This unique continuing education program for adults provides a comprehensive and stimulating view
of our region’s natural history and conservation issues.

Open to adults 18 years of age or older, professionals and amateurs alike.

Summer 2022 NHFS Courses

Biology for Naturalists (June 14-August 16)

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Biology for Naturalists
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NATH8276E, 3 CEUs

Explore the basic biological principles and processes that govern the natural world. Our evolutionary and ecological lens focuses on mechanisms, patterns, relationships, adaptations, and environmental influences. Topics include the cell and the genetic basis of life; evolution; biological diversity and the tree of life; and a comparative survey of the plant and animal kingdoms. Labs, outdoor activities, and field trips provide hands-on opportunities to apply course content. Registration closes June 8.

Class Schedule: June 14-August 16 (No class on July 5), Tuesdays, 6–8 pm
Class Location: Online via Zoom
Field Trips: : Saturday, June 25 (10 am-1 pm) at Woodend Nature Sanctuary; Sunday, July 10 (10am-1 pm) location TBA; Wednesday, July 20 (6-8 pm) at Woodend Nature Sanctuary; Saturday, July 30 (10 am-1 pm) location TBA.
Course Fees: Zoom Lectures + 4 Field Trips: ANS members $380, nonmembers $430

Required Book: 

  • Title: National Audubon Society Field Guide to Mid-Atlantic States, Author(s): Peter Alden and Brian Cassie, Publisher: National Audubon Society
  • Openstax Biology 2e Free On-line Text https://openstax.org/details/books/biology-2e

Other required materials 

  • 10x hand lens
  • Field Notebook
  • Binoculars

About Your Instructor:

Serenella Linares

Serenella Linares

Serenella Linares is the Director of Adult Education and Co-Chair of Naturally Latinos Conference at Audubon Naturalist Society. In addition to her graduate training in Mycology from the University of Maryland, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Universidad Metropolitana de Puerto Rico, and a Master’s degree in Atmospheric Science from Howard University. When Ms. Linares is not teaching, she explores natural areas, photographs nature around her, and participates in community science projects.

Introduction to Astronomy (June 15-July 13 )

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Introduction to Astronomy

NATH8125, 1.5 CEUs

This course provides a continuation of the material covered in The Night Sky for Naturalists, but the previous course is not a prerequisite for successful completion of this course. Topics to be covered include the origin of stars, the interstellar medium, the lifecycles of various classes of stars, and the formation and detection of exoplanets. The course will also discuss the structure and composition of the Milky Way Galaxy, as well as the origin, evolution, and fate of the universe. One evening field trip to the Montgomery College Astronomical Observatory. Registration closes June 8.

Class Schedule: June 15-July 13, Wednesdays, 6-8 pm
Class Location: Online via Zoom
Field Trips: Friday, June 24 (6-8 pm) Rain date Friday, July 8
Course Fees: Zoom Lectures + 2 Field Trips: ANS members $200, nonmembers $250

About Your Instructor:

Carrie Fitzgerald, Ph.D.

Carrie Fitzgerald, Ph.D.

Carrie Fitzgerald is a professor at Montgomery College in the Engineering, Physical, and Computer Sciences department where she teaches astronomy and physics. She also serves as the director of The Montgomery College Astronomical Observatory located on the Rockville campus. Carrie earned her B.S. from Stetson University where she majored in Physics. She completed her M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Summer Tree Identification (June 16-August 18)

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Summer Tree Identification

NATH7148, 3 CEUs

Learn about trees, shrubs, and vines in this 10-week intensive course! Taxonomy, plant morphology, and forest ecology will all be explored. The course will focus on the identification of our region’s woody plants with the use of local dichotomous keys. Field trips will emphasize plant associations and reinforce the use of keys by highlighting identifying characteristics of various woody plants. Registration closes on June 8.

Class Schedule: June 16-August 18, Thursdays, 6–8 pm
Class Location: Online via Zoom
Field Trips: Saturdays from 10 am until 1 pm, June 25 (Patuxent River Park-Jug Bay Natural Area); July 16 (Little Bennett Regional Park); July 23 (Woodend Nature Sanctuary); August 6 (Sugarloaf Mountain)
Course Fees: Zoom Lectures + 4 Field Trips: ANS members $380, nonmembers $430

Required Books:

  • Tree Finder: A Manual for Identification of Trees by their Leaves (Eastern US) (Nature Guides) Paperback by May Theilgaard Watts
  • Common Native Trees of Virginia by Ellen Powell

Recommended Books:

  • Plant Identification Terminology: An Illustrated Glossary
  • Muenscher's Keys to Woody Plants: An Expanded Guide to Native and Cultivated Species by Edward A. Cope
  • Trees in my Forest by Bernd Heinrich

About Your Instructor:

Bradley Simpson

Bradley Simpson

Bradley Simpson is the Restoration Manager for the Audubon Naturalist Society, working to improve habitat quality at Woodend Nature Sanctuary. He has led the effort to survey the trees of Woodend's forest, tagging over 4,000 trees. B.S., Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in Wildlife Ecology and Habitat Management, University of Maryland.

Summer Wildflower Identification (July 18-August 15)

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Summer Wildflower Identification

NATH7149E, 1.5 CEUs

Gain an appreciation of the varied summer wildflowers of our region from dazzling orchids to roadside ‘weeds’ and from distinctive milkweeds to the complicated asters. Explore methods of field identification, from traditional field guides to the advantages/disadvantages of different apps, giving you the tools to go outside and hunt for flowers (recording flower observations in an optional iNaturalist class project). The class will also consider the ecological roles between the plants and their pollinators and how they support wildlife in different habitats of the Mid-Atlantic. Field trips, featuring some of the area’s best wildflower locations, will allow practice in recognizing identification characteristics and using guides/apps. A magnifier/hand lens is recommended. The class is aimed at beginner to intermediate levels. Registration closes on July 13.

Class Schedule: July 18-August 15, Mondays, 6–8 pm
Class Location: Online via Zoom
Field Trips: Wednesday, July 20 (6-8 pm) at Woodend (focused on practice using different field guides and apps in pollinator gardens), Sunday, July 31 (9 am-12 pm) location TBA, and Sunday, Aug 21 (9 am-12 pm) location TBA
Course Fees: Zoom Lectures + 3 Field Trips: ANS members $260, nonmembers $310

Required Books:

  • Newcomb's Wildflower Guide by Lawrence Newcomb, ISBN-13: 9780316604420
  • Flora of Virginia app or book https://floraofvirginia.org/flora-app/

About Your Instructor:

Clare Walker, Ph.D.

Clare Walker, Ph.D.

Clare Walker, Ph.D. is an environmental educator at Irvine Nature Center where she manages the woodland gardens. She previously worked as an education specialist at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources developing programs and guides about pollinators and other wildlife concerns. She is currently assisting the USGS Bee Lab in creating pollinator gardens for specialist bees. Ms. Walker did her Ph.D. work studying Peatlands, at Huddersfield University.

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What students say about
Natural History Field Studies:

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to take classes in the NHFS program. Most environmental education is aimed at children and youth. Because nature programming wasn’t a part of my suburban childhood (and I might not have cared about it or retained it in any case) I am thrilled to be able to learn about natural history as an adult – ‘when the student is ready, the teacher appears.’ Thanks to the Audubon Naturalist Society, natural history is becoming a passion.”
- R. Gray, NHFS Student