About Woodend



Built in 1927, Woodend was designed by John Russell Pope (Jefferson Memorial, DAR Constitution Hall, National Gallery of Art, etc.) for the Wells family. In 1969, the family donated Woodend to the Audubon Naturalist Society (now Nature Forward).

Woodend has received many industry awards and recognition over the years as a venue for social and corporate events.

WOODEND AND NATURE FORWARD (formerly Audubon Naturalist Society)

The mansion and the property were bequeathed to the former Audubon Naturalist Society, now Nature Forward, provided it was kept as a nature sanctuary. Nature Forward inspires residents of the greater Washington, DC, region to appreciate, understand, and protect their natural environment through outdoor experiences, education, and advocacy.

Historic Woodend is adjacent to Rock Creek Park, has hiking trails open year-round, and is a well-known location for bird watching, environmental education for children and adults, summer camps, corporate retreats, and eco-friendly weddings.

We encourage you to do a web search on “Woodend Sanctuary” and “Woodend Weddings” to view the many listings and endless photos of Woodend posted and pinned online by photographers, event professionals, brides, and grooms.

Check availability for your preferred date, schedule a tour, and get additional answers.