature programs for scouts are also offered at ranging from one to two hours in length. Their Fresh Air Kids Class is for children ages 5 and younger along with a parent or caregiver. This program builds on children’s inherent curiosity about the world by using hands-on, nature-based activities to foster social, physical, and academic skill development.

Visit their website to learn more about all of the programs Audubon Naturalist Society Offers.

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