CHEVY CHASE, MD – The Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) announced today that it’s offering FREE memberships and FREE extensions on soon-to-expire memberships, exclusive nature sanctuary tours, and classes, to furloughed federal workers and contractors.
ANS’s Executive Director Lisa Alexander wrote a letter emailed to ANS’s 5,600 email subscribers today that began, “Dear Furloughed Federal Workers and Contractors, We want you to know how much we’re thinking of you during this difficult time and share some ways that we’d like to help…”
In addition to the free memberships, tours, and classes, Alexander reminded federal workers that ANS’s 40-acre Woodend Sanctuary in Chevy Chase and 68-acre Rust Sanctuary in Leesburg, VA are free and open to the public year-round from dawn to dusk for self-guided visits.
Alexander also said today, “Like most in the DC region, ANS is eager for the shutdown to end but is hopeful that while it endures, our neighbors, friends, and family who work for the federal government will find some pleasant escape and time for reflection with nature.”
About ANS: Throughout its history, ANS has played a pivotal role in conserving our region’s iconic natural places from development including the C&O Canal, Dyke Marsh and, most recently, Ten Mile Creek. Past ANS member and board president, Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, is credited with launching the now global environmental movement. ANS‘s nature experts provide hundreds of opportunities each year for children and adults to enjoy, learn about, and protect the environment.