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
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

    • 05/07/2016
    • 06/18/2016
    • 2 sessions
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 1
    Registration is closed

    Adults only.

    Are you interested in helping out with our kayak trips? This two day training course will cover getting boats to the water, paddle strokes, rescues and routes for our trips. Volunteers need to be able to attend both training days. While this program is free we expect volunteers to help with two trips during the following season.

    Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and participate in both days of the training.

    Naturalists in charge: Gene Groshon and Tania Gale

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by Thursday April 28. 

     

    • 05/13/2016
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10

    Children must be at least 10 years old. If you’re not yet 16, bring a parent along to help with the projects.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby

    Help us remove an old deteriorated boardwalk and prepare the site for a new one!

    We are seeking volunteers with basic carpentry skills--the ability to measure, saw, hammer--for rebuilding the boardwalk. We'll need people who can help with the heavy lifting of hauling old wood out and new wood in.

    Thanks to grants from the Dominion Foundation, we’ll be repairing boardwalks at Flag Ponds. We’ll provide the tools and supplies needed, although any basic carpentry tools you are willing to bring will be helpful.

    Ages 10-adult, under 16 years with an adult. If you need hours for community service, bring your paperwork along.

    Dress for outdoor work: long pants, long sleeves, sturdy hiking boots. Bring sturdy work gloves if you have them.

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Free

    • 05/13/2016
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

    Join waitlist

    Ages 10-adult, under 18 with adult 
    Volunteer Program

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes, and learn how you can help with this project. Interested volunteers can monitor them as little as once or as many as 12 times between April and July.

    If you are unable to attend one of the prothonotary warbler programs but would still like to help, please contact Shannon Steele at steelesj@co.cal.md.us.

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, May 11. Register online, by emailby mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 05/14/2016
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10

    Children must be at least 10 years old. If you’re not yet 16, bring a parent along to help with the projects.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby

    Help us replace the deteriorated boardwalks.

    We are seeking volunteers with basic carpentry skills--the ability to measure, saw, hammer--for rebuilding the boardwalk. We'll need people who can help with the heavy lifting of hauling old wood out and new wood in.

    Thanks to grants from the Dominion Foundation, we’ll be repairing boardwalks at Flag Ponds. We’ll provide the tools and supplies needed, although any basic carpentry tools you are willing to bring will be helpful.

    Ages 10-adult, under 16 years with an adult. If you need hours for community service, bring your paperwork along.

    Dress for outdoor work: long pants, long sleeves, sturdy hiking boots. Bring sturdy work gloves if you have them.

    Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Free

    • 05/19/2016
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Jefferson Patterson Park
    • 22
    Adults

    Learn about our Barn Owl Project and join a monitoring team for the semi-annual nest box checking.  

    Naturalist in charge: Andy Brown

    Location: Jefferson Patterson Park

    Reservations are required by May 18, 2016. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 05/20/2016
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 3
    Ages 10-adult, under 18 with adult

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes.  Have fun trekking through seldom-seen parts of the swamp, and perhaps catch a glimpse of some fuzzy little nestlings. 

     If you were unable to attend earlier info sessions, this is a great opportunity to learn how you can help with this study.   If you are unable to attend but would still like to help, please contact Shannon Steele at steelesj@co.cal.md.us.

    Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 12, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone. 

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, May 18. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 05/21/2016
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 29
    Adults

    Learn about our Barn Owl Project and join a monitoring team for the semi-annual nest box checking.  

    Naturalist in charge: Andy Brown

    Location: Ward Farm Park

    Reservations are required by May 20, 2016. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 05/25/2016
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15

    Join a naturalist and other park volunteers for this fun supplemental training opportunity.  Many of us spend a lot of time at the Flag Ponds beach but don’t have time to identify what we find there – now’s the chance!

    Ages 18 and older 

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Register by May 23  

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

    This program is free.


     

    • 06/08/2016
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 3

    Ages 10-adult, under 18 with adult 
    Volunteer Program

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes, and learn how you can help with this project. Interested volunteers can monitor them as little as once or as many as 12 times between April and July.

    If you are unable to attend one of the prothonotary warbler programs but would still like to help, please contact Shannon Steele at steelesj@co.cal.md.us.

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, June 7. Register online, by emailby mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 06/14/2016
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 3
    Ages 10-adult, under 18 with adult

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes.  Have fun trekking through seldom-seen parts of the swamp, and perhaps catch a glimpse of some fuzzy little nestlings. 

     If you were unable to attend earlier info sessions, this is a great opportunity to learn how you can help with this study.   If you are unable to attend but would still like to help, please contact Shannon Steele at steelesj@co.cal.md.us.

    Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 12, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone. 

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, June 9. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

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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