Woodend Tours

Woodend Guided Tours

Get more from your visit to Woodend with a tour led by one of our naturalists

Forest Bathing

Enjoy the natural setting of Woodend while using mindfulness to reduce stress.

Family Walk at Woodend

Participants of all ages will learn something new about the wonders of Woodend’s habitats during these seasonally themed walks designed for families with children 8 and younger.

Beginning Bird Walks

You might be surprised at the diversity of birds found in our urban oasis during this introduction to birding and binocular basics.

Notable Trees Tour

The forest and lawns of Woodend are perfect places to learn more about both native and introduced trees. Master key identification strategies for 20 species, visit three county “champion” trees, plus learn about the wildlife habitat and ecosystem services that trees provide in our urban region.

Natural Habitats Tour

Boasting 27-acres of forest, five acres of wildflower meadows, and a newly-restored small stream, Woodend is an oasis of natural habitats in our rapidly urbanizing region. Learn about the bees and butterflies that visit our meadows, the frogs and salamanders that breed in our stream, and the many bird species that thrive at our sanctuary.

Native Plants Garden Tour

Woodend was once a lavish estate with impressive formal gardens. Nature Forward has maintained the beauty of that cultural landscape, while transitioning to native plant gardens that support wildlife and reduce stormwater pollution. Learn tips for tending your own conservation landscape!

For questions or comments regarding Woodend Tours, please email Nature Forward Restoration Manager Bradley Simpson at [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.


18nov10:00 am11:30 amNatural Habitats of Woodend

20nov10:00 am12:00 amForest Bathing with Ana


03dec9:00 am10:00 amFamily Walk at Woodend

10dec9:00 am10:00 amSaturday Morning Bird Walk

18dec10:00 am12:00 amWinter Solstice Forest Bathing with Josh


07jan9:00 am10:00 amFamily Walk at Woodend

14jan9:00 am10:00 amSaturday Morning Bird Walk


04feb9:00 am10:00 amFamily Walk at Woodend

11feb9:00 am10:00 amSaturday Morning Bird Walk


04mar9:00 am10:00 amFamily Walk at Woodend

11mar9:00 am10:00 amSaturday Morning Bird Walk