ANS Naturalist Hour virtual learning opportunities

Virtual Nature Learning Opportunities

Register today for online, interactive enrichment featuring regional nature experts!

Each program has an 80 registrant limit. Participants will be emailed the link on the day of the program. If you don’t receive the email, please check your spam folder. Registration closes at 9 a.m. on the day of a program occurring at 1 p.m. Registration closes at 3 p.m. on the day of a program occurring at 7 p.m. If you have trouble accessing Zoom during the program, please contact

Wild Sex: How Nature Does It

Tuesday, July 14 • 7:00 pm

Kerry Wixted
Wildlife Education and Outreach Specialist,
Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Nature is WILD and, sometimes, competition for reproduction is fierce. From the birds to the bees (and the orchids!), learn about how different plants and animals procreate in odd, interesting, and sometimes deadly ways.


Urban Foraging: Finding Edible Plants in the DMV Throughout the Year

Thursday, July 16 • 7:00 pm

Dr. Martha Weiss
Professor of Biology,
Georgetown University

Did you know there are many edible plants that can be found growing wild in the DC region?

Learn to enjoy these treasures through urban foraging and find ways to prepare delicious meals and snacks from nature.


The Fabulous World of Fishes

Wednesday, July 22 • 7:00 pm

Dr. Patricia Hernandez
Professor of Biology,
George Washington University

Explore the amazing diversity of fish through case studies highlighting interesting anatomy, physiology, and behavior.


Nature Journaling

Thursday, July 23 • 7:00 pm

Kate Maynor
Art Conservator and  Naturalist

Now is the perfect time to explore the wonders beyond your windows! Learn how to start a nature journal and capture your observations, questions, and insights while out in the field or even your own backyard. Kate Maynor works as an art conservator and plays as an avid naturalist in Washington DC and beyond. Kate earned a certificate in Natural History Field Studies from the Audubon Naturalist Society and is committed to helping others learn and enjoy through nature journaling.


The Very Hungry Caterpillars of Summer

Tuesday, July 28 • 7:00 pm

Dr. John Lill
Professor of Biology,
George Washington University

Learn about local summer caterpillars of the DMV and the interesting ways in which they interact with their host plants and natural enemies.


Wildflower Lore and Ethnobotany

Wednesday, July 29 • 7:00 pm

Alonso Abugattas
The Capital Naturalist

Ethnobotany comes down to how people relate to and use plants in their lives, be it food, medicine, tools, and so many other ways. Learn all about plant folklore and how people used locally native and commonly available plants in their lives and historically. References for additional studies will be discussed as you continue to learn all about the wonderful uses plants have had and may still have for the future.


Resilience - Connecting with Nature in a Time of Crisis

Thursday, July 30 • 1:00 pm

Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Naturalist and Author,
Resilience - Connecting with Nature in a Time of Crisis

Learn how to find solace in intimate connections with the natural world, even if that world is your backyard or an apartment balcony. Discover how you can become a backyard naturalist with local naturalist and author Melanie Choukas-Bradley.