If you are a member of a news or media organization and need help, please contact our communications office.

Caroline Brewer
Director of Communications
Phone: (301) 652-9188 Ext. 23
Twitter: @ANSBrewer 


Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) operates two nature sanctuaries: Woodend (Chevy Chase, MD), and Rust (Leesburg, VA) Rust Sanctuary is a partnership between the ANS and NOVA Parks. (See maps at the bottom of this page)

Woodend Sanctuary - Headquarters
8940 Jones Mill Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone (301) 652-9188

Rust Nature Sanctuary
802 Children's Center Road
Leesburg, VA 20175
Phone (703) 669-0000


May 5, 2020
The Washington Post
Sparrows attack wrens as they nest

May 1, 2020
Six Places That Are Open for a Walk This Weekend

April 23, 2020
Bethesda Magazine
Welcoming Nature: By planting native species, homeowners can provide a habitat for wildlife, birds and bees—and help save the planet

April 1, 2020
Washington Metro Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (WMCCAI) “Quorum”
Sustainable Solutions to Landscaping Headaches

March 31, 2020
Bay Journal
Taking Nature Black Celebrates Environmental Action

March 10, 2020
The Washington Post
Teenage climate activist Jerome Foster is in a race against time - and adults

March 5, 2020
The New Yorker
What Can the Coronavirus Teach Us?


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RSS Recent Blogs

  • ANS submits Forest Conservation Regulations Testimony
     On June 23, 2020 – ANS submitted written testimony to the Montgomery County Planning Board before the June 25th, 2020 hearing on the proposed Amended Forest Conservation Regulations. Overall, ANS supports the proposed amendments. ANS supports the 2 to 5-year tree maintenance extension and the increase protection the biodiversity of trees… Continue reading
    Denisse Guitarra
  • The art of exploring what we think we know
    The book “Outside Lies Magic” by John Stilgoe is a book for today. In these days of staying close to home, exploring what we think we know and finding new things can be intriguing. While I spend a lot of time in nature in the wooded park behind our townhome community,… Continue reading
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Experts from Audubon Naturalist Society staff, Board of Directors and partner organizations can provide wide-ranging information, insight, and data about a variety of environmental issues including birds, plants, wildlife, watershed, climate, environmental education and other important topics.

If you're a media professional and need analysis and perspective on breaking news, environmental developments, and trends, you can arrange interviews with our experts by contacting Caroline Brewer at or call 301-652-9188 x 23.


Audubon Naturalist Society is the oldest, independent environmental organization in the DMV. Throughout its history, ANS has played a pivotal role in conserving our region’s iconic natural places from development including the C&O Canal, Dyke Marsh and, most recently, Ten Mile Creek. Past ANS member and board president, Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, is credited with launching the now global environmental movement. ANS’s nature experts provide hundreds of opportunities each year for children and adults to enjoy, learn about, and protect the environment.

OUR MISSION: Audubon Naturalist Society inspires residents of the greater Washington, DC, region to appreciate, understand, and protect their natural environment through outdoor experiences, education, and advocacy.

OUR VISION: Audubon Naturalist Society seeks to create a larger and more diverse community of people who treasure the natural world and work to preserve it.


Schedule a visit to either of our beautiful nature sanctuaries by calling (301) 652-9188 Ext. 23 or sending an email message to