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

    • 03/12/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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.

    • 03/14/2015
    • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Ward Farm Nature Park

    All ages, under 16 with an adult.

    Join Master Naturalist Karen Anderson to explore the winter bird life of our new Ward Farm Nature Park in Dunkirk.

    Dress for the weather--we'll be outside the whole time.

    Bring binoculars and field guides.

    Free

    • 03/20/2015
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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
    • 5

    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.

    • 03/27/2015
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Nature Center

    Come learn about Calvert County's owls. We will be discussing the status of each species and describe how the nest box project is working to bring back Barn Owls to the area.  

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    This is a free program.


    • 03/28/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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

    • 04/06/2015
    • 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.

    Registration Deadline: April 1 

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

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

    • 04/06/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10

    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.

    Registration Deadline: April 1

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

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

    • 04/23/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 8
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Bring your child's favorite stuffed animal pal for a woodland animals puppet show, then take a hike through the forest and end with a tea party for your child and their pal.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, April 21. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

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

    • 04/23/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 12
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Bring your child's favorite stuffed animal pal for a woodland animals puppet show, then take a hike through the forest and end with a tea party for your child and their pal.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, April 21. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

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

    • 04/25/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Nature Park, Dunkirk
    • 18

    For Families

    Barn swallows are wonderful birds that can be found among many farms in Maryland from spring to fall. We will search for swallows at Ward Farm Nature Park and talk about the importance of these birds. Bring a lunch to enjoy while at the park.

    Location: Ward Farm Nature Park

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

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

    Registration Deadline: Monday, April 21

    • 04/28/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 1
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Kings Landing Park 

    Some animal babies look just like their parents - some look totally different. We'll look at some local animal adult/baby pairs and see if we can match them up correctly! Includes indoor and outdoor activities. Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by April 24

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

    • 04/28/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 8
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Kings Landing Park 

    Some animal babies look just like their parents - some look totally different. We'll look at some local animal adult/baby pairs and see if we can match them up correctly! Includes indoor and outdoor activities.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by April 24

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

    • 05/03/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    For Everyone!

    Many groups will be at the Farm to make it a very festive celebration. The Calvert County Canine Search and Rescue will hold a demonstration; they have been using Biscoe Gray over the past year to train their dogs. An equestrian club will offer beginner’s trail rides. The Garden Club will be selling herbs and native plants.

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    FREE. Registration is not required.


    • 05/05/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 1

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Warm weather is here and so are tons of cool bugs. We’ll explore the meadows and woods of the park looking for interesting bugs.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    Registration Deadline: May 1

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

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

    • 05/05/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 13

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Warm weather is here and so are tons of cool bugs. We’ll explore the meadows and woods of the park looking for interesting bugs. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    Registration Deadline: May 1

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

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

    • 05/08/2015
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 4

    For All ages
    Adult participation is required

    Have a relaxing evening with your family at Flag Ponds Park after hours.  Go seining with a naturalist, look for shark's teeth, or simply relax and enjoy the view as the sky changes colors over the bay.  Bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic supper, if you'd like.  We will provide the s'mores.  

    Only registered participants will be provided with information about entry into the park.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

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

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, May 6. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 05/13/2015
    • 1:00 AM - 2:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 7
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Let’s take a trip down to the pond! We will use dip nets to see what is living in the water. This class promises to be lots of slippery, slimy fun!
    Wear clothes that can get wet and muddy – you’ll want comfortable walking shoes for the walk!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

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

    Advanced 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.

    • 05/13/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Let’s take a trip down to the pond! We will use dip nets to see what is living in the water. This class promises to be lots of slippery, slimy fun!
    Wear clothes that can get wet and muddy – you’ll want comfortable walking shoes for the walk!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

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

    Advanced Reservations are required by May 11

    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.

    • 05/29/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    After an outdoor puppet show, head down to the beach to see where animals like terrapins and horseshoe crabs would lay their eggs.  Dress your child in clothes that can get wet.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park.  

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

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, May 27. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 05/29/2015
    • 10:30 PM
    • 05/30/2015
    • 12:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1

    For All ages
    Adult participation is required

    Want to see some horseshoe crabs spawning on the beach by starlight? Join us for this unique chance to see Flag Ponds at night! With luck we will see horseshoe crabs spawning at the water’s edge or maybe bioluminescent comb jellies in the water!
    Bring a flashlight, insect repellent, and wear shoes that can get wet. You may want to have a change of clothes for the way home.


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

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required by May 26.

    • 06/11/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    ou don't have to look hard to find art supplies in nature. We will go on a short hike to find some beautiful things and then create some natural art of our own.

    Special registration information: Dress in clothes that can get dirty. If you have an oversized old shirt that could be used as a smock, please bring it along.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

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

    Reservations are required by June 9.

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

    • 06/16/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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. 

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

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

    Registration Deadline: June 12th

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

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

    • 06/16/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 3

    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. 

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

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

    Registration Deadline: June 12

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

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

    • 06/29/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/02/2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 4

    For children ages 4-5 years old by time of camp

    Monday-Thursday, June 29-July 2, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    We will set out on mini adventures throughout the park to explore our natural world. From the creek to the fields who knows what we may find. Parents are not required to stay during the camp. No younger or older siblings allowed.

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $60
    Nonmembers: $75

    Each child must be registered separately.
    You may register online, by mail, or in person. See the Registration Information page for details.

    • 06/30/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 7

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    Following some fun indoor activities and a meet-and-greet with a live frog and toad, take a walk with the naturalist to look for amphibians.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required by Friday, June 26. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

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

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

    • 06/30/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 12

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    Following some fun indoor activities and a meet-and-greet with a live frog and toad, take a walk with the naturalist to look for amphibians.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required by Friday, June 26. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

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

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


Join BCNES today and most of these programs are free!

Calvert Nature Society (formerly 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.
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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