Originally established in 1897 to protect the birds of America's capital, the Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) is DC's oldest independent environmental organization. While it still devotes resources to protecting and studying birds, the ANS now embraces the protection of non-feathered creatures, as well; its educational programs include hikes in Rock Creek Park that explore the rich variety of flora, fauna, and way cool selfie opportunities the park offers. Read on to learn more:
About the sanctuaries: The ANS operates two: the 40-acre Woodend in Maryland and the 68-acre Rust in Virginia.
Best way to foster an appreciation of nature in kids: Enroll them in ANS's hands-on preschool for an outdoor-based education that not only focuses on science, but language, art, and music.
Best activity for adults: In addition to free local birding trips, ANS also organizes birding tours to such distant lands as Botswana, Honduras, and Scotland.
Best way to keep up with events: Become a member and receive a subscription to Naturalist Quarterly, the monthly e-newsletter, and invites and discounts to events.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Open every summer since 1957, the Hillandale Swim & Tennis Association is a beautiful oasis of fun, friends and fitness. HSTA has 5 acres of rolling hills and shade, with a 25 meter L-shaped pool and separate fenced-in baby pool, and new additions like our pavilions, grills, and volleyball courts!
Is your location strictly for adults, or can kids participate as well?
This is a family membership for two adults and at least one child. Adults must be 18 years or older, and children under 17 years of age.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
HSTA has been a part of the Hillandale community since 1957 and provides a place for neighbors to meet and enjoy the summer experience.
What do you love most about your job?
HSTA is a community treasure. The active and involved membership always brings new ideas and events to the club and each summer calendar is a mix of wonderful traditions and spontaneous fun.
At DC Fencers Club (DCFC), head coach Janusz Smolenski leads a team of athletes that molds young fencers into champions. Thanks to his formidable pedagogy, he has trained U.S. national champions. Working with Coach Smolenski, a trio of coaches brings unique backgrounds and styles to the classes. Robert Suchorski was a Polish National Junior Champion and has trained under top Polish and Russian fencing masters, and Ilya Lobanenkov to his credit owns multiple top-eight finishes in Veteran Women's U.S. Nationals, multiple "A" ratings, and a top-16 finish in a U.S. Junior Men's epee circuit event.
The DCFC facility, which has produced two full-scholarship Notre Dame fencers, boasts 10 full-size electric strips on a sprung-wood floor where fencers can lunge, parry, and riposte for hours on end without incurring injury.
Opt for a blend of flavorful dishes at Latin American-inspired Riverside Lounge, home to warm tortillas and sweet plantains.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Riverside Lounge — it's strictly casual.
That's right! Riverside Lounge will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Diners at Riverside Lounge can access nearby public transit or park their car close by.
Street parking is always accessible for those dining at Riverside Lounge.
Riverside Lounge is a great place to start if you're looking to add a little Latin American flare to your next meal.
Martial arts at Silver Spring's Maguilla Brazillian Jiu-jitsu Academy is a great workout that will leave you feeling Zen.
Wandering souls would be best to visit this studio for any one of their A+ dishes.
Families will feel right at home at this studio with its kid-friendly atmosphere.
Their MMA classes will kick your body into shape while elevating your ability to defend yourself.
The motivating and skilled kickboxing instructors are here to push your body to its limits.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Looking to train in martial arts? Come check out the classes at Maguilla Brazillian Jiu-jitsu Academy in Silver Spring today.
No matter how old you are or how much you know, you never stop learning—that's the philosophy behind the martial arts teaching at Kaizen Karate, where the instructors focus on "continuous improvement." Even the youngest students learn to develop self-discipline and self-motivation during karate classes, which they can start at the tender age of four. And whether they've taken a previous karate class or simply broken a board with their minds, adults can also benefit from the studio's classes, which are led by black-belt
instructors under the supervision of a coach who's been training for 25 years.