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

    • 08/06/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Nature is full of wonderful colors. We will look for every color in the rainbow as we hike along the trails at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

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

    Registration Deadline: Friday July 31

    Naturalist in Charge; Gene Groshon

    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.

    • 08/06/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Nature is full of wonderful colors. We will look for every color in the rainbow as we hike along the trails at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

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

    Registration Deadline: Friday July 31

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    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.

    • 08/11/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, HUntingtown
    • 1
    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 7

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

    • 08/11/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, HUntingtown
    • 2
    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 7

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

    • 08/26/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 2

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Following some fun indoor activities and a puppet show, hike out to the pier with the naturalist to look for lizards.  Since the hike is about a mile round trip, we will relax at the beach for a while before returning to the parking area.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele 

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

    Reservations are required by Monday, August 24. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 09/02/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    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 BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by August 31

    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.

    • 09/02/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 11
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    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 BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by August 31

    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.

    • 09/04/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    Homeschool First 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, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games. 
    • 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 3 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).

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification.  Each month will focus on a different animal group.  September’s class will be an investigation of insects.  We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some examples.

    Please register by August 28 to attend

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 09/17/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby MD
    • 2

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    The beaches are covered in amazing shells.  We will collect shells and talk about the animals that live in them. Afterward we will make a fun craft with the shells we find.

     

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

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

    Registration Deadline: Monday, Sept 14

    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.

    • 09/17/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby MD
    • 9

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    The beaches are covered in amazing shells.  We will collect shells and talk about the animals that live in them. Afterward we will make a fun craft with the shells we find.


    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

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

    Registration Deadline: Monday, Sept 14

    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.

    • 09/21/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 10

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    After some butterfly-themed activities and a puppet show, head out to the meadow to look for migrating monarchs and other butterflies.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Thursday, September 17. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

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

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

    • 09/21/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 13

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    After some butterfly-themed activities and a puppet show, head out to the meadow to look for migrating monarchs and other butterflies.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Thursday, September 17. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

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

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

    • 10/02/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 6
    Homeschool First 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, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games. 
    • 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 3 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).

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification.  Each month will focus on a different animal group.  October’s class will be an investigation of fish.  We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some examples.

    Please register by September 28 to attend

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 10/06/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2

    For Children ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

     The Chesapeake Bay is one of the world’s largest estuaries – and it’s right in our backyard.  Bring your little ones to this fun introduction to the Bay and some of its inhabitants.   

     

    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.

    • 10/06/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 9

    For Children ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

     The Chesapeake Bay is one of the world’s largest estuaries – and it’s right in our backyard.  Bring your little ones to this fun introduction to the Bay and some of its inhabitants.   

     

    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.

    • 10/22/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 6

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Some animals have very special ways that they move. We’ll play fun games as we learn why animals move differently. Be prepared to spend some time outside.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    Registration Deadline: Friday, Oct 16

    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.

    • 10/22/2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 11

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Some animals have very special ways that they move. We’ll play fun games as we learn why animals move differently. Be prepared to spend some time outside.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    Registration Deadline: Friday, Oct 16

    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.

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

    Puppets will teach your children about owls and other things that begin with the letter "O."  They will even meet one of the nature center's live owls. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

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

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, October 28. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

     

    • 10/30/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 12
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Puppets will teach your children about owls and other things that begin with the letter "O."  They will even meet one of the nature center's live owls. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

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

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, October 28. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

     

    • 11/05/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    3-5 years old, Adult participation required

    What will the fall give us? Will we find colorful leaves or nuts? Come celebrate fall - we will enjoy playing with whatever we find!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations by November 3 please    

    Fee is per family; Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers 



    • 11/05/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 7

    3-5 years old, Adult participation required

    What will the fall give us? Will we find colorful leaves or nuts? Come celebrate fall - we will enjoy playing with whatever we find!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations by November 3 please

    Fee is per family; Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:

    Free for BCNES members
    $8 per family for nonmembers   



    • 11/06/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 8
    Homeschool First 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, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games. 
    • 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 3 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).

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification.  Each month will focus on a different animal group.  November’s class will be an investigation of birds.  We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some examples.

    Please register by October 30 to attend

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 11/18/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 9

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Every fall hundreds of Canada Geese fly down to Maryland to spend the winter.  We will see if we can see any on the river and learn more about these long distance birds. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    Registration Deadline: Friday, Nov 13

    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.

    • 11/18/2015
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 10

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Every fall hundreds of Canada Geese fly down to Maryland to spend the winter.  We will see if we can see any on the river and learn more about these long distance birds. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    Registration Deadline: Friday, Nov 13

    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.

    • 11/23/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 10

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    "T" is for turkeys and Thanksgiving.  Following some fun "T"-themed activities and a puppet show, take a short hike in the fall leaves.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele 

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

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

    • 11/23/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 12

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    "T" is for turkeys and Thanksgiving.  Following some fun "T"-themed activities and a puppet show, take a short hike in the fall leaves.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele 

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

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

    • 12/02/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby MD
    • 9

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Winter is a time for trees to take a break. We will talk about how trees survive in the winter while hiking to the Grandfather Tree!


    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

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

    Registration Deadline: Monday, Nov 30

    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.

    • 12/02/2015
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby MD
    • 7

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Winter is a time for trees to take a break. We will talk about how trees survive in the winter while hiking to the Grandfather Tree!


    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

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

    Registration Deadline: Monday, Nov 30

    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.

    • 12/04/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 9
    Homeschool First 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, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games. 
    • 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 3 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).

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification.  Each month will focus on a different animal group.  December’s class will be an investigation of mammals.  We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some clues that they have been nearby.

    Please register by November 30 to attend

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • 12/08/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 7

    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

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Friday, December 4. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

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

    • 12/08/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 11

    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

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Friday, December 4. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

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

    • 12/17/2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 9
    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!

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by December 14

    Fee is per family; Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

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

    • 12/17/2015
    • 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 7
    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!


    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by December 14

    Fee is per family; Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers


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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