Rust Nature Sanctuary

Rust Nature Sanctuary is a hidden jewel just outside Leesburg that features several miles of trails and numerous habitats for viewing. The Audubon Naturalist Society offers environmental education at Rust for preschool through elementary school groups. In the Fresh Air Kids Class, students 5 and younger, with their caregiver, can participate in crafts, songs, books, and a hike. The Astonishing Earth Hike, for all ages, aims to explore the abundant life found in this area and the fascinating changes that happen during Fall. After the hike students will taste hot apple cider and make crafts. The Society also offers Naturalist in the Classroom outreach programs that are designed to meet Virginia Standards of Learning. The programs highlight human impacts, ecological systems, natural resources, investigations, and natural processes through hands-on, STEM focused classroom activities. Students in grades PreK through 5 can learn about worms, reptiles and amphibians, birds, green cleaners, paper-making, erosion, and more. Contact the Society for program details.

Contact Info
Address: 802 Childrens Center Road, Leesburg, VA 20175. Loudoun County. Tel: 703-669-0000. Email: Susanne.Ortmann@anshome.org. Website: www.nvrpa.org/park/rust. Hrs: Daily during daylight hours.

Trip Info
Grade Level: PreK-5th. Program Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Outreach. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5 hours. Cost: Fee.

SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Environmental Studies, Physical Education.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Environmental Science, Science.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Nature Exploration Lesson Plan

One single tree can provide the oxygen required for two human beings and over 8,000 sheets of paper. Nature centers and state parks provide a hands-on environment to discover facts about native plants and animals, as well as ways to preserve these natural resources.... Continue