Izaak Walton League of America

Family Adventures in Nature (FAN) Club

The Izaak Walton League invites you to join us each month to explore natural areas throughout Montgomery County. These family-focused adventures will include hands-on education,  conservation activities – and fun! Best of all, our FAN Club events are FREE.  

The FAN Club will meet once a month, and families are welcome to join us for each outing or whenever their schedules allow.  

March 29, 2015 - 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Croydon Creek Nature Center, Rockville
Join us at Croydon Creek Nature Center where we will have a live animal presentation by the one of the naturalists followed by a short hike around the nature center. After, we will have time for a craft and spend some time exploring the nature center. There is a limit to the number of people for this event due to space constraints, so please RSVP for every person in your family if you are planning to attend.

April 19, 2015 - 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Rocklands Farm, Poolesville
Join up for a fun day on the farm.  Rocklands Farm is located in the historical Agricultural Reserve of Montgomery County. Come meet the animals, help plant some veggies, learn about life on a working farm, and learn where your food comes from. We encourage you to bring a picnic meal and join us for lunch/dinner on the farm after our adventures. The wood fire pizza truck will also be there, too, if you want to purchase food.

May 17, 2015 - 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Hike the Billy Goat Trail, Potomac/Carderock
Jennifer Chambers from Hiking Along and author of "Best Hikes with Kids: Washington DC, the Beltway, and Beyond," will lead us on a hike on the Billy Goat Trail C in the C&O Canal National Park. We will hike past scenic rivers and waterfalls and find some paw paws if they are ripe! This section is mostly easy, flat walking. There are a few rock scrambles that have to be negotiated. Parts of the trail are quite rocky and can become muddy, so good hiking boots are recommended!

To find out about FUTURE events, sign up under the yellow button below or contact Rebecca Wadler at rwadler@iwla.org or (301) 548-0150 x 243. 


Clothing and Shoes: Everyone should be dressed for the weather in clothes and shoes that are comfortable enough to move in and are fine to get dirty. The weather can change quickly, so wear or pack layers, and bring rain gear if it looks like it may be needed. It's a good idea to have a spare set of clothes and shoes in the car, also.

Water and Food: Each family member needs to have their own full water bottle.  Snacks will be helpful for keeping energy up and little bellies happy during outings. Trail mix, dried fruit, energy bars, cheese slices, crackers, and sliced veggies all make good snack options. 
Backpack: In addition to water and snacks, fill a backpack or fanny pack with: sunscreen, insect repellent, hats and sunglasses, tissues, a small garbage bag, and any medication your family may need (such as an inhaler and small first aid kit). Other items you may want to bring include: binoculars, a magnifying glass, a field guide, a camera, a small container for each child to use to collect nature "treasures" (when permitted), and a towel or small blanket. Older kids may want to wear their own packs too!  If you have little ones that may tire quickly, a baby carrier will work better than a stroller unless it is able to go "off-road."

Be ready to have fun, get dirty, and enjoy nature and each other!


Children today spend almost eight hours per day with electronic gadgets and only a tiny fraction of time outside in free play. Yet frequent, unstructured childhood play in nature helps children develop a connection to nature. Studies show that nature play can also be an antidote to many of today's childhood epidemics, from obesity to attention deficit disorder. Sharing these experiences with the adults in their lives gives children a sense of well-being and the confidence to connect with the world around them. 
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