october, 2021

October

Event Details

Questions? Call Pam at 301-652-9188 x16 or email pam.oves@anshome.org.

ANS COVID Policy for Outdoor Adult Programs
Continuing this fall, both leaders and participants are asked to observe social distancing throughout our outdoor field trips. We request that any participant or leader who has not been vaccinated for Covid-19 wear a mask. Of course, participants are always welcome to wear a mask if they are more comfortable doing so. At this time, masks are required indoors at Woodend for everyone. Maximum enrollment will remain at 10 for most programs. This policy is subject to change.

Here Comes Fall
Friday, October 1 (10 am-12:30 pm)
Leader: Marney Bruce
Members: $30; nonmembers $42
Celebrate autumn’s arrival with a plant-lovers’ walk along the C&O Canal Towpath around Riley’s Lock along the Potomac River. Our leader will focus on identification and natural history of the many local trees with compound leaves (think hickory, locust, black walnut and more) but there will also be time to enjoy fall wildflowers along the way. REGISTER

Fall’s Fungal Magic 1 SPOT OPEN
Saturday, October 2 (6:30-9 pm)
Raindate: Sunday, October 3 (6:30-9 pm)
Leader: Serenella Linares
Members $30; nonmembers $42
Are there really bioluminescent fungi in our local forests? ANS staffer/mycologist Serenella Linares says YES – and she invites you to experience the magical glow of these mushrooms at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary near Lothian, MD. On this special walk, we will look for mushroom species that glow in the dark on the forest floor. We’ll also keep an eye open for fluorescent lichens. Please notice (and keep free) the possible rain date reschedule. REGISTER

Fall in the Parks
9 am-1 pm
B. Sunday, October 3 – Patuxent Research Refuge/North Tract, MD WAITLIST OPEN
C. Saturday, October 23 – Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, DC 
D. Sunday, October 31 – Monocacy Aqueduct, C&O Canal, MD WAITLIST OPEN
Each walk: members $32; nonmembers $44
Leader: Stephanie Mason
Join our Senior Naturalist for these seasonal, broad-based nature explorations of nearby parks rich in natural history. We’ll walk between 2-4 miles, on natural surface and possibly muddy trails, as we enjoy the development of fall color, late season blooms and insects, resident and migrating birds–and all manner of animal and plant life. Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge near Woodbridge, VA protects open grasslands as well as bottomlands along Belmont and Occoquan Bays. At the Patuxent Research Refuge/North Tract near Laurel, MD we’ll explore Coastal Plain woodlands and wetlands. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, on the banks of the Anacostia River, features swamp, marsh and woodland habitats within sight of DC’s urban sprawl. The C&0 Canal Towpath will be our walking trail along the Potomac River as we hike upriver from the Monocacy Aqueduct near Dickerson. MD. Several November walks in this series will be posted on our website in early October. REGISTER

Botanical Gems of Little Bennett Park
B. Tuesday, October 5 (10 am-2 pm)
Leader: Carole Bergmann
Members $32; nonmembers $44
At 3,700 acres, Little Bennett Regional Park near Clarksburg, MD is a protected area where you can still get lost. But don’t worry: our leader–former forest ecologist for Montgomery County–knows this park well and she can’t wait to share its gorgeous autumn display with you. Expect hiking through a variety of plant communities, including both wet and dry meadows, high quality upland woods, and riparian bottomlands. Explorations of at least a couple of miles will use park trails, but expect uphill and downhill, including some rocky stretches. Each hike will head off from the Wilson Mill parking area, but each will cover different terrain/parts of the Park. REGISTER

Fall Birding Series
D2. Tuesday, October 5: RedGate Park, MD (Mike Bowen and Anne Cianni) (8-10:30 am) SECOND SESSION ADDED
E. Wednesday, October 6: National Arboretum, DC (Paul Pisano) (8-10:30 am) WAITLIST OPEN

F. Sunday, October 10: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, DC (Mike Bowen and Anne Cianni) (8-10:30 am) WAITLIST OPEN
E2. Wednesday, October 13: National Arboretum, DC (Paul Pisano) (8-10:30 am) SECOND SESSION ADDED
G. Sunday, October 17: Hughes Hollow, MD (Pam and Chris Oves) (8-10:30 am) WAITLIST OPEN
H. Tuesday, October 19: Lois Green Conservation Park, MD (Mark England) (8-10:30 am) WAITLIST OPEN
H2. Tuesday, October 26: Lois Green Conservation Park, MD (Mark England) (8-10:30 am) SECOND SESSION ADDED
I. Sunday, October 24: Patuxent Research Refuge/Main Tract, MD (Lisa Shannon and Rob Hilton) (8-10:30 am) WAITLIST OPEN
J. Saturday, October 30: Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, VA (Paul Pisano) (8-10:30 am) WAITLIST OPEN
J2. Sunday, October 31: Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, VA (Paul Pisano) (8-10:30 am) SECOND SESSION ADDED – WAITLIST OPEN

Each walk: members $30; nonmembers $42
Our fall birding series visits natural areas under an hour’s drive from D.C. where a variety of habitats—including field, forest, and wetland—provide good opportunities for the observation and ID of birds in autumn. On the earliest walks, we’ll hope to catch some southbound migrants. As the season progresses, we’ll watch for sparrows, raptors, waterfowl, and other birds, both resident and overwintering in the region. These teaching walks are aimed at beginning to mid-level birders, but all are welcome. Our explorations will be on mostly level, natural surface trails that may be uneven, muddy, and/or somewhat slippery. November trips will be added to the schedule in early October. REGISTER

Midweek Meanders Along the Canal
Wednesdays (10 am-12:30 pm)
E. October 6 – Violettes Lock
F. October 13 – Violettes Lock WAITLIST OPEN
G. October 20 – Pennyfield Lock
H. October 27 – Pennyfield Lock WAITLIST OPEN
Leader: Stephanie Mason
Each walk: members $30; nonmembers $42
Enjoy one or more of these leisurely autumn walks along portions of the C&O Canal which see less foot and bicycle traffic during the week than on weekends. The focus of our walks will be the general natural history of the varied habitats along the Potomac River and the Canal. We’ll proceed at a “naturalist’s shuffle” pace, stopping often to observe birds, fall wildflowers and foliage, butterflies, snakes, turtles—whatever we might find. November Meanders will be added to this schedule in early October. Thanks for registering for only one walk per field site. REGISTER

Wonders at Woodend: Forest Bathing Through the Seasons
Friday, October 8 (9-11:30 am)
Leader: Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Members $30; nonmembers $42
Savor the natural joy of this Autumn season on a forest bathing walk led by Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a longtime ANS field trip leader and author of The Joy of Forest Bathing—Reconnect with Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life. Discover the magic of shinrin-yoku, translated as “forest bathing,” a nature-oriented mindfulness practice that originated in Japan and has become popular worldwide. Enjoy the restoration of our Woodend Sanctuary as you explore and commune with the living things in its meadows, forest, and Blair Garden. Our leader is a Nature & Forest Therapy Guide with certification from the Association of Nature & Therapy Guides and Programs. REGISTER

Natural Heritage Series: Blue Ridge Beginnings WAITLIST OPEN
Friday, October 8 (10 am-3 pm)
Leader: Stephanie Mason
Members $34; nonmembers $48
A little more than an hour northwest of Washington lies Catoctin Mountain, the front edge of the Blue Ridge. Here, on a day of the week when visitors are few, we’ll enjoy autumn in Catoctin Mountain Park. We’ll hike around 3-4 miles, at a leisurely pace, as we look for the plants and animals that inhabit the Park’s woods and waterways. In addition to natural history, we’ll consider the Mountain’s cultural history and past land uses. Our explorations will include some uphill and downhill hiking over uneven and rocky ground, which may be muddy and/or slippery. REGISTER

Saturday Morning Bird Walk at Woodend
Saturday, October 9 (8-9 am)
Members $12; nonmembers $16. Second person FREE.
Join enthusiastic birders at Woodend to learn birding basics. One will learn binocular basics and how to identify common birds as well as explore the wonders of migration. REGISTER

Fall Birding Series
F. Sunday, October 10: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, DC (Mike Bowen and Anne Cianni) (8-10:30 am) WAITLIST OPEN
E2. Wednesday, October 13: National Arboretum, DC (Paul Pisano) (8-10:30 am) SECOND SESSION ADDED
G. Sunday, October 17: Hughes Hollow, MD (Pam and Chris Oves) (8-10:30 am) WAITLIST OPEN
H. Tuesday, October 19: Lois Green Conservation Park, MD (Mark England) (8-10:30 am) WAITLIST OPEN
H2. Tuesday, October 26: Lois Green Conservation Park, MD (Mark England) (8-10:30 am) SECOND SESSION ADDED
I. Sunday, October 24: Patuxent Research Refuge/Main Tract, MD (Lisa Shannon and Rob Hilton) (8-10:30 am) WAITLIST OPEN
J. Saturday, October 30: Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, VA (Paul Pisano) (8-10:30 am) WAITLIST OPEN
J2. Sunday, October 31: Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, VA (Paul Pisano) (8-10:30 am) SECOND SESSION ADDED – WAITLIST OPEN

Each walk: members $30; nonmembers $42
Our fall birding series visits natural areas under an hour’s drive from D.C. where a variety of habitats—including field, forest, and wetland—provide good opportunities for the observation and ID of birds in autumn. On the earliest walks, we’ll hope to catch some southbound migrants. As the season progresses, we’ll watch for sparrows, raptors, waterfowl, and other birds, both resident and overwintering in the region. These teaching walks are aimed at beginning to mid-level birders, but all are welcome. Our explorations will be on mostly level, natural surface trails that may be uneven, muddy, and/or somewhat slippery. November trips will be added to the schedule in early October. REGISTER

Fall Birding Series
E2. Wednesday, October 13: National Arboretum, DC (Paul Pisano) (8-10:30 am) SECOND SESSION ADDED
G. Sunday, October 17: Hughes Hollow, MD (Pam and Chris Oves) (8-10:30 am) WAITLIST OPEN
H. Tuesday, October 19: Lois Green Conservation Park, MD (Mark England) (8-10:30 am) WAITLIST OPEN
H2. Tuesday, October 26: Lois Green Conservation Park, MD (Mark England) (8-10:30 am) SECOND SESSION ADDED

I. Sunday, October 24: Patuxent Research Refuge/Main Tract, MD (Lisa Shannon and Rob Hilton) (8-10:30 am) WAITLIST OPEN
J. Saturday, October 30: Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, VA (Paul Pisano) (8-10:30 am) WAITLIST OPEN
J2. Sunday, October 31: Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, VA (Paul Pisano) (8-10:30 am) SECOND SESSION ADDED – WAITLIST OPEN

Each walk: members $30; nonmembers $42
Our fall birding series visits natural areas under an hour’s drive from D.C. where a variety of habitats—including field, forest, and wetland—provide good opportunities for the observation and ID of birds in autumn. On the earliest walks, we’ll hope to catch some southbound migrants. As the season progresses, we’ll watch for sparrows, raptors, waterfowl, and other birds, both resident and overwintering in the region. These teaching walks are aimed at beginning to mid-level birders, but all are welcome. Our explorations will be on mostly level, natural surface trails that may be uneven, muddy, and/or somewhat slippery. November trips will be added to the schedule in early October. REGISTER

Midweek Meanders Along the Canal
Wednesdays (10 am-12:30 pm)
F. October 13 – Violettes Lock WAITLIST OPEN
G. October 20 – Pennyfield Lock
H. October 27 – Pennyfield Lock WAITLIST OPEN
Leader: Stephanie Mason
Each walk: members $30; nonmembers $42
Enjoy one or more of these leisurely autumn walks along portions of the C&O Canal which see less foot and bicycle traffic during the week than on weekends. The focus of our walks will be the general natural history of the varied habitats along the Potomac River and the Canal. We’ll proceed at a “naturalist’s shuffle” pace, stopping often to observe birds, fall wildflowers and foliage, butterflies, snakes, turtles—whatever we might find. November Meanders will be added to this schedule in early October. Thanks for registering for only one walk per field site. REGISTER

Intro to Tree Identification
Friday, October 15 (10 am-2 pm)
Leader: Stephanie Mason
Members $32; nonmembers $44
Fall is an ideal time to learn how to identify local trees and shrubs. With brilliant leaves highlighting the twigs, new buds already formed, and fruits/seed pods hanging on, there are many distinguishing characteristics for sorting out different species. This outdoor session at our Woodend Sanctuary will begin under an open-air canopy with a study of tree parts/terminology and a tutorial in the use of a simple key. The group will then stroll around the grounds using these new skills to ID many native and local trees on site. Both beginners and those who want to brush up on their tree ID skills are welcome. REGISTER

Native Plant Gardens of Woodend
Friday, October 15 (2-3 pm)
Members $12; nonmembers $16
Join Garden Manager, Jenny Brown, in the exploration of the many native plant gardens Woodend has to offer. Learn what native herbs do well in certain conditions and gather ideas for your own home garden! REGISTER

Fall Birding Series
G. Sunday, October 17: Hughes Hollow, MD (Pam and Chris Oves) (8-10:30 am) WAITLIST OPEN
H. Tuesday, October 19: Lois Green Conservation Park, MD (Mark England) (8-10:30 am) WAITLIST OPEN
H2. Tuesday, October 26: Lois Green Conservation Park, MD (Mark England) (8-10:30 am) SECOND SESSION ADDED

I. Sunday, October 24: Patuxent Research Refuge/Main Tract, MD (Lisa Shannon and Rob Hilton) (8-10:30 am) WAITLIST OPEN
J. Saturday, October 30: Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, VA (Paul Pisano) (8-10:30 am) WAITLIST OPEN
J2. Sunday, October 31: Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, VA (Paul Pisano) (8-10:30 am) SECOND SESSION ADDED – WAITLIST OPEN

Each walk: members $30; nonmembers $42
Our fall birding series visits natural areas under an hour’s drive from D.C. where a variety of habitats—including field, forest, and wetland—provide good opportunities for the observation and ID of birds in autumn. On the earliest walks, we’ll hope to catch some southbound migrants. As the season progresses, we’ll watch for sparrows, raptors, waterfowl, and other birds, both resident and overwintering in the region. These teaching walks are aimed at beginning to mid-level birders, but all are welcome. Our explorations will be on mostly level, natural surface trails that may be uneven, muddy, and/or somewhat slippery. November trips will be added to the schedule in early October. REGISTER

Fall Birding Series
H. Tuesday, October 19: Lois Green Conservation Park, MD (Mark England) (8-10:30 am) WAITLIST OPEN
I. Sunday, October 24: Patuxent Research Refuge/Main Tract, MD (Lisa Shannon and Rob Hilton) (8-10:30 am) WAITLIST OPEN
J. Saturday, October 30: Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, VA (Paul Pisano) (8-10:30 am) WAITLIST OPEN
J2. Sunday, October 31: Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, VA (Paul Pisano) (8-10:30 am) SECOND SESSION ADDED – WAITLIST OPEN

Each walk: members $30; nonmembers $42
Our fall birding series visits natural areas under an hour’s drive from D.C. where a variety of habitats—including field, forest, and wetland—provide good opportunities for the observation and ID of birds in autumn. On the earliest walks, we’ll hope to catch some southbound migrants. As the season progresses, we’ll watch for sparrows, raptors, waterfowl, and other birds, both resident and overwintering in the region. These teaching walks are aimed at beginning to mid-level birders, but all are welcome. Our explorations will be on mostly level, natural surface trails that may be uneven, muddy, and/or somewhat slippery. November trips will be added to the schedule in early October. REGISTER

Midweek Meanders Along the Canal
Wednesdays (10 am-12:30 pm)
G. October 20 – Pennyfield Lock
H. October 27 – Pennyfield Lock WAITLIST OPEN
Leader: Stephanie Mason
Each walk: members $30; nonmembers $42
Enjoy one or more of these leisurely autumn walks along portions of the C&O Canal which see less foot and bicycle traffic during the week than on weekends. The focus of our walks will be the general natural history of the varied habitats along the Potomac River and the Canal. We’ll proceed at a “naturalist’s shuffle” pace, stopping often to observe birds, fall wildflowers and foliage, butterflies, snakes, turtles—whatever we might find. November Meanders will be added to this schedule in early October. Thanks for registering for only one walk per field site. REGISTER

Full Moon Walk at Woodend
Wednesday, October 20 (6:30-8 pm)
Leader: Josh Schwartz
Members $20; nonmembers $30
In this session, certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide Josh Schwartz of A Greener Mind will guide you through sensory activities to help you slow down, awaken your senses, and connect with nature. Inspired by the Japanese practice of shinri-yoku, forest bathing is a research-based practice designed to promote health and wellbeing through immersions in natural settings. Join Josh on a full moon hike at Woodend. Explore the forests at night with the bright moon above. Listen for the owl and look for the flying squirrels or appreciate the night by the fire pit. REGISTER

Fall Flora Fridays
Fridays (10 am-1 pm)
B: October 22 – Blockhouse Point, MD
C: November 12 – Huntley Meadows, VA WAITLIST OPEN
Leaders: Stephanie Mason (A, C) and Marney Bruce (B)
Each walk members $32; nonmembers $44
These walks of up to 2 miles will celebrate the transition from lingering summer blooms to ripening seeds and fruits to the grand show of peak color and leaf fall. Although aimed at beginning to mid-level plant lovers, all are welcome. Expect a stop-and-go pace on natural surface trails in three local parks, with uphill/downhill stretches on walks A and B. REGISTER

Fall in the Parks
9 am-1 pm
C. Saturday, October 23 – Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, DC
D. Sunday, October 31 – Monocacy Aqueduct, C&O Canal, MD WAITLIST OPEN
Each walk: members $32; nonmembers $44
Leader: Stephanie Mason
Join our Senior Naturalist for these seasonal, broad-based nature explorations of nearby parks rich in natural history. We’ll walk between 2-4 miles, on natural surface and possibly muddy trails, as we enjoy the development of fall color, late season blooms and insects, resident and migrating birds–and all manner of animal and plant life. Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge near Woodbridge, VA protects open grasslands as well as bottomlands along Belmont and Occoquan Bays. At the Patuxent Research Refuge/North Tract near Laurel, MD we’ll explore Coastal Plain woodlands and wetlands. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, on the banks of the Anacostia River, features swamp, marsh and woodland habitats within sight of DC’s urban sprawl. The C&0 Canal Towpath will be our walking trail along the Potomac River as we hike upriver from the Monocacy Aqueduct near Dickerson. MD. Several November walks in this series will be posted on our website in early October. REGISTER

Notable Trees of Woodend
Saturday, October 23 (9-10 am)
Members $12; nonmembers $16
Learn about the notable trees Woodend has to offer with Restoration Manager, Bradley Simpson. We will learn how to identify these trees and where you might find them in the wild. We will explore what wildlife uses these trees and how they benefit our native ecosystems. REGISTER

Fall Birding Series
I. Sunday, October 24: Patuxent Research Refuge/Main Tract, MD (Lisa Shannon and Rob Hilton) (8-10:30 am) WAITLIST OPEN
J. Saturday, October 30: Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, VA (Paul Pisano) (8-10:30 am) WAITLIST OPEN
J2. Sunday, October 31: Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, VA (Paul Pisano) (8-10:30 am) SECOND SESSION ADDED – WAITLIST OPEN

Each walk: members $30; nonmembers $42
Our fall birding series visits natural areas under an hour’s drive from D.C. where a variety of habitats—including field, forest, and wetland—provide good opportunities for the observation and ID of birds in autumn. On the earliest walks, we’ll hope to catch some southbound migrants. As the season progresses, we’ll watch for sparrows, raptors, waterfowl, and other birds, both resident and overwintering in the region. These teaching walks are aimed at beginning to mid-level birders, but all are welcome. Our explorations will be on mostly level, natural surface trails that may be uneven, muddy, and/or somewhat slippery. November trips will be added to the schedule in early October. REGISTER

Midweek Meanders Along the Canal
Wednesdays (10 am-12:30 pm)
H. October 27 – Pennyfield Lock WAITLIST OPEN
Leader: Stephanie Mason
Each walk: members $30; nonmembers $42
Enjoy one or more of these leisurely autumn walks along portions of the C&O Canal which see less foot and bicycle traffic during the week than on weekends. The focus of our walks will be the general natural history of the varied habitats along the Potomac River and the Canal. We’ll proceed at a “naturalist’s shuffle” pace, stopping often to observe birds, fall wildflowers and foliage, butterflies, snakes, turtles—whatever we might find. November Meanders will be added to this schedule in early October. Thanks for registering for only one walk per field site. REGISTER

Fall on Wheels Along the Canal WAITLIST OPEN
Friday, October 29 (9 am-2 pm)
Leader: Stephanie Mason
Members $34; nonmembers $48 
Fall colors are ablaze and the towpath along the Potomac River is one of the finest places in the D.C. Metro area to experience this season’s richness. In order to cover more territory and visit more habitats, we’ll use bikes to explore the stretch from Swain’s Lock to Blockhouse Point, a 9-mile round-trip ride. We’ll dismount often to look for fall fruits and admire lingering fall foliage, while keeping an eye and ear open for fall migrants, overwintering birds, and other still active wildlife. Bring your own bike. REGISTER

Native Habitats of Woodend
Saturday, October 30 (9-10:30 am)
Members $12; nonmembers $16
Join ANS staff, Mitch Greene, to explore the meadows, forests and stream at Woodend. Learn about the work we do to improve our native habitats for our local wildlife. REGISTER

Fall Birding Series
J. Saturday, October 30: Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, VA (Paul Pisano) (8-10:30 am) WAITLIST OPEN
J2. Sunday, October 31: Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge, VA (Paul Pisano) (8-10:30 am) SECOND SESSION ADDED – WAITLIST OPEN

Each walk: members $30; nonmembers $42
Our fall birding series visits natural areas under an hour’s drive from D.C. where a variety of habitats—including field, forest, and wetland—provide good opportunities for the observation and ID of birds in autumn. On the earliest walks, we’ll hope to catch some southbound migrants. As the season progresses, we’ll watch for sparrows, raptors, waterfowl, and other birds, both resident and overwintering in the region. These teaching walks are aimed at beginning to mid-level birders, but all are welcome. Our explorations will be on mostly level, natural surface trails that may be uneven, muddy, and/or somewhat slippery. November trips will be added to the schedule in early October. REGISTER

Questions? Email pam.oves@anshome.org.

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Year Around Event (2021)