Fall Program Registration

Registration Opens* July 8 for Members. Nonmembers may register starting July 22. Join today to take advantage of the early registration and member discounts.

Fall 2019 Program Listing (pdf)

*October-December programs; Registration for September programs is open.

Upcoming Programs

Listing of Summer Programs (pdf)

More information about registration.

    • 08/18/2019
    • 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
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    THIS TRIP IS NOW ON SUNDAY 8/18/19 SAME TIMES



    For Ages 9 years to adult with previous kayaking experience.

    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 paddle on the Patuxent River to get a perfect seat for the Perseids Meteor Shower! The moon will be close to full but we should still be able to see some meteors.

    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, Aug 14

    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.

    • 08/20/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
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    Adults and children ages 10 and up.  (under 18 with adult)

    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.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Friday, August 16. 

    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.

    • 08/20/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 2
    Registration is closed
    All Ages, under 15 with adult

    Help the naturalist measure milkweed and count monarch caterpillars in the meadow.  This volunteer opportunity is one of many that will be offered through October to improve conservation efforts for monarch butterflies.

    Visit www.calvertparks.org/monarchwatch for a complete listing of dates and times. Sign up for one or several of the dates.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Friday, August 16.

    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.

    • 08/24/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2
    Register

    For All Ages

    Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

    If you've ever wondered why going outside always makes you feel better, come learn what science is saying about how nature can heal our bodies, minds, and spirit. We will talk about the benefits of spending time outdoors, and then we will put our new knowledge into practice with a forest hike.

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

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required.  

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 

     

    For All Ages

    Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

    If you've ever wondered why going outside always makes you feel better, come learn what science is saying about how nature can heal our body, mind, and spirit. We will talk about the benefits of spending time outdoors, and then we will put our new knowledge into practice with a forest hike.

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

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required.  

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 

     

    • 08/28/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    Register
    All Ages, under 15 with adult

    Help the naturalist measure milkweed and count monarch caterpillars in the meadow.  This volunteer opportunity is one of many that will be offered through October to improve conservation efforts for monarch butterflies.

    Visit www.calvertparks.org/monarchwatch for a complete listing of dates and times. Sign up for one or several of the dates.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Monday, August 26.

    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.

    • 08/31/2019
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
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    Ages 6-9 with an adult

    Your children will have fun helping the naturalist take care of the nature center's live animals while being able to see them up-close. 

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, August 29.

    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.

    • 08/31/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
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    Ages 6-9 with an adult

    Your children will have fun helping the naturalist take care of the nature center's live animals while being able to see them up-close. Wear clothes that can get dirty.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, August 29.

    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.

    • 09/03/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 4
    Register
    All Ages, under 15 with adult

    Help the naturalist measure milkweed and count monarch caterpillars in the meadow.  This volunteer opportunity is one of many that will be offered through October to improve conservation efforts for monarch butterflies.

    Visit www.calvertparks.org/monarchwatch for a complete listing of dates and times. Sign up for one or several of the dates.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Friday, August 30.

    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.

    • 09/04/2019
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 2
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    For Ages 18 month to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Come hear a story, make a craft, and meet one of our owls up close! 

    Location:  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Kim Curren

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

    Reservations are required by Monday, September 2, 2019 

     

    • 09/04/2019
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 12
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    For Ages 18 month to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Come hear a story, make a craft, and meet one of our owls up close! 

    Location:  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Kim Curren

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

    Reservations are required by Monday, September 2, 2019 

     

    • 09/05/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1
    Register

    Adults and children ages 10 and up.  (under 18 with adult)

    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.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, September 3. 

    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.

    • 09/06/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
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    Ages 4-12, with adult

    Animals live secret lives all around us, though most of us go through our busy days without even noticing what’s right under our noses.  Nature Observation/ animal tracking is both science and storytelling, requiring us to critically observe and gather data as well as use our imaginations to interpret the signs we find.

    In this fall series, we will practice the skills necessary to become better trackers and observers.  Each month will focus on a different topic.  Our September class will cover animal tracks (footprints) and trails.

    Please register by August 30, 2019

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Members Registration opens           .

    Nonmembers Registration opens       .

    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).

    • 09/06/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
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    Ages 4-12, with adult

    Animals live secret lives all around us, though most of us go through our busy days without even noticing what’s right under our noses.  Nature Observation/ animal tracking is both science and storytelling, requiring us to critically observe and gather data as well as use our imaginations to interpret the signs we find.

    In this fall series, we will practice the skills necessary to become better trackers and observers.  Each month will focus on a different topic.  Our September class will cover animal tracks (footprints) and trails.

    Please register by August 30, 2019

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Members Registration opens           .

    Nonmembers Registration opens       .

    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).

    • 09/07/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
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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 3

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

     

    • 09/10/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    Register
    All Ages, under 15 with adult

    Help the naturalist measure milkweed and count monarch caterpillars in the meadow.  This volunteer opportunity is one of many that will be offered through October to improve conservation efforts for monarch butterflies.

    Visit www.calvertparks.org/monarchwatch for a complete listing of dates and times. Sign up for one or several of the dates.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Friday, September 6.

    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.

    • 09/12/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 12
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    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. Registration opens September 6, 2019.

    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.


    • 09/14/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
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    For children ages 12-16

    Come find out what it takes to work with the captive animal collection here at Battle Creek Nature Center.  Help take care of the daily maintenance of these animals and spend some time working hands-on with them.     

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp   

    Space is limited to 5

    Fee is per child.

    Free for Society members
    $8 for nonmembers

    Please register by September 11

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

     

    • 09/14/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 3
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    Ages 6-9 with an adult

    There's more to nature than meets the eye! Come engage all of your senses and experience all there is to see, touch, hear, smell, and taste in the park this time of year!     

    Naturalist in charge: Kim Curren

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, September 11, 2019

    Program Fee: 

    • Free for members
    • $8 per family for nonmembers

     

    Ages 6-9 with an adult

    There's more to nature than meets the eye! Come engage all of your senses and experience all there is to see, touch, hear, smell, and taste in the park this time of year!     

    Naturalist in charge: Kim Curren

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, September 11, 2019

    Program Fee: 

    • Free for members
    • $8 per family for nonmembers

     

    • 09/14/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 11
    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

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Please Register by September 11, 2019

    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.


    • 09/17/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
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    For students ages 12-16 years old - no parent needed

    Animals live secret lives all around us, though most of us go through our busy days without even noticing what’s right under our noses.  Nature Observation/ animal tracking is both science and storytelling, requiring us to critically observe and gather data as well as use our imaginations to interpret the signs we find.

    In this fall series, we will practice the skills necessary to become better trackers and observers.  Each month will focus on a different topic.  Our September class will cover animal tracks (footprints) and trails.


    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Free for Society members.
    Nonmembers pay $8 per person
    Please register by September 13

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    • 09/17/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 4
    Register
    All Ages, under 15 with adult

    Help the naturalist measure milkweed and count monarch caterpillars in the meadow.  This volunteer opportunity is one of many that will be offered through October to improve conservation efforts for monarch butterflies.

    Visit www.calvertparks.org/monarchwatch for a complete listing of dates and times. Sign up for one or several of the dates.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Friday, September 13.

    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.

    • 09/18/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 2
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    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Put on your rubber boots, grab a net and a bucket, and come on down to the pond!  We will use nets and our hands to learn about what lives in that murky water -frogs? bugs?  Come find out. 

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by September 11

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    • 09/21/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 11
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    For adults, ages 18 and up.

    Enjoy a peaceful morning paddle as we enjoy the wetlands in their peak seasonal beauty, and watch for migrating birds.

    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, September 18

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

    • 09/21/2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
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    All ages, adult participation required

    Learn how your family can help monarch butterflies. After a short presentation, we will venture outdoors to look for some monarchs to net and tag.  If you are interested in watching the 40-minute film Flight of the Monarchs, it will be shown from 3-3:40 pm.

    Visit www.calvertparks.org/monarchwatch for a complete listing of dates and times. Sign up for one or several of the dates.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalists in charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Thursday, September 19. 

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

     

    • 09/24/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 4
    Register
    All Ages, under 15 with adult

    Help the naturalist measure milkweed and count monarch caterpillars in the meadow.  This volunteer opportunity is one of many that will be offered through October to improve conservation efforts for monarch butterflies.

    Visit www.calvertparks.org/monarchwatch for a complete listing of dates and times. Sign up for one or several of the dates.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Friday, September 20.

    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.

    • 09/26/2019
    • 5:45 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Meet at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 8
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    Adults only

    A special opportunity for our Calvert Stewards volunteers that have assisted with MAPS or other bird banding projects. 

    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 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 Monday, September 23

    Program is free.

     

    • 09/27/2019
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Calvert County Fairgrounds
    • 6
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    All ages (under 18 with an adult)

    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. Youth and teens are welcome to assist as well.


    • 10/04/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    Ages 4-12, with adult

    Animals live secret lives all around us, though most of us go through our busy days without even noticing what’s right under our noses.  Nature Observation/ animal tracking is both science and storytelling, requiring us to critically observe and gather data as well as use our imaginations to interpret the signs we find.

    In this fall series, we will practice the skills necessary to become better trackers and observers.  Each month will focus on a different topic.  Our October class will cover animal scat (poop) and what it can tell us about our animal neighbors.

    Please register by October 2, 2019

    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).

    • 10/04/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    Ages 4-12, with adult

    Animals live secret lives all around us, though most of us go through our busy days without even noticing what’s right under our noses.  Nature Observation/ animal tracking is both science and storytelling, requiring us to critically observe and gather data as well as use our imaginations to interpret the signs we find.

    In this fall series, we will practice the skills necessary to become better trackers and observers.  Each month will focus on a different topic.  Our October class will cover animal scat (poop).

    Please register by October 2, 2019

    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).

    • 10/08/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 29
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