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

    • 07/19/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1
    Register
    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    We are going to learn about our local lizards and even go out exploring to see if we can find some. Dress ready go outside. 

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 17

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

     

    • 07/19/2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1
    Register
    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    We are going to learn about our local lizards and even go out exploring to see if we can find some. Dress ready go outside. 

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 17

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

     

    • 08/15/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 0
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    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Kings Landing Park 

    You can’t eat them, but it sure is fun to make them! Join in the muddy fun as we explore the mud –how it feels, how it smells - what animals live in the mud? Come prepared for getting wet and dirty (adults and kids both), wear old sneakers that you can wear in the water (no flip flops), an old towel, and bring a change of clothes for the way home.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Fee is per family: free to Society members; $8 for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by August 10


    • 09/05/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 0
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    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Do you like bugs or do you think they are yucky? We’ll take a close look at some bugs – big and small, creepy and crawly – and see where they live and what they eat. We’ll also spend some time outside doing a bug search – so come dressed for a walk

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

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by September 3

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

    Fee is per family; may be paid online, by mail, in person, or on day of event.

    • 09/14/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This Fall's homeschool series focuses on the chesapeake Bay, with each month will focusing on something different. In September’s class we will explore the shallow, near-shore waters of the Bay.  There will be some inside activities, but most of this class will be at the beach and in the water, so please come prepared to get wet (adults too).

    Please register by September 6 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).

    • 09/14/2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This Fall's homeschool series focuses on the chesapeake Bay, with each month will focusing on something different. In September’s class we will explore the shallow, near-shore waters of the Bay.  There will be some inside activities, but most of this class will be at the beach and in the water, so please come prepared to get wet (adults too).

    Please register by September 6 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).

    • 10/05/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This Fall's homeschool series focuses on the Chesapeake Bay, with each month will focusing on something different. In October’s class we will explore the oyster reef habitat.  There will be some inside activities, but most of this class will be at the beach and on the pier, so please come prepared be outside.

    Please register by October 3 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).

    • 10/05/2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5
    Register

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This Fall's homeschool series focuses on the Chesapeake Bay, with each month will focusing on something different. In October’s class we will explore the oyster reef habitat.  There will be some inside activities, but most of this class will be at the beach and on the pier, so please come prepared be outside.

    Please register by October 3 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).

    • 10/26/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 9
    Register

    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 Wednesday, October 24

    Program Fee:  Free

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    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.

    • 11/09/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This Fall's homeschool series focuses on the Chesapeake Bay, with each month will focusing on something different. In November’s class we will explore the importance of wetlands to the Chesapeake. There will be some inside activities, but most of this class will be at the swamp, so please come prepared to get muddy and wet.

    Please register by November 7 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).

    • 11/09/2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 6
    Register

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This Fall's homeschool series focuses on the Chesapeake Bay, with each month will focusing on something different. In November’s class we will explore the importance of wetlands to the Chesapeake. There will be some inside activities, but most of this class will be at the swamp, so please come prepared to get muddy and wet.

    Please register by November 7 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).

    • 11/15/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 9
    Register

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    We are going to look at colors. We will do experiments creating different color combinations. We will also go outside to see what colors we can find in nature.  

    Location:  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

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

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, November 13th

     

    • 11/15/2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 14
    Register

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    We are going to look at colors. We will do experiments creating different color combinations. We will also go outside to see what colors we can find in nature.  

    Location:  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

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

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, November 13th

     

    • 11/20/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 5
    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 fall forest and meadow by playing games, going on a scavenger hunt, and/or creating some nature art. Families may stay for some or all of the listed program time – activities will be ongoing. Younger siblings are welcome, but for safety, must be supervised by adults.

    Location: Kings Landing Park


    We will have activities from from 10AM-12PM - you may stay for part or all of that time


    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by November 14

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    • 12/03/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 7
    Register

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    The Christmas Possum has hidden candy canes in the park.  After some possum-themed indoor activities, the naturalist will lead your children on a hike to find them. 

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Thursday, November 29. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

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

    • 12/07/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This Fall's homeschool series focuses on the Chesapeake Bay, with each month will focusing on something different. In December’s class we will explore the beach habitat itself.  There will be some inside activities, but most of this class will be at the beach, so please come prepared to be outside.

    Please register by December 5 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).

    • 12/07/2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 7
    Register

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This Fall's homeschool series focuses on the Chesapeake Bay, with each month will focusing on something different. In December’s class we will explore the beach habitat itself.  There will be some inside activities, but most of this class will be at the beach, so please come prepared to be outside.

    Please register by December 5 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).

    • 12/12/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 7
    Register

    For Ages 18 month to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    It might be cold but animals are still out and about. We will learn about some of these animals and their special adaptations.

    Location:  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

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

    Reservations are required by Monday, December 10th

     

    • 12/12/2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 14
    Register

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years old
    Adult participation is required

    It might be cold but animals are still out and about. We will learn about some of these animals and their special adaptations.

    Location:  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

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

    Reservations are required by Monday, December 10th

     

    • 12/18/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 4
    Register

    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    The days are short and the animals and plants have been getting ready for winter. Are you ready?  We will tell stories, play games, and build forts - best of all - cook some snacks over a campfire. Wear your warm clothes to this one – it will be outside!


    We will have a fire going from 10AM-12PM - you may stay for part or all of that time


    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by December 12

    Fee is per family; Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    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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