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

    • 02/01/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 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. 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
    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. 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).

    • 02/13/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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

    • 03/01/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 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).

    • 03/01/2019
    • 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).

    • 03/07/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 2
    Register
    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.

    • 04/05/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    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. 

    This month is a continuation of our winter/spring “botany” theme.  April’s class will focus on the plants of early spring – the “spring ephemerals” including wildflowers and ferns.

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

    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).

    • 04/05/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    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. 

    This month is a continuation of our winter/spring “botany” theme.  April’s class will focus on the plants of early spring – the “spring ephemerals” including wildflowers and ferns.

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

    Please register by March 29 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).

    • 04/15/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    For children 2-5 years old and their supervising adults

    The calendar says it's Spring but what is nature saying? Come explore signs of the changing seasons with hands on activities, a craft, and a short nature hike!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4. Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by April 12

    Program FeeFree for Society members

    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Kim Curren

    • 04/29/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    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, play games, and/or create 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.

    Activities set up from from 10am-12pm - you may stay for part or all of that time.

    We'll also add out nature findings to the City Nature Challenge

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4. Reservations are required - Please register by April 25

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    • 05/03/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    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.  May’s class will focus on the plants of our wetlands and their special traits and adaptations.

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4. Please register by April 26 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).

    • 05/03/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    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.  May’s class will focus on the plants of our wetlands and their special traits and adaptations.

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4. Please register by April 26 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).

    • 05/10/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Come find out more about what kinds of animals live in the Chesapeake Bay. We will use a seine net in the shallow-water cove to catch some fish and crabs so we can look at them up close and explore the beach ponds. Younger siblings are welcome, but for safety, must be supervised by an adult.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4.  Reservations are required - Please register by May 3

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale and Spring Intern

    • 05/29/2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    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
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    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
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    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
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    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).


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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