Woodend Field Trips

Our environmental science programs are designed to meet Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as well as Maryland Green School certification components. 

Discovery Hunt

While on a nature walk full of opportunities for sensory exploration, students will look under logs, listen for birds and feel tree bark as they explore biodiversity and observe creatures in their natural habitats.


Students will explore our ecosystems by classifying animals into groups, learning about animal needs, adaptations and survival. During a hike, students will find many forest, meadow and pond creatures.

Decomposers: Life in the Soil

Students will learn about decomposers and how they help cycle nutrients through the ecosystem during an interactive hike that will have them rolling logs and looking for areas where decomposition occurs. 

Life Cycles

During a naturalist-led hike, students will learn about life cycles of animals from our forest, pond, and meadow ecosystems.

Public school classrooms pay only a $25 registration fee for field trips.

For private schools and homeschool groups, each one-hour field trip program is $210 for a group of up to 16 children, plus chaperones ($285 for 17-32 students).

Please read our Field Trip Program Information for other details before registering.

Field Trip Program Information

Woodend Nature Sanctuary Trail Map

Children listening attentively to the teacher pointing

Free Programs for
Public Schools

Schedule a Woodend Sanctuary Field Trip

Questions? Issues with registration?
Contact [email protected]

Woodend Sanctuary

8940 Jones Mill Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.

Thank you for leaving dogs and other pets at home.