Tis the Season! Show your support of
Calvert County's Nature Parks in the following ways:  

  • Smile Amazon! When you are shopping online, go to http://smile.amazon.com/ and select Battle Creek Nature Education Society as your charity of choice. Once you select BCNES, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from any eligible purchases through AmazonSmile from that point forward.
  • GivingTuesday: December 2nd is GivingTuesday, and BCNES is asking for support for its Shanty restoration project at Flag Ponds. Donate directly at www.calvertparks.org/shantydonate.
  • Donate online:  We always appreciate donations at www.calvertparks.org

A new name! BCNES is changing its name to Calvert Nature Society to reflect the scope of our support for Calvert County's natural resources and our mission to protect the county's natural heritage and to promote environmental literacy in our communities.

SNOWstorm Predicted. It appears that this winter will be another record year for Snowy Owls moving south. Staff naturalists would again like to track any that are seen in Calvert County. Contact Andy Brown at brownaj@co.cal.md.us if you see a snowy owl.

Learn about Calvert Stewards, American Hollies, and more in our November 2014 issue of
The Peeper.

Master Naturalist Program Gears Up for 2105
Calvert County's Master Naturalist Program engages citizens as stewards of Maryland's natural ecosystems and resources through science-based education and volunteer service in their communities.
The class dates are January 26 through May 4, 2015.  Application at www.acltweb.org; questions to  landmanager@acltweb.org.

Visit the Nature Parks

Planning on a visit during the holidays? Please check the Calvert County Natural Resources page for updates on holiday hours.

From River to Bay, Calvert County has it all. Come down and sample our wonderful parks. Each park offers a variety of opportunities for recreation and learning.

The Beach: Flag Ponds Nature Park. Approximately 500 acres of natural area on the Chesapeake Bay from beach to upland.

The Swamp: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Nature Sanctuary. Walk among almost 100 acres of one of the northernmost stands of bald cypress trees in the United States.

The River: Kings Landing Park  Get out on the water or explore more than 265 acres on the Patuxent River.

Nature parks are managed and operated by Calvert County Natural Resources Division, with support from BCNES. 

The Division of Natural Resources also manages the following areas/sites: 

Discover Nature

Sign up for one of our Nature Discovery Programs to learn about the plants and animals of Calvert County.

Upcoming Events

12/28/2014 7:00 AM • Varies
01/03/2015 12:00 PM • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
01/03/2015 6:30 PM • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
01/09/2015 9:30 AM • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
01/09/2015 11:00 AM • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
01/10/2015 9:00 AM • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

Check the Calendar of Events for all of our upcoming programs

Support our Work

Battle Creek Nature Education Society

BCNES supports the Calvert County Division of Natural Resources efforts to provide environmental education and recreation opportunities in Calvert County. Whether it's summer camp or an evening kayak trip, these programs create lifelong memories and instill a strong sense of stewardship for our natural lands.

Just as the park programs support the residents and visitors to our parks, we must support the parks.  Here's how you can help:

Volunteer: Help our programs be successful by devoting time to assist the naturalists with these programs.

Become a Member of BCNES:Receive the quarterly newletter, The Peeper, discounts on programs, and support your local parks.

Local business and corporations play an important role in maintaining high quality park programs that support the local community. To learn more, contact Anne Sundermann at Anne@calvertparks.org.


Battle Creek Nature Education Society is dedicated to
the protection and preservation of Calvert County’s natural heritage
and the creation of an environmentally literate and aware community.
We provide opportunities for appreciation and understanding of our natural world through
our outreach initiatives and in support of the mission of the Calvert County Natural Resources Division.
BCNES is a 501(c)3 organization.

Copyright Battle Creek Nature Education Society.
Mailing address: PO Box 122, Port Republic, MD 20676. info@calvertparks.org
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