Our Priorities

Since 1897, ANS members, staff and volunteers have worked to help people in the D.C. region enjoy, learn about, and protect nature. Today, the climate crisis is a fight like no other the environmental movement has experienced. In 2020, ANS adopted the following Priority Campaign Areas to guide our work:

All people deserve access to a healthy environment. We support environmental justice campaigns that intersect with our conservation priorities.

We protect natural places that provide clean drinking water, habitat for fish, birds, insects, and amphibians, and migratory corridors for wildlife.

We advocate for regional reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while promoting natural solutions like tree planting and green infrastructure.

The D.C. region is expected to grow by 1,535,000 people by 2045. Where will our new neighbors live? Where will they learn to love nature?

Community Science: Protecting Our Waters

Our flagship Water Quality Monitoring program is one of the largest and longest-running community science programs in the country. Volunteers (adults and families) learn to monitor 25-30 stream sites in ten watersheds in Maryland and DC. We encourage you to train with us to become a monitor!

Creek Critters® empowers people to check the health of their local streams by finding and identifying small organisms – or critters – called benthic macroinvertebrates living in freshwater streams, and generating stream health reports based on what they find.


Taking Action for Our Environment

Current Campaigns and Actions

Act Now!
Comment on Beltway Expansion

What is Happening?

The 90 pound and 18,000+ page Beltway I-495/I-270 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is out for public comment review until Oct 8, 2020...

Fairfax City Council approves Northfax West Redevelopment

We are outraged over the granting of a special exception which paves the way for the elimination of a living stream and forest. The Council should not have traded away this precious natural space for man-made green infrastructure and stream restorations...

Take Action
at Home

Learn what you can do to help make a difference and have a positive impact on nature in your community.


Read the latest stories, news and Action Alerts on how you can help protect nature throughout the DMV region.

Training &

Become empowered through workshops on watershed stewardship, advocacy, and organizing for community action.

Upcoming Events

Join us for upcoming workshops, classes, speakers, and online and in-person events that get you involved in conservation science, stewardship, and advocacy throughout the region.

october, 2022

19oct7:00 pm8:30 pmOctober 2022 Conservation Café: America the Beautiful For All