Family Programs

Families can experience the fascinating natural world in our area. These programs incorporate activities to entertain learners of all ages.

Only a sampling of programs are listed. Check the Calendar of Events page for the full schedule.

Program Fees Unless noted programs are free for BCNES members; $8 per family for nonmember

Some programs charge slightly more due to materials and supplies.

Reservations are required in advance. 

Upcoming events

    • 12/09/2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    For families, all ages welcome.

    Let's go for an evergreen scavenger hunt together! We will explore the different types of evergreens that live in our area, then make a holiday decoration together using some evergreens. All materials will be provided.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Program Fee:
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required. Please register by December 6.  



    • 01/24/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 7
    Register

    All Ages

    After a short presentation about Maryland's owls and their  calls, the naturalist will lead you on a hike around the boardwalk where we will attempt to call one closer. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Program Fee:
    Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Monday, January 22

     

    • 02/17/2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15
    Register

    All ages.

    The 21st Annual Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend. Whether you are a novice or an expert birder, volunteers of all ages are welcome to help identify and count birds. Researchers at Cornell and the National Audubon Society will use the data we collect.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by: Thursday, February 15.


    • 03/02/2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 11
    Register

    Ages 4-12

    This winter's homeschool series covers “Outdoor Skills,” with each month focusing on something different. March’s class will cover finding direction with a compass, using a map, how to not get lost, and what to do when you DO get lost.   

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee are per family:
    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers


    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 03/10/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Nature Park
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    Ages 5 and up. Adult participation is required

    Don’t miss this great opportunity to explore one of the lesser known Calvert County Natural Resource Division areas – Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park. We’ll hike through the woods to search for vernal pools and streams fed by spring rains – looking for spring wildflowers and amphibians along the way. Wear your rain boots and wear clothes that can get muddy. 

    This hike is not be suitable for children under the age of five (5) as it will be off-trail on uneven ground.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Program Fee per family:

    • Members: Free
    • Nonmembers $8
    Space is limited to 5 families.
    • 03/10/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 8
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    For families with children ages 8 -10. 

    Come on a spring scavenger hunt with us! It may still feel wintery outside, but we will explore the trails to find evidence of the coming season.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Naturalists in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required by: Wednesday, March 7

    Program Fee:  
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

Past events

11/17/2017 Beyond S’mores - Family Campfire Cooking
11/03/2017 Owls of Maryland
09/30/2017 Monarch Day
09/23/2017 Sunset Hike
09/22/2017 Members Only - Campfire on the Beach
09/01/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Animal Classification, Insects - PM session
09/01/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Animal Classification, Insects - AM session
08/21/2017 #Eclipse2017: Solar Eclipse Picnic
06/08/2017 Calvert Stewards: Prothonotary Warbler Nest Box Monitoring
06/02/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Down by the Bay - PM session
06/02/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Down by the Bay - AM session
05/23/2017 Calvert Stewards: Prothonotary Warbler Nest Box Monitoring
05/19/2017 Horseshoe Crab Survey
05/14/2017 Mother's Day at the Park
05/12/2017 **Canceled **Campfire: Twilight on the Beach
05/07/2017 Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm Day
05/06/2017 Beginners Bilingual Family Hike- Spring CANCELLED
05/05/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - The Birds and the Bees - PM session
05/05/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - The Birds and the Bees - AM session
04/22/2017 Spring Ephemeral Hike- Cancelled
04/19/2017 Calvert Stewards: Prothonotary Warbler Nest Box Monitoring
04/07/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Early Risers - PM session
04/07/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Early Risers - AM session
03/18/2017 Welcome Back Ospreys!
03/03/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, The Super Swamp - PM session
03/03/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, The Super Swamp - AM session
02/18/2017 Family Birding Hike
02/17/2017 Volunteer Program: Great Backyard Bird Count
02/10/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, The Beautiful Beach - PM session
02/10/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, The Beautiful Beach - AM session
01/27/2017 Hike to the Big Cypress for Volunteers
01/14/2017 Creating the Money Crop Trail
01/06/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, the Friendly Forest - PM session
01/06/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, the Friendly Forest - AM session
12/03/2016 Bountiful Harvest - Family Campfire Cooking
11/12/2016 Beginners Bilingual Family Hike
11/05/2016 Calvert Stewards Nature Center Work Day
10/30/2016 Owl Pellet Skull Picking Party
10/21/2016 **canceled** Fall Campfire
10/18/2016 Calvert Stewards: Native Seed Planting
10/01/2016 Monarch Day
09/23/2016 Members-Only Campfire on the Beach
08/20/2016 After Dark in the Park
08/05/2016 All About Animals Campfire
07/23/2016 Meadow, Forest, and Creek Hike
07/07/2016 Meadow Maze Volunteer Project
06/04/2016 Eat the Weeds
05/28/2016 Horseshoe Crab Survey
05/13/2016 NOT CANCELED-Campfire: Twilight on the Beach
05/01/2016 Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm Day
04/23/2016 Salamanders and Singing Frogs
04/23/2016 Flowers and Phenology
03/19/2016 Barking at the Moon: Coyotes in Calvert
03/11/2016 Salamander Study Work Day
03/05/2016 Hike to the Big Cypress
03/05/2016 Insect Hotels
02/14/2016 Volunteer Program: Great Backyard Bird Count
02/12/2016 Volunteer Program: Great Backyard Bird Count
01/22/2016 Frosty Winter Night Hike
12/12/2015 Geminid Meteor Shower
11/15/2015 Fall Nature Hike
11/14/2015 Dog Hike
11/08/2015 Calvert Stewards (All Ages) Holly Planting
10/02/2015 Owl Eyes and Raccoon Paws
10/01/2015 Bluebird Monitoring Project
09/05/2015 Calvert County's Favorite Falcon
06/13/2015 Birding Ward Farm Nature Park
05/29/2015 Horseshoe Crab Survey
05/09/2015 Meadow Maze Volunteer Project
05/03/2015 Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm Day
04/25/2015 Barn Swallows
04/25/2015 Birding Ward Farm Nature Park
03/28/2015 The Great Marshmallow Mystery
03/27/2015 Barn Owls in Calvert County
03/20/2015 Froggy Night Hike
03/14/2015 Birding Ward Farm Nature Park
03/04/2015 Salamander Study Orientation
02/28/2015 Marvelous Mammals
02/16/2015 Barn Owl Box Installation
02/13/2015 Great Backyard Bird Count
02/07/2015 Birding Ward Farm Nature Park
01/24/2015 Build A Box
12/28/2014 Christmas Bird Count
12/20/2014 Winter Wanders
12/05/2014 Beyond S’mores - Family Campfire Cooking
12/05/2014 Barn Owl Box Work Day
11/07/2014 Barn Owl Box Work Day
11/01/2014 Dog Hike
11/01/2014 Calvert Stewards (All Ages)
10/24/2014 Barn Owl Box Work Day
10/03/2014 Barn Owl Box Work Day
09/19/2014 Moth Party
08/16/2014 Paddling the Patuxent Kayak Trip
07/05/2014 Campfire: Night Sounds
07/04/2014 American Flag Retiring Ceremony CANCELLED
06/28/2014 Kayak Trip
06/06/2014 Horseshoe Crab Survey
05/31/2014 Calvert Stewards (All Ages)
05/23/2014 Campfire: Twilight on the Beach
05/10/2014 Camping 101
04/15/2014 Lunar Eclipse
04/12/2014 Nocturnal Nature Campfire
04/11/2014 Herp Atlas Countdown (all ages)
03/29/2014 Something On a Stick Day (All Ages)
02/22/2014 Frost and Fire (All Ages)
11/27/2013 Campfire Brunch
11/24/2013 Fur, feathers, and feasting
10/07/2013 Furlough Field Trip
09/14/2013 Dog Hike
09/07/2013 Introduction to Letterboxing
08/17/2013 Soil Surveyers
08/10/2013 CANCELLED-Perseid Meteor Shower (Family Program)
08/02/2013 Celebrate the Beauty of Calvert County
07/28/2013 Animal feeding time
07/19/2013 Nature's Night Sounds - campfire
06/22/2013 Fireflies (Family Program)
06/14/2013 Horseshoe Crab Campout
05/18/2013 Tree Tour (Adults and Teens)
05/17/2013 Magic Cicada (Family Program)
05/10/2013 Campfire: Twilight on the Beach
05/04/2013 Natural Playground at Battle Creek (Families)
04/27/2013 Mother Daughter Getaway (Family Program)
04/20/2013 Spring Edibles Walk (Family Program)
04/12/2013 Planet Party (Family Program)
03/15/2013 Family Program: Owl Night Hike (all ages)
03/02/2013 Family Program: Salamander Soiree
02/22/2013 **Rescheduled for March 15** Family Program: Owl Night Hike (12 years and up)
02/22/2013 **Rescheduled for March 15** Program: Owl Night Hike (all ages)
02/15/2013 The Green Invasion
01/05/2013 Family Program: Maple Syrup Campfire
09/07/2012 Family Program: Evening Wild Edible Walk

Join BCNES today most programs are free!

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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