Children of ANS Employees are Digging this Day of Nature Work and Play!
Take Your Child to Work Day will feature planting native trees
CHEVY CHASE, MD – At least 10 area youth will be leaving behind screens to get their green on for Take Your Child to Work Day! Audubon Naturalist Society will engage the youngest members of its employee family in the restoration of Woodend Nature Sanctuary April 26, 2018, in honor of the annual career education celebration.
From 10 am to 12 noon today, the children of ANS employees will get their hands dirty in our woodland helping plant tree seedlings from an assortment of native trees to ensure the future of our forest, which has suffered from recent storms, disease, invasive species, and “four-hooved lawnmowers.”
Restoration Director Alison Pearce is leading the project.
Trees, of course, improve air quality, filter polluted runoff, clean streams, which supply drinking water, and provide shelter and food for countless wildlife species. On a day when work becomes play, ANS is thrilled to share hands-on experiences in the natural world with the next generation so that “going green” has more meaning – and just might become a way of life.
The native tree assortment includes: Red Maple, River Birch, Swamp White Oak, Willow Oak, Hazel Alder, Eastern Redbud, American Hazelnut, and American Sycamore.
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.