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Audubon Naturalist Society Woodend Sanctuary
Based on 8 traveler reviews
Another Grand Place to Feel Isolated Within Nature
Nov 11, 2014 by: Ben_Theretoo406 from Chevy Chase, Maryland
This is a serene, if not all that well groomed, area of considerable natural habitat affording an opportunity for all manner of communing with the ecology. There are hardwood groves, streams, ponds, and an amazing variety of ferns, vines, and other woodland flora. Granted, its popularity seems to derive mainly from its suitability as a venue for weddings, reunions, and such private social functions, but the other opportunities afforded should by no means be underestimated. Simply walking through the grounds with children (or, for that matter, grandchildren) and watching while they quickly evolve from stumble- bumbling to adroitly roaming the trails is a joy. Once adept at traversing the trails and stream banks, bringing along some picnic snacks is always a huge hit. There are many spots where the trail opens out equipped with seating and tables, so not to worry about wearing them out, or vice-versa. The pre-school is oriented very much to developing an appreciation for the out-of-doors so lacking in politically correct child rearing embraced by many these days. Stephanie and her staff are wonderful with the tykes, and they in turn, appear to be engrossed in the program.
Lovely place for a wedding
Sep 01, 2013 by: WLifeMan from Tampa
Our wedding took place on July the 4th weekend which is a very busy time to have a wedding we found out, but Rebecca and others went our of their way to make sure our wedding was extra special. We arrived at 8am before the wedding at 10am and to our delight there were deer on the property, a perfect setting for our wedding as we really enjoy wildlife. As guests arrived, some as early as 9am, Andrew, the staff on duty was excellent in helping get them situated as we were getting ready for the wedding with the minister. We had the wedding on the veranda which provided a lovely back drop, looking out over the property. The only negative was that by 10, it was getting rather warm outside and the fans had to be turned on, which mean hearing the ceremony was difficult for some of our guests. Looking back, now I wish we had planned it for 9am instead of ten, but hindsight is always better than foresight!
Lovely garden setting
May 07, 2013 by: Lesrich from Massachusetts
Beautiful location for a wedding! Wedding was in the garden with lunch on the patio of the house. Many flowering trees added to the beauty of the setting.
Great place to spend a few hours
Oct 28, 2012 by: elissa s from Bethesda, Maryland
We like to picnic here often, and hike. Always deer around. Great photo ops. Take your trash with you.
A local treasure
Oct 05, 2012 by: statusquobuster from Chevy Chase, Maryland
Live less than a mile away from this local treasure, a very large parkland site that is worth visiting, including a shop with a terrific amount of nature-related items.
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