OUR WILD PLACE HAS A NEW FACE!

Join us for Woodend Nature Sanctuary's FREE Grand Opening

Grand-Opening Trail
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Grand-Opening Bench
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Grand-Opening Ponds
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Visit the Audubon Naturalist Society, 8940 Jones Mill Road in Chevy Chase, MD on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 for the FREE grand opening celebration of Woodend Nature Sanctuary. (Rain date: Wed., Oct. 13)

The Grand Opening of Woodend as a restored oasis of sustainable habitats will feature tours by docents, a scavenger hunt for all ages, native plant sale, discounts at the Naturalist Shop, and giveaways!

Use new trails, now accessible to wheelchairs, strollers, walkers, and canes. See the box turtle, tadpoles, frogs, woodpeckers, and other wildlife flourishing on the 33-acre portion of the sanctuary because of its upgraded stream, pond, and butterfly-friendly meadow habitats.

Come see the new native plants in our woods, including more than 350 native trees, 800 native shrubs and nearly 10,000 native plants. Learn how our newly restored stream functions to decrease pollution into Rock Creek and the Chesapeake Bay.



Join the day-long celebration
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
(Rain Date: Wed., Oct. 13)
10 am - 5 pm
8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815


Schedule of Events

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Pick up your FREE pollinator-friendly plant (one per patron while supplies last)
in the greenhouse classroom and support the ANS native plant sale.

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Stop by the Audubon Naturalist Shop to get your “BINGO” card for the ANS Wild Spaces Scavenger Hunt.

10 a.m., 12 Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Take a guided tour of the sanctuary.
Meet the docents at the accessible parking area near the Jones Mill Road entrance.

Use new trails, now accessible to wheelchairs, strollers, walkers, and canes.

See the box turtles, dragonflies, tadpoles, frogs, woodpeckers, and other wildlife flourishing
along the upgraded stream, pond, and butterfly-friendly meadow habitats.

View the new native plants in our woods, including more than 350 native trees, 800 native shrubs and nearly 10,000 native plants.

Learn how our newly restored stream functions to decrease pollution into Rock Creek and the Chesapeake Bay.

The diverse habitats at Woodend support innumerable species of insects that in turn feed many species of birds and other animals. What does that mean for you? It means there's a lot to see, learn, and enjoy! CLICK THE ICON ABOVE to see some of the natural wonders waiting to be discovered.

Woodend has an amazing collection of trees, some of which are Montgomery County "Champions." CLICK THE ICON ABOVE to use our interactive Woodend Remarkable Tree Tour to learn about tree species here. It can help you brush up on your tree I.D. skills, too!

Pedestrian Gate

Special grates at our vehicle entrances protect the sanctuary from deer that would destroy habitat. For your safety, please enter the sanctuary through the pedestrian gates. Crossing the deer exclusion grates on foot or on a bike could result in injury.

Pets

We are ALL animal lovers. Unfortunately, our beloved dogs and other pets can terrify birds and animals that live in the sanctuary. That's why we require that you enjoy your tour without dogs or other pets. You'll definitely improve your chances of spotting some of the wildlife here.

Bicycles

If you bring your bike, please walk it through the pedestrian gates when entering and exiting. Riding across the deer exclusion grates could result in injury. Inside, please walk your bike along the trails to help preserve them, and for everyone's safety.

Visit Woodend Sanctuary

8940 Jones Mill Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Trails are open daily from dawn to dusk
Admission is free

Thank you for leaving dogs and other pets at home

Download our Trail Map