Audubon Naturalist Society

WISH LIST: $250: nature field trip scholarship for an at-risk student; $500: boots, nets, and microscopes for 150 volunteer Water Quality Stream monitors; $1000: nature summer camp for kids in DCís Ward 8

The Audubon Naturalist Society has been introducing greater Washington residents to local wild places since 1897, inspiring them to appreciate, understand, and protect their forests, wetlands, water resources, and open spaces through education, advocacy, and conservation. And that connection with nature can start early. The Audubon Nature Preschool starts with three-year-olds; and school groups from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade take field trips to ANS's two beautiful sanctuaries where enthusiastic naturalist teachers emphasize hands-on, interactive learning. GreenKids, a unique collaboration with the Montgomery County and Loudon County Public Schools, fosters the development of school environmental resources such as gardens, nature trails, and recycling programs; plans are now taking shape to expand GreenKids to schools throughout the DC metro area. Protecting and preserving natural habitats and local clean water (by conserving area streams and open spaces) are all part of ANSís ambitious plan. In a world of increasing challenges and ever-higher environmental stakes, supporting ANS, and the local environment, makes natural, beautiful sense.