ANS connects Washington area residents to nature, 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. Each year, more than 7,000 children from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade visit ANS's two beautiful sanctuaries, where enthusiastic naturalist teachers emphasize hands-on, interactive learning. GreenKids, a unique collaboration with the Montgomery and Loudon County Public Schools (and plans to expand through metro DC) fosters the development of school environmental resources such as gardens, nature trails, and recycling programs. Protecting and preserving natural habitats and local clean water are all part of ANSís community outreach plan. In a world of ever-higher environmental stakes, supporting ANS, and the local environment makes natural sense.
Limited in-person programs for children are being offered this fall. Limited in-person, small group adult and outdoor programs are being held. The Woodend and Rust Nature Sanctuary grounds are open. Visitors are asked to follow social distancing protocols appropriate for outdoors.