On Tuesday, April 16, Woodend Mansion & Lawn will be closed for a private event • The trails will remain open to the public

Open House

Nature Classes &
Field Trips

Camp Woodend

Registration is NOW OPEN! Find your child’s outdoor adventure today.

Families crossing the street into nature


Open dawn to dusk every day of the year, we invite you to visit Woodend Nature Sanctuary.

Kids at school

Nature Forward programs for schools in the DC region highlight human impacts, ecological systems, and watersheds through hands-on activities.

Butterflies Field Trip

From Adult Field Trips to Classes and Nature Travel, click to find a wide variety of opportunities to learn about and experience nature led by regional naturalists.

Children and families

Children & Families

Our youth programs include nature preschool, summer camp, and much more.

Fox kit staring cutely into the camera


Our priorities include Human Health and Access to Nature; Biodiversity and Habitats; dealing with the Climate Crisis; and Sustainable Land Use.

Community building event


Find the latest Nature Forward News, Statements, Articles, Publications, and Blog Posts.

Our Mission

Nature Forward inspires residents of the greater Washington, DC region to appreciate, understand, and protect their natural environment through outdoor experiences, education, and advocacy.

Our Vision

Nature Forward seeks to create a larger and more diverse community of people who treasure the natural world and work to preserve it.


Cover to the Spring 2024 Nature Forward Quarterly feathers of photo of Senior Naturalist Genevieve Wall

Download the Spring 2024 Nature Forward Quarterly

In this Issue:

  • Boost your connection to nature
  • Getting ready for the Birdathon

Download Our Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Report

Fiscal year 2023 was a year of IMPACT for our organization. Find out more in our latest Annual Report.

Cover for "Belonging," an eBook created in partnership with Nature Forward's Taking Nature Black Conference and the U.S. Forest Service

Download Free E-Book Belonging: Taking Nature Black

Nature Forward’s Taking Nature Black Conference and the U.S. Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program proudly present Belonging: The Black Americans in Nature Photography Project, an e-book of 40 Black American portraits and essays.

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