DC & MD Schools

Environmental science programs with ANS are designed to meet NGSS and Curriculum 2.0 Standards as well as Maryland Green School certification components. Programs highlight human impacts, ecological systems, and watersheds through hands-on activities both in the classroom and at our beautiful 40-acre Woodend Sanctuary just inside the beltway in Chevy Chase, MD.

Our award-winning GreenKids program is free to MCPS schools interested in becoming certified Maryland Green Schools. See GreenKids tab above for more information. Space in this programs is limited as funding allows.

Questions? Contact Serenella.Linares@anshome.org

VA Schools

Environmental science programs with ANS are designed to meet NGSS and Virginia Standards of Learning as well as Virginia Naturally Green School certification components. We have many programs that support project-based learning (PBL) and help meet One to the World Initiatives. Lessons highlight human impacts, ecological systems, and watersheds through hands-on activities both in the classroom and at our beautiful 68-acre Rust Sanctuary in Leesburg.

We also offer free programs for LCPS schools. Our award-winning GreenKids program is free to LCPS schools interested in becoming certified Virginia Naturally Green Schools, and our Rust Watershed Adventures program is free for schools interested in conducting watershed-based PBL projects. See GreenKids tab above for more information. Space in these programs is limited as funding allows.

Questions? Contact Susanne.Ortmann@anshome.org

Click here for our brochure describing classroom visits and field trips for ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

REGISTER HERE for VIRGINIA SCHOOLS

GreenKids

Questions? Contact schoolprograms@anshome.org

Free for MCPS and LCPS Schools

GreenKids is a grant-funded educational outreach program of the Audubon Naturalist Society that provides participating public schools with two years of free resources and field experiences to foster environmental literacy while meeting established curriculum goals. GreenKids operates in formal partnerships with both Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) in Maryland and Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) in Virginia, serving more than 4,500 students each year. In addition to these students, the GreenKids school garden program, Salad Science, also serves students in the District of Columbia and in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Each year of the two-year partnership, GreenKids schools receive:

  • Environmental education lessons, delivered by GreenKids educators, that support and enhance state curriculum standards;
  • Green school teacher training session for the entire staff;
  • Help with sustainable practices such as energy conservation and recycling programs;
  • $500 in lead teacher stipends;
  • $500 field trip subsidy;
  • $500 infrastructure fund for projects such as outdoor classrooms and gardens;
  • Assistance in attracting community partners to support environmental activities;
  • Guidance in applying for Maryland Green School Certification or a Virginia Naturally Award.

DOWNLOAD GREENKIDS APPLICATION HERE

GreenKids has operated in partnership with MCPS since 2005 and LCPS since 2009.

GreenKids has partnered with both MCPS and LCPS to deliver systemic watershed education training for teachers across the school districts since 2012.

GreenKids is a regional leader in facilitating school gardens. We have created two websites in partnership with MCPS:  Creating Your School Garden and Growing Edible Plants in Containers .  See our Salad Science video for more information.

GreenKids awards include

  • 2010 Distinguished Service to Public Education Award from the Montgomery County Board of Education
  • 2012 Green Award from Bethesda Magazine
  • 2016 Melanie Teems award from the Chesapeake Bay Trust

GreenKids is generously supported by Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Professional Development

Professional Development for Educators

Project Learning Tree
Saturday, January 26 (9 am-3:30 pm)
Members $35 per teacher (ANS member); $40 nonmember
Location: Woodend Nature Sanctuary – Teale Learning Center
Project Learning Tree stimulates critical and creative thinking. Activities will focus on trees as microenvironments, animal needs, interdependent relationships, and the water cycle! Valid for 1/3 MSDE credit. REGISTER ONLINE.

Energy Express
Thursday, January 31 (6-8 pm)
Price: $35 per teacher (ANS member); $40 nonmember
Location: Woodend Nature Sanctuary
Energy Express is an interactive and engaging workshop about energy sources and how our choices impact the environment. Teachers will have the opportunity to build either a solar-powered car or a wind turbine to power a mini light bulb. Lesson designed to fulfill MAEOE green school requirements. REGISTER ONLINE.

Green Classrooms
Tuesday, February 26 (6-8 pm)
Price: $35 per teacher (ANS member), $40 nonmember
Location: Woodend Nature Sanctuary
Explores where water comes from, sources of pollution, and the impact that detergents have on our health. Make an effective detergent using only organic materials! Lesson designed to fulfill MAEOE green school requirements. REGISTER ONLINE.

Nature Games
Saturday, March 9 (12:30-2:30 pm)
Members $35 per teacher (ANS member); $40 nonmember
Location: Woodend Nature Sanctuary – Teale Learning Center
Experience the magic of Audubon Naturalist Society first hand and discover why our students love us! Integrate Environmental Education into your curriculum using games. Learn about survival mechanisms, life cycles, bird migration, and the water cycle. REGISTER ONLINE.

Insectigations
Saturday, April 6 (10 am-12 pm)
Members $35 per teacher (ANS member); $40 nonmember
Location: Woodend Nature Sanctuary – Teale Learning Center
Learn how to use your school as an outdoor classroom! Select a study area, collect invertebrates, polish your data collecting skills. Observe seasonal changes and their effect on animal communities. Lesson designed to fulfill MAEOE green school requirements. REGISTER ONLINE.

Citizen Science: iNaturalist + iTree
Saturday, May 4 (10 am-12 pm)
Members $35 per teacher (ANS member); $40 nonmember
Location: Woodend Nature Sanctuary – Teale Learning Center
Learn to integrate technology into your curriculum using iNaturalist and iTree apps. Survey your environment and use their data to discuss the biodiversity, ecosystem health, and environmental benefits of trees at your school. REGISTER ONLINE.

Citizen Science: Creek Critters
Saturday, May 11 (10 am-12 pm)
Price: $35 per teacher (ANS member); $40 nonmember
Location: Ray’s Meadow Park (5 minutes from Woodend)
Learn to capture observe, catalog, and release aquatic creatures. Immerse your students into this experience and incorporate technology into your lessons. REGISTER ONLINE.

For more information please contact:
Serenella.linares@anshome.org