Group Programs

The naturalists are able to arrange special programs for groups--including schools, camps, adult, family, scouts, seniors. Contact Andy Brown (brownaj@co.cal.md.us) or call 410-535-5327 to schedule a program

For programs specifically designed for Scouts, visit the Scouts Page

Group Policies

  • Group reservations are subject to staff and facility availability.
  • Any group of 30 or more visiting Flag Ponds Nature Park must have a Naturalist-led program and pay the applicable fees. Any group paying a program fee will not pay Flag Ponds User Fee.
  • Any group of 10 or more visiting Battle Creek Cypress Swamp must have a Naturalist-led program and pay the applicable fees.
  • Any group of 30 or more visiting King’s Landing Park must either reserve a facility or have a Naturalist-led program and pay the applicable fees.
  • Smaller groups may visit “on their own.” Availability of parking, facilities, and other park amenities is not guaranteed.
  • Smaller groups may reserve a facility or arrange for a naturalist-led program and pay the applicable fees.
  • Adults-only groups may opt for a park orientation in lieu of a naturalist-led program and pay the applicable fees.
  • Group must leave the Park by posted closing time, unless overtime is requested at time of reservation. Overtime Fee $25/hour (or part of) after park closing time.

Group Fees

Fees are determined by the size of the group, the ages involved, and the type of program requested. These fees do not include materials and supply fees or facility rental fees, if applicable.

   2 hrs or less over 2 hours 
 Small group
<35 incl. adults
$35  $50 
 Large group
>35 people
$70 $100
  
  
Flip Flop Groups
Programs at two parks and switch sites after lunch. Minimum 2 hours, usually 5 hours total, including lunch.
 Less than 70 people  $100
 71 – 100 people  $200
 101 – 120 people  $250

Group Kayak Trips
  • $10 per person with a $50 minimum. 
  • Maximum 15 people.
  • Minimum age: 9 years old to paddle a double kayak; 12 years old to paddle a single kayak.
  • One adult per child required.

These policies are for Naturalist-led Programs. Group rentals of Tom Wisner Hall, Picnic Pavilions or group camping have different fees and policies. Information can be found on the Rental page or by calling the office: 410-535-5327.

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.

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