Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) invites kids to see how nature recycles itself on November 8!
For Immediate Release – October 19, 2017
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Chevy Chase, MD – Preschoolers, ages 3 to 5, will explore the magical underground world of decomposers at the Audubon Naturalist Society’s (ANS) Woodend Sanctuary, as part of the Maryland statewide STEMfest, which celebrates innovations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and runs from October 31 to November 12.
Decomposers are organisms that help break down plant material and return the nutrients to the soil plants need to grow. The kids will see how these organisms work their magic, by looking at soil collected from the sanctuary garden under microscopes, investigating composting worms, feeding the garden soil with worm compost, going on a mushroom hunt and starting a mushroom farm.
“(This event) will let them explore and be scientists, and that will inspire them to be confident and curious,” said ANS School Garden Manager Jenny Brown. “Maybe they also start to see the environment as a loop, that there is no waste and that nature recycles.”
ANS is focusing on worms and mushrooms because they are the most readily available decomposers this time of year, and Brown thinks the youngsters will get a kick out of them.
“Worms are an instant hit with kids,” she said. “(When it gets cold) they dig down deep to stay in the unfrozen parts of the ground, and then poop out (which helps the soil)… Poop always gets lots of giggles.”
What: ANS Celebrates STEMFEST with Preschoolers
Date: November 8, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Location: Woodend Nature Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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About ANS: ANS is the oldest, independent environmental organization in the DMV. Throughout its history, ANS has played a pivotal role in conserving our region’s iconic natural places from development including the C&O Canal, Dyke Marsh and most recently Ten Mile Creek. Past ANS member and board president, Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, is credited with launching the now global environmental movement. ANS’s nature experts provide hundreds of opportunities each year for children and adults to enjoy, learn about, and protect the environment.