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Fall 2019 Program Listing (pdf)

Calendar of Events


How to Register:

Visit the "Registration Info" page for additional information.

Join now to take advantage of the early registration period and member discounts on program fees.

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To Cancel a Registration in a Program:

Email CypressSwamp@co.cal.md.us or call 410-535-5327

Refund and Cancellation Policies

Upcoming events

    • 09/17/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    For students ages 12-16 years old - no parent needed

    Animals live secret lives all around us, though most of us go through our busy days without even noticing what’s right under our noses.  Nature Observation/ animal tracking is both science and storytelling, requiring us to critically observe and gather data as well as use our imaginations to interpret the signs we find.

    In this fall series, we will practice the skills necessary to become better trackers and observers.  Each month will focus on a different topic.  Our September class will cover animal tracks (footprints) and trails.


    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Free for Society members.
    Nonmembers pay $8 per person
    Please register by September 13

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    • 09/17/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 2
    Registration is closed
    All Ages, under 15 with adult

    Help the naturalist measure milkweed and count monarch caterpillars in the meadow.  This volunteer opportunity is one of many that will be offered through October to improve conservation efforts for monarch butterflies.

    Visit www.calvertparks.org/monarchwatch for a complete listing of dates and times. Sign up for one or several of the dates.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Friday, September 13.

    Program Fee: Free for volunteers

    What are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.

    • 09/18/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 0
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    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Put on your rubber boots, grab a net and a bucket, and come on down to the pond!  We will use nets and our hands to learn about what lives in that murky water -frogs? bugs?  Come find out. 

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by September 11

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    • 09/21/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 3
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    For adults, ages 18 and up.

    Enjoy a peaceful morning paddle as we enjoy the wetlands in their peak seasonal beauty, and watch for migrating birds.

    Special registration information: Participants may bring their own paddles and life vests. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park Meet at the parking lot by the pool.

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Registration Deadline is Wednesday, September 18

    Fee is per person. $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers. Bring your own kayak and get $10 off the program fee.

    • 09/21/2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
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    All ages, adult participation required

    Learn how your family can help monarch butterflies. After a short presentation, we will venture outdoors to look for some monarchs to net and tag.  If you are interested in watching the 40-minute film Flight of the Monarchs, it will be shown from 3-3:40 pm.

    Visit www.calvertparks.org/monarchwatch for a complete listing of dates and times. Sign up for one or several of the dates.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalists in charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Thursday, September 19. 

    Program Fee :  
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

    • 09/24/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    Register
    All Ages, under 15 with adult

    Help the naturalist measure milkweed and count monarch caterpillars in the meadow.  This volunteer opportunity is one of many that will be offered through October to improve conservation efforts for monarch butterflies.

    Visit www.calvertparks.org/monarchwatch for a complete listing of dates and times. Sign up for one or several of the dates.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Friday, September 20.

    Program Fee: Free for volunteers

    What are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.

    • 09/26/2019
    • 5:45 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Meet at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    Register

    Adults only

    A special opportunity for our Calvert Stewards volunteers that have assisted with MAPS or other bird banding projects. 

    Ever wanted to see some of your favorite birds up close? Join us on a visit to a migration banding station. Researchers will be collecting data and processing over 100 birds in a day! We will meet at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp then travel to the banding station near Chestertown, MD. We will stop for lunch on the way back in Chestertown or Kent Island.

    Location: Meet at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp.

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations are required by Monday, September 23

    Program is free.

     

    • 09/27/2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Calvert County Fairgrounds
    • 6
    Register

    All ages (under 18 with an adult)

    We are looking for Calvert Stewards to be ambassadors for our nature parks!

    This is a great chance to show your knowledge and passion for our natural resources here in Calvert County by helping to engage new volunteers and the public at large.

    Spread the word about our programs, do some simple crafts with kids, educate about our animals and talk about why you enjoy being a steward of Calvert County.

    We need 2 or 3 volunteers to work the table with our naturalists for the day, entrance fee provided. Youth and teens are welcome to assist as well.


    • 10/04/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    Ages 4-12, with adult

    Animals live secret lives all around us, though most of us go through our busy days without even noticing what’s right under our noses.  Nature Observation/ animal tracking is both science and storytelling, requiring us to critically observe and gather data as well as use our imaginations to interpret the signs we find.

    In this fall series, we will practice the skills necessary to become better trackers and observers.  Each month will focus on a different topic.  Our October class will cover animal scat (poop) and what it can tell us about our animal neighbors.

    Please register by October 2, 2019

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Program Fee are per family:Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    There is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 10/04/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    Ages 4-12, with adult

    Animals live secret lives all around us, though most of us go through our busy days without even noticing what’s right under our noses.  Nature Observation/ animal tracking is both science and storytelling, requiring us to critically observe and gather data as well as use our imaginations to interpret the signs we find.

    In this fall series, we will practice the skills necessary to become better trackers and observers.  Each month will focus on a different topic.  Our October class will cover animal scat (poop).

    Please register by October 2, 2019

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Program Fee are per family:Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    There is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 10/04/2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 12
    Register

    16 and up suggested

    Under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult; be aware the tour is designed for adults and my frighten younger children.

    Experience a ghost hunt while listening to tales of the haunted and supernatural history of Kings Landing and Calvert County.  We'll use professional ghost hunting equipment on a late night tour through the woods in search of the unseen. Be prepared for a night hike: boots, flashlights, jacket

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    • 10/05/2019
    • 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Lower Marlboro
    • 4
    Register
    We are looking for Calvert Steward volunteers to be ambassadors for our nature parks!

    This is a great chance to show your knowledge and passion for our natural resources here in Calvert County by helping to engage new volunteers and the public at large.

    Spread the word about our programs, do some simple crafts with kids, educate about our animals and talk about why you enjoy being a steward of Calvert County.

    THIS IS FOR VOLUNTEERS TO REGISTER: For details on the actual event: Lower Marlboro Freedom Day

    We need 2 volunteers for the table and 2 trained kayak volunteers to work with our naturalists for the day. Teens are welcome to assist.

    • 10/05/2019
    • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Lower Marlboro, MD
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    For All Ages

    Commemorating the freedom of those who, with the help of the British, fled slavery during the War of 1812.

    The daylong celebration includes:

    • Naturalist-led kayak tours: 11:30-1:00 and 2:00-3:30. Kayaks, paddles and life vests provided. Please wear clothes and shoes that can get wet; no Crocs or flip flops.
    • A walking tour 
    • Speakers
    • Woodworking Demonstrations
    • Exhibits at the historic Lower Marlboro United Methodist Church and the Lower Marlboro Hall 
    • Food Vendor
    • Ample free parking available.

    Contact: Kirsti Uunila 410-535-1600, ext. 2504 kirsti.uunila@calvertcountymd.gov

    Location: Lower Marlboro Hall, 3911 Lower Marlboro Road, Owings, MD

    Registration is not required.

    If you are interested in volunteering, go to our Calvert Steward event, call 410-535-5327 or volunteer@calvertparks.org 

    Sponsors include:
    Calvert Nature Society, Calvert County Parks & Recreation Natural Resources Division, 

    Residents of Lower Marlboro, All Saints Episcopal Church, Calvert County Chapter of the NAACP, Calvert County Historical Society, Calvert Library, Calvert County Historic District Commission, Maryland State Archives, Maryland Commission on African American History and Culture, and Mt. Harmony – Lower Marlboro United Methodist Church

    • 10/05/2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 12
    Register

    16 and up suggested

    Under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult; be aware the tour is designed for adults and my frighten younger children.

    Experience a ghost hunt while listening to tales of the haunted and supernatural history of Kings Landing and Calvert County.  We'll use professional ghost hunting equipment on a late night tour through the woods in search of the unseen. Be prepared for a night hike: boots, flashlights, jacket

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    • 10/08/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 27
    Register
    Adults and older teens

    Join us at Flag Ponds to clear net lanes and set up nets for this fall's upcoming Saw-whet Owl Banding Project. We will be clearing paths for which to install the nets and installing net support structures.

    Naturalist in charge: Andy Brown, Gene Groshon

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required

    Program Fee Free for volunteers


    Who are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.
    • 10/08/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1
    Register

    For students ages 12-16 years old - no parent needed

    Animals live secret lives all around us, though most of us go through our busy days without even noticing what’s right under our noses.  Nature Observation/ animal tracking is both science and storytelling, requiring us to critically observe and gather data as well as use our imaginations to interpret the signs we find.

    In this fall series, we will practice the skills necessary to become better trackers and observers.  Each month will focus on a different topic.  Our October class will focus on using animal scat to predict what animals have been nearby.


    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Free for Society members.
    Nonmembers pay $8 per person
    Please register by Oct 2

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    • 10/12/2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Calvert Marine Museum
    • 5
    Register

    All ages (under 18 with an adult)

    We are looking for Calvert Stewards to be ambassadors for our nature parks!

    This is a great chance to show your knowledge and passion for our natural resources here in Calvert County by helping to engage new volunteers and the public at large.

    Spread the word about our programs, do some simple crafts with kids, educate about our animals and talk about why you enjoy being a steward of Calvert County.

    We need 2 or 3 volunteers to work the table with our naturalists for the day, entrance fee provided. Youth and teens are welcome to assist as well.


    • 10/12/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Varies: Meet at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1
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    Ages 10 and up; Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

    Learn how to catch and tag monarch butterflies for Project Monarch Watch’s citizen science project.  We will travel to a few different parks in Southern Maryland, hoping to catch some of these amazing migrants. Transportation is provided during the program. Please bring a lunch and plenty of water.

    More opportunities for assisting with Monarch Watch

    Location: Varies: Meet at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp.

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, October 9

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Program Fee: Free for current Calvert Stewards. We reserve the right to cancel registration if not a current volunteer.

    Who are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.

    • 10/18/2019
    • 7:00 AM
    • 10/19/2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Assateague Island National Seashore
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    for students in grades 6-8

    Friday, October 18, 7:00 a.m. through Saturday, October 19, 4:00 p.m.

    Mandatory pre-trip meeting for all participants and their families (even those who have gone on the trip before) on Thursday, October 3 at 6:30 pm at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Assateague Island is poised between the land and the sea - recreated each day by ocean, wind, and waves. Teens will kayak the coastal bay, camp in the sand dunes, cook dinner over a fire, and explore the beach at night.

    Fee per child:
    Society members pay $40 per person.
    Nonmembers pay $60.

    Please register by September 26

    Each child must be registered separately.

    Location: meets at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp then we'll travel by van to Assateague Island

    Additional details

    Provide your own lunch Friday. Dinner Friday, snacks, breakfast and lunch Saturday provided. Tents provided – must have own sleeping bag.

    Packing list can be found here in October and will be emailed to participants in the fall.

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

     

     

    • 10/21/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1
    Register

    Adults and children ages 10 and up.  (under 18 with adult)

    We are always looking for an extra hand to take care of the nature center's live animals. As you accompany staff, you will learn how to clean cages, feed the animals and handle some of them. 

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, October 17. 

    Program Fee: Free for volunteers

    Who are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.

    • 10/22/2019
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    3-5 years old, Adult participation required

    Enjoy a short autumn stroll to explore common leaf types and why leaves fall. We will collect freshly fallen leaves and use them to create a variety of easy craft projects. All materials will be provided.

    Location: Flag Ponds Park

    Reservation deadline:  Friday, October 18 

    Program Fee per family:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers 

     


    • 10/22/2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    3-5 years old, Adult participation required

    Enjoy a short autumn stroll to explore common leaf types and why leaves fall. We will collect freshly fallen leaves and use them to create a variety of easy craft projects. All materials will be provided.

    Location: Flag Ponds Park

    Reservation deadline:  Friday, October 18 

    Program Fee per family:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers 

    • 10/29/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
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    3-5 years old, Adult participation required

    What will the fall give us today? Will we find colorful leaves or nuts? Come celebrate fall - we will enjoy playing with whatever we find!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Reservations by October 25 

    Program Fee per family:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers 

    • 11/01/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    Ages 4-12, with adult

    Animals live secret lives all around us, though most of us go through our busy days without even noticing what’s right under our noses.  Nature Observation/ animal tracking is both science and storytelling, requiring us to critically observe and gather data as well as use our imaginations to interpret the signs we find.

    In this fall series, we will practice the skills necessary to become better trackers and observers.  Each month will focus on a different topic.  Our November class will cover animal bones and what they can tell us about the animals.

    Please register by    October 30, 2019

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Program Fee are per family:Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    There is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 11/01/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    Ages 4-12, with adult

    Animals live secret lives all around us, though most of us go through our busy days without even noticing what’s right under our noses.  Nature Observation/ animal tracking is both science and storytelling, requiring us to critically observe and gather data as well as use our imaginations to interpret the signs we find.

    In this fall series, we will practice the skills necessary to become better trackers and observers.  Each month will focus on a different topic.  Our October class will cover animal bones and what they can tell us about the animals.

    Please register by                   , 2019

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Members Registration opens           .

    Nonmembers Registration opens       .

    Program Fee are per family:Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    There is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 11/02/2019
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
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    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, October 31.

    Program Fees: Free for Society members

    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 11/02/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
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    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, October 31.

    Program Fees: Free

    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 11/05/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2
    Register

    For students ages 12-16 years old - no parent needed

    Animals live secret lives all around us, though most of us go through our busy days without even noticing what’s right under our noses.  Nature Observation/ animal tracking is both science and storytelling, requiring us to critically observe and gather data as well as use our imaginations to interpret the signs we find.

    In this fall series, we will practice the skills necessary to become better trackers and observers.  Each month will focus on a different topic.  Our November class will focus on using animal bones and finding out what those bones can tell us about the way that animal lived.


    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Free for Society members.
    Nonmembers pay $8 per person
    Please register by Oct 30

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    • 11/07/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick MD
    • 1
    Register

    For Ages 3 to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    Give your trees a big hug and tell them thank you as we learn about all of the ways trees are great!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Reservations are required. Registration Deadline:October 31, 2019

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

    • 11/08/2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 12
    Register

    16 and up suggested

    Under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult; be aware the tour is designed for adults and my frighten younger children.

    Experience a ghost hunt while listening to tales of the haunted and supernatural history of Kings Landing and Calvert County.  We'll use professional ghost hunting equipment on a late night tour through the woods in search of the unseen. Be prepared for a night hike: boots, flashlights, jacket

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    • 11/09/2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 7
    Register