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School Programs: Environmental Science 

School programs

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Two Options for Schools in Maryland and DC 

Woodend Field Trips
Monday - Thursday


Naturalist in Classroom
We'll come to your classroom!

Discovery Hunt | On a nature walk full of sensory exploration, we look under logs, listen for birds and feel tree bark as we explore local biodiversity and observe creatures in their natural habitats. Our most popular program!

Life Cycles | We investigate seasonal life cycles of animals and insects. Students learn about complete vs. incomplete metamorphosis and evolutionary advantages of hereditary traits for creatures on the sanctuary.

Habitats | Explore our ecosystems! We classify animals into groups, learn about animal needs, adaptations, and how they modify their environment to survive. During our hike we’ll find many forest, meadow and pond creatures.

Compost & Decomposers | We’ll dig through soil to examine insects and worms that live in this micro-habitat. We explore the energy cycle of decomposition, regeneration and forest growth, and study the importance of decomposition and compost in our nutrient cycle.

Web of Life | All plants and animals of the forest, meadow and pond are connected through the web of life. We experience what it’s like to be a part of the food web, learn about energy transference and examine organisms’ interdependence. 


Papermaking | Discover where paper comes from and the impact of using trees vs. recycled materials. Explore ways to reduce paper waste at school. Get hands-on experience making your own paper from old newspaper.

Green Cleaners | Learn about the dangers of pollution from harmful cleaning product chemicals. Commit to a healthier environment by making your own eco-friendly desk cleaners. Each class keeps a bottle of cleaner.

Watersheds | Understand human impacts on water quality and how we impact the Chesapeake Bay by investigating how water flows through a watershed model. As an optional extension, we can take a water walk through your schoolyard to examine water’s impact on the land.

Garbology | Investigate the "science of garbage" in this eye-opening look at what your school throws away every day. Construct a trash timeline and perform a schoolyard litter survey identifying ways to reduce waste and prevent non-point source pollution from entering our waterways.

Skull & Scat Sleuths | Analyze and interpret data to identify mystery mammals using models. Students learn to recognize many physical and behavioral adaptations of animals and the environmental pressures on their characteristics. 


For School Programs At or Near Woodend Nature Sanctuary
8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Woodend Google Map 


Email:   Serenella.Linares@anshome.org | SchoolPrograms@anshome.org
Phone:  301-652-9188 x11
Fax:       301-951-7179
Mail:     Audubon Naturalist Society, School Programs 
               8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Visit Rust web page for School Programs at or near Rust Nature Sanctuary, Leesburg, VA

Resources For Teachers

Local/National Environmental Education Links


See our Frequently Asked Questions or contact:

Maryland and DC Schools
Serenella Linares
301-652-9188 x11


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