Calendar of Events


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For Members: Opens February 18

For Nonmembers: Opens May 3

List of programs will be available around February 1.

To Cancel a Registration in a Program:

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

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Upcoming events

    • 01/25/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Gatewood Preserve, Prince Frederick
    • 3
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    Ages 13 years through adult

    Learn to identify some of our evergreen plants. We’ll explore the forests in search of the ferns, herbaceous plants, and trees that are green in the winter. 

    Wear warm clothes for standing around outside (we won't be moving very fast). Bring a snack or lunch if you think you'll get hungry.

    Optional but useful to bring 10x hand lens, binoculars, field guides.

    Co-sponsored by the Maryland Native Plant Society

    Location: Gatewood Preserve (directions to be provided to those who register)

    Naturalist in charge: Karyn Molines

    Fee is per person.

    Free for Society members
    Free for MNPS members
    $8 for nonmembers


     

    • 01/25/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1
    Register

    All Ages

    After a short presentation about Maryland's owls and their calls, the naturalist will lead you on a hike around the boardwalk where we will attempt to call one closer. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Program Fee Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, January 23

    • 01/26/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
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    Ages 6-9 with an adult

    As your children meet our nature center's live owls up close, they will learn more about their unique characteristics and what kinds of owls live here.  Perhaps we will even get to see the barn owl eat one of his favorite snacks.     

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, January 24.

    Program Fee: 

    • Free for members
    • $8 per family for nonmembers

     

    • 01/26/2019
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Register

    Come celebrate the accomplishments of the Calvert Stewards.

    We would like to Thank You for all you do for the Natural Resources Division and Calvert Nature Society. This special event in your honor is a chance to enjoy some social time with staff and fellow volunteers and celebrate all that we accomplish together thanks to our tremendous volunteers. 

    Throughout 2018, 122 people have volunteered more than 6,000 hours on a wide variety of activities. Visit the Calvert Stewards page for details.

    Thank you to our volunteers!

    Partners and children are welcome!

    Dinner with vegetarian options will be provided.


    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.

    • 01/29/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Adults

    Our red- tailed hawk will benefit from trained volunteers who can keep him used to being handled. Supervised by a naturalist, you will learn about his care and proper handling techniques so that eventually, you will have enough experience to handle him on your own.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Location Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by January 27

    Program Fee: Free for Calvert Steward 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.

    • 02/01/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This winter’s homeschool series will be a study of the plants around us with each month focusing on something different. February’s class will focus on the evergreens – those plants that keep their leaves through the winter and their importance to the local animal community during this challenging time of year.

    Please register by January 30 to attend

    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).

    • 02/01/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This winter’s homeschool series will be a study of the plants around us with each month focusing on something different. February’s class will focus on the evergreens – those plants that keep their leaves through the winter and their importance to the local animal community during this challenging time of year.

    Please register by January 30 to attend

    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).

    • 02/01/2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Nature Center
    Register

    When you imagine the bird life of the Patuxent River, you don't usually think of owls. However, the marshes of the Patuxent are important habitats for one of Maryland's most endangered owls. Come learn about Barn Owls along the Patuxent. We will discuss how the nest box project is working to bring back to the area and ways that you can help with our conservation efforts. 

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    This is a free program.


    • 02/02/2019
    • 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, January 31.

    Program Fee: Free.

    This project is part of our Calvert Stewards volunteer program, providing families an opportunity to contribute to our efforts to improve habitat and help with various park projects.

    • 02/02/2019
    • 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, January 31.

    Program Fee: Free.

    This project is part of our Calvert Stewards volunteer program, providing families an opportunity to contribute to our efforts to improve habitat and help with various park projects.

    • 02/05/2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1
    Register

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

    Looking for enrichment activities for your teen homeschooler? Teen homeschool days will give your teen a chance to get hands on experience with science and nature activities, provide an opportunity for service, and have fun in the company of other teens while doing it.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Free for Society members. Nonmembers pay $8 per person

    Please register by January 31

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    • 02/07/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 2
    Register

    Ages 10 and up. (Teens, ages 15 and up may attend without a parent, but children between 10 and 14 must be accompanied by an 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 them. Once you are trained, you will be able to sign up to care for the animals as often as you'd like.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by February 5.

    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.

    • 02/07/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    For adults and teens ages 15 and up

    Our screech owls will benefit from trained volunteers who can keep them used to being handled. Supervised by a naturalist, you will learn about their care and proper handling techniques so that eventually, you will have enough experience to handle them on your own.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by February 5.

    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.

    • 02/11/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1
    Register
    For adults and teens ages 15 and up

    Our barn owl will benefit from trained volunteers who can keep him used to being handled. Supervised by a naturalist, you will learn about his care and proper handling techniques so that eventually, you will have enough experience to handle him on your own.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by February 8

    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.

    • 02/13/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
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    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    It's the middle of winter, how do our animal neighbors survive the cold? We will tell stories, play games, and and venture outside to build some shelters that could help keep us warm. Wear your warm clothes to this one – it will be both inside and out!

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by January 6

    Fee is per family.

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members: $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Kim Curren

    • 02/13/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Register
    All Ages; under 14 with an adult

    Help build new Barn Owl boxes from materials reclaimed from boxes that were removed during previous work days. Bring cordless drils. Come for all or part of the day.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist: Andy Brown

     

    • 02/13/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1
    Register

    For Adults

    Our red- tailed hawk will benefit from trained volunteers who can keep him used to being handled. Supervised by a naturalist, you will learn about his care and proper handling techniques so that eventually, you will have enough experience to handle him on your own.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by February 11

    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.


    • 02/15/2019
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 9
    Register

    All ages.

    The 22nd 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. Researchers at Cornell and the National Audubon Society will use the data we collect.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by: Wednesday, February 13.

    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.


    • 02/16/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick MD
    • 0
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    For families of all ages.

    A dead tree is full of life! Discover the many different animals that call dead trees home. A game, scavenger hunt hike, and craft will help us learn.  

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required. Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 13

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

    • 02/16/2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick MD
    • 1
    Register

    For families of all ages.

    A dead tree is full of life! Discover the many different animals that call dead trees home. A game, scavenger hunt hike, and craft will help us learn.  

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required. Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 13

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

    • 02/22/2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Nature Park, Dunkirk
    • 14
    Register
    Adults, teens welcome with an adult
    We’ll take a short stroll along the fields near the parking area listening for the breeding display of the American Woodcock (also known as a Timberdoodle). Dress for the weather. Due to rough terrain of the trails this activity is not wheelchair accessible.
    Naturalist in charge: Karyn Molines
    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk. Directions will be sent to all who register
    Fee is per person. Free for Society members; $8 for nonmembers
    • 02/23/2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Mully's Brewery, 141 Schooner Lane, Prince Frederick
    • 39
    Register

    This event is for participants 21 years and older.

    Think you are a nature expert??? Well grab your friends and come test out your skills at Nature Trivia! Mully's Brewery will be hosting this trivia event and providing the beer. There is a cash prize for the team finishing in first as well as door prizes. We will provide some light snacks but you are welcome to bring snacks too. Registration will start at 6:30 p.m. and trivia will start promptly at 7:00 p.m.

    Team Registration Fee: $60    

    The registration fee supports all of our education programs.

    Max Team size: 6

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, Feb 5

    Team Fee must be paid to be considered registered.

    Don't know who will be on your team? Not a problem. Register anyway, and we can add team members later.

    Rules

    • Must be 21 years or older. Picture ID required.
    • Team must have a team name.
    • Up to 6 people (physically present) per team. Minimum team size is one person.
    • Every person at the team table will be counted as part of your maximum team size.
    • No cell/smartphone or other outside information source. We will have a cell phone parking lot in the room. You may not use your cell phone during a round until your team’s answers are turned in to the judge.
    • There is no partial credit for an answer.
    • The quiz master will be the final arbiter of correct answers and scoring. 
    • Any rule not listed here may be made up on the spot by the quiz master, Gene Groshon.
    • Current employees of Calvert County Natural Resources, members of the Calvert Nature Society Board of Directors, or their families, may not be a team member.

    Maximum number of teams: 18

    Location: Mully's Brewery, 141 Schooner Lane, Suite 15, Prince Frederick, MD 

     

     

    • 03/01/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This winter’s homeschool series will be a study of the plants around us with each month focusing on something different. March’s class will focus on these giants of the plant world - how do they survive, how can we tell them apart?

    Please register by February 27 to attend

    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).

    • 03/01/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This winter’s homeschool series will be a study of the plants around us with each month focusing on something different. March’s class will focus on these giants of the plant world - how do they survive, how can we tell them apart?

    Please register by February 27 to attend

    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).

    • 03/02/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Nature Park
    • 0
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    For Families with children ages 8 and up.

    Don’t miss this great opportunity to explore one of the lesser known Calvert County Natural Resource Division areas – Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park. We’ll hike through the woods to search for vernal pools and streams fed by spring rains – looking for spring wildflowers and amphibians along the way. Wear your rain boots and wear clothes that can get muddy. 

     Adult participation is required.  No younger siblings please. This hike is not be suitable for younger children as it will be off-trail on uneven ground.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Program Fee per family:

    • Members: Free
    • Nonmembers $8
    Space is limited to 5 families.

    Please register by 2/27/19
    • 03/02/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 12
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    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.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by February 27

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    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.


    • 03/05/2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1
    Register

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

    Looking for enrichment activities for your teen homeschooler? Teen homeschool days will give your teen a chance to get hands on experience with science and nature activities, provide an opportunity for service, and have fun in the company of other teens while doing it.


    This month’s class will focus on  deciduous trees - how to identify the most species, what makes trees unique, and what part they play in the forest ecosystem.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Free for Society members.
    Nonmembers pay $8 per person
    Please register by February 27

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    • 03/06/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    Register

    For Adults and teens, ages 15 and up

    Before the 2019 nesting season, we need to replace and repair a few nest boxes at Cypress Swamp.  Volunteers can help dig holes, carry materials, attach nest boxes to the posts and trim nearby branches. Please bring work gloves

    Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 13, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by March 4.

    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.

    • 03/07/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 2
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    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Kings Landing Park 

    What will we be wading into at this point in the year? It could be rain or it could be snow. Either way – it probably won’t be warm! We’ll look at some different ways to measure the winter weather and then go for a walk outside to try things out. 

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

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by March 1

    Naturalist in Charge - Tania Gale

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 03/08/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    Register

    Ages 10 and up.  (Teens, ages 15 and up may attend without a parent, but children between 10 and 14 must be accompanied by an 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 them. Once you are trained, you will be able to sign up to care for the animals as often as you'd like.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by March 6. 

    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.

    • 03/08/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    For adults and teens ages 15 and up

    Our screech owls will benefit from trained volunteers who can keep them used to being handled.  Supervised by a naturalist, you will learn about their care and proper handling techniques so that eventually, you will have enough experience to handle them on your own.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by March 6.

    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.