Summer Programs

Registration for Summer Programs will open on April 22 for members and May 6 for non-members. Join today to take advantage of the early registration period. Download the listing of programs. (pdf)

Family Programs

Families can experience the fascinating natural world in our area. These programs incorporate activities to entertain learners of all ages.

Only a sampling of programs are listed. Check the Calendar of Events page for the full schedule.

Program Fees Unless noted programs are free for Society members; $8 per family for nonmember

Some programs charge slightly more due to materials and supplies.

Reservations are required in advance. 

Upcoming events

    • 04/20/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick, MD
    • 2
    Register

    All ages welcome.

    Celebrate Earth Day by making cool crafts from recycled objects! Paper roll wildlife, terrariums, our 2019 feature craft, and more! Come prepared for a short hike. All materials will be provided.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

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

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4.

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 17

    Reservations are required.
    • 04/23/2019
    • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Chesapeake Beach Town Hall
    Register
    All ages welcome.

    Hone your senses for the iNaturalist City Nature Challenge! Visit our iNaturalist training stations to increase your plant and animal identification skills. Natural Resources staff will be on hand to show you how to participate and will provide tips and tricks on finding where the wild things are.

    Please bring a fully charged smartphone or digital camera.

    Consider downloading the iNaturalist app and creating an account before the event.

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    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Location: Chesapeake Beach Town Hall
    8200 Bayside Road, P.O. Box 400
    Chesapeake Beach, Maryland 20732

    Reservations are not required.

    • 04/26/2019
    • 12:00 AM
    • 04/29/2019
    • 11:59 PM
    • Throughout Calvert County
    Register
    This is a self led event.

    Spend the an hour or a day outside exploring with your family in this fun bio blitz-style event called the “City Nature Challenge.” It’s easy – look for and find wildlife and plants, take a picture, and share it to iNaturalist (this can happen back at home also).

    City Nature Challenge 2019

    Calvert County is part of the City Nature Challenge of the Washington DC region. Cities around the world will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the 2019 City Nature Challenge.

    During the weekend of April 26-29, 2019 individuals and groups will be on the hunt for animals, plants, mushrooms, and other life forms. These observations will be documented on iNaturalist and counted towards our region's tally.

    Information on the City Nature Challenge and a listing of naturalist led events:https://www.calvertparks.org/CNC2019/

    To participate, download the iNaturalist app and creating an account.

    Reservations are not required, but will help us track participation and for holding informal, spontaneous hikes.

    • 04/26/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Nature Park
    • 3
    Register

    Ages: adults and homeschool families    

    Join us to document the biodiversity of Ward Farm Park using iNaturalist! Participants will receive a review of common plants and animals and a resource kit to take in the field, get assigned to a team search area, and we’ll provide a follow-up Q&A to help with general identification skills as well.

    Special registration information: Please bring a fully charge smart phone or digital camera to participate, as well as an iNaturalist account. Dress for the weather, bring a bagged lunch and refillable water bottle, and wear comfortable hiking shoes.

    Consider downloading the iNaturalist app and creating an account before the event.

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    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Free program



    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.


    • 04/26/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 7
    Register

    For All ages

    Adult participation is required

    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.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

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

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4.

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, April 24.
    • 04/28/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8
    Register

    For All ages

    Adult participation is required

    Spend the afternoon outside exploring with your family in this fun bio blitz-style event called the “City Nature Challenge.” It’s easy – look for and find wildlife and plants, take a picture, and share it to iNaturalist (this can happen back at home also).

    Bring your fully charge smartphones or digital camera to look for and document the wildlife in the park.

    Consider downloading the iNaturalist app and creating an account before the event.

    Google Play

    Apple

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

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required by 4/24/19

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    • 04/29/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5
    Register

    All Ages, under 18 with adult

    Help the naturalist check nest boxes and find out how you can help with this project. Come prepared for a 1.5 mile hike over moderate terrain.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required. Registration opens February 18, 2019.

    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.

    • 05/06/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 5
    Register

    All ages, under 18 with adult 

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks the lowland nest boxes.  Come lend a hand and learn how you can help with this project. Be prepared for a 1.5 mile hike over moderate terrain.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required. Registration opens February 18, 2019.

    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.

    • 05/20/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4
    Register

    All Ages, under 18 with adult

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks nest boxes.  Come lend a hand and learn how you can help with this project. Be prepared for a 1.5 mile hike over moderate terrain.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required. Registration opens February 18, 2019.

    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.

    • 05/25/2019
    • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    For All ages

    Adult participation is required

    Want to see some horseshoe crabs spawning on the beach by starlight? Join us for this unique chance to see Flag Ponds at night! With luck we will see horseshoe crabs spawning at the water’s edge or maybe bioluminescent comb jellies in the water!
    Bring a flashlight, insect repellent, and wear shoes that can get wet. You may want to have a change of clothes for the way home.

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4.

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

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale
     

    • 05/28/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 4
    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.  Homeschool students can get involved with real science through these programs too. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Registration opens February 18, 2019.

    Reservations are required by Friday, May 24.

    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.

    • 06/03/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5
    Register

    All Ages, under 18 with adult

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks nest boxes.  Come lend a hand and learn how you can help with this project. Be prepared for a 1.5 mile hike over moderate terrain.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required. Registration opens February 18, 2019.

    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.

    • 06/04/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 4
    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. Homeschool students can get involved with real science through these programs too. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required. Registration opens February 18, 2019.

    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 page.

    • 06/12/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 4
    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. Homeschool students can get involved with real science through these programs too.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required. Registration opens February 18, 2019.

    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.

    • 06/19/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 4
    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.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required. Registration opens February 18, 2019.

    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.

    • 06/25/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    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. Registration opens February 18, 2019.

    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.

    • 06/27/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 5
    Register

    All ages, under 18 with adult 

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks the lowland nest boxes.  Come lend a hand and learn how you can help with this project. Be prepared for a 1.5 mile hike over moderate terrain.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Registration opens February 18, 2019.

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, June 25.

    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.

    • 07/02/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    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.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Friday, June 28.

    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.

    • 07/09/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    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.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Friday, July 5.

    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.

    • 07/13/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    All ages, under 15 with an adult.

    Learn about the amazing creature features of the insects that eat other bugs, then we will look for them in the forest and meadow.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required.

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 9

    Program fee per child:
    Free for members
    $8 for nonmembers

    • 07/16/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    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.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Friday, July 12.

    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.

    • 07/30/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    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.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Friday, July 26.

    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.

    • 08/06/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    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, August 2.

    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.

    • 08/14/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    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 Monday, August 12.

    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.

    • 08/17/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    All ages, under 15 with an adult

    Butterflies, beetles, and spiders are just a few residents of the Goldenrod Jungle. We will explore the different creatures that live, hunt, and hide there. 

    LocationWard Farm Recreation & Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are requiredRegistration Deadline: Tuesday, August 13

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

    • 08/20/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    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, August 16.

    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.

    • 08/24/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    For All Ages

    Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

    If you've ever wondered why going outside always makes you feel better, come learn what science is saying about how nature can heal our bodies, minds, and spirit. We will talk about the benefits of spending time outdoors, and then we will put our new knowledge into practice with a forest hike.

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

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required.  

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 

     

    For All Ages

    Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

    If you've ever wondered why going outside always makes you feel better, come learn what science is saying about how nature can heal our body, mind, and spirit. We will talk about the benefits of spending time outdoors, and then we will put our new knowledge into practice with a forest hike.

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

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required.  

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 

     

    • 08/28/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    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 Monday, August 26.

    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.

    • 09/03/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    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, August 30.

    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.

    • 09/07/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    Open to individuals and families.

    Did you know the Paw Paw tree's extended family lives in the tropics? Come learn all about these special trees--and even get to taste the fruit!

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required, deadline: Tuesday, September 3

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

     

    • 09/10/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    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 6.

    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.

    • 09/17/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    Register