Summer camps are announced to members first through the Peeper.

Camp Registration

For Summer Camps, Members-only registration begins on March 3. Nonmembers can register beginning March 17. 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 3 for members or March 17 for nonmembers.

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

Online Registration does not allow for waitlists. If a program is full, please email CypressSwamp@co.cal.md.us (include your name, child's name and the name of the camp) and you will be contacted if space becomes available.

See the Registration Information page for details.

Make sure your membership is current by logging in and checking your membership status. If you can log in but there is no information about membership, it means you are not a member. Contact the office 410-535-5327 or email anne@calvertparks.org if you have questions and we can check for you.

Information Packets will be mailed around June 1. Each camper will receive an information packet about the camp. We will post the pdf onthe Summer Camp Information Page.

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

Print out the Summer Registration Form

Upcoming events

    • 06/23/2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • 06/27/2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • varies
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For children entering grades 3rd –5th

    Monday, June 23 – Friday, June 27 
    Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Thursday camp begins at 6pm for a family picnic dinner/cookout, followed by a campers-only overnight which ends at 9am Friday.
    No camp Friday after pick-up time.

    Location: TBD

    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 see and 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!

    Tents and breakfast for the overnight provided, as well as hot dogs and hamburgers for the overnight’s potluck cookout.

     

    • 06/23/2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • 06/27/2014
    • 3:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park and Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    For children entering grades 7-9

    Monday, June 23 -Friday, June 27
    9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Campout the night of the 26th, Pickup will be on Friday the 27th at 9:00am

    Location: (Mon, Wed-Fri) Kings Landing Park, (Tue) Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Come see the parks like never before as we explore the far reaches of Kings Landing and Flag Ponds. Be prepared to travel by foot, kayak, canoe and stand up paddle board as we set off on our adventures.We will end our week with a camp out at Kings Landing Park. Food for the overnight, outfitter and camping fees are included.

    Fee per camper: $200 BCNES members; $230 for nonmembers

    • 06/30/2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/03/2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp & Flag Ponds Park
    • 8
    For Ages 4-5 years

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Mon & Tues)

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park (Wed & Thurs)

    Monday, June 30-Thursday, July 3
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Your little camper will discover fascinating plants and animals that live around us through stories, puppets, games, crafts, and plenty of outdoor adventures.

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

    Fee: BCNES members pay $75; non-members pay $90

    • 06/30/2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/03/2014
    • 2:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Hutchins Pond, and Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 3
    For children entering grades 6-8<//p>

    Monday, June 30-Thursday, July 3
    9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Location:

    Mon & Thu:  Kings Landing Park
    Tue: Hutchins Pond
    Wed: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Cast away with us as we head out to some local waterways and learn about fishing.  We will visit various parks to learn different techniques of fishing from primitive traps to modern rod and reel.  We will also venture into the water to get a closer look at the habitats the fish live in and how we can help preserve our waterways.  Campers are required to bring their own fishing rod.

    Fee per camper: $150 BCNES members; $180 for nonmembers

    • 07/07/2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/11/2014
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    For children entering grades 6 - 8

    Monday, July 7– Friday, July 11

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Thursday and Friday – overnight trip to western Maryland.   Leave Thursday 7:00 a.m. and return approximately 6:00 p.m. Friday.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Flag Ponds Nature Park, and 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, tubes and 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 river rafting on the Shenandoah River. Come prepared to get WET and have fun!

    Campers must be able to swim to be a part of this camp.

    (Maximum number of campers: 8)

     

    • 07/07/2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/11/2014
    • 2:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 7
    For Children entering grades 1 & 2

    Monday, July 7 - Friday, July 11
    9:00 a.m. - 2:00.pm.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Explore the fascinating world of reptiles and amphibians as you have a ball playing games and using seine nets, dip nets, and traps to safely view these incredible animals. Investigate their differences and learn why herps are important to us. Daily animal encounters will provide you the opportunity to observe a variety of live turtles, frogs, salamanders, lizards, and non-venomous snakes. You will have a chance to safely handle some of these animals too.

    Fee per child: BCNES members pay $150. Nonmembers pay $180.

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

    • 07/14/2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/18/2014
    • 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1
    For boys entering grades 2-4

    Monday, July 14-Friday, July 18
    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:
    $150 BCNES members
    $180 for nonmembers

    Camp Packets will be available on the Camp Information page.

    • 07/14/2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/18/2014
    • 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 3
    For girls entering grades 2-4
    Monday, July 14-Friday, July 18
    9:00 a.m. - 3:00.pm.

    Location: Flag 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 person:
    BCNES members pay $150
    nonmembers pay $180

     

    • 07/21/2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/25/2014
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies
    • 2
    Children entering grades 9-11 in Fall 2014

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, July 21, 22, & 23, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 24
    Friday, July 25, pick up @ 6:00p.m.

    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 the Eastern Shore of MD
    Friday – return to Kings Landing Park

    The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States, with more than 150 rivers and streams draining into it. The Bay though does not exist on it’s own, however, it too is a part of a much larger system - the Atlantic Ocean. This week, we will navigate the waters of this enormous interconnected system. We will study freshwater habitats and organisms that depend on them. Then examine the shallow water habitats of the Chesapeake Bay and the Patuxent River. The week will culminate with an overnight trip to the Atlantic Ocean where we will explore the salt marsh and the ocean beach. Camp activities include water quality testing, plant and animal identification, and plankton study -- along with seining, dipnetting, stand up paddleboards and surfing.

    Campers must be able to swim and be comfortable in the bay, river, and ocean to be a part of this camp.

    (Maximum number of campers: 8)

     

    • 07/28/2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/01/2014
    • 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds, Cypress Swamp, and Kings Landing Parks
    • 1
    For Children entering grades 4-6

    Mon: Flag Ponds Nature Park  9am-3pm
    Tues: Kings Landing Park  9am-3pm
    Wed: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp 9am-3pm
    Thurs: Flag Ponds Nature Park 9am-3pm
    Fri: Flag Ponds Nature Park 9am-3pm followed by a potluck feast and photography exhibit.

    Immerse yourself in nature as you capture the wonders of Calvert County Parks on camera.  In addition to the typical fun camp activities, you will learn camera basics and picture-taking tips, and will have a blast exploring the bay, the river, the cypress trees, and much, much more.  There will be endless opportunities to photograph wildflowers and animals, including special appearances by the nature center's live animal collection. 

    After camp on Friday families are invited to a potluck feast to celebrate and admire campers' work. 

    Campers are required to provide their own digital camera.

    Fee per person:BCNES members pay $150; nonmembers pay $180

    • 08/04/2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/07/2014
    • 2:00 PM
    • Varies
    • 9

    Children entering grades 1-2 Fall 2014

    Location:

    Monday and Tuesday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Wed and Thursday – Flag Ponds Nature Park

    No camp on Friday

    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.”

 
Battle Creek Nature Education Society (BCNES) is dedicated to the development of a responsible environmental ethic in all people by providing opportunities for environmental education and compatible recreation; and the preservation of the natural heritage of Calvert County. BCNES is a 501(c)3 organization.
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