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    • 04/17/2024
    • 06/05/2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For students ages 12-16 years old

    Our spring Teen Homeschool 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 senses to learn more about the river and the plants and animals that call it home.

    We expect the teen to attend all three sessions.

    No parent needed, participants must be AT LEAST 12 years old

    During registration, you will be asked to agree to our kayak waiver. https://www.calvertparks.org/waiver.html/

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Program Fee are per teen: Please register each teen separately.

    $10 for Society members
    $20 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(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.

    • 04/19/2024
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • King's Landing Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by adult.

    The parks at night are thrilling. Join us to explore King's Landing Park's red tail trail (~1 mile) with a guided night hike. Don't forget a flashlight to discover what lies beyond the dark.

    Trails may have exposed trees roots and be slippery. Please plan accordingly. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by: April 12, 2024

    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.

    • 04/20/2024
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 11
    Register

    Ages 9 and up, under 16 with adult, families,  service groups, service learning hours

    Celebrate Volunteer Week and Earth Day by spending a few hours lending a hand to remove invasive beach grass at Flag Ponds Nature Park. Tasks will include cutting, bagging and transporting Phragmites grass to reduce the spread around the ponds and beaches at the park. Appropriate for adults, and families and groups with kids ages 9 and up. Youth 15 and under must have an adult present. This is a great event for service groups or students needing service learning hours!! Due to the physical nature of this project, no infants, toddlers or young children under age 7 will be permitted

    We will provide all tools and protective equipment. Be aware that there is a half mile walk to and from the work site. Volunteers should wear long sleeves and pants, use a hat and sun protection, wear sturdy shoes and bring water. 

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Staff in Charge: Jessy Oberright and Brian Bussard


    • 04/20/2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    Register

    Adults; Teens are welcome with adult participation

    Exploring your Backyard and Beyond with iNaturalist and the City Nature Challenge

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    In this workshop, you'll learn how to use iNaturalist to photograph and map your observations in a few easy steps. You'll learn about the City Nature Challenge and other projects that can use your observation, how to verify other observations, and other basic features of the iNaturalist app.

    We'll go over the basic functions found in the app, then head out to make observations. We'll spend time identifying the things we find--and maybe even identify other iNat users' observations.

    Whether you're a current iNaturalist user or brand new to the technology, join us for this fun learning opportunity.

    When you respond, include your iNaturalist handle, if you have one.

    Tutorials: https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/video+tutorials

    To prepare for the training, please bring a fully charged smart phone with the iNaturalist app installed. Don't forget to sign up for an account (remember your paassword!)

    To download the app:

    • Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.inaturalist.android
    • Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inaturalist/id421397028?mt=8

    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.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    To download the app:

    • Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.inaturalist.android
    • Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inaturalist/id421397028?mt=8
    • 04/22/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 13
    Register

    For children ages 3-5 years old with adult

    Celebrate Earth Day with some outdoor nature play. Drop-in any time between 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. to discover how you can take better care of our beautiful planet. Program will include a craft and several hands-on learning activities.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by: April 19

    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.

    • 04/23/2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 13
    Register

    Leave the flashlights at home and join us under the luminous glow of the moon, where nature becomes our guiding light! The muse of this month’s full moon hike, the Pink Moon, doesn't get its name based on its appearance but rather the moniker is inspired by the profusion of wild ground phlox (Phlox subulata), that tend to bloom in early spring. As spring unfolds its vibrant tapestry, April’s full moon quietly reminds us to keep our heads up, or we’ll miss what’s coming. Don't miss this opportunity to witness the beauty of renewal on a guided moonlit adventure at Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park.

    Whether you're a seasoned night hiker or a first timer, come discover the allure of the night and make memories that will linger long after the moon sets. These hikes are NOT stroller friendly, but infants and toddlers in backpacks are welcome.

    Mark your calendars and join us each month at a different Calvert County nature park for a themed hike and let us honor the beauty of nature and marvel at the natural magic that unfolds under the light of the full moon.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lydia Wells

    Program Fee: $5 per participant

    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.

    • 04/27/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation Park
    • 18
    Register

    Join park staff for a hike at Ward Farm Nature Park for Celebrate Trails Day. Get outside for an approximately 3 mile trail hike to explore the woods, ponds and creeks at Ward Farm. We will enjoyed the varied terrain on the East Ridge, Fox Den and Hall Creek Trails and consider the changes in the landscape over time, from the earliest indigenous inhabitants through modern conservation efforts within the nature park. 

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

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Advanced registration recommended.

    This is a free event.

    Staff in Charge: Jessy Oberright and Stephanie Sperling 

    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.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 04/28/2024
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1
    Register

    For adults and children ages 6 years old and up. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Uncover the secrets of the Miocene Era with a Fossil Foray at Flag Ponds Nature Park. Learn about how fossils are formed and then go for a beach walk to look for your very own fossils and shark teeth. A journey back in time awaits!

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by: April 21, 2024

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Eva Blockstein

    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.

    • 04/30/2024
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 8
    Register

    For adults and children ages 10 years and older.  Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Every spring many species of birds will be migrating to their breeding grounds and pass through our parks. We will go on a hike to see what warbler species are stopping by along their journey.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Fee is per person.

    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.

    • All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) are recommended to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.
    • 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 complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. Please 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.

    • 05/01/2024
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 5
    Register

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    This time of year there are many birds traveling back up north to their summer habitats. We will play a fun game and talk about why these birds make the big journey and what issues they could face along the way.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp 

    There will be portable toilets for bathrooms with no running water.

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations are required.

    Registration Deadline: Monday, April 29

    Program Fee:
    Free for 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(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. 


    • 05/01/2024
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 8
    Register

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    This time of year there are many birds traveling back up north to their summer habitats. We will play a fun game and talk about why these birds make the big journey and what issues they could face along the way.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp 

    There will be portable toilets for bathrooms with no running water.

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations are required.

    Registration Deadline: Monday, April 30

    Program Fee:
    Free for 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(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. 


    • 05/03/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This homeschool series is centered around on animal classification. This month we focus on insects.  There will be both indoor activities and out - so please come prepared to be outside (adults too).

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced registration required.

    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.

    • 05/03/2024
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This homeschool series is centered around on animal classification. This month we focus on insects.  There will be both indoor activities and out - so please come prepared to be outside (adults too).

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced registration required.

    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.

    • 05/05/2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    Register

    Come meet Marian Johnson, daughter of George Rice, who lived in the house he built, now part of the county-owned Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm.

    Marian and co-author Udora Myers  will discuss their memories and answer questions about life on the farm.  Delve into the story behind the book, and explore the history of Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm.


    All ages welcome. 

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm 2695 Grays Road, Prince Frederick

    Note: Books will not be sold at the event. Purchase you book on Amazon https://tinyurl.com/4kkxadwp  

    • 05/07/2024
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    Register

    For adults and children ages 10 years and older.  Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Every spring many species of birds will be migrating to their breeding grounds and pass through our parks. We will go on a hike to see what warbler species are stopping by along their journey.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Fee is per person.

    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.

    • All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) are recommended to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.
    • 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 complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. Please 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.

    • 05/11/2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 16
    Register

    For families with children ages 9 & older

    Most frogs don't say "ribbit" but they make plenty of other interesting noises. Come learn all about our local frogs and what they sound like. Then test your identification skills as we explore the park in search of these incredible amphibians.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by: May 9

    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.

    • 05/14/2024
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 14
    Register

    For children ages 3-5 years old with adult

    Get ready to buzz with excitement as we explore the world of pollinators. In this program we will learn all about these incredibly helpful insects and you will get to take home some seeds to help attract them to your garden at home.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by: May 13

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Eva Blockstein

    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.

    • 05/14/2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 17
    Register

    For children ages 3-5 years old with adult

    Get ready to buzz with excitement as we explore the world of pollinators. In this program we will learn all about these incredibly helpful insects and you will get to take home some seeds to help attract them to your garden at home.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by: May 13

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Eva Blockstein

    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.

    • 05/17/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 6
    Register

    For children in grades 4-6. This is a drop off program, no adults required. 

    Dive into the wonders of aquatic life with our Swamp Sleuths adventure. Participants will have the chance to use nets to uncover the diverse aquatic life inhabiting these ecosystems. Get up close and personal with the fascinating creatures that call the swamp home and gain a deeper appreciation for the intricate web of life in this unique habitat.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by: May 11th, 2024

    Program Fee is per child:

    • Society members pay $10 per person.
    • Nonmembers pay $20 per person.

    Naturalist in charge: Eva Blockstein

    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.

    • 05/21/2024
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    Register

    For adults and children ages 10 years and older.  Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Every spring many species of birds will be migrating to their breeding grounds and pass through our parks. We will go on a hike to see what warbler species are stopping by along their journey.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Fee is per person.

    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.

    • All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) are recommended to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.
    • 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 complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. Please 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.

    • 05/23/2024
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    • 20
    Register

    Leave the flashlights at home and join us under the luminous glow of the moon, where nature becomes our guiding light! As the natural world comes alive, this month’s full moon hike becomes a joyful tribute to the vibrant floral panoramas adorning our fields, forests, and streams. Come join us for the Flower Full Moon Hike and revel in the enchanting scenery of Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm, where once-farmed lands now flourish as meadows, bursting into life with blossoms and the fierce spirit of spring.

    Whether you're a seasoned night hiker or a first timer, come discover the allure of the night and make memories that will linger long after the moon sets. These hikes are NOT stroller friendly, but infants and toddlers in backpacks are welcome.

    Mark your calendars and join us each month at a different Calvert County nature park for a themed hike and let us honor the beauty of nature and marvel at the natural magic that unfolds under the light of the full moon.

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Naturalist in charge: Lydia Wells

    Program Fee: $5 per participant

    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.

    • 05/29/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4
    Register

    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Prepare for hands-on, mud-splashing fun as we dive into nature's messiest fun with sensory play and exciting science exploration.  This will be an opportunity for little ones and their families to embrace the messiness of childhood and cultivate a love for the great outdoors.

    Come prepared to get wet and dirty (adults and kids both) and bring an old towel and a change of clothes for the way home.

     Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by May 22

    Fee is per family

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    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.

    • 05/30/2024
    • 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 13
    Register

    ** THE DATE AND TIME OF THIS EVENT HAS CHANGED. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW DATE IS THURSDAY, MAY 30 AND THE NEW TIME IS 9-10:30PM.

    This program is appropriate for all ages, HOWEVER please be mindful of the event time. This event begins at 9 p.m. and ends at 10:30 p.m. It does not have an earlier start time option. 

    Embark on a beachfront expedition during the peak spawning season of horseshoe crabs. Discover these ancient creatures as we search the shoreline, unraveling their remarkable history and essential role in the ecosystem. A thrilling and educational adventure awaits on the sandy shores of Flag Ponds Nature Park.

    Be sure to wear clothes that can get wet and shoes that are built for walking in sand.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by: May 27

    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.

    • 06/01/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
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    A perfect trip for beginners to learn about kayaking and get out on the water.  We will focus on basic kayak skills and the ecology of the Patuxent River. Will include a quick lesson on basic kayak skills.

    If bringing your own kayak, you will need to arrive 30min early to off-load your boat and park.  Parking space is limited.

    Ages 9 years to adult - Participants must be at least 9 years old to accompany an adult in a double kayak, and at least 12 years old to paddle themselves in a single kayak. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations and payment are required in advance - by May 26

    Program Fee (per person)

    $15 for Society members

    If you bring your own kayak $5 per person

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

    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. 

    • 06/01/2024
    • 9:00 PM
    • 06/02/2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 9
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    For families with children ages 10 & up

    Experience the magic of a beachfront overnight campout while searching for horseshoe crabs during their peak spawning season. Roam the shoreline, encounter these ancient creatures, and uncover their remarkable history. It's sure to be a thrilling and educational journey under the stars that you won't want to miss.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Families must bring their own tent with stakes designed to be used in sand. Campsite is approximately 0.25 miles from nearest running water, bathroom, and equipment drop-off spot. Only pack what you can carry this distance- beach carts are allowed. A detailed packing list will be sent to participants a week before the program. A light breakfast will be provided.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by: May 29

    Program Fee Per Family

    $10 for Society members
    $20 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.

    • 06/04/2024
    • 8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk
    • 4
    Register

    This program is intended for adults and children 10 years and older.

    Visit our Monitoring Avian Production and Survivorship (MAPS) bird banding station. You will learn all about our local bird species and why bird banding is an important part of bird research. You will also  get to see some birds up close and in the hand of our banders during the banding process. We will be hiking 5-6 miles on natural surface trails while checking the nets sometimes at a fast pace with limited chances to rest if its busy.  

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Registration Deadline: Saturday, June 1, 2024

    Fee is per person. Free for members

    $8 for nonmembers

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon


    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.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 06/06/2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • 18
    Register

    For children ages 3-5 years old with adult

    Explore the enchanting world of horseshoe crabs. We'll search for these remarkable creatures while uncovering their fascinating history and unique features. Join us for a fun, educational beach adventure like no other!

    Be sure to wear clothes that can get wet and shoes that are built for walking in sand.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by: June 4


    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.

    • 06/07/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 6
    Register

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This homeschool series is centered around on animal classification. This month we focus on fish.  There will be both indoor activities and out - so please come prepared to be outside (adults too).

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced registration required.

    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.

    • 06/07/2024
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 7
    Register

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This homeschool series is centered around on animal classification. This month we focus on fish.  There will be both indoor activities and out - so please come prepared to be outside (adults too).

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced registration required.

    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.

    • 06/10/2024
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 6
    Register

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    The river is home to many animals that we don't often get to see. We will use a seine net to discover the animals that call the Patuxent River home. Parents and children should come dressed to get in the water.

    Location: Kings Landing Park, Fishing Pier

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations are required.

    Registration Deadline: Thursday, June 6

    Program Fee:
    Free for 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(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. 


    • 06/10/2024
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 3
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