Programs for Homeschool Families

Program Fees: Unless noted programs are free for members; $8 per person for nonmember

Some programs charge slightly more due to materials and supplies.

Reservations are required in advance. 

Homeschool First 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, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games.  

Many of our Volunteer Activities can be suitable for homeschool families.

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).

    • 02/05/2019
    • 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

    • 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).

    • 03/05/2019
    • 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

    • 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).

    • 04/23/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 16
    Registration is closed

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

    Our spring Teen Homeschooler classes will be a 3-part series on kayaking and the ecology of the Patuxent river and its tributaries. Each month we will go out in kayaks to explore the river and the areas around it. We will use nets, water quality equipment, and our own senses to learn more about the river and the plants and animals that call it home.

    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: Kings Landing Park

    Park by the pool. Meet at the pier.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4. Registration Deadline is April 17

    Free for Society members; nonmembers pay $8 per person


    • 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).

    • 05/07/2019
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 16
    Registration is closed

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

    Our spring Teen Homeschooler classes will be a 3-part series on kayaking and the ecology of the Patuxent river and its tributaries. Each month we will go out in kayaks to explore the river and the areas around it. We will use nets, water quality equipment, and our own senses to learn more about the river and the plants and animals that call it home.

    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: Kings Landing Park Meet at Wisner Hall. Teens will be transported in county van to Lower Marlboro pier.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4. Registration Deadline is May 3

    Free for Society members. Nonmembers pay $8 per person


    • 06/04/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 16
    Register

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

    Our spring Teen Homeschooler classes will be a 3-part series on kayaking and the ecology of the Patuxent river and its tributaries. Each month we will go out in kayaks to explore the river and the areas around it. We will use nets, water quality equipment, and our own senses to learn more about the river and the plants and animals that call it home.

    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: Kings Landing Park

    Park by the pool. Meet at the pier.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4. Registration Deadline is May 31

    Free for Society members. Nonmembers pay $8 per person


    • 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).

Past events

01/11/2019 Homeschool Friday - Botany Underfoot - PM session
01/11/2019 Homeschool Friday - Botany Underfoot - AM session
01/08/2019 Teen Homeschool Day - Mosses and Lichens
12/17/2018 Teen Homeschool Day - Beach Ecology
12/07/2018 Homeschool Friday - Winter Beach - PM session
12/07/2018 Homeschool Friday - Winter Beach - AM session
11/27/2018 Teen Homeschool Day - The Oyster Reef**
11/09/2018 Homeschool Friday - Wonder of Wetlands - PM session
11/09/2018 Homeschool Friday - Wonder of Wetlands - AM session
10/15/2018 Teen Homeschool Day - Wetlands Exploration**
10/05/2018 Homeschool Friday - Life in the Oyster Reef - PM session
10/05/2018 Homeschool Friday - Life in the Oyster Reef - AM session
09/14/2018 Homeschool Friday - Bay Connections - PM session
09/14/2018 Homeschool Friday - Bay Connections - AM session
09/04/2018 Teen Homeschool Day - Nearshore Bay Ecology
06/04/2018 Teen Homeschool Day - Nature's Kitchen
06/01/2018 Homeschool First Friday: - Eating Wild - PM session
06/01/2018 Homeschool First Friday: - Eating Wild - AM session
05/07/2018 Teen Homeschool Day - Animal Tracking 101
05/04/2018 Homeschool First Friday: Who Goes There? - PM session
05/04/2018 Homeschool First Friday: Who Goes There? - AM session
04/09/2018 Teen Homeschool Day - Leave No Trace
04/07/2018 Teens Behind the Scenes - Animal Care
04/06/2018 Homeschool First Friday: Leave No Trace - PM session
04/06/2018 Homeschool First Friday: Leave No Trace - AM session
03/09/2018 Homeschool First Friday - Finding Your Way- PM session
03/09/2018 Homeschool First Friday - Finding Your Way- AM session
03/05/2018 Teen Homeschool Day - How Do I Get There from Here?
02/12/2018 Teen Homeschool Day - Fire Building and Campfire Cooking
02/10/2018 Teens Behind the Scenes - Raptors Care
02/09/2018 Homeschool First Friday - Keeping Warm - PM session
02/09/2018 Homeschool First Friday - Keeping Warm - AM session
01/12/2018 Homeschool First Friday: Home Away from Home - PM session
01/12/2018 Homeschool First Friday: Home Away from Home - AM session
01/08/2018 Teen Homeschool Day - Shelter Building 101
12/04/2017 Teen Homeschool Day - Fire Building and Campfire Cooking
12/01/2017 First Friday's Homeschool Day: Animal Classification-Birds - PM Session
12/01/2017 First Friday's Homeschool Day - Animal Classification - Birds- AM Session
11/06/2017 Teen Homeschool Day - How Do I Get There from Here?
11/03/2017 First Friday's Homeschool Day: Animal Classification - Mammals - PM Session
11/03/2017 First Friday's Homeschool Day: Animal Classification - Mammals - AM Session
10/16/2017 Teen Homeschool Day - Chesapeake Bay Ecology
10/06/2017 First Friday's Homeschool Day: Animal Classification - Fish - PM Session
10/06/2017 First Friday's Homeschool Day: Animal Classification - Fish - AM Session
09/05/2017 Teen Homeschool - Kayaking Skills
09/01/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Animal Classification, Insects - PM session
09/01/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Animal Classification, Insects - AM session
07/22/2017 Teens Behind the Scenes - Animal Care
06/05/2017 Teen Homeschool Day - Kayaking the Patuxent
06/02/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Down by the Bay - PM session
06/02/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Down by the Bay - AM session
05/05/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - The Birds and the Bees - PM session
05/05/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - The Birds and the Bees - AM session
05/01/2017 Teen Homeschool Day - Nature Playspace
04/13/2017 Amphibian Bio Blitz - Teen Overnight
04/07/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Early Risers - PM session
04/07/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Early Risers - AM session
04/03/2017 Teen Homeschool Day - Spring Salamander Day
03/06/2017 Teen Homeschool Day - Spring Herp Search
03/03/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, The Super Swamp - PM session
03/03/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, The Super Swamp - AM session
02/10/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, The Beautiful Beach - PM session
02/10/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, The Beautiful Beach - AM session
02/07/2017 Teen Homeschool Day - Hike to the Big Cypress
01/12/2017 Teen Homeschool Day - Animal Care
01/06/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, the Friendly Forest - PM session
01/06/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, the Friendly Forest - AM session
12/02/2016 Homeschool Friday - Keeping Warm - PM session
12/02/2016 Homeschool Friday - Keeping Warm - AM session
11/07/2016 Teen Homschool - Raptors Behind the Scenes
11/04/2016 Homeschool Friday: Home Away from Home - PM session
11/04/2016 Homeschool Friday: Home Away from Home - AM session
10/07/2016 Homeschool Friday - Finding Your Way - PM session
10/07/2016 Homeschool Friday - Finding Your Way- AM session
10/03/2016 How Do I Get There from Here?
09/12/2016 Nature Playspace Project Day
09/02/2016 Homeschool Friday - Eating Wild - PM session
09/02/2016 Homeschool Friday - Eating Wild - AM session
06/09/2016 Teen Homeschool Day - Kayak Skills and River Life
06/03/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
06/03/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
05/06/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
05/06/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
04/19/2016 Teen Homeschool Day - Salamanders in the Swamp
04/01/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
04/01/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
03/28/2016 Junior Entomologist
03/23/2016 Spring Bio Blitz - Teen Overnight
03/11/2016 Salamander Study Work Day
03/04/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
03/04/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
02/12/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
02/12/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
01/08/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
01/08/2016 Homeschool Fridays - AM
12/04/2015 Session 2 - First Friday's Homeschool Day - Mammals
12/04/2015 First Friday's Homeschool Day - Mammals
11/06/2015 Session 2 - First Friday's Homeschool Day - Birds
10/03/2015 First Friday's Homeschool Day - Animal Classification - Fish
10/02/2015 Session 2 - First Friday's Homeschool Day - Fish
10/02/2015 First Friday's Homeschool Day - Fish
09/04/2015 Session 2 - First Friday's Homeschool Day - Insects
09/04/2015 First Friday's Homeschool Day - Insects
06/24/2015 Junior Entomologist
03/04/2015 Salamander Study Orientation

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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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