Middle Schools

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Sanctuary Fieldtrips

Compost & Decomposers | Differentiate mechanical weathering and chemical decomposition of organic materials in our ecosystem. Examine insects and worms that live in compost while learning about the role of decomposers in a nutrient cycle.

Geology and Rocks | Learn about plate tectonics and rock processes; how fast or slow geological events form different rocks. Become a geologist and research rock formations in our area then walk down to our creek and use your skills to ID rocks on site.

Stream Study |Perform water quality tests for dissolved chemicals and search for macroinvertebrates in the stream. Use your data to analyze the health of this habitat in a short and long term. Program is 1.5 hrs long

Weed Warriors| Students will learn how non-native weeds impact local ecosystems.  Learn to identify key invasive species and be introduced to removal and control strategies.  Apply your learning to help with the removal of one species of invasive weeds.

Stream Friends| Learn about human impacts on local watersheds.  Students will work together to collect trash from stream banks in the vicinity of Woodend while also learning to sample “Creek Critters” (benthic macroinvertebrates) that indicate water quality.

Naturalist in the Classroom

Trophic Cascades | Using multimedia tools we will uncover relationships and roles of species in their habitat. Explore the effects that species extinction has on the ecosystem’s balance. Formulate hypotheses and prove them against data within an ecosystem.

Weather and Climate | Learn to distinguish between weather and climate. Measure weather variables and how they are used to forecast weather. Investigate the role of greenhouse gases and water in energy transfer from the sun to different places in our planet.

Litter Busters| Using our “Trash Timeline”, students will learn about the importance of recycling and biodegradable materials.  The group will identify strategies for reducing waste at school and at home and work together to remove litter from their schoolyard.

Dust in the Air| Discover the world of suspended particles and their effects in an ecosystem. Using a model, we will observe particulate matter within our watershed and its effect on humans. Learn ways to reduce particulate matter at your home and school.

Web of Life | Reveal the interdependent relationships amongst species in a habitat. Become a player in the web of life and learn the environments effects on population changes. Explore our planet’s carrying capacity and make species predictions based on their population’s growth.


= Service Learning oriented  = Program is designed to help fulfill Green School certification requirements

Elementary Schools

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Sanctuary Fieldtrips

Discovery Hunt | On a nature walk full of sensory exploration look under logs, listen for birds, and feel tree bark as we explore local biodiversity and observe creatures in their natural habitats.

Life Cycles |We investigate seasonal life cycles of animals and insects. Students learn about complete vs. incomplete metamorphosis and evolutionary advantages of hereditary traits for creatures on the sanctuary.

Habitats | Explore our ecosystems! We classify animals into groups, learn about animal needs, adaptations, and survival. During our hike we’ll find many forest, meadow and pond creatures.

Compost & Decomposers | Dig through soil to examine insects and worms that live in this micro-habitat. Study the importance of decomposition and compost in our nutrient cycle.

Stream Study | Learn about the health of local streams through data collected at Woodend Sanctuary or at your school. Perform water quality tests and search for macroinvertebrates in the stream. 1.5 hrs long

Geology and Rocks | Learn about plate tectonics and rock processes; how fast or slow geological events form different rocks. Become a geologist and use the Mohs scale to identify different minerals. Walk down to our creek and use your skills to ID rocks on site. 2nd grade and above.

Naturalist in the Classroom

Wonderful Worms | Explore the anatomy and role of these amazing decomposers. Become a scientist by experimenting on their preferred habitat conditions.

Papermaking | Discover where paper comes from and the impact of using trees vs. recycled materials. Explore ways to reduce paper waste at school. Get hands-on experience making your own paper from old newspaper.

Green Cleaners | Learn about pollution from harmful cleaning chemicals. Commit to a healthier environment by making your own eco-friendly desk cleaners & keep a bottle for your class.

Garbology | Investigate the "science of garbage" in this look at what your school throws away every day. Construct a trash timeline and survey to reduce waste and clean our water.

Watersheds | Understand human impacts on water quality and how we affect the Chesapeake Bay by investigating water flows through a watershed model.

Skull & Scat Sleuths | Analyze and interpret data to identify mystery mammals using models. Students learn to recognize many physical and behavioral adaptations of animals and the environmental pressures on their characteristics.


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.


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.