Programs for children 18 months through 5 years

These programs introduce families with young children to the natural world. Adult participation is required for these programs.

Only programs for pre-school aged children are listed. Check the Calendar of Events page for the full schedule.

Upcoming events

    • 12/05/2014
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    The Christmas Possum has hidden candy canes in the park.  After some possum-themed indoor activities, the naturalist will lead your children on a hike to find them. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, December 3. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

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

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 12/05/2014
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Varies
    All Ages; under 14 with an adult

    Join us for several scheduled work days to repair, clean and install Barn Owl boxes at various locations. Come for all or part of the day.

    Meeting location will be sent to all who register.

     

    • 12/05/2014
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 8

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    The Christmas Possum has hidden candy canes in the park.  After some possum-themed indoor activities, the naturalist will lead your children on a hike to find them. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, December 3. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

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

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 12/05/2014
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    All ages, with adult participation

    Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and flashlights

    Most everyone knows how to make s’mores over a fire, but campfire cooking can be so much more. Come discover some new campfire cooking methods and recipes. Dress for the weather - and bring your appetite.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Fee is per family. Free for BCNES members
    $8 for nonmembers

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    • 12/09/2014
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Come explore the clues animals leave behind from tracks in the sand to marks on trees, We will see who has been out and about.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

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

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 12/09/2014
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Come explore the clues animals leave behind from tracks in the sand to marks on trees, We will see who has been out and about.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

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

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 12/18/2014
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    The days are short and the animals and plants have been getting ready for winter. Are you ready?  We will tell stories, play games, and cook some snacks over a campfire. Wear your warm clothes to this one – it will be outside!

                                           

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

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by September 21

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 12/18/2014
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 13
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    The days are short and the animals and plants have been getting ready for winter. Are you ready?  We will tell stories, play games, and cook some snacks over a campfire. Wear your warm clothes to this one – it will be outside!

                                           

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

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by December 15

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 12/20/2014
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For all ages
    Adult participation is required

    Gather around a campfire as we discuss what animals in our area do during the winter time. Bring a lawn chair and a mug.

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

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 12/28/2014
    • 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Varies

    For Adults and Families

    For more than 100 years the Audubon Society has conducted an annual nation-wide Christmas Bird Count. Join birders as they spend the day counting birds at various locations in the southern end of Calvert County. The count day is followed by a tally at a nearby restaurant. Counters can be partnered with more experienced birders, count for all or part of the day or even report from personal feeders. Call 410-535-5327 for details. 

    • 01/09/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 7
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    After the puppets teach your children about birds in winter, you will help us participate in Day 1 of our winter bird survey for Project Feeder Watch.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, January 7. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

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

    • 01/09/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 14
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    After the puppets teach your children about birds in winter, you will help us participate in Day 1 of our winter bird survey for Project Feeder Watch.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, January 7. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

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

    • 01/13/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Learn about animals that are great at hide and seek and why it is important for them to be able to blend in with their surroundings.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

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

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 01/24/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp/Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    • 36

    Calvert County Natural Resources conducts a number of nest box monitoring projects throughout the County. Help the naturalists build boxes for Barn Owls and Prothonotary Warblers. Learn how these projects help preserve the natural heritage of the area. Come with us to the Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm to install one of our newly made boxes and then take home a Bluebird box kit or two for your yard. 

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp and Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Fee: $8 per family/box. Families wanting more than one box to take home, can pay an additional $8 for each box.

    Registration and payment required by January 19.

    This program is supported by a grant from the National Environmental Education Foundation. 

    • 01/29/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 6
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Most of the trees have lost their leaves – but there is still some green in the woods!  We will use our senses to explore the local evergreens – how do they feel? How do they smell? We will also look to see how animals might use these trees. This class will include both indoor and outdoor activities. Be sure to dress for our outdoor adventure!

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

    Advanced Reservations are required.

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 01/29/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 11
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Most of the trees have lost their leaves – but there is still some green in the woods! We will use our senses to explore the local evergreens – how do they feel? How do they smell? We will also look to see how animals might use these trees. This class will include both indoor and outdoor activities. Be sure to dress for our outdoor adventure!

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

    Advanced Reservations are required.

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 02/02/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 6

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    The puppets will tell your children about groundhogs and other animals that hibernate, then take a short walk to see where animals might sleep in the winter.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park.  

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

    Reservations are required by Thursday, January 29. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 02/02/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 12

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    The puppets will tell your children about groundhogs and other animals that hibernate, then take a short walk to see where animals might sleep in the winter.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park.  

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

    Reservations are required by Thursday, January 29. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.


    • 02/12/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 10
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Kings Landing Park 

    What will we be wading into this winter? It could be rain or it could be snow. Either way – it probably won’t be warm! We’ll look at some different ways to measure the winter weather and then go for a walk outside to try things out. We’ll end inside with a warm snack!

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

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 02/12/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 15
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Kings Landing Park 

    What will we be wading into this winter? It could be rain or it could be snow. Either way – it probably won’t be warm! We’ll look at some different ways to measure the winter weather and then go for a walk outside to try things out. We’ll end inside with a warm snack!

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

    Advanced Reservations are required.

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 02/13/2015
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 39

    All ages.

    The 18th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count begins today.  Whether you are a novice or an expert birder, volunteers of all ages are welcome to help identify and count birds.  Data will be used by researchers at Cornell and the National Audubon Society.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, February 11. Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or by phone 410-535-5327.


    • 02/25/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 15

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Come learn about the sneaky creatures that lurk in the swamp in the winter. We’ll search for swamp bandit tracks while hiking on the boardwalk.

    Introduce preschool children to the natural world through outdoor exploration. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp 

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

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 02/28/2015
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 8

    Family Campfire

    All ages, with adult participation

    Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and flashlights

    Do you like big furry animals?  As we enjoy 'smores, we’ll learn what all mammals have in common. We'll take an up close look at some bones and skins from our local mammals, and learn what clues these sometimes secretive animals leave behind that we can find.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Park by the barn and walk back to the pavilion and campfire.

    Fee is per family. Free for BCNES members
    $8 for nonmembers

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    • 03/03/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 4
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Spring is almost here and animals are getting ready to make new nests. Most of the year, the trees help to hide nests in their branches, but this time of  year, we should be able to find some old nests - and maybe some new. We will begin inside by looking at some of the different nests our swamp animals make and end with an outdoor adventure to see if we can spy any nests! Come dressed for the weather.

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

    Advanced Reservations are required

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 03/03/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 11
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Spring is almost here and animals are getting ready to make new nests. Most of the year, the trees help to hide nests in their branches, but this time of  year, we should be able to find some old nests - and maybe some new. We will begin inside by looking at some of the different nests our swamp animals make and end with an outdoor adventure to see if we can spy any nests! Come dressed for the weather.

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

    Advanced Reservations are required

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 03/04/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8

    For adults

    This activities is also open to families with older children (under 16 with an adult participation)

    If you’re looking to get more involved with the parks here in the county or would just like an excuse to spend some time in the woods – we can always need to new volunteers to check our salamander traps. Come find out what it takes to be involved and help refurbish our salamander traps for the spring season. This is a great opportunity for home school students interested in the environment and animals.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Bring snacks and lunch. Wear clothes that can get dirty and comfortable shoes for working on the traps.

    Advanced registration is required. Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    This program is free.


    • 03/12/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 14

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Learn about how plants grow as we make some “seed bombs” that you can plant in your garden. Wear clothes that you can get dirty. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    Registration Deadline: Monday, March 9

    Reservations are required. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 03/20/2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 9

    All ages.

    Celebrate the first day of spring by hiking through Flag Ponds to look for frogs and other signs of spring.  Learn some frog calls and other identifying characteristics too.  Please bring flashlights.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

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

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, March 18. 

    Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or by phone 410-535-5327.

    • 03/23/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Spring is here and the puppets are singing!  Children can practice making their best frog calls while they hike to the pond.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park.  

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

    Reservations are required by Thursday, March 19. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 03/23/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 14

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Spring is here and the puppets are singing!  Children can practice making their best frog calls while they hike to the pond.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park.  

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

    Reservations are required by Thursday, March 19. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Fee is per family; may register online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 03/28/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 13

    For Families

    Have you ever wondered where marshmallows come from? We’ll teach you about the origin of marshmallows and we will make some of our own!  Bring a sealed container to take your marshmallows home.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Fee is per family. Free for BCNES members
    $8 for nonmembers

    Registration Deadline: Monday, March 23


Join BCNES today and most of these programs are free!

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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