Field trips and nature classes

Nature Classes & Field Trips

Explore the Outdoors with the Experts!

Our year-round nature classes and outings offer nature novices and experienced naturalists alike an array of opportunities to explore and learn about our area’s natural history. Our experienced naturalists lead small group classes and trips to parks and wild spaces throughout the DC-metro region — and beyond. Lectures are held at our Woodend Sanctuary. Field trips are reached by private vehicle or carpool.


01jun10:00 am12:00 pmForest Bathing with Ana

02jun1:00 pm4:00 pmGeology at Soldier’s Delight

04jun10:00 am12:30 pmMeeting Trees at Carderock

08jun7:00 am10:00 amSpring Early Birds I

08jun9:00 am10:00 amSaturday Morning Bird Walk

12jun10:00 am1:00 pmTrees Through the Seasons at Turkey Run

15jun9:00 am12:00 pmOutdoor Wellness for Mind and Heart: Eco-Mindfulness Field Trip

16jun10:00 am12:30 pmIntroduction to Inks and Watercolors in the Field

19jun9:00 am11:30 amSummer Shuffle Along the Canal A: Carderock

21jun10:00 am11:30 amNative Plant Gardens of Woodend

23jun9:00 am11:30 amSummer Pond Life

27jun9:30 am12:00 pmBotanical Gems in Blockhouse Point


02jul8:15 am10:45 amSummer Birding Stroll B: National Arboretum

11jul9:30 am12:00 pmDragons of the Air

12jul9:00 pm10:30 pmTwinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

13jul9:00 am10:00 amSaturday Morning Bird Walk

17jul9:00 am11:30 amSummer Shuffle Along the Canal B: Swains Lock

18jul6:00 pm8:00 pmTheodore Roosevelt Island Midsummer Microbiota

19jul10:00 am11:30 amNatural Habitats of Woodend

20jul9:30 am11:30 amHow Does Her Garden Grow?

26jul8:30 pm10:00 pmNavigate with the Summer Stars!

27jul8:00 am10:30 amOn the Wing Along the Canal


01aug7:00 pm9:00 pmIntroduction to Dragonflies and Damselflies

02aug9:00 am3:00 pmShorebirds on the Move

10aug9:00 am10:00 amSaturday Morning Bird Walk

11aug7:00 am9:30 amSummer Birding Stroll C: Hughes Hollow

16aug10:00 am11:30 amNotable Trees of Woodend

16aug7:30 pm9:30 pmCampfire Songs and Stories

17aug9:00 am11:30 amSummer Botany at Little Bennett

19aug7:00 am9:30 amSummer Birding Stroll D: Occoquan Bay NWR

25aug6:00 am9:00 amSunrise Bird Sit

28aug9:00 am11:30 amSummer Shuffle Along the Canal C: Violettes Lock

31aug8:00 am10:30 amSummer Birding Stroll E: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, DC


14sep9:00 am10:00 amSaturday Morning Bird Walk

20sep10:00 am11:30 amNative Plant Gardens of Woodend