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 cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us.

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

    • 02/12/2016
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
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    Registration is closed

    All ages.

    The 19th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count begins today.  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 10. Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or by phone 410-535-5327.


    • 02/14/2016
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 16
    Registration is closed

    All ages.

    The 19th 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 10. Register online, by mail, email to cypressswamp@co.cal.md.us or by phone 410-535-5327.


    • 03/14/2016
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
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    Adults

    If you would like to share your love of the outdoors with children, come to the training session for our 3rd Grade Terrapin Program.  Discover why local students are studying terrapins and learn about the activities that you will help lead.  It's a great way to meet new people while giving back to the community. 

    Volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

    Volunteers with this program are subject to a background check.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by Thursday, March 10. 

     

    • 03/19/2016
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Nature Center

    For all ages. 

    Under 16 with an adult.

    Coyotes have been sighted in Calvert County! We’ll discuss the life history of these elusive animals and how to identify them. We'll discuss the project to track their numbers and how you can help.

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Registration Deadline: Friday, Mar 18

    This is a free program.

    • 03/29/2016
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
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    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 Thursday, March 24. 

     

Calvert Nature Society (formerly Battle Creek Nature Education 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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