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.

Check out the events for families or "all ages" allowed.

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

Upcoming events

    • 04/30/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Playing outside is healthy for humans of all ages. Take some time to enjoy the outdoors and meet like-minded families. In this semi-structured event children and their grown-ups can explore our nature play space, play games, meet a live animal or two, and/or create some nature art. Families may stay for some of the listed program time – activities will be ongoing. Younger siblings are welcome, but for safety, must be supervised by their adults.

    Activities set up from from 10am-12pm - you may stay for part or all of that time.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp


    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by April 25

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    • 05/03/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 0
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    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Learn about the animals that live in our creeks and streams. We’ll be wading in the water catching animals so wear clothes and shoes that you can get wet and dirty and bring a change of clothes. Old tennis shoes are best as they will stay on your feet.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations are required.

    Registration Deadline: Monday, May  1

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

    • 05/04/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist
    Homeschool First Friday: Who Goes There? - AM session

    Ages 4-12 with adult

    This spring's series continues the “Outdoor Skills” theme, with each month focusing on something different. May’s class will focus on animal tracking and other ways to discover who we are sharing the woods (or beach, or campsite) with.

    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

    Please register by May 2 to attend   

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    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

    Indoor activities are generally designed to be done by families as a unit, though older children may be able to complete them on their own.  Parents are expected to participate in this program as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic outdoor exploration.  Parents will be expected to stay with the younger group, while the older children will stay with park staff.

    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.

    • 05/04/2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1
    Registration is closed
    Homeschool First Friday: Who Goes There? - PM session

    Ages 4-12

    This spring's series continues the “Outdoor Skills” theme, with each month focusing on something different. May’s class will focus on animal tracking and other ways to discover who we are sharing the woods (or beach, or campsite) with.

    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

    Please register by May 2 to attend   

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    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

    Indoor activities are generally designed to be done by families as a unit, though older children may be able to complete them on their own.  Parents are expected to participate in this program as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic outdoor exploration.  Parents will be expected to stay with the younger group, while the older children will stay with park staff.

    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.

    • 05/11/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 7
    Register
    18 months - 5 years, adult participation required

    Help the naturalist plant seeds and seedlings to attract caterpillars and butterflies to the gardens around the nature center.  Bring gloves and kid-friendly digging tools (optional). 

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, May 9. 

    Program Fee:  Free.

    This project is part of our Calvert Stewards volunteer program, providing families an opportunity to contribute to our efforts to improve habitat and help with various park projects.

    • 05/22/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
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    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Get in touch with our creative side as we do some nature crafts

    Location:  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

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

    Reservations are required by Sunday, May 20

     

    • 05/22/2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 4
    Register

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Get in touch with our creative side as we do some nature crafts

    Location:  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

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

    Reservations are required by Sunday, May 20

     

    • 06/01/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    Homeschool First Friday: - Eating Wild - AM session

    Ages 4-12 with adult

    The final installment of our  “Outdoor Skills” theme, June’s class will focus on finding food and water safely in the great outdoors.

    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

    Please register by May 30 to attend   

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    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

    Indoor activities are generally designed to be done by families as a unit, though older children may be able to complete them on their own.  Parents are expected to participate in this program as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic outdoor exploration.  Parents will be expected to stay with the younger group, while the older children will stay with park staff.

    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.

    • 06/01/2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist
    Homeschool First Friday: - Eating Wild - PM session

    Ages 4-12 with adult

    The final installment of our  “Outdoor Skills” theme, June’s class will focus on finding food and water safely in the great outdoors.

    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

    Please register by May 30 to attend   

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    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

    Indoor activities are generally designed to be done by families as a unit, though older children may be able to complete them on their own.  Parents are expected to participate in this program as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic outdoor exploration.  Parents will be expected to stay with the younger group, while the older children will stay with park staff.

    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.

    • 06/06/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Playing outside is healthy for humans of all ages. Take some time to enjoy the outdoors and meet like-minded families in this semi-structured event. Children and their grown-ups can explore the river’s edge by playing games, catching live river animals, and/or creating some nature art. Families may stay for some of the listed program time – activities will be ongoing. Younger siblings are welcome, but for safety, must be supervised by their adults.

    Location: Kings Landing Park


    We will have activities from from 10AM-12PM - you may stay for part or all of that time


    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by May 31

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    • 06/30/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby MD
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years, adult participation is required.

    Shelly the puppet will tell you about her Bay friends that make shells, then we will create a shell craft. Later, we'll walk to the beach to see what kinds of shells we can find. 

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required.

    Registration deadline: Tuesday, June 26

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


    • 07/19/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 12
    Registration is closed
    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    We are going to learn about our local lizards and even go out exploring to see if we can find some. Dress ready go outside. 

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 17

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

     

    • 07/19/2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 12
    Registration is closed
    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    We are going to learn about our local lizards and even go out exploring to see if we can find some. Dress ready go outside. 

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 17

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

     

    • 08/15/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 5
    Registration is closed
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Kings Landing Park 

    You can’t eat them, but it sure is fun to make them! Join in the muddy fun as we explore the mud –how it feels, how it smells - what animals live in the mud? Come prepared for getting wet and dirty (adults and kids both), wear old sneakers that you can wear in the water (no flip flops), an old towel, and bring a change of clothes for the way home.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Fee is per family: free to Society members; $8 for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by August 10


    • 09/05/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 10
    Registration is closed
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Do you like bugs or do you think they are yucky? We’ll take a close look at some bugs – big and small, creepy and crawly – and see where they live and what they eat. We’ll also spend some time outside doing a bug search – so come dressed for a walk

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

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by September 7

    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.

    • 09/14/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This Fall's homeschool series focuses on the chesapeake Bay, with each month will focusing on something different. In September’s class we will explore the shallow, near-shore waters of the Bay.  There will be some inside activities, but most of this class will be at the beach and in the water, so please come prepared to get wet (adults too).

    Please register by September 6 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    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

    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).

    • 09/14/2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This Fall's homeschool series focuses on the chesapeake Bay, with each month will focusing on something different. In September’s class we will explore the shallow, near-shore waters of the Bay.  There will be some inside activities, but most of this class will be at the beach and in the water, so please come prepared to get wet (adults too).

    Please register by September 6 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    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

    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).


Join BCNES today and most of these 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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