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The schedule of events is subject to changed based on the status of the coronavirus response, weather, staffing, and other situations that may arise. If Calvert Nature Society or Calvert County Natural Resources Division cancels a program, a full refund will be issued. 

COVID policies   Cancellation and Refund Policies

Upcoming Programs

    • 12/07/2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5
    Register

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

    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 December class will cover animal clues like scent, sounds, and other clues we haven't covered yet this fall.

    COVID Policies and Procedures 

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines. 

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns. 

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program,  we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. You may complete it online and email to CypressSwamp@CalvertCountyMD.gov, or print it and bring to  the program.  The waiver needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.




    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Free for Society members.
    Nonmembers pay $8 per person

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale





    • 12/10/2022
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Ages 5 years and older. Adult participation is required.

    'Tis the season to celebrate the hardy plants and trees that stay green all year long.  We will learn about the adaptations that allow some plants to keep their leaves year-round, while others take a long winters nap. We will take an exploration hike to see some of our evergreen friends in action. Warm up back at the nature center with some cider and create an evergreen decoration to take home.  Please dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes. Hike is not stroller friendly. 

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge: Jessy Oberright

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by December 4, 2022

    Fee is per family

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    COVID Policies and Procedures 

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines. 

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns. 

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program,  we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to agree to a participant waiver.  The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 12/17/2022
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    This event was postponed from November 19 , 2022.

    Adults, families, recommended for children ages 8+.  Adult supervision is required for children under 18. 

    Experience the wonder of the night sky as we explore the stars. Bring a blanket to lay on as we will be looking skyward to identify the rising winter constellations and learn their stories. Participants should dress warmly, and bring a flashlight and blanket or mat to lay on. 

    Meet at Pavilion 1.

    Please note: This program will be postponed if visibility is poor that evening. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Jessy Oberright

    Registration Deadline: November 16, 2022

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

    • 01/01/2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    • 5
    Register

    All ages. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Ring in the new year with an approximately three mile guided hike at Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm. A naturalist will share information about the site as the group enjoys being outdoors on the first day of 2023.

    This hike is NOT stroller friendly, but infants and toddlers in backpacks are welcome.

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Advanced registration required. Please register by December 30,2022.

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalists in Charge: Amy Werking


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 01/01/2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation Park
    • 9
    Register

    All ages. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Ring in the new year with an approximately 1.5 mile guided hike at Ward Farm Park. A naturalist will share information about the site as the group enjoys being outdoors on the first day of 2023.

    This hike is NOT stroller friendly, but infants and toddlers in backpacks are welcome.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Advanced registration required. Please register by December 30, 2022.

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalists in Charge: Jessy Oberright


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 01/01/2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Center
    • 9
    Register

    All ages. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Ring in the new year with an approximately three mile guided hike at Flag Ponds Nature Park. A naturalist will share information about the site as the group enjoys being outdoors on the first day of 2023. Enjoy s'mores and hot cholate by a campfire afterward.

    This hike is NOT stroller friendly, but infants and toddlers in backpacks are welcome.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced registration required. Please register by December 30, 2022.

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Kim Curren


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 01/05/2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0

    This event has been cancelled.


    Ages 3-6, with adult

    Come learn about our local birds of prey and meet resident raptors. Enjoy a book and a craft to finish the day!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Advanced registration required. Please register by December 30, 2022.

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Paige Stevens


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 01/06/2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This homeschool series is centered around the Chesapeake Bay - with each month focusing on a different topic related to the Bay.   There will be some indoor activities, but most of this class will take place outside so please come prepared to be outside (adults too).

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced registration required. Please register by December 30, 2022.

    Program Fee 

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    *Program fees are per family. Please register all your children on one entry. 

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    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).


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 01/06/2023
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This homeschool series is centered around the Chesapeake Bay - with each month focusing on a different topic related to the Bay.   There will be some indoor activities, but most of this class will take place outside so please come prepared to be outside (adults too).

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced registration required. Please register by December 30, 2022.

    Program Fee 

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    *Program fees are per family. Please register all your children on one entry. 

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    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).


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 01/11/2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4
    Register

    For students ages 12-16 years old. No parent needed.

    This homeschool series is centered around the Chesapeake Bay - with each month focusing on a different topic related to the Bay.  There will be some indoor activities, but most of this class will take place outside so please come prepared to be outside (adults too).

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced registration required. Please register by January 4, 2023.

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members.

    Nonmembers pay $8 per person

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 01/14/2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 01/15/2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 3
    Register

    For children in grades 3-5

    Winter is a great time for outdoor adventures! During the day we will explore the woods and the beach playing games, building forts, and following our sense of adventure. After sunset, we will head out into the quiet winter woods for a night walk, followed by a campfire and s'mores. Don't worry about getting too cold - this camp will include indoor, as well as, outdoor activities and plenty of hot chocolate. Dinner, breakfast, and snacks included.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Advanced registration required. Please register by January 4, 2023.

    Program fee per child

    $25 for Society members
    $40 for nonmembers

    Saturday, January 14, 9:00 a.m. overnight through Sunday, January 15, 9:00 a.m.

    We will be sleeping indoors with a cozy fire in the fireplace with the campers in tents - 2 campers per tent.

    If we are not able to do an overnight due to COVID levels, we will end  at 6:30pm on the 14th.

    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 01/16/2023
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    For children 12 - 18 years old. Adults not required.

    As part of our raptor research project staff are conducting surveys of wintering hawks and falcons to better understand their survivability. Join us as we conduct surveys in Calvert and try to trap and band raptors to collect more data for this study. We will meet at Battle Creek and travel in the county van to various areas.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Advanced registration required. Please register by January 12, 2023.

    Program Fee

    Free for members

    $8 for nonmembers

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 01/20/2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 4
    Register

    Ages 3-5, with adult

    Come learn about how animals survive the winter, read a book and enjoy a craft.

    Location: Kings Landing Park at Wisner Hall

    Advanced registration required. Please register by January 13, 2023.

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Paige Stevens


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 01/21/2023
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    All ages. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Join the Naturalist to learn the process of tapping Maple trees to collect sap that can be boiled into delicious syrup. Hike to the Kings Landing 'sugar bush' to help the naturalist tap the maple trees in preparation for syrup season, and get a first-hand opportunity to learn this simple skill. After we visit our trees, warm up by an outdoor campfire and roast a marshmallow.  Program will be outside, so dress for the weather.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Advanced registration required.  Please register by January 14, 2023

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Jessy Oberright


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 01/28/2023
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    All ages, adult supervision required.

    Visit Kings Landing Park and learn the process of tapping maple trees to collect sap that can be boiled into delicious syrup. You can join a hike to our local tapped maple trees (the sugar bush), help collect fresh sap, watch sap being boiled into syrup, enjoy a toasted marshmallow at the campfire and participate in some fun activities to learn about this simple and delicious process. The Open House starts at 2 pm, with hikes to the sugar bush at 2:30, 3:00 and 3:30pm. Program will be all outside, so dress for the weather.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Advanced registration required.  Please register by January 21, 2023.

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in Charge: Jessy Oberright


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 02/02/2023
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater
    • 63
    Register

    Learn about blue carbon, freshwater mussel restoration and education, and other research about the Patuxent River and other regional watersheds. Also be part of a conversation about the science and practice of behavior change.

    PAXCON 2023 will feature current research within the Patuxent River watershed, as well as highlight strategies and methods that can be applied to climate change research, management, communication, and advocacy on the Patuxent River.

    Additional Details will be posted on http://www.paxcon.org/ 

    For adults and older teens.

    Keynote Speaker: Rico Newman, Choptico Band of Indians, Piscataway-Conoy Tribe; Chairman, Maryland Indian Tourism Assoc., Inc.

    On the Schedule
    • Science sessions
    • Panel discussion on behavior change
    • Student posters
    • Conference closing discussion and remarks

    Watch the recordings from the 2020 Pax Con

    The Patuxent River, considered “Maryland’s River”, is the longest river entirely in the state of Maryland. Home to over 100 species of fish and a staggering variety of resident and migratory birds, the Patuxent River is a jewel of the Maryland natural world. Archaeological artifacts dating back to 7,200 B.C.E. suggests the River has been an essential lifeline for humans for thousands of years.

    The Patuxent River Conference (PAXCON) is the premier forum uniting scientists, environmental educators, natural resource managers, and anyone passionate about the health and future of the Patuxent River. To know and understand the Patuxent River is to take one more step towards its protection.

    Join us for a lively and intellectually stimulating day and to network with new and old colleagues!

    For Additional Information: http://www.paxcon.org/

    Consider being a Sponsor of the Conference: With a sponsorship of $100 your organization will receive one complimentary conference registration, your logo on the conference website and materials, as well as being able to share materials with conference attendees.

    Registration Fee: (includes lunch) 

    • Early Bird Registration through January 3: $30
    • Registration fee after January 3: $50
    Student Participants: $10 Contact Karyn Molines for the registration code.

    Presenters: $10 Contact Karyn Molines for the registration code.

    Student Presenters: Free Contact Karyn Molines for the registration code.

    For agencies that require a W-9 for processing payments: Calvert Nature Society is the Payee: Download the W-9 form for your records.


    COVID Policies and Procedures 

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines. 

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns. 

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver during registration. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 02/03/2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 7
    Registration is closed

    Ages 3-5, with adult

    Rodents get a bad name, but they are very important and interesting! Come learn about our local rodents.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced registration required.  Please register by January 26, 2023.

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Paige Stevens


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 02/10/2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This homeschool series is centered around the Chesapeake Bay - with each month focusing on a different topic related to the Bay.   There will be some indoor activities, but most of this class will take place outside so please come prepared to be outside (adults too).

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced registration required. Please register by February 3, 2023.

    Program Fee 

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    *Program fees are per family. Please register all your children on one entry. 

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    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).


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 02/10/2023
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This homeschool series is centered around the Chesapeake Bay - with each month focusing on a different topic related to the Bay.   There will be some indoor activities, but most of this class will take place outside so please come prepared to be outside (adults too).

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced registration required. Please register by February 3, 2023.

    Program Fee 

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    *Program fees are per family. Please register all your children on one entry. 

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    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).


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 02/11/2023
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    All ages, adult supervision required.

    Visit Kings Landing Park and learn the process of tapping Maple trees to collect sap that can be boiled into delicious syrup. You can join a hike to our local tapped Maple trees (the sugar bush), help collect fresh sap, watch sap being boiled into syrup, enjoy a toasted marshmallow at the campfire and participate in some fun activities to learn about this simple and delicious process. The Open House starts at 2 pm, with hikes to the sugar bush at 2:30, 3:00 and 3:30pm. Program will be all outside, so dress for the weather.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Advanced registration required.  Please register by February 4, 2023.

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in Charge: Jessy Oberright


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 02/13/2023
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 4
    Register

    For children 12 - 18 years old. Adults not required.

    As part of our raptor research project staff are conducting surveys of wintering hawks and falcons to better understand their survivability. Join us as we conduct surveys in Calvert and try to trap and band raptors to collect more data for this study. We will meet at Battle Creek and travel in the county van to various areas.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Advanced registration required. Please register by February 6, 2023.

    Program Fee

    Free for members

    $8 for nonmembers

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 02/15/2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    For students ages 12-16 years old. No parent needed.

    This homeschool series is centered around the Chesapeake Bay - with each month focusing on a different topic related to the Bay.  There will be some indoor activities, but most of this class will take place outside so please come prepared to be outside (adults too).

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced registration required. Please register by February 8, 2023.

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members.

    Nonmembers pay $8 per person

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 02/18/2023
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    All ages, adult supervision required.

    Visit Kings Landing Park and learn the process of tapping Maple trees to collect sap that can be boiled into delicious syrup. You can join a hike to our local tapped Maple trees (the sugar bush), help collect fresh sap, watch sap being boiled into syrup, enjoy a toasted marshmallow at the campfire and participate in some fun activities to learn about this simple and delicious process. The Open House starts at 2 pm, with hikes to the sugar bush at 2:30, 3:00 and 3:30pm. Program will be all outside, so dress for the weather.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Advanced registration required.  Please register by February 11, 2023.

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in Charge: Jessy Oberright


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 02/18/2023
    • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 60
    Register

    For ages 12 and up

    Think you are a nature expert? Well grab your family and friends and come test your skills at Nature Trivia while helping benefit your local nature programs.

    This will be similar to our trivia programs of the past but we have made it family friendly allowing ages 12 and up to participate. There is a prize for the team finishing in first as well as door prizes.

    When you register you can opt to purchase dinner including pizza, drink and snacks for the evening.  You are welcome to bring your own dinner and snacks too!

    Check-in will start at 4:30 p.m. and  Pizza dinner and Trivia will start promptly at 5:00 p.m.

    Location: Wisner Hall at Kings Landing Park

    Advanced registration required. Please register by February 10, 2023

    Program Fee: $20 per team (Fee must be paid to be considered registered).

    The registration fee supports all of our education programs.

    Don't know who will be on your team? Not a problem. Register anyway, and we can add team members later.

    Max team size: 6

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon 

    Rules

    • Must be 12 years or older. 
    • Team must have a team name.
    • Up to 6 people (physically present) per team. Minimum team size is one person.
    • Every person at the team table will be counted as part of your maximum team size.
    • No cell/smartphone or other outside information source. We will have a cell phone parking lot in the room. You may not use your cell phone during a round until your team’s answers are turned in to the judge.
    • There is no partial credit for an answer.
    • The quiz master will be the final arbiter of correct answers and scoring. 
    • Any rule not listed here may be made up on the spot by the quiz master, Gene Groshon.
    • Current employees of Calvert County Natural Resources, members of the Calvert Nature Society Board of Directors, or their families, may not be a team member.


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 02/28/2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    Registration is closed

    Ages 3-6, with adult

    The peaceful woods may seem lifeless in winter, but it's not. This program will explore plant, animal, and insect life in the quiet, but not dormant, woods in winter. Dress for an outdoor winter adventure at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp.  

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Advanced registration required. Please register by February 21, 2023.

    Program Fees

    Free for Society Members

    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in Charge: Amy Werking


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 03/02/2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 40
    Registration is closed

    For Adults and older children 10 years old and up, adult participation required for those under 18.

    You may have heard in the news recently that North America has lost nearly a third of all of its birds. In 1983 and then again in 2002, the Maryland-DC Breeding Bird Atlas was conducted. The BBA 3  is intended to map the birds that breed in our area for a third time. Volunteers are needed to collect data on breeding evidence and report it to eBird.  Calvert County Atlas coordinator, Sherman Suter will provide simple instructions on how you can help contribute to this very important study and give an update on data collected so far for this atlas.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Program Fee

    Free 

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 03/03/2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This homeschool series is centered around the Chesapeake Bay - with each month focusing on a different topic related to the Bay.   There will be some indoor activities, but most of this class will take place outside so please come prepared to be outside (adults too).

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced registration required. Please register by February 24, 2023.

    Program Fee 

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    *Program fees are per family. Please register all your children on one entry. 

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    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).


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 03/03/2023
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This homeschool series is centered around the Chesapeake Bay - with each month focusing on a different topic related to the Bay.   There will be some indoor activities, but most of this class will take place outside so please come prepared to be outside (adults too).

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced registration required. Please register by February 24, 2023.

    Program Fee 

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    *Program fees are per family. Please register all your children on one entry. 

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    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).


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 03/04/2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 7
    Registration is closed
    All Ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    There are many important women who have pioneered the nature space. Come learn about some of them, and then see a day in the life of one of our local naturalists.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Advanced registration required. Please register byFebruary 25, 2023.

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Paige Stevens


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 03/08/2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    For students ages 12-16 years old. No parent needed.

    This homeschool series is centered around the Chesapeake Bay - with each month focusing on a different topic related to the Bay.  There will be some indoor activities, but most of this class will take place outside so please come prepared to be outside (adults too).

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced registration required. Please register by March 1, 2023.

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members.

    Nonmembers pay $8 per person

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 03/19/2023
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    All ages. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

    This quirky tradition began in 1978 by an Annapolis-area shipwright that was fed up with the winter weather. Now every year, groups gather to kick off the spring season by burning their old winter socks. We will enjoy s'mores and hot chocolate by the fire before officially saying goodbye to winter. Bring your warmest socks to burn!

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced registrations required. Please register by March 15, 2023.

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Kim Curren


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 03/25/2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5
    Registration is closed

    All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Ever wonder what the parks look like once the sun goes down? Come and find out through our guided night hike!

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced registration required. Please register by March 18, 2023.

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers


    Naturalist in charge: Paige Stevens


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

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