Volunteer Opportunities

Become a Calvert Steward

Volunteering at the parks is a rewarding way to give back to your community, help preserve Calvert's natural spaces, and get outside! To become a Calvert Steward please complete the volunteer form and return it to Battle Creek Cypress Swamp in person or by email; we'll be in touch with you soon! For additional information contact volunteer@calvertparks.org
Read the Summer Volunteer Dress Code

Here are some of the ways you can get involved:

Calvert Steward Work Days

Get down to earth! Help clear trails, remove invasive plants, plant trees, and assist with construction and maintenance projects. Keep an eye on our calendar and newsletter to register for upcoming work days!

Teaching Volunteer

If you love kids and exploring the outdoors, help us lead CHESPAX field trips and Nature Discovery programs. New volunteers will be trained by staff and experienced volunteers. Background check required to work the school children. Weekdays only. Click here to read full description.

Research Projects

We need your help with ongoing research projects around the county. From owl nest box building and monitoring, habitat surveys, feeder watches, and salamander trap checks, there's something for everyone. See our full list of research projects.

Animal Care/Nature Center Helper

Work with the weekend staff to care for live animals, greet and teach visitors, and help behind the desk.

Kayak and Canoe Trips

Love to paddle? Help our naturalists with their seasonal kayak trips along Calvert's beautiful waterways. Includes unloading and launching boats, outfitting participants, and helping to guide the trip. Training provided though paddling experience required. Weekends and evenings. Click here to read full description.

Outreach Events

Promote our parks and programs at community events like Patuxent River Appreciation Days, the County Fair, Green Expo, and more.



Upcoming events

    • 08/28/2016
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Learn more about Calvert Nature Society and celebrate our fantastic volunteers. After dinner, listen to a lively talk by Dr. Paul Bushmann, professor at Anne Arundel Community College, on the results of his horseshoe crab survey.

    Free event. Dinner will be BBQ and there will be vegetarian options.

    Dr. Buschmann's lecture is supported by the Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust.

    • 09/07/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15

    Salamander Study Work Day

    For adults and families with older children (age 9 and up) with adult participation.  Not suitable for young children.

    Come find out more about our local salamanders and this volunteer program which helps to keep tabs on their population at Flag Ponds Park.  Join the naturalist in getting the traps ready for the fall season.  Bring work gloves and wear clothes that can get dirty.   

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced registration is required. Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    This program is free.

    Register by September 2 


     

    • 09/12/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 11
    Ages 12-16 years
     
    A safe place to play outdoors is important for people of all ages. This will be a day for teens to give back as well as have fun outdoors and meet new people by helping create elements for our Nature Play Space.  We will do things like create a digging pit, build a fort, or gather loose parts which may be used by park visitors big and small.    

    Wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. Bring a water bottle and a snack.

    Please register by September 8

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

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




    • 09/24/2016
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    • 30

    All ages, under 18 with adult

    Join other volunteers throughout the nation as they work to conserve our public lands. You will be helping staff clear new nature trails in order to make more of the park accessible to the public. We’ll provide tools and gloves, but you’re welcome to bring your own.

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Reservations are required by Thursday, September 22. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    Free 

    • 10/06/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Varies: Meet at Kings Landing Park
    • 7
    Registration is closed

    Free Program For Volunteers Ages 10 and Up   

    Help conserve monarch butterflies by gently catching and tagging them. As you help the naturalist collect data at Kings Landing Park, you will learn how you can participate in this citizen science project at home or at our parks.

    Children under 18 must be accompanied by and adult.

    Returning and new volunteers are welcome.

    Location: Varies: Meet at Kings Landing Park.  After searching for butterflies there, we will take a van to Ward Farm Nature Park and try our luck there, returning to Kings Landing at the end.

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, October 4


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.

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