Programs for children 18 months through 5 years

These programs introduce families with young children to the natural world. Adult participation is required for these programs.

Check out the events for families or "all ages" allowed.

Only programs for pre-school aged children are listed. Check the Calendar of Events page for the full schedule.

Upcoming events

    • 05/29/2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
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    For ages 3-5, with adult.

    Learn about different types of animals nests through games, and hands-on activities. Then join us for a hike to visit the animal families where they live.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister 

    Fee is per family. Free for members
    $8  for nonmembers

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

    Registration deadline: Monday, May 27

    • 06/05/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 6
    Register

    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Playing outside is healthy for humans of all ages. Take some time to enjoy the outdoors and meet like-minded families in this semi-structured event. Children and their grown-ups can explore the river’s edge by playing games, catching live river animals, and/or creating some nature art. Families may stay for some of the listed program time – activities will be ongoing. Younger siblings are welcome, but for safety, must be supervised by their adults.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4. Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by May 31

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    • 06/07/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
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    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This spring’s homeschool series will be a study of the plants around us with each month focusing on something different. 

    This month is a continuation of our winter/spring “botany” theme.  June's class will focus our wild edible and medicinal plants – as well as the poisonous ones.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

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

    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).

    • 06/07/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This spring’s homeschool series will be a study of the plants around us with each month focusing on something differen

    This month is a continuation of our winter/spring “botany” theme.  June's class will focus our wild edible and medicinal plants – as well as the poisonous ones.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

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

    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).

    • 09/04/2019
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 9
    Register

    For Ages 18 month to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Come hear a story, make a craft, and meet one of our owls up close! 

    Location:  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Kim Curren

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

    Reservations are required by Monday, September 2, 2019 

     

    • 09/04/2019
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 15
    Register

    For Ages 18 month to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Come hear a story, make a craft, and meet one of our owls up close! 

    Location:  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Kim Curren

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

    Reservations are required by Monday, September 2, 2019 

     

    • 09/06/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 9
    Register

    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 September class will cover animal tracks (footprints) and trails.

    Please register by August 30, 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).

    • 09/06/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10
    Register

    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 September class will cover animal tracks (footprints) and trails.

    Please register by August 30, 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).

    • 09/18/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 5
    Register

    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


Join BCNES today and most of these programs are 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.

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Mailing address: PO Box 122, Port Republic, MD 20676. info@calvertparks.org
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