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

    • 05/11/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0

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    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Walk, jump and fly like the animals during this fun and interactive program. We'll meet our special puppet friends and learn how their movements make them special. 

    LocationKings Landing Park

    Naturalist in charge: Amanda Duprey-Hicks

    Reservations are required by Monday, May 9

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

    • 05/11/2016
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 4
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Walk, jump and fly like the animals during this fun and interactive program. We'll meet our special puppet friends and learn how their movements make them special. 

    LocationKings Landing Park

    Naturalist in charge: Amanda Duprey-Hicks

    Reservations are required by Monday, May 9

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

    • 05/16/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby MD
    • 0

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    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    We will take an up close look at crabs and learn how they move around and live in the bay. Be prepared to go in the water as we gather up crabs to study.

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required

    Registration Deadline: Thursday, May 12

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

     

    • 06/01/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    3-5 years old, Adults are required

     

    Leaves are everywhere this time of year! Do they all look the same? Big leaves, small ones, fuzzy ones, ones that smell. Bring your preschooler for this closer look at the diversity of leaves in our park.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park  

    Naturalist In Charge: Tania Gale

    Please register by May 27

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

    Advanced Reservations are required.

    • 06/01/2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    3-5 years old, Adults are required  

    Leaves are everywhere this time of year! Do they all look the same? Big leaves, small ones, fuzzy ones, ones that smell. Bring your preschooler for this closer look at the diversity of leaves in our park.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park  

    Naturalist In Charge: Tania Gale

    Please register by May 27

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

    Advanced Reservations are required.

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

    • 06/03/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2

    Ages 4-12

    Our Spring homeschool series focuses on “phenology” - nature’s calendar. It is the study of seasonal changes in plant and animal life-cycles such as date flowers begin to bloom or frogs start singing in the spring. Month to month, we will make and record weather observations and check in with the plants and animals at Flag Ponds Park - watching as spring changes to summer.

    Please register by May 31 to attend

    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

    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. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements using scientific equipment, 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 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).

    • 06/03/2016
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 6

    Ages 4-12

    Our Spring homeschool series focuses on “phenology” - nature’s calendar. It is the study of seasonal changes in plant and animal life-cycles such as date flowers begin to bloom or frogs start singing in the spring. Month to month, we will make and record weather observations and check in with the plants and animals at Flag Ponds Park - watching as spring changes to summer.

    Please register by May 31 to attend

    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

    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. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements using scientific equipment, 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 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).

    • 06/07/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Explore the underwater world of the Patuxent River. We will learn about fishy features, then use nets to see what we can catch. 

    LocationKings Landing Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required by Thursday, June2

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

    • 06/07/2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Explore the underwater world of the Patuxent River. We will learn about fishy features, then use nets to see what we can catch. 

    LocationKings Landing Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required by Thursday, June2

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

    • 06/16/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick MD
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    Give your trees a big hug and tell them thank you as we learn about all of the ways trees are great!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda Duprey-Hicks

    Reservations are required.Registration Deadline: Monday, June 13

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

    • 06/16/2016
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick MD
    • 1

    For Ages 3 to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    Give your trees a big hug and tell them thank you as we learn about all of the ways trees are great!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda Duprey-Hicks

    Reservations are required.Registration Deadline: Monday, June 13

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

    • 06/27/2016
    • 06/30/2016
    • 4 sessions
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0

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

    Monday, June 27 – Thursday, June 30, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    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.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

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

    • 06/27/2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • 06/30/2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 3

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

    Monday, June 27 – Thursday, June 30, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

    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.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

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

    • 07/11/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Bring your favorite teddy bear as we learn about bears. 

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

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

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

    • 07/11/2016
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 11

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Bring your favorite teddy bear as we learn about bears. 

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

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

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

    • 07/26/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 7
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Teach your children the terrific world of turtles. From their little nose to their tail, these reptile are one of a kind.  

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

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

     

    • 07/26/2016
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 14
    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Teach your children the terrific world of turtles. From their little nose to their tail, these reptile are one of a kind.  

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

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

    • 08/17/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk MD
    • 3

    For ages 3-5

    Learn about spider’s creature features, then we will look for them in the forest and meadow. Bring bug nets and catching containers if you have them.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

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

    Registration Deadline: Monday, August 15

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

    • 08/17/2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk MD
    • 4

    For ages 3-5

    Learn about spider’s creature features, then we will look for them in the forest and meadow. Bring bug nets and catching containers if you have them.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

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

    Registration Deadline: Monday, August 15

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

    • 08/20/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 3

    For Ages 3-5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Jiggly, squishy, slimy jellyfish! We will read a story about jellyfish, walk to the beach to meet jellyfish, and make a craft.

    Special registration information: Wear clothes and shoes that can get sandy.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park 

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

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

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 17

    • 08/26/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 3

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required


    Butterflies, beetles, and spiders are just a few residents of the Goldenrod Jungle. We will explore the different creatures that live, hunt, and hide there. 


    Special Registration information: Bring bug nets and catching containers if you have them.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 23

    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.

    • 08/26/2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 4

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required


    Butterflies, beetles, and spiders are just a few residents of the Goldenrod Jungle. We will explore the different creatures that live, hunt, and hide there. 


    Special Registration information: Bring bug nets and catching containers if you have them.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 23

    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 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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