Upcoming Programs

Listing of programs for Summer 2018 (pdf)
Fall Program listing coming soon.

  • Members Registration Opens July 16
  • Nonmembers Registration Opens July 30
Join today to take advantage of members early registration and program discounts (most are free to members)

More information about registration.

    • 08/17/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 2
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    New Date for this trip will be August 17 - from 9:30am-3pm



    Ages 12-16 years old without adult

    This special gathering for teens will focus on basic kayak skills and the ecology of the Patuxent River. 

    Please register by August 15

    Naturalsit in charge: Tania Gale

    Location Kings Landing Park


    $20 for Society members. Nonmembers pay $30 per family per program. Fee is per child. 
      
      
      
      
      
     
    • 08/18/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 12
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    Ages 13 years and older, children under 18 must be accompanied by and adult.

    Our amazing Chesapeake Bay is a rest stop for many migrating birds. We will start by reviewing shorebird identification skills indoors. Outside we will look for the silhouettes and sounds of birds while taking a leisurely hike along the beach.

    Dress for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and bring binoculars if you have them. Binoculars will be available to borrow.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required, deadline: Wednesday, August 15

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

     

    • 08/21/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Nan's Cove
    • 13
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    For adults, ages 18 and up.

    Enjoy a leisurely paddle along the lower Patuxent river.

    Location: Nan's Cove

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Registration Deadline is Friday, August 17

    Fee is per person. $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers. Bring your own kayak and get $10 off the program fee.

    • 08/23/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2
    Register

    Kids 10- 12 years old. Adult participation not required.

    Do you love mixing science and nature together? Young nature lover and science enthusiasts come on out for this half day of discovery. We will do fun experiments and explore both on and off the trails. Please pack a snack and bring plenty of water. Wear clothes that can get dirty.

    Adults do not need to attend

    Location:  Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Program Fee (includes all supplies and materials):
    $15 for Society members
    $25 per child for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, August 21 

     

    • 08/25/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Ward Farm Nature Park
    • 7
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    For Ages 10-12 years, adult participation is not required.

    Butterflies, beetles, and spiders are just a few residents of the Goldenrod Jungle. We will explore the different creatures that live, hunt, and hide there. 

    Special Registration information: Bring bug nets and catching containers if you have them.

    LocationWard Farm Recreation & Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are requiredRegistration Deadline: Tuesday, August 21

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

    • 08/25/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
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    All ages, adult participation required

    Help the naturalist search for monarch caterpillars in the meadow and gardens for the 2018 Monarch Larva Monitoring Project.  This volunteer opportunity is one of many that will be offered throughout the summer and fall to help improve conservation efforts for monarch butterflies.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, August 23.

    Program Fee:  
    Free.

    This project is part of our Calvert Stewards volunteer program, providing families an opportunity to contribute to our efforts to improve habitat and help with various park projects.

    • 09/04/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    For students ages 12-16 years old - no parent needed

    Looking for enrichment activities for your teen homeschooler? This month’s class will focus on the animals and plants live in the Bay and why they are important. We will sample the nearshore life with a seine net - identifying what we find and discussing their place in the ecosystem.

    Chest waders will be provided.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Free for Society members.
    Nonmembers pay $8 per person

    Location Flag Ponds Nature Park 
      
    Please register by August 31

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Teen homeschool days will give your teen a chance to get hands on experience with science and nature activities, provide an opportunity for service, and have fun in the company of other teens while doing it. 
        
        
       
    • 09/05/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 0
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    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

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

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

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by September 3

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

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

    • 09/08/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    Open to individuals and families.

    Did you know the Paw Paw tree's extended family lives in the tropics? Come learn all about these special trees--and even get to taste the fruit!

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required, deadline: Tuesday, September 4

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

     

    • 09/09/2018
    • 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 9
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    Ages 13 years old - adult, under 18 with and adult

    Bring your binoculars and join us on a bird walk through Ward Farm. From woodpeckers to warblers who knows who we could end up seeing.

    Location:Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Fee is per person. Free for members

    $8 for nonmembers

    Registration Deadline:Wednesday, Sept 5

    • 09/12/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 12
    Register

    Ages 13 and up, under 18 with adult

    Volunteers are needed to help our staff with the maintenance and upkeep of the trails and gardens around Battle Creek Nature Center. From invasive plant removal, to routine garden care, to maintaining the nature play space and trails - there is always something to be done. Volunteers must be able to perform moderately strenuous physical tasks.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by September 7

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Who are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.


    • 09/14/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    Ages 4-12, with adult

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

    Please register by September 6 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

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

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    There is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 09/14/2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    Ages 4-12, with adult

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

    Please register by September 6 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

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

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    There is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 09/19/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 8:30 PM
    • Meet at Kings Landing Park
    • 14
    Register

    Adults only

    A special opportunity for our Calvert Stewards volunteers. 

    Fall migration will begin for many raptor species in late August. We will head up to Waggoner's Gap Hawk Watch to observe raptors migrating along the ridges and mountaintops. There will be a good chance at seeing Broad Wing Hawks, Eagles, Kestrels and more! We will meet at Kings Landing Park then travel to the watch spot north of Carlisle, PA in the county vans.  We will stop for dinner (pay on your own) on the way back possibly at Chubby's BBQ in Emmitsburg MD and will plan to be back at Kings Landing by 8-8:30 pm

    Location: Meet at Kings Landing Park.   

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations are required by Monday, September 17

    Program is free.

     

    • 09/21/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
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    For adults, although teens 16 years and older may attend.

    Interested in knowing the names of the challenging fall wildflowers you encounter in the meadow? Then take this class where you’ll learn to “key-out” local plants using the popular Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. Other field guides can be used, but the instruction will focus on the terminology and methodology of Newcomb's.

    Please bring a hand lens, lunch, and water. Please consider buying Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide before the program and reading the beginning sections.

    A few copies of the guide and extra lenses will be available to borrow.

    Co-sponsored by the Maryland Native Plant Society 

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Fee is per person.
    Free for Calvert Nature Society and Maryland Native Plant Society members
    $8 for nonmembers


    • 09/21/2018
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    For Calvert Nature Society Members, Volunteers and Their Families

    Have a relaxing evening with your family at Flag Ponds Park after hours. Go seining with a naturalist, look for shark's teeth, or simply relax and enjoy the view as the sky changes colors over the bay. Bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic supper, if you'd like. We will provide the s'mores.

    Only registered participants will be provided with information about entry into the park.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Current Members and Volunteers Only
    Free event. 

    We have the right to cancel registrations if it is determined that those registered are neither members nor volunteers.

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, September 19

    • 09/22/2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 9
    Register

    All ages, adult participation required

    Learn how your family can help monarch butterflies. After a short presentation and hands-on activities, you will venture outside to practice netting and tagging techniques.  If you are interested in watching the 40-minute film Flight of the Monarchs,  it will be shown from 2:30-3:10 pm. 

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalists in charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Thursday, September 20. 

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

     

    • 09/26/2018
    • 4:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Meet at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 6
    Register

    Adults only

    A special opportunity for our Calvert Stewards volunteers. 

    Ever wanted to see some of your favorite birds up close? Join us on a visit to a migration banding station. Researchers will be collecting data and processing over 100 birds in a day! We will meet at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp then travel to the banding station near Chestertown, MD. We will stop for lunch (pay on your own) on the way back in Chestertown or Kent Island.

    Location: Meet at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp.

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations are required by Thursday, September 20

    Program is free.

     

    • 09/28/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Calvert County Fairgrounds
    • 5
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    We are looking for Calvert Stewards to be ambassadors for our nature parks!

    This is a great chance to show your knowledge and passion for our natural resources here in Calvert County by helping to engage new volunteers and the public at large.

    Spread the word about our programs, do some simple crafts with kids, educate about our animals and talk about why you enjoy being a steward of Calvert County.

    We need 2 or 3 volunteers to work the table with our naturalists for the day, entrance fee provided. Teens are welcome to assist as well.


    • 09/28/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 0
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    Fall Foray - School's Out Adventure

    For children ages 8-10 years old, adults are not required 

    Come explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests, and create memories that last a lifetime. 

    We will spend the day exploring this new park - hiking through the woods, walking in the creek, and playing games.

    Bring water, a snack, lunch, bug spray, sunscreen. Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and dirty. You’ll want a change of clothes for the way home and a towel.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Space is limited to 10 campers.

    Register before September 24

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Fee is per child.
    $10 for Society members
    $20 for nonmembers

    • 10/04/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 29
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    Adults and older teens

    Join us at Flag Ponds to clear net lanes and set up nets for this fall's upcoming Saw-whet Owl Banding Project. We will be clearing paths for which to install the nets and installing net support structures. Lunch will be provided.

    Naturalist in charge: Andy Brown, Gene Groshon

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required

    Program Fee Free for volunteers


    Who are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.
    • 10/05/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    Ages 4-12, with adult

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

    Please register by October 3 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

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

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    There is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 10/05/2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Ages 4-12, with adult

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

    Please register by October 3 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

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

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Homeschool Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning

    There is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

    • 10/06/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Calvert Marine Museum
    • 4
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    We are looking for Calvert Stewards to be ambassadors for our nature parks!

    This is a great chance to show your knowledge and passion for our natural resources here in Calvert County by helping to engage new volunteers and the public at large.

    Spread the word about our programs, do some simple crafts with kids, educate about our animals and talk about why you enjoy being a steward of Calvert County.

    We need 2 or 3 volunteers to work the table with our naturalists for the day, entrance fee provided. Teens are welcome to assist.

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

    Ages 13 and up, under 18 with adult

    Volunteers are needed to help our staff with the maintenance and upkeep of the trails and gardens around Battle Creek Nature Center. From invasive plant removal, to routine garden care, to maintaining the nature play space and trails - there is always something to be done. Volunteers must be able to perform moderately strenuous physical tasks.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by October 10

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Who are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.


    • 10/13/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 10
    Register

    Ages 13 and up, under 18 with adult

    Volunteers are needed to help our staff with the maintenance and upkeep of the trails and gardens around Battle Creek Nature Center. From invasive plant removal, to routine garden care, to maintaining the nature play space and trails - there is always something to be done. Volunteers must be able to perform moderately strenuous physical tasks.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by October 10

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Who are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.


    • 10/13/2018
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Nature Park
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    Ages 5 and up. Adult participation is required

    Don’t miss this great opportunity to explore one of the lesser known areas – Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park. We’ll hike through the woods to see what the season has to offer.

    This hike is not be suitable for children under the age of five.

    Please register by 10/10/18

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Program Fee per family:

    • Members: Free
    • Nonmembers $8
    Space is limited to 5 families.
    • 10/15/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2
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    For students ages 12-16 years old - no parent needed

    Looking for enrichment activities for your teen homeschooler? This month’s class will focus on the oyster reef habitat - what animals and plants depend on it and how oysters themselves impact the Bay.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Free for Society members.
    Nonmembers pay $8 per person

    Location Flag Ponds Nature Park 
      
    Please register by October 10

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Teen homeschool days will give your teen a chance to get hands on experience with science and nature activities, provide an opportunity for service, and have fun in the company of other teens while doing it. 
        
        
       
    • 10/17/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Varies: Meet at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 6
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