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

    • 01/09/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 1
    Ages 12-16 years

    Does your homeschool have an interest animals and how to best take care of them? Maybe they are considering veterinary school or might like to work at a nature center someday? This special class for teen homeschoolers will let teens meet some of the captive animals here at Battle Creek Nature Center – and perform, with guidance from nature center staff, the tasks necessary to maintain our animal collection.

    We will be mostly inside for this homeschool day, but we WILL be getting dirty. If you have rubber gloves (like dish-washing gloves), students might want to bring a pair.

          

    Please register by January 4

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

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




    • 01/14/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    • 29

    All ages, under 18 with adult

    The Money Crop Trail, located along the Rolling Road at Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm, invites visitors to walk in the same footpaths that farmers drove oxen, mules, and horse-drawn carts over 250 years ago. 

    Join other volunteers in helping staff clear this nature trail. We’ll provide tools and gloves, but you’re welcome to bring your own.

    The work site is about 1 mile from the parking area. Depending on ground conditions and weather, transportation to the site will be by van. 

    The plan is for visitors to explore this Rolling Road, where they will encounter exhibits inside the barn, a series of wayside exhibits along the trail and sculptures that will help them understand the connections between the Battle Creek waterfront, the tobacco fields, and the barns and houses that are found on the site today.

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Program is free. 

    • 01/23/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 15

    For volunteers ages 12 and up - children must be accompanied by an adult

    This is a special opportunity for current CCNRD volunteers to get together with a park naturalist and explore a little visited part of the Battle Creek Cypress Swamp property. We will trek thru the winter swamp to the county champion bald cypress tree – the biggest of its kind in the county. After the walk, stay for a pot luck lunch to get warmed up or head home.

    Volunteers: Please register by 1/19/17

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Program Fee:
    Free 

    • 01/27/2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 16
    For volunteers age 16+ 

    Location: Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown

    Beat the winter blahs and join the Naturalists and fellow volunteers around the campfire! Please bring a side dish to share, and we'll show you how to cook dinner-on-a-stick over the fire. We'll provide the 'smores as well.

    Stories, music, and general good cheer welcome! If possible, bring your own reusable mug/dish/flatware. 

    Please register so we can bring enough supplies for all! 

    Campfire will be by the restored YMCA cabins, but we will meet at Tom Wisner Hall.

    Program is Free.

      

     

     

    • 02/07/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 13

    Teen Homeschool Day - Ages 12-16 years

    Send your teen on this special opportunity to explore the northern section of the Cypress Swamp were few visitors get to go. We will talk about the adaptations of cypress trees as well as learn what makes a Champion or Big Tree. We will then trek through the swamp to locate our county champion bald cypress and measure it.

    Please register by February 2


    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

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




    • 02/13/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Varies: Meet at Kings Landing Park
    • 13

    Free Program For Volunteers (Adults only)

    From eagles to owls and ducks to geese who knows what we could see as we go birding at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. This area is a major stayover and migration stop for many birds along the east coast. This trip is open to all current Calvert Stewards. Thanks for everything you do!

    Location: Meet at Kings Landing Park.   We will then travel to the eastern shore in the county vans.

    Reservations are required by Thursday, February 9

    Program is free.

     

    • 02/17/2017
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 20

    All ages.

    The 20th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend.  Whether you are a novice or an expert birder, volunteers of all ages are welcome to help identify and count birds.  Data will be used by researchers at Cornell and the National Audubon Society.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by: Wednesday, February 15. 

    • 02/23/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2

    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 2/22/17


     

    • 03/21/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 7

    Ages 10-adult, under 18 with adult 
    Volunteer Program

    After a short presentation about our new Prothonotary Warbler Study, volunteers will trek around the park to learn the nest box locations and prepare them for the season. Interested volunteers can monitor them as little as once or as many as 12 times between April and July.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by Friday, March 17. 

     

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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