Fairfax Audubon Society
Helping communities in northern Virginia to experience nature and get involved in protecting birds, other wildlife and important habitats.

FAS LEAPP EDUCATION SERIES (Updated August 5, 2002)

What is LEAPP all about?
LEAPP (Learn, Enjoy, Appreciate, Preserve, and Protect) is Fairfax AudubonSociety's premier adult education program. Nowgoing into its third year, the LEAPP program offers classes to help you explore the world of nature through education, concentrating on what you care about most.  There are 3 types of educational offerings: courses, workshops, and backyard sanctuary programs.

Courses are 9-12 sessions, generally 2 hours in length, with 2-4 field trips in addition to class work. Workshops are 6 hours of class work, plus 1 or more field trips.  Sanctuary programs are day
sessions.  You can take as many or as few as you like; they're all available
to you.

FAS Master Naturalist Certificate (MNC)
Within the LEAPP program there is an optional course of study leading to a certificate as a master naturalist.  Certification requires successful completion of a combination of 4 core course requirements plus two elective courses, 5 workshops in topics ranging from birds, amphibians and insects to wildflowers, sanctuary programs and learning how to lead a field trip.

Course Schedule/Registration
The LEAPP 2002 Fall schedule is below. Call the FAS office or check our web site soon for more details on the courses TBA.  Registration opens January 7.  Registration is not complete until payment has been received. 

LEAPP Enrollment form

Chesapeake Bay Ecology
Class dates: Sept. 7, 10, 28, Oct. 1, 12, 17, 22, Nov. 2, 5, 23

Tuesdays and Thursday, 6:30-9 pm

Saturdays, 9:30 am-12:00 noon

Field trips: Sept. 21. Oct. 26, all day

Location: Fairfax High School

Instructor: Fred Chanania

Cost: $150/Members, $175/Non-members
An introduction to the habitats and communities of the Chesapeake Bay. Topics include geology and physical characteristics of the Bay, its ecosystem energy flow, estuarine ecology, and the role of wetlands and submerged aquatic vegetation in producing a "protein factory." Also review the state of the Bay, including its health and whether it can be improved. Lectures and hands-on activities, including two day-long field trips to explore important habitats in the Bay ecosystem.

Instructor: Fred Chanania is the Upper School Science Coordinator at Flint Hill School in Oakton, teaching biology and chemistry. Previously, he worked for the EPA and holds an M.S. degree in Environmental Biology. He has worked extensively with GMU graduate students in coastal and estuarine ecology, and regularly leads school groups to explore the Bay.
Introduction to Mid-Atlantic Forests
Class dates: Sept. 11, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20, Dec. 4
Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm
Field trips: Sept. 14 or 15, Oct. 11 or 12 (tentative, weather-dependent), all day
Location: Fairfax High School
Instructor: Dr. Chris Haney
Cost: $150/Members, $175/Non-members
An introduction to the identification, ecology, management, and policy of forest ecosystems. Particular emphasis on the trees of Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Learn how to identify common trees and about forestry issues, including how forests are important to natural and human communities.
Instructor: Dr. J. Chris Haney is the Director of the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program of The Nature Conservancy. His forest research has been widely published.
Backyard Birds
Class date: Oct. 5
Saturday, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Location: Fairfax High School
Instructor: Carol Hadlock
Cost: $30/Members, $35/Non-members
Learn to identify common birds and understand some of the behavior observed in your backyard. Discuss feeders and food, baths and nest boxes, and fun activities such as keeping a journal and participating in Project FeederWatch.
Instructor: Carol Hadlock has enjoyed backyard birds for over 20 years. She currently works at The Bird Feeder in Reston, helping customers make their yards bird-friendly. Carol serves on the FAS Board of Directors, chairing its Education Committee. She is also a Habitat Steward with the National Wildlife Federation's Backyard Habitat Program.

Fall Wildflowers
Class dates: Sept. 4, 11
Wednesdays 6:30-9:30 pm
Field Trip: Sept. 14, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Location: Fairfax High School
Instructor: Marion Lobstein
Cost: $50/Members, $60/Non-members


Learn about the common groups of fall wildflowers of our area, field identification tips for fall-blooming composites, other common groups of seasonal wildflowers, as well as how plants prepare for winter.
Instructor: Marion Lobstein, Associate Professor of Biology, NOVA is a regionally recognized botanist with 25 years teaching experience.
Backyard Insects
Class dates: Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26
Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 pm
Field Trip: TBD
Location: Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center, Ft. Belvoir
Instructor: Dr. Rob Furey
Cost: $50/Members, $60/Non-members
Learn about the insects commonly found in Fairfax County backyards, their behavioral complexities, and importance in nature. Examine the distribution, identification, and ecology of selected species and their interactions with humans.
Instructor: Dr. Rob Furey is a professor at GMU. He received his doctorate in animal behavior/life sciences from the University of TN, and post-doctorates from the University of Nancy, France and the Free University of Brussels. He has acted as a science advisor for BBC natural history films in Africa. Dr. Furey is the Director of Summer Environmental Education Programs at the Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center.