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Audubon Naturalist Society

Posted by on January 30, 2012

Field Trip: Audubon Naturalist Society
Location: 8940 Jones Mill Rd.
Chevy Chase MD
Contact: 301-652-9188 x 17
Grades: PreK and up


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About the Museum:

The Audubon Naturalist Society is the largest and oldest independent environmental organization in the Washington, DC region -a pioneer in linking conservation activities with environmental education. They manage three wildlife sanctuaries and offer a large number of educational programs.

Woodend Sanctuary is one of the few remaining grand old estates in Chevy Chase, Montgomery County, Maryland. The 40-acre property dates back to a 1699 colonial land grant. Enjoy the serenity of our wildflower meadow, walk our meandering trails, explore the aquatic life of our pond at our 40-acre nature sanctuary minutes from our nation’s capital in Montgomery County, Maryland. No dogs or pets allowed in the Sanctuary. Please leave your pets at home. Trails open daily dawn to dusk. No admission fee.

Rust Nature Sanctuary, in Leesburg VA, offers vistors something fascinating each season – from spring frog choruses to turkey tracks in the snow. Their 68 acres encompasses meadows, forests, and ponds where you’ll find a variety of wildlife and plants. During a visit, you might encounter nesting songbirds from the tropics in the oak-hickory forest, a fox hunting in our meadow, or colorful dragonflies darting above the pond. Enjoy the Rust Nature Sanctuary anytime from dawn to dusk, seven days a week, every day of the year. No admission fee required. Bring your binoculars, camera, and a picnic lunch.

Webb Nature Sanctuary, in Clifton VA, offers a lot of nature in a small space. Its 20 acres include a mix of woodland, meadow, and stream valley. These are home to nesting songbirds from the tropics; amphibians, including spotted salamanders and woodfrogs; gray and red fox; flying squirrels, and other mammals; reptiles, such as box turtles, five-lined skinks, and black-rat snakes; and a variety of butterflies, dragonflies, and other insects. Interpretive signs along our trails offer information about local natural history. Open daily from dawn to dusk.

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