september, 2020

07sepAll Day27novForest FriendsA hybrid virtual & in-person nature education experience

Event Details

Forest Friends is a hybrid virtual/in-person experience for young children and their families

We invite you to be part of a connected community of like-minded families that value nature-based, whole child, sensory-rich educational experiences.

• Weekly parent-child, small group, teacher-led hikes will be held at Woodend Sanctuary on Mondays with 6 families in each hike (9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.). Each group will include time to sing, share discoveries, socialize, play, and marvel at the incredible natural world together.

• A weekly materials kit will be distributed each Monday. The kit will include daily activities and suggestions on ways to connect with your child(ren). Materials are geared toward 3-to-5-year-old children; however, activities will be open-ended, nature-based, and creative and may therefore appeal to a wider range of children.

• Optional Zoom meetings (Wednesdays and Fridays) will focus on connection and interaction with one another and working on projects together with materials from our kits. We’ll suggest outdoor activities around your home, at a nearby park, or your own independent visits to Woodend Sanctuary.

• Parents can also participate in weekly online meetings held during the evening. These meetings will focus on supporting and learning together as we parent in the time of COVID-19.

Fall trimester is 12 weeks running September 7 through November 27 (no Zoom meeting on 11/27 in observance of Thanksgiving). Enrollment is for the full 12 weeks.

Tuition is $1,500 for 12 weeks ($125 per week) for ANS members, and $1,800 for non-members. Tuition must be paid in advance.

If you paid a deposit for Audubon Nature Preschool last spring, you may apply that deposit to your child’s enrollment for Forest Friends.

Individualized support for families enrolled in MCPS as well as families choosing to home school is a separate add-on program. Please email for more details.

Register HERE


September 7 (Monday) - November 27 (Friday)


Woodend Nature Sanctuary

8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815, USA