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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.  

July 12, 2015 - 2:00-4:00 p.m.
McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area, Poolesville
Come walk through a field of sunflowers! McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is a 2,000-acre area along River Road that is filled with wildlife and an amazing mixture of woodlands, fields, and wetlands. However, they are most noted for their 30-acre sunflower fields. We will be led on a hike by the WMA’s park ranger that will take us through the sunflower fields during their peak blooming time and through other interesting parts of the park.

August 16, 2015 - 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Pump House, Anacostia River, Washington, DC
Join us as we adventure a little farther to learn more about the Anacostia River with the Earth Conservation Corps (ECC). During our visit, we will have a raptor presentation, participate in a hands-on lesson on ecosystems, and tour the Anacostia River restoration efforts. There is plenty of free parking at the Pump House! 

The ECC is an organization that empowers local unemployed youth with a transformative year working on Anacostia River restoration efforts. This should be a great outing with some amazing young people doing wonderful work! (Learn more about the ECC at www.earthconservationcorps.org)  

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. 


BE PREPARED FOR YOUR ADVENTURE!

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!

THE BENEFITS OF NATURE

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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