LEARNING, FRIENDSHIP & FUN
Simply put, taking courses through the NHFS program has enriched my life with learning, friendship and fun! I have found wonderful nature mentors and friends. I expect my association with the Audubon Naturalist Society to be a lifelong source of outdoor learning and fun!
SPIRIT, HUMOR & KNOWLEDGE
Stephanie (Mason), you were the consummate leader, making sure we were prepared and ensuring we could take advantage of the tremendous opportunity you made available to us (on our trip to Costa Rica). Your spirit, your humor, and your knowledge of birds and plants added immeasurably to the tour. Thank you so very much. Be assured the trip got all tens on the survey.
ANS HAS LEFT AN IMPRINT
ANS has left an imprint on so many ages and stages of my life. In 1983, as a young college graduate and ANS intern, once every two weeks I traveled by bus to the Chesire Cat children’s book store on Connecticut Avenue in DC to review children’s nature books for the ANS Naturalist News. Imagine my joy, 30 years later, when I discovered that my new friend and ANS’s oldest member, Lola Oberman, had been writing for the Naturalist News at the same time! Lola’s Notes from Melody Lane were beloved by ANS members of all ages, and there is no doubt (as her publishing career bore out) that she was a much better writer than I! How fortunate I was that ANS allowed me to write alongside one of the great nature writers of our time. I miss Lola who passed away at age 100 earlier this year, and the bookstore now 20 years gone, but am always grateful for the friendships and experiences Audubon Naturalist Society has brought into my life.
EACH CLASS OPENED NEW HORIZONS
Taking the Master Naturalist training is one of the best things that I have done as an adult. I knew going into it that I would learn a lot, but I had no idea how much. Each class opened up new horizons for me, encouraging further learning on the subject at hand.
ANS IS A GIFT TO CHILDREN
Under Susanne Ortmann’s wing, the 4-year-olds have taken seasonal nature hikes in our school’s backyard, learned how to use tools to observe nature, and documented information about the environment in their individual journals. The Audubon Naturalist Society’s program is a gift to children who might otherwise not have opportunities to engage with the natural world in their everyday lives.
CELEBRATING A HALF-CENTURY PARTNERSHIP
Graduate School USA celebrates a 50-year partnership with ANS. It is an honor to be associated with an organization of such highly committed professionals who provide quality educational experiences to enhance and enlighten each and every student that steps into one of their classrooms.
I Highly Recommend The Naturalist Shop!
Before a trip to Michigan to visit family and friends, I bought some birthday and thank you gifts at the Audubon Naturalist Shop, including: a Midwest nature guide and bug viewing container for a friend and her grandson to share, a beautiful scarf, and silver tree earrings. Every person loved their unique gift! I highly recommend this shop for anyone who wants a nature-related, memorable gift!
WHY ANS? MY DAD
My dad, Carl Henn, was always a naturalist. He spent all of his free time — all of it — teaching me to love the planet that sustains us, and fighting for its health.
AN OASIS & HIDDEN GEM
The Audubon Naturalist Society/Woodend Sanctuary is an oasis and hidden gem that our family loves to visit on weekends. When we discovered they have a preschool program we were even more thrilled. Our children are learning to enjoy and appreciate the earth and all its creatures. We love the emphasis on nature and the outdoors in every season.
Forest Conservation in Nigeria
Our forest conservation project in Cross River State, Nigeria, which you funded was very successful with lots of testimonies and success stories from the beneficiaries. While we’re still preparing our official report to send to you, we cannot wait to share those photos with you. Thank you very much.
I LOVE VOLUNTEERING WITH ANS!
I love volunteering with ANS! I did “Salad Science” today with Katrina and Boris (the tortoise). The rain didn’t stop us and we had a blast. Katrina is so much fun! Thank you for your continued guidance and for letting me play a small part in the important work that ANS does. I will never be able to give back to ANS all that I feel ANS has given to me.