Training Community Leaders

Is your community stream being threatened by development?  Pollution a problem? Could your local official do something to help? Audubon Naturalist Society offers periodic Watershed Training Workshops for local civic, watershed or environmental groups to help empower successful stewardship and advocacy around local clean water and land conservation issues.

Read about one workshop in the Naturalist Quarterly article Good Changes for the Environment in Our Hands.

Here’s what participants are saying about our Advocacy & Stewardship Workshops:

“I work for a small but growing watershed group. We just started to consider what kind of advocacy program to establish. This provided tools to help us.” -- Tina Rouse, Friends of Cabin John Creek

“In my area, as I see the water changing, I want to find the right connection. This has stimulated me to do something.” – Barbara Lewis, Master Naturalist

"[The] workshop content was great! I believe that I have new tools to support my advocacy work. The workshop was worth the two hour drive from NOVA." -- participant in Advocacy 202  (Using Online Tools and Social Media for Advocacy)

"Yesterday’s Conservation Advocacy 101 Workshop was more than I had hoped for. I learned quite a bit and now know the beginning steps to take on an advocacy issue. Thanks, again!" --Jane Burner

"[The workshop] was all great! Loved the presentation and the hands-on: so important to get a feel for how to put theory into practice." -- participant in Conservation Advocacy 101

"It made advocacy feel attainable, and enjoyable too." -- participant in Conservation Advocacy 101

"Your ANS Advocacy 201 training helped prepare me to testify before the D.C. Council for the first time, giving me some great tools to put together and deliver good written and oral testimony. Thanks for providing this great resource. I hope ANS continues to help cultivate local grassroots advocates for the DMV's precious natural resources." - Conor Marshall, Friends of Kingman and Heritage Islands.

In addition to conducting workshops at our headquarters in Woodend, we partner with other groups such as church, synagogue, or mosque groups, community groups, watershed organizations, etc. to host them all around the D.C. metro region. Want us to let you know about the next workshop or want to schedule a workshop with your group? Contact us.

Upcoming Trainings


14may10:00 am2:30 pmCommunity Action 101 WorkshopLearn to promote and implement watershed projects in your community