Summer Camp

Questions about Summer Camp? Send an email to the Natural Resources Division or call during business hours: 410-535-5327.

Summer Camp Forms

Due to Maryland Health Regulations, there are new forms and information required of every camper.

We have a checklist to make sure you have all the information required for registration.

Summer Camp descriptions can be found by clicking the camps below, but registration will not open until March 2 (March 16 for nonmembers).

Camp Registration

For Summer Camps, Members-only registration begins on March 2. Nonmembers can register beginning March 16. 

You may register online, by mail, or in person. Please note that Mail In and In Person registrations will not be processed until after March 2 for members or March 16 for nonmembers.

No phone or email reservations are accepted. Each child must be registered separately.

See the Registration Information page for details.

Members are not allowed to register non-members for summer camps. Each family must register under their own account.

Summer Camp by Grade (in Fall 2015)

Ages 4-5

06/29/2015 9:00 AM • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick

Grades 1-2

07/06/2015 9:00 AM • Flag Ponds Nature Park
07/27/2015 9:00 AM • Varies, see description

Grades 2-4

07/20/2015 9:00 AM • Flag Ponds Nature Park
07/20/2015 9:00 AM • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby

Grades 3-5

06/29/2015 9:00 AM • Flag Ponds Nature Park
07/13/2015 9:00 AM • Varies, see description

Grades 4-5

07/27/2015 9:00 AM • Varies, see description

Grades 4-6

08/03/2015 9:00 AM • Varies, see description

Grades 6-8

07/06/2015 9:00 AM • Varies, see description

Grades 7-9

07/13/2015 9:00 AM • Varies, see description

Grades 9-11

08/03/2015 9:00 AM • Varies, see description

Summer Camps by Date

    • 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.

    • 06/29/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/03/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    Children entering grades 3-5
    Monday-Wednesday, June 29, 30 and July 1, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 2, 6:00 p.m. overnight through
    Friday, July 3, 9:00 a.m.

    There will be no camp before 6 p.m. on Thursday or after 9 a.m. on Friday.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    If you like exploring wet places and catching water animals – then this fun camp is for you! This week we will wade into some marvelous wet places like the creek, the swamp, and the Bay. As we go, we will learn firsthand about the animals and plants that depend on water – including ourselves. We’ll end the week with an overnight so we can discover some watery places by the light of the stars. Come prepared to get WET and have fun!
    Special registration information: Tents and breakfast for the overnight provided, as well as hot dogs and hamburgers for the overnight’s potluck cookout.

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $200
    Nonmembers: $230

     

    • 07/06/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/09/2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10
    For children entering Grades 1 and 2

    Monday-Thursday, July 6-9, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Your children can explore the fascinating world of reptiles and amphibians as they play games and use seine nets, dip nets and traps to safely view these animals.  Students will investigate their differences and learn why herps are important.  There will be encounters with live animals every day.

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    Additional Information about camp

    Reservations are required by Monday, June 29. Register online or by mail.

    If you have any questions, email cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or call 410-535-5327.

    • 07/06/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/10/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Children entering grades 6-8
    Monday-Wednesday, July 6-8, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 9, 7:30 a.m. overnight trip to Western MD
    Friday, July 10, pick up @ 6:00p.m.

    Locations
    Monday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday – Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Wednesday – Kings Landing Park
    Thursday meets at Kings Landing Park for overnight trip
    Friday pick up at Kings Landing park
    This week we will explore all things aquatic while learning the basics of getting around on the water using a variety of watercraft like canoes, kayaks, and river rafts. We’ll explore different aquatic habitats as we retrace the path that water takes from the mountains to the Bay – in reverse. The last 2 days will be an overnight adventure to western Maryland - including tubing on Antietum Creek and rafting on the Shenandoah River. Come prepared to get WET and have fun!

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $250
    Nonmembers: $280

    Please fill out the following waivers and return both before the first day of camp. A separate form is needed for each camper for each day.

    Parental waiver for Thursday

    Parental waiver for Friday

     

    • 07/13/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/16/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 7

    For children entering Grades 3-5

    Monday, July 13 - Wednesday, July 15, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Thursday, July 16, 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    There will be no camp on Thursday prior to 4:00 p.m. 

    Location:Flag Ponds Nature Park (Mon-Tues)

    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Wed-Thurs)

    Your children can explore the fascinating world of birds as they bird watch, check nest boxes, dissect owl pellets, and make bird feeders.  Thursday evening will be a hoot! After supper over the campfire, the young birders will meet the nature center’s live owls and will take a hike to look for birds at night.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    Additional Information about camp

    Reservations are required by Monday, July 6. Register online or by mail.

    If you have any questions, email cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or call 410-535-5327.

    • 07/13/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/17/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 3
    Entering Grades 7-9

    Monday July 13-Wednesday, July 15, 9:00 a.m-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 16, 4:00 .p.m overnight through Friday, July 17, 9:00 a.m.

    Note: There is no camp before 4:00 p.m. Thursday or after 9:00 a.m. Friday

    Location:

    Monday: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    Tuesday: Ward Farm Nature Park
    Wednesday: Kings Landing Park
    Thursday-Friday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Come see the parks like never before as we explore the far reaches of our parks. Be prepared to travel by land and water as we set off on our adventures. We will end our week with a camp out at Flag Ponds Park. Food for the overnight and camping fees are included.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $200
    Nonmembers: $230

    • 07/20/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/24/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 12
    For girls entering grades 2-4

    Monday-Friday, July 20-24, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Send your daughters to Flag Ponds Park for a week of adventure and excitement.  They will discover their hidden talents as they learn how to use a compass, identify plants and animals, tie knots, and cook over a fire.  Your girls will boost their self-confidence and build new friendships as they face fun new challenges every day.

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    Reservations are required by Monday, July 13. Register online or by mail.

    If you have any questions, email cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or call 410-535-5327.

    • 07/20/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/24/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 6
    For boys entering grades 2-4

    Monday-Friday, July 20-24, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.


    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    As Sons of the Forest we will explore Flag Ponds Nature Park. From sloshing in the swamp to hiking through the forest we will leave no stone unturned as we learn about the natural world around us. We’ll also do fun crafts, build survival forts and cook over a fire. So bring you sense of adventure and join us for a fun week outside!

    Fee per camper:Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    • 07/27/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/30/2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 2
    For children entering grades 1-2
    Monday, July 27 -Thursday, July 30, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Location:
    Monday and Tuesday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Wednesday and Thursday – Flag Ponds Nature Park

    You don’t need to go on safari to see wildlife – there’s a ton of wildlife to be seen here in Calvert County, if you know here to look. During this camp, we will take the time to look closely for life under logs, stones, even in the mud! Using tools like nets, buckets, and shovels, we’ll search high and low, on land and in the water for bugs, worms, fish and whatever else we can find. In addition to our outdoor explorations, games and journals will help us learn about Calvert County’s “wild things.”


    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180


    • 07/27/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/31/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 9
    For children entering Grades 4 and 5

    Monday, July 27-Wednesday, July 29, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
    Thursday July 30, 4:00 p.m. overnight through Friday, July 31, 10:00 a.m.

    There is no camp before 4:00 pm Thursday or after 10:00 am Friday.

    Locations:

    Monday: Kings Landing Park 
    Tuesday: Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Wednesday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Thursday-Friday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    From the beaches to the forests there are many animals that live in our area. We’ll explore our parks to learn about animals big and small. Activities will include habitat exploration, observing wild animals in the field, up close encounters with our exhibit animals and an overnight campout at Flag Ponds Nature Park.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $200
    Nonmembers: $230

    • 08/03/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/07/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 8

    For children entering grades 9-11
    Monday-Wednesday, August 3-5, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, August 6, 7:00 a.m. overnight through
    Friday, August 7, 6:00 p.m.

    This week will be an epic adventure which test our limits as we immerse ourselves in the habitats around us. Here in Calvert County, we will study fresh and brackish water habitats – including the cypress swamp, the Patuxent River, and the nearshore habitats of the Chesapeake Bay. The week will culminate with a two-day overnight trip to Assateague Island National Seashore where we will camp in the dunes and experience the effects of the salty ocean firsthand. Camp activities include boat trip, plant/animal identification, plankton study, water quality testing – as well as hiking, camping, and surfing.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $360
    Nonmembers: $390

    Locations
    Monday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday*–Morgan State Marine Lab at Jefferson Patterson Park
    Wednesday* – Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Thursday - meets at Kings Landing Park for the trip to Assateague Island National Seashore
    Friday – return to Kings Landing Park


    *these days may be changed due to the weather

    Please fill out this waiver and return it before the first day of camp: OC Surf Sessions Release form

     

    • 08/03/2015
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/07/2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 10

    For children entering Grades 4-6

    Monday, August 3 - Friday, August 7, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Photo Presentation for Families: Friday, August 7, 3:00 p.m.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park (Mon, Thurs, & Fri)
    Kings Landing Park  (Tues)
    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Wed)

    Your children will capture the natural wonders of Calvert County Parks on camera. In addition to fun camp activities, they will learn camera basics and picture-taking tips. After camp on Friday, families are invited to a presentation highlighting campers’ work. Campers must provide their own digital camera.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    Additional Information about camp

    Reservations are required by Monday, July 27. Register online or by mail.

    If you have any questions, email cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or call 410-535-5327.

Past events

08/04/2014 Summer Camp: Wild Things (1st-2nd grades)
07/28/2014 Summer Camp: Nature Photography Camp (4th-6th grades)
07/21/2014 Summer Camp: Water Watchers (9th-11th grade)
07/14/2014 Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventure Camp for Girls (grades 2-4)
07/14/2014 Summer Camp: Sons of the Forest (2nd-4th grades)
07/07/2014 Summer Camp: From the Mountains to the Bay (6th-8th grade)
07/07/2014 Summer Camp: Herpetology Camp (1st-2nd grades)
06/30/2014 Summer Camp: Hooked on Fishing (6th-8th grades)
06/30/2014 Summer Camp: Backyard Explorers (4-5 years)
06/23/2014 Summer Camp: Adventure Camp (7th-9th grades)
06/23/2014 Summer Camp: Wet, Wild, and Wonderful (3rd-5th grades)
04/16/2014 Salamander Soiree - Teen Spring Camp
01/18/2014 Winter Camp 2014
11/11/2013 Trial by Fire (for girls, 12-16 years)
08/05/2013 Summer Camp: From the Mountains to the Bay (6th-8th grade)
08/05/2013 Summer Camp: Our Animal Friends (4-5 years)
07/29/2013 Summer Camp: From the Mountains to the Bay (6th-8th grade)
07/22/2013 Summer Camp: Nature Photography Camp (4th-6th grades)
07/22/2013 Summer Camp: Yuckology (1st-2nd grades)
07/15/2013 Summer Camp: Sons of the Forest (2nd-4th grades)
07/15/2013 Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventure Camp for Girls (grades 2-4)
07/10/2013 Summer Camp: Hand in Hand – Discovery Trails (ages 3-5 with adult)
07/08/2013 Summer Camp: Camp Skills: Earth, Air, Fire, Water (3rd-5th grades)
06/24/2013 Summer Camp: Herpetology Camp (1st-2nd grades)
06/24/2013 Summer Camp: Walk on the Wet Side (3rd-5th grades)
06/17/2013 Summer Camp: Junior Rangers (5th - 8th grades)
01/21/2013 Winter Adventures Camp

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.

Copyright Calvert Nature Society.
Mailing address: PO Box 122, Port Republic, MD 20676. info@calvertparks.org
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