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

    • 08/17/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 6

    Volunteers 13 and up; under 16 with an adult

    Let's get the Education Building ready for fall! From cleaning up after summer camp, putting school program supplies in order, and checking on the pier - there's lots to do! 

    Please dress to get messy and for the weather (projects will be both indoors and outdoors) and bring a lunch if you can stay all day.

    Option to come in the morning, the afternoon, or stay all day. Email Tania Gale @ galete@co.cal.md.us after you register to specify when you will come.  

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Please register by: August 15



    • 08/24/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 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

    Salamander Study Training 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

    Reservations are required. Registration opens May 1 for members; May 8 for nonmembers. Register by 8/22/17

    This program is free.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    • 08/26/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 7

    Ages 10-Adult, under 18 with adult

    Enjoy the convenience of collecting data at home, while expanding our monarch conservation efforts. Learn about the monarch citizen science projects we're working on and practice tagging and other data collection techniques that you will use at home.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp  

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required. Registration opens May 1; Register by Thursday, August 24.

    Free.


    • 08/27/2017
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Learn more about Calvert Nature Society and celebrate our fantastic volunteers. After dinner, listen to a lively talk by Kyle Rambo, natural resources manager at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, on reptiles and amphibians of Southern Maryland

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

    Kyle Rambo's lecture is supported by the Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust.

    • 09/06/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 6
    Ages 13 and up, under 18 with adult

    Volunteers are needed to help our staff with the maintenance and upkeep of the trails and gardens around Battle Creek Nature Center. From invasive plant removal, to routine garden care, to maintaining the nature play space and trails - there is always something to be done.  Volunteers must be able to perform moderately strenuous physical tasks.


    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by 9/1/17


    • 09/14/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Meet at Kings Landing Park
    • 11

    Adults only

    A special opportunity for our Calvert Stewards volunteers. 

    Fall migration will begin for many raptor species in late August. We will head up to Washington Monument State Park to observe raptors migrating along the Appalachian Mountains and submit our data to the Washington Monument Hawk Watch. We will meet at Kings Landing Park then travel to the park in Boonsboro, MD.

    Location: Meet at Kings Landing Park.   We will then travel to the Washington Monument State Park in the county vans.

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations are required by Monday, September 9

    Program is free.

     

    • 09/22/2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Calvert Nature Society Members, Volunteers and Their Families

    Have a relaxing evening with your family at Flag Ponds Park after hours. Go seining with a naturalist, look for shark's teeth, or simply relax and enjoy the view as the sky changes colors over the bay. Bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic supper, if you'd like. We will provide the s'mores.

    Only registered participants will be provided with information about entry into the park.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Current Members and Volunteers Only
    Free event. 

    We have the right to cancel registrations if it is determined that those registered are neither members nor volunteers.

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, September 20

    • 10/03/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15

    For adults. 

    New and current volunteers are welcome.

    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! 

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Register by September 28 

    This program is free.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


     

    • 10/18/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Varies: Meet at Kings Landing Park
    • 5

    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 various county parks, you will learn how you can participate in this citizen science project.  Transportation provided during the program.

    Children under 18 must be accompanied by an 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, returning to Kings Landing at the end.

    Reservations are required by Monday, October 16

     

    • 10/23/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 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 18 months to 5 years, adult participation required

    Your little ones will have fun playing in the dirt while they help the naturalist plant native wildflower seeds in starter trays.  Dress for the outdoors.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Meet at the picnic pavilion.

    Reservations are required by Thursday, October 19

    Program Fee:  
    Free.

    • 10/23/2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 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 18 months to 5 years, adult participation required

    Your little ones will have fun playing in the dirt while they help the naturalist plant native wildflower seeds in starter trays.  Dress for the outdoors.    

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Meet at the picnic pavilion.

    Reservations are required by Thursday, October 19

    Program Fee:  
    Free.

    • 10/26/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 7
    Ages 13 and up, under 18 with adult

    Volunteers are needed to help our staff with the maintenance and upkeep of the trails and gardens around Battle Creek Nature Center. From invasive plant removal, to routine garden care, to maintaining the nature play space and trails - there is always something to be done.  Volunteers must be able to perform moderately strenuous physical tasks.

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by 10/23/17


    • 10/28/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 13

    12 years and older (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)

    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp is a beautiful park home to lots of unique plants and animals. Unfortunately the area along Grays and Sixes roads are not as pretty due to the litter from passing motorists. Help us beautify the park by collecting the litter and separating it for recycling. Afterwards we will take you on a tour through the nature center and get an up close view at some of our exhibit animals.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, Oct 25

    Naturalist in charge: Gene

    Program is free.


    • 11/08/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 7
    Ages 13 and up, under 18 with adult

    Volunteers are needed to help our staff with the maintenance and upkeep of the trails and gardens around Battle Creek Nature Center. From invasive plant removal, to routine garden care, to maintaining the nature play space and trails - there is always something to be done.  Volunteers must be able to perform moderately strenuous physical tasks.


    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by 11/3/17


    • 11/11/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 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 6-9 with an adult

    Your children will have fun helping the naturalist take care of the nature center's live animals while being able to see them up-close. Wear clothes that can get dirty.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, November 9. 

    Program Fee: Free.

     

    • 11/11/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 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 6-9 with an adult

    Your children will have fun helping the naturalist take care of the nature center's live animals while being able to see them up-close. Wear clothes that can get dirty.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, November 9.

    Program Fee: Free.

     

    • 12/06/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 7
    Ages 13 and up, under 18 with adult

    Volunteers are needed to help our staff with the maintenance and upkeep of the trails and gardens around Battle Creek Nature Center. From invasive plant removal, to routine garden care, to maintaining the nature play space and trails - there is always something to be done.  Volunteers must be able to perform moderately strenuous physical tasks.


    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by 12/1/17


    • 12/18/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Meet at Kings Landing Park, then travel to Blackwater Wildlife Refuge
    • 15

    For Current 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 Calvert Stewards who have volutneered during the past year. 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 Wednesday, Dec 13

    Naturalist in charge: Gene

    Program is free.

     

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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