School's Out Adventures, Campouts and Overnight Programs

Come join the fun when school's out for the day. 

Upcoming events

    • 03/31/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 1

    For children ages 6-9 years old, adults are not required 

    Spring is springing all around us!  In this day off from school, we will get OUT and explore the woods, meadows, and waterways of this great new park.  Depending on the weather we may – dip net in the pond for frogs and tadpoles, build forts in the woods, search the meadows for spring wild flowers just coming up. 

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Space is limited to 10 campers.

    Register before March 29

    Fee is per child.
    $20 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers

    • 04/13/2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 04/14/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 6

    For children ages 12-16 years

    Spend part of spring break with friends searching the woods, ponds, and swamps for animals big and small. If you like to search for animals, and you don’t mind getting dirty in the process, come on down.  Bring lunch and a snack for Wednesday.  Dinner and breakfast provided.

    *We will be sleeping in the building*

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Please register by April 7

    Program Fee per person

    $25 for members
    $40 for nonmembers.


     

     

     

    • 04/17/2017
    • 04/18/2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2

    For Children in ages 6-9 years old

    Monday, April 17, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m and
    Tuesday, April 18, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Feel like you've been stuck inside all winter? This camp will be full of adventures -- we will wade into the swamp, use nets to look for amphibians, and, of course, play in the mud.

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Bring a snack, lunch, and dress for the weather each day!

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Registration deadline:April 10

    Fee: $40 for members; $60 for nonmembers.

    • 06/26/2017
    • 06/30/2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 14
    Registration is closed

    For children entering grades 3-5 in Fall 2017

    Monday-Wednesday, June 26 - 28, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, June 29, 6:00 p.m. overnight through
    Friday, June 30, 9:00 a.m.

    At the end of a summer day, if a child isn’t dirty, there is something missing! Dirt is teeming with life, and is often the sign of a good time. In this camp we will dig into underground ecosystems - exploring different habitats to discover who and what is underfoot. We will investigate different kinds of soil we have in the park and, of course, play in the mud! We will end the week with an overnight adventure.  

    Tents and breakfast for the overnight provided. Thursday will be a family potluck cookout followed by the overnight for campers.

    There will be no camp before 6 p.m. on Thursday or after 9 a.m. on Friday.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park
    Register by June 1

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $175
    Nonmembers: $205

     

    Tents and breakfast for the overnight provided. Thursday will be a family potluck cookout followed by the overnight for campers.

    There will be no camp before 6 p.m. on Thursday or after 9 a.m. on Friday.

    • 07/05/2017
    • 07/07/2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    For children going into grades 9-12

    • Wednesday, July 5 (8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
    • Thursday, July 6, 8:30 a.m. overnight through Friday, July 7, 12:00 p.m. 
    • no camp after 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 7

    This short and intense mini-camp will bring teens up-close and personal with the Patuxent River.  The first day will be spent learning paddling fundamentals: safety, strokes, and rescues. Then we’ll test our skills and learn about the natural history of the river with a paddle adventure and an overnight camp-out on the river.

    Dinner Thursday, breakfast Friday, all kayak equipment, and tents are provided.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale 

    Fee per camper:

    Society members: $175
    Nonmembers: $205

    Tentative Locations

    Wednesday – Kings Landing Park
    Thursday - meets at Kings Landing Park for transport to Lower Marlboro lunch site
    Friday – pick up at Kings Landing Park


    Schedule may be changed due to the weather/paddling conditions

     

     

    • 07/10/2017
    • 07/14/2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    Children entering grades 6-8

    Monday-Wednesday, July 10-12, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 13, 7:30 a.m. overnight trip to Western MD
    Friday, July 14, 6:00 p.m.


    This week we will explore all things aquatic while learning the basics of getting around on the water using a variety of watercraft like canoes, kayaks, and river rafts. We’ll explore different aquatic habitats as we retrace the path that water takes from the mountains to the Bay – in reverse. The last 2 days will be an overnight adventure to western Maryland - including tubing on Antietam Creek and rafting on the Shenandoah River. Come prepared to get WET and have fun!


    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


    Fee per camper:  Society members: $275

    Nonmembers: $305

    Registration fee includes camping, tubing and rafting fees, Thursday snacks, dinner and campfire, and Friday breakfast, lunch and snacks.

    Locations
    Monday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday – Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Wednesday – Kings Landing Park

    Thursday meets at Kings Landing Park for overnight trip

    Friday pick up at Kings Landing park


    Waivers will be posted in early June

    Please fill out waivers and return both before the first day of camp. A separate form is needed for each camper for each day.

        

     

       

     

 

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Calvert Nature 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.  The Society is a 501(c)3 organization.

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Mailing address: PO Box 122, Port Republic, MD 20676. info@calvertparks.org
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