At Asbury Methodist Village, some of our most impressive residents live here for free! Home to a 17-acre nature preserve, Asbury Methodist Village has been certified as at Wildlife at Work site by the Wildlife Habitat Council. In 2017, Asbury was proud to become the first continuing care retirement community in Maryland to be certified as an arboretum, a designation granted by ArbNet.
What began in 2005 as a group of residents seeking to create a bird sanctuary has grown into a much larger commitment to use our beautiful green space to help the Gaithersburg community and the planet. Steered by a volunteer campus council of residents and associates, the Wildlife Preserve has created a safe haven for a herd of deer, foxes, bluebirds, waterfowl, endangered honey bees, and has served as a place for area school children to explore nature and art.
There’s a reason that National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore called Asbury “a rural oasis in an urban setting.”
Asbury Methodist Village continues to grow its environmental commitment, which includes multiple years of recognition from Gaithersburg City for our recycling efforts. In 2019, we partnered with The Compost Crew to turn approximately 84 tons of our food waste a year into compost. Some of that will be used in Asbury’s very own 1-acre, no-till crop farm established in 2017.