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

Would you like to take full advantage of your outdoor spaces? Do you need professional development? Let us share our outdoor education experience with you. Register by email at serenella.linares@anshome.org.

PROJECT WILD
Saturday, October 19, 2019 (9am to 3:30pm)
Price: $35 per teacher (ANS member), $40 (nonmember)
Location: Woodend Nature Sanctuary-Teale Center, Chevy Chase, MD

Project WILD is a wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students and addresses the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet. Learn activities that integrate the arts, technology, and community science into your curriculum. All attendees will receive the Project Wild Curriculum and Activity Guide, an online portal code, and certificate of completion. Valid for 1/3 MSDE credit.

FUNGAL MICROSCOPY
Saturday, December 14, 2019 (10am to 12 pm)

Price: $35 per teacher (ANS member), $40 (nonmember)
Location: Woodend Nature Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD

Enter the fascinating world of aerobiology viewed from the fungal perspective. Learn to use a compound microscope and get first hand experience on microscopy techniques to be applied to your classroom. Each attendee will receive a lesson plan to integrate microscopy in the classroom and certificate of completion.

GREEN CLEANERS
Thursday February 13, 2020 (6 to 8pm)
Price: $35 per teacher (ANS member), $40 (nonmember)
Location: Woodend Nature Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD

Have you ever wondered what effects detergents have in our health and in our water? Join us to learn about the water journey from the river, to the faucet, and back. Enjoy making your own organic cleaner and take a bottle of it home! All participants will receive the lesson plan and a green cleaner bottle, and certificate of completion. Lesson designed to fulfill MAEOE Green School Certification Requirements

COMMUNITY SCIENCE: BRING TECHNOLOGY INTO YOUR CLASSROOM
Saturday, May 2, 2020 (10am to 12 pm)
Price: $35 per teacher (ANS member), $40 (nonmember)
Location: Woodend Nature Sanctuary, Chevy Chase, MD

Transform your students’ technological skills into educational tools! Learn to integrate technology into your curriculum by using the iNaturalist and Creek Critter apps. Take your students on a walk and bring out the natural curiosity that makes them scientists through observation of all living creatures. Survey their observations and use their data to discuss the biodiversity, ecosystem health, and environmental benefits of trees at your school. Take home materials to integrate into your lessons.

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