Since 1897, the Audubon Naturalist Society has been connecting 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 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 community outreach plan. In a world of increasing challenges and ever-higher environmental stakes, supporting ANS, and the local environment, makes natural, beautiful sense.

Awards & Recognition

Spring 2011 - ANS's 40-acre Woodend Sanctuary was re-certified by the Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education as an official Green Center. The prestigious award is given to nature centers that model environmental best practices in their facility operations and that support environmental learning in area schools.

Fall 2011 - ANS Virginia Conservation Advocate, Stella Koch, was recognized with the Sally Ormsby Environmental Stewardship Award by the Fairfax County Park Authority. The award recognizes individuals whose actions embody the spirit and values of stewardship resulting in tangible environmental benefits in the County.

Fall 2011 - ANS received the Graduate School USA's Community Award in honor of our 50-year partnership conducting college level courses on local natural history and conservation.

2011- Deputy Director, Lisa Alexander, served on the the Every Student Every Year subcommittee for Maryland's graduation requirement for Environmental Literacy.

Fall 2010 - GreenKids Program Director, Diane Lill, awarded the Montgomery County Board of Education's 2010 Distinguished Service to Public Education Award. The annual award was established to honor individuals and organizations that have made exemplary contributions to education in the County.

Fall 2010 - Executive Director Neal Fitzpatrick and Conservation Director, Diane Cameron, were among 40 local environmentalists recognized by Montgomery County, MD officials for their leadership and work on stormwater runoff regulations, habitat and green space preservation, and training workshops geared to wathershed protection.

Summer 2010 - ANS Senior Naturalist, Stephanie Mason, invited to join the Maryland Wildlife Diversity Advisory Committee.

Spring 2009 - Awarded the Standards of Excellence certification by the Maryland Nonprofits.

Spring 2009 - ANS Environmental Education Director, Lisa Alexander, was the recipient of the Washingtonian Magazine's annual Green Awards, honoring those who work to protect and preserve our local environment and teach the virtue of living green.


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