Upcoming Programs

Listing of programs for Summer 2018 (pdf)

  • Members Registration Opens May 1
  • Nonmembers Registration Opens May 8
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    • 06/23/2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • 06/24/2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 8
    Register

    For adults and families with children ages 10 and up, no exceptions.

    Join us for a special overnight adventure! We will paddle from Kings Landing across the river to Milltown Landing. We will cook a simple dinner over the campfire, enjoy an evening hike, then have s'mores before retiring to our tents. We'll have a light breakfast in the morning before paddling back to the park.

    BYO tents, some available to borrow. Participants must bring their own sleeping bags and pillows.

    Location: Kings Landing Park Meet at the parking lot by the pier.

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 13

    Members Only:
    $10 per person


    • 06/24/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 10
    Register

    Ages 10 yo - adult

    Ever wanted to know more about the birds in our area? We will go on a hike and practice using field guides to identify the birds we find in the forest and along the beach.

    Location:Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Fee is per person. Free for members

    $8 for nonmembers

    Registration Deadline:Wednesday, June 20

    • 06/24/2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 0
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    **No more tandem kayaks available for this trip**


    For 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 ride in a single kayak. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    We’ll set out for a nice paddle along the Patuxent River and explore the nearby creeks for wildlife.

    Location: Kings Landing Park Meet at the put in by the pier

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 20

    Fee is per person.
    $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers

    $10 Discount if you bring your own kayak

    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.

    • 06/25/2018
    • 06/28/2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    For children entering Grades 1-2

    Monday, June 25- Thursday, June 28, 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

    Send your children outside to explore nature with us. They will have a blast playing games, catching animals, and having close encounters with some of our exhibit animals.  Each day will feature a different animal theme: reptiles & amphibians, bugs, birds, and fish.  

    Location:Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Monday, June 18.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $120

    Nonmembers: $150
    • 06/25/2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 06/29/2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For children entering grades 3-5 in Fall 2018

    Monday-Wednesday, June 25-27, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, June 28, 6:00 p.m. overnight through
    Friday, June 29, 9:00 a.m.

    At the end of a summer day, if a child isn’t dirty, there is something missing! Dirt is teeming with life, and is often the sign of a good time. In this camp we will dig into underground ecosystems - exploring different habitats to discover who and what is underfoot. We will investigate different kinds of soil we have in the park and, of course, play in the mud! We will end the week with an overnight adventure.  

    Tents and breakfast for the overnight provided. Thursday will be a family potluck cookout followed by the overnight for campers.

    There will be no camp before 6 p.m. on Thursday or after 9 a.m. on Friday.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park
    Register by June 1

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $175
    Nonmembers: $200

     

    Tents and breakfast for the overnight provided. Thursday will be a family potluck cookout followed by the overnight for campers.

    There will be no camp before 6 p.m. on Thursday or after 9 a.m. on Friday.

    • 06/27/2018
    • 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 prepare Battle Creek for the Cypress Swamp Romp. Tasks include tidying up the nature play space and walking trails, raking the campfire area, and picking up any roadside debris.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by June 26

    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.


    • 06/27/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Chesapeake Bounty, North Beach
    Register

    For Volunteers, All ages, under 18 with adult

    Enjoy a summer evening with your fellow Calvert Steward volunteers! Enjoy the light snacks we'll provide, or you can buy ice cream, frozen yogurt, or even a glass of wine at one of the nearby shops. Share your stories and adventures with other volunteers, and learn about all the things Calvert Stewards do in the nature parks and beyond!

    We'll wind down the evening with a stroll on the beach and boardwalk--maybe even document the horseshoe crabs mating!

    Location:Chesapeake Bounty North Beach Market 9124 Bay Avenue, North Beach, MD 20714

    Reservations not required, but recommended.

    Park in one of the municipal lots on Chesapeake Avenue at 5th street or behind Chesapeake Bounty. Limited on-street parking available.

     


    What 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.

    • 06/29/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 4
    Register

    All ages, under 18 with adult 

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes and does a little trail trimming.  Come lend a hand and learn how you can help with this project.   Be prepared for a 1.5 mile hike over moderate terrain.     

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, June 27.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    What 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.

    • 06/30/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 2
    Register

    For teens or adults, ages 15 and up.

    We are always looking for an extra hand to take care of the nature center's live animals. As you accompany staff, you will learn how to clean cages, feed the animals and handle them. Once you are trained, you will be able to sign up to care for the animals as often as you'd like.

    Trained volunteers are welcome to register too and can help train new volunteers. 

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by June 28

    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.


    • 06/30/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby MD
    • 0
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    For Ages 3 to 5 years, adult participation is required.

    Shelly the puppet will tell you about her Bay friends that make shells, then we will create a shell craft. Later, we'll walk to the beach to see what kinds of shells we can find. 

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required.

    Registration deadline: Tuesday, June 26

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


    • 06/30/2018
    • 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Register

    Calvert Stewards volunteers are needed to help with the Cypress Swamp Romp.  Beforehand, help with table set up, hanging lights and other decorations, etc. During the event, we will need volunteers (over age 21) to assist with registration, silent auction, general area cleanup. Afterward, we will need a few hands to help tidy up before we leave for the evening.  

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Please let us know before June 28 if you can assist.

    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.


    • 06/30/2018
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
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    Ages 6-9 with an adult

    The nest boxes at Cypress Swamp are usually bustling with activity this time of year.  Your children will have fun helping the naturalist check some of them for the warbler monitoring project.  Wear old shoes that can get a little muddy. 

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, June 28.

    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.

    • 06/30/2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 133
    Register

    Join us for a night of toe tappin’ good fun at the Cypress Swamp Romp! 

    Music by The Crawdaddies  
    Enjoy New Orleans specialties from Myra’s and delicacies from Dream Weaver
    Silent auction, and more!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp 
    2880 Grays Road, Prince Frederick, MD

    Attire: Swamp casual 
    Tickets: $75 per person (must be over 21 to attend)

    Sponsorships are available while registering. Details at
    Calvertparks.org/swampromp

    This event benefits Calvert Nature Society and supports your Calvert County Nature Parks

    • 07/03/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 5
    Register

    Ages 10 years to adult; under 18 with adult 

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes and does a little trail trimming.  Come lend a hand and learn how you can help with this project.  Be prepared for a 1.5 mile hike over moderate terrain.   

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Sunday, July 1.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    What 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.

    • 07/06/2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 7
    Register

    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 Wednesday, July 4. 

    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.

    • 07/09/2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/12/2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • varies, see description
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For children entering grades 1-2 in Fall 2018

    Monday, July 9 -Thursday, July 12, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Campers will investigate some of the many water habitats of Calvert County.  Together we will explore a pond, a stream, a swamp, and the Chesapeake Bay searching for fish, amphibians, reptiles, insects, and other organisms that depend on water.  We will conduct experiments to discover how the properties of water benefit plants, animals, and humans.  Other activities include hikes, games, and journaling. 

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Location:
    Monday and Tuesday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Wednesday and Thursday – Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee per camper: 
    Members: $120
    Nonmembers: $150

     
    • 07/09/2018
    • 07/13/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 4
    Register

    Entering Grades 6-8

    Monday, July 9 – Thursday, July 12, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (EXCEPT Wednesday)

    Wednesday, July 11, 6:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Eastern Shore trip

    Friday, July 13, 4:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. Owl hike at night (Dinner will be provided)

    Take your interest in birds to the next level with this camp.  From hikes to boat trips we will be learning about the many species of birds that call our area home. We will teach you how to identify birds by their song and appearance.  You will also get the chance to observe a bird banding research project. Bring your binoculars and your camera for a fun week long adventure ending with an owl prowl on Friday night! 

    Bonus activity: Campers are invited to observe our songbird banding project on Saturday July 14 at Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Locations may change.
    Monday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park Patuxent River Boat Trip
    Wednesday: Kings Landing Park Poplar Island Boat Tour
    Thursday:  Flag Ponds Nature Park 
    Friday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    Registration Deadline: Monday June 25

    • 07/14/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Nature Park
    • 7
    Register

    For ages 10-12 years old.

    Learn about the amazing creature features of bugs that eat other bugs, then we will look for them in the forest and meadow. Bring bug nets and catching containers if you have them.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required.

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 10

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


      
      
     
    • 07/14/2018
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 5
    Register
    Ages 16 to adult

    Under 18 years old, must be accompanied by an adult.

    Experience a ghost hunt while listening to tales of the haunted and supernatural history of Kings Landing and Calvert County.  We'll use professional ghost hunting equipment on a late night tour through the woods in search of the unseen. Be prepared for a night hike: boots, flashlights, jacket

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    • 07/16/2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/20/2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 1
    Registration is closed

    Children entering grades 6-8 in Fall 2018

    Monday-Wednesday, July 16-18, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 19, 7:30 a.m. overnight trip to Western MD
    Friday, July 20, pick up at 6:00 p.m. 


    This week we will explore all things aquatic while learning the basics of getting around on the water using a variety of watercraft like canoes, kayaks, and river rafts. We’ll explore different aquatic habitats as we retrace the path that water takes from the mountains to the Bay – in reverse. The last 2 days will be an overnight adventure to western Maryland - including tubing on Antietam Creek and rafting on the Shenandoah River. Come prepared to get WET and have fun!

     

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


    Fee per camper:  Society members: $275

    Nonmembers: $305

    Registration fee includes camping, tubing and rafting fees, Thursday snacks, dinner and campfire, and Friday breakfast, lunch and snacks.

    Locations
    Monday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday – Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Wednesday – Kings Landing Park

    Thursday - meets at Kings Landing Park for overnight trip

    Friday - pick up at Kings Landing Park


    Waivers will be posted here in early June

    Please fill out waivers and return both before the first day of camp. A separate form is needed for each camper for each day.

        

     

       

     

    • 07/17/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    Register

    For Volunteers, Ages 10 and up, under 18 with adult

    Accompany the naturalist into the swamp as she checks nest boxes. Interested volunteers can sign up to monitor them on their own after this training.

    Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 13, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Sunday, July 15

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    What 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.

    • 07/19/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 14
    Register

    For adults, ages 18 and up.

    Enjoy a peaceful paddle as we wind slowly along marshy channels looking for animals waking up and on the move.

    Special registration information: Participants may bring their own paddles and life vests. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park Meet at the parking lot by the pool.

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Registration Deadline is Wednesday, July 16 

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

    • 07/19/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    We are going to learn about our local lizards and even go out exploring to see if we can find some. Dress ready go outside. 

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 17

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

     

    • 07/19/2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2
    Register
    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    We are going to learn about our local lizards and even go out exploring to see if we can find some. Dress ready go outside. 

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 17

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

     

    • 07/23/2018
    • 07/27/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 6
    Register

    For children entering Grades 4-6

    Monday, July 23 - Friday, July 27, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Photo Presentation for Families: Friday, July 27, 3:00 p.m.

    Your children will capture the natural wonders of Calvert County Parks on camera. In addition to fun camp activities, they will learn camera basics and picture-taking tips. After camp on Friday, families are invited to a presentation highlighting campers’ work. Campers must provide their own digital camera.

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park (Mon, Thurs, Fri)

    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Tues, Wed)

    Reservations are required by Monday, July 16. Register online, by emailby mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    • 07/25/2018
    • 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 July 20, 2018

    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.


    • 07/30/2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/03/2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 0
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    For children ages 4-5 years old by time of camp

    Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    We will set out on mini adventures throughout the park to explore our natural world. From the pond to the fields who knows what we may find. Parents are not required to stay during the camp. No younger or older siblings allowed.

    Naturalist in Charge: Calvin Crunkleton and Keri Budd

    Location:  

    Mon - Wed: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Thu & Fri: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Registration Deadline: Monday July 16

    Fee per camper: 
    Society members: $60
    Nonmembers: $75

    • 07/30/2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • 08/03/2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 0
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    For children ages 4-5 years old by time of camp

    Monday, July 30 – Friday, August 3, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

    We will set out on mini adventures throughout the park to explore our natural world. From the pond to the fields who knows what we may find. Parents are not required to stay during the camp. No younger or older siblings allowed.

    Naturalist in Charge: Calvin Crunkleton and Keri Budd

    Location:  

    Mon - Wed: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Thu & Fri: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Registration Deadline: Monday July 16

    Fee per camper: 
    Society members: $60
    Nonmembers: $75

    • 07/31/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 4
    Register

    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 July 20

    Naturalsit in charge: Tania Gale

    Location Kings Landing Park


    $20 for Society members. Nonmembers pay $30 per family per program. Fee is per child. 
      
      
      
      
      
     
    • 08/06/2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/10/2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 2
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    For children entering grades 3rd –5th in Fall 2018

    Monday, August 6 through Friday, August 10, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Whether your child is already at home outside or needs a little encouragement, this outdoor skills camp introduces campers to some of the basic skills necessary to keep them safe and self-reliant in the “wild.” We’ll spend the week exploring the natural resources of Calvert County while learning important outdoor skills like: navigation, animal tracking, shelter building, and fire safety.

    Naturalist In Charge: Tania Gale

    Location varies by day. The schedule below is tentative and subject to change. 

    Monday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Tuesday: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Wednesday: Kings Landing Park

    Thursday: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Friday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    Please register by June 1

    • 08/11/2018
    • 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 0
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