Dear Furloughed Federal Workers and Contractors,

We want you to know how much we're thinking of you during this difficult time and share some ways that we'd like to help.

First, we're offering FREE memberships to all who are furloughed. Please forward this email to your furloughed colleagues so that they might join. If you are already a member and a furloughed federal worker, we're offering FREE extensions on membership renewals for memberships that expire between now and June. Email to request a new FREE membership or an extension on your current membership.

Also, we're offering FREE "Yoga in the Woods" (see the video on the right) and Guided Sanctuary Tours! Check out the schedule and register by clicking the links on the right.

Finally, we want to remind you that our nature sanctuaries in Chevy Chase, MD, and Leesburg, VA are free and open to the public every day, from dawn to dusk. Come and enjoy a self-guided tour to escape the pressures of this moment and connect with nature.

At Woodend, you can begin at the Naturalist Shop, where you can pick up a map and other resources to help you find your way around. And visit to get a sense of the wonder that awaits you. We also offer FREE birding trips and family walks year-round. Go to to find out when the next trips happen and to register.

With gratitude,

Lisa Alexander
Executive Director