Summer Camp Letters and Information Packets

Every camper should print out the letter and supply list for each camp, posted here as soon as it is available. (Camps are listed in order of date.)

Each link will open a pdf file of the camp letter.

NEW: We will only mail the full packet upon request. Please email CypressSwamp@co.cal.md.us or call 410-535-5327 if you need a pack mailed to you.


Summer Camp Program Descriptions

    • 06/25/2018
    • 06/28/2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    For children entering Grades 1-2

    Monday, June 25- Thursday, June 28, 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

    Send your children outside to explore nature with us. They will have a blast playing games, catching animals, and having close encounters with some of our exhibit animals.  Each day will feature a different animal theme: reptiles & amphibians, bugs, birds, and fish.  

    Location:Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Monday, June 18.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $120

    Nonmembers: $150
    • 06/25/2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 06/29/2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 14
    Registration is closed

    For children entering grades 3-5 in Fall 2018

    Monday-Wednesday, June 25-27, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, June 28, 6:00 p.m. overnight through
    Friday, June 29, 9:00 a.m.

    At the end of a summer day, if a child isn’t dirty, there is something missing! Dirt is teeming with life, and is often the sign of a good time. In this camp we will dig into underground ecosystems - exploring different habitats to discover who and what is underfoot. We will investigate different kinds of soil we have in the park and, of course, play in the mud! We will end the week with an overnight adventure.  

    Tents and breakfast for the overnight provided. Thursday will be a family potluck cookout followed by the overnight for campers.

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

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park
    Register by June 1

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $175
    Nonmembers: $200

     

    Tents and breakfast for the overnight provided. Thursday will be a family potluck cookout followed by the overnight for campers.

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

    • 07/09/2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/12/2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • varies, see description
    • 14
    Registration is closed

    For children entering grades 1-2 in Fall 2018

    Monday, July 9 -Thursday, July 12, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Campers will investigate some of the many water habitats of Calvert County.  Together we will explore a pond, a stream, a swamp, and the Chesapeake Bay searching for fish, amphibians, reptiles, insects, and other organisms that depend on water.  We will conduct experiments to discover how the properties of water benefit plants, animals, and humans.  Other activities include hikes, games, and journaling. 

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

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

    Fee per camper: 
    Members: $120
    Nonmembers: $150

     
    • 07/09/2018
    • 07/13/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 8

    Entering Grades 6-8

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

    Friday, July 13, 4:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. Owl hike at night

    Take your interest in birds to the next level with this camp.  From hikes to boat trips we will be learning about the many species of birds that call our area home. We will teach you how to identify birds by their song and appearance.  You will also get the chance to observe a bird banding research project. Bring your binoculars and your camera for a fun week long adventure ending with an owl prowl on Friday night! 

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Locations may change.
    Monday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    Wednesday: Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Thursday: Kings Landing Park 
    Friday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

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

    Registration Deadline: Monday June 25

    • 07/16/2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/20/2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    Children entering grades 6-8 in Fall 2018

    Monday-Wednesday, July 16-18, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 19, 7:30 a.m. overnight trip to Western MD
    Friday, July 20, pick up at 6:00 p.m. 


    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 Antietam Creek and rafting on the Shenandoah River. Come prepared to get WET and have fun!

     

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


    Fee per camper:  Society members: $275

    Nonmembers: $305

    Registration fee includes camping, tubing and rafting fees, Thursday snacks, dinner and campfire, and Friday breakfast, lunch and snacks.

    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


    Waivers will be posted here in early June

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

        

     

       

     

    • 07/23/2018
    • 07/27/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    For children entering Grades 4-6

    Monday, July 23 - Friday, July 27, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Photo Presentation for Families: Friday, July 27, 3:00 p.m.

    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.

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park (Mon, Thurs, Fri)

    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Tues, Wed)

    Reservations are required by Monday, July 16. Register online, by emailby mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

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

    • 07/30/2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/03/2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 10
    Registration is closed

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

    Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3, 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 pond 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: Summer Interns

    Location:  

    Mon - Wed: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Thu & Fri: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Registration Deadline: Monday July 16

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

    • 07/30/2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • 08/03/2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 10
    Registration is closed

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

    Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3, 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 pond 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: Summer Interns

    Location:  

    Mon - Wed: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Thu & Fri: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Registration Deadline: Monday July 16

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

    • 08/06/2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/10/2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 14
    Registration is closed

    For children entering grades 3rd –5th in Fall 2018

    Monday, August 6 through Friday, August 10, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Whether your child is already at home outside or needs a little encouragement, this outdoor skills camp introduces campers to some of the basic skills necessary to keep them safe and self-reliant in the “wild.” We’ll spend the week exploring the natural resources of Calvert County while learning important outdoor skills like: navigation, animal tracking, shelter building, and fire safety.

    Naturalist In Charge: Tania Gale

    Location varies by day. The schedule below is tentative and subject to change. 

    Monday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Tuesday: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Wednesday: Kings Landing Park

    Thursday: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Friday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

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

    Please register by June 1

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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