Come Enjoy Some of Our Favorite Outdoor Spaces This Earth Month (April) or Anytime!

Click here to download a list of more than two-dozen nature treasures to explore!

Seeing nature as Thoreau saw it:

“...An eternal fountain of renewal and regeneration, a sacred force capable of healing even the deepest acts of human destruction… living ‘deliberately’; that is, living so as to perceive and weigh the moral consequences of our choices … (because) the choices we make create our environment, both political and natural.”

– from Henry David Thoreau: A Life
by Laura Dassow Walls


Observe birds, wildflowers, butterflies, snakes, turtles, and whatever else! The Blue Mash Nature Trail for hikers is located on the eastern side. It loops through an easy, but diverse, natural terrain for 1.25 miles, with an optional segment that extends the trail to 1.6 miles. This trail commemorates the pre-Civil War settlement called Blue Mash, which was inhabited for many years by freed slaves from the nearby Riggs Plantation.

Join our ANS Field Trip
"Spring Early Birds" on
Wednesday, April 25

Details here under "Nature Classes and Field Trips"


McKee-Beshers WMA provides habitat for a great diversity of wildlife species including deer, wild turkey, waterfowl, over 200 species of songbirds, and numerous reptiles and amphibians. Biologists deliberately flood forests during the fall and winter in "greentree reservoirs." These attract colorful wood ducks as well as other waterfowl which migrate through or spend the winter here.

Join our ANS Field Trips
"Smitten by Frogs" on
Thursday, April 26 and Saturday, April 28
Details here under "Nature Classes and Field Trips"


The display of spring wildflowers is remarkably rich in the varied habitats along the Potomac River close-in to our metro-area. From moist bottomlands to rocky, forested uplands, the woods in May beckon with blooms underfoot and spring-green leaves overhead. 

Join our ANS Field Trip on
Wednesday, May 2

Details here under "Nature Classes and Field Trips"


Harriet Tubman developed a familiarity, appreciation, and understanding of the natural landscape that helped her liberate hundreds of Americanson the Underground Railroad, and inspire generations. 

Part of the landscape where Tubman was born now comprise portions of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Situated in Dorchester County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, this natural treasure is a sanctuary for migratory birds, the natural habitats of the refuge, wetlands, waterways, swamps, and upland forests, are representative of the landscape in which Tubman grew up.


Schedule a visit to either of our beautiful nature sanctuaries by calling (301) 652-9188 Ext. 23.