Fulfill your dream of becoming a naturalist!

Our Natural History Field Studies courses, offered quarterly on a rotating basis, provide a unique opportunity to learn natural science from experts while exploring the ecosystems of the Central Atlantic region. Intended for the lay person and taught at the college freshman level, these evening courses are open to anyone at least 18 years old. Individual courses are useful to professional and amateurs alike in acquiring knowledge of specific subject matter and enhancing enjoyment of the out-of-doors.

The Natural History Field Studies curriculum has been designed to provide participants with a comprehensive and stimulating overview of the regions natural history and conservation issues with an emphasis on learning in the field. A Certificate of Accomplishment is awarded for completion of a required curriculum of 39 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) taken in five subject areas.

Classes are offered at the Audubon Naturalist Society’s Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase, MD, and the metro-accessible Capital Gallery (L’Enfant Plaza stop) in downtown DC. The Natural History Field Studies program is cosponsored by the Audubon Naturalist Society and the Graduate School USA.

Bios Instructors.pdf

July 8 – September 16, 2019

Insect Life
NATH7130E, 3 CEUs
Class day and time: Tuesdays, 6:30–8:30 pm
Class duration: July 9-September 10
Field trip dates: July 14, July 28, and August 10 (in the evening)
Location: Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD
Tuition: $365
Instructor: Cathy Stragar
Learn to identify insects and discover their roles in the balance of nature. Study their life histories, the ecologies of important insect forms, the necessity of insects in biotic communities and principal insect families of the Central Atlantic region. If minimum student enrollment is not reached by one week before the scheduled start date, the course may be canceled.

Summer Wildflower Identification
NATH7149E, 1.5 CEUs

Class day and time: Wednesdays ,7:00–9:00 pm
Class duration: July 17-August 14
Field trip dates: July 27 and August 10
Location: Woodend Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD
Tuition: $269
Instructor: Sujata Roy
From milkweeds and morning glories to orchids and asters, summer presents a diverse array of wildflowers for study of plant family characteristics and ways to identify different species. Field trips to two scenic locations for summer wildflowers provide an opportunity for practice in the use of identification guides. Previous Spring Flower Identification class or similar course is recommended but not required. If minimum student enrollment is not reached by one week before the scheduled start date, the course may be canceled.

Wetland Ecosystems
NATH8211E, 3 CEUs
Class day and time: Mondays, 6–8 pm
Class duration: July 8 – September 16
Field trip dates: July 13 , 20 , and 27
Location: Capital Gallery, DC (L’Enfant Metro)
Tuition: $365
Instructor: Terry McTigue
The National Capital area harbors a rich variety of wetlands, ranging from bogs to tidal marshes. Become familiar with the landscape and ecological processes that form wetlands and how to identify the plants and animals commonly found in wetlands. Gain an understanding of wetland conservation, including wetland restoration, and policy. If minimum student enrollment is not reached by one week before the scheduled start date, the course may be canceled.