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

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

    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
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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.

    • 06/11/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1

    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.

    • 06/13/2015
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 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

    • 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
    • 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 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
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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.

    • 07/07/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Butterflies are all around our garden during the summer time. We will learn about the life stages of the butterfly and what flowers they like to feed on while we search for them through the park.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 2

    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.

    • 07/07/2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 10

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Butterflies are all around our garden during the summer time. We will learn about the life stages of the butterfly and what flowers they like to feed on while we search for them through the park.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    Registration Deadline: Thursday July 2

    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.

    • 07/14/2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    What lives in the shallow water close to shore?  We will use nets to find out. Both adults and children will need to be prepared to get wet.  Water shoes strongly recommended.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

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

    Reservations are required by July 10. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 07/30/2015
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Puppets will teach your children about crayfish and other mudbugs. After some muddy activities, hike around the boardwalk to look for crayfish clues.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

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

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

     

    • 07/30/2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 9
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Puppets will teach your children about crayfish and other mudbugs. After some muddy activities, hike around the boardwalk to look for crayfish clues.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

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

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


    • 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
    • 1

    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
    • 5
    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
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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.

    • 08/30/2015
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lubsy
    • 15

    For teens and adult 

    (must be at least 14; under 18 adult required)

    Join us for an early morning hike around Flag Ponds. We will be sure to encounter lots of bird so be sure to bring a pair of binoculars!

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

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

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

    Download the Registration Form (pdf)

    Registration Deadline is Monday, August 24 



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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