Upcoming Programs

  • Registration for Winter Programs will begin November 19. 
  • Nonmember registration begins December 3. 
Join today to take advantage of members early registration and program discounts (most are free to members)

Listing of Winter Programs (pdf)

More information about registration.

    • 12/17/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1
    Registration is closed

    This is a reschedule from December 10.

    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 beach habitat.  We will take a close look at what plants and animals are able to call this often harsh environment their home.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Free for Society members.
    Nonmembers pay $8 per person


      
    Please register by December 14

    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. 
        
        
       
    • 12/18/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    The days are short and the animals and plants have been getting ready for winter. Are you ready?  We will tell stories, play games, and build forts - best of all - cook some snacks over a campfire. Wear your warm clothes to this one – it will be outside!


    We will have a fire going from 10AM-12PM - you may stay for part or all of that time


    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by December 12

    Fee is per family; Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    • 12/19/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    Register

    Ages 10 and up.  (Teens, ages 15 and up may attend without a parent, but children between 10 and 14 must be accompanied by an 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 Monday, December 17. 

    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.

    • 12/19/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    Register
    For adults and teens ages 15 and up

    Our screech owls will benefit from trained volunteers who can keep them used to being handled.  Supervised by a naturalist, you will learn about their care and proper handling techniques so that eventually, you will have enough experience to handle them on your own.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by December 17.

    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.

    • 12/21/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Gatewood Preserve
    Register

    DATE CHANGE: This program originally scheduled for 12/14 is now scheduled for 12/21

    For adults, although teens 16 years and older may attend.

    All trees do not look alike in winter! We'll learn the basics of plant identification using winter keys and field guides, then take a hike to use our knowledge (so make sure you bring outdoor weather clothes). This program is designed for those with little or no experience and will focus on twigs, buds, and bark. Geared for adults, but teens 16 or older may attend.

    Co-sponsored by the Maryland Native Plant Society 

    Optional: field guides, hand lens Bring: Hand lens, binoculars, cameras. Wear comfortable walking shoes & dress for the weather.

    Location: Gatewood Preserve 

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

    • 01/06/2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5
    Registration is closed

    Ages 6-9

    Parent Attendance is Required

    There is a lot of folklore around mistletoe; what is it? where can we find it? how did it get its special meaning? We will learn some of these stories as well as explore the park to see if we can find any of our own.

    Location:  Gatewood property

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

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

    Reservation deadline: January 5

     

    • 01/08/2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2
    Register

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

    Looking for enrichment activities for your teen homeschooler? 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. 

    This month’s class will focus on the little plants that we often miss - primarily the mosses and lichens - what makes them special and what animals depend on them. 

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Free for Society members.
    Nonmembers pay $8 per person


      
    Please register by January 3

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


        
        
       
    • 01/11/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This winter’s homeschool series will be a study of the plants around us - with each month focusing on something different. January’s class will focus on those easy to overlook plants that are green this time of year, the tiny plants like mosses and lichens as well as some basic plant classification.

    Please register by January 4 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).

    • 01/11/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This winter’s homeschool series will be a study of the plants around us - with each month focusing on something different. January’s class will focus on those easy to overlook plants that are green this time of year, the tiny plants like mosses and lichens as well as some basic plant classification.

    Please register by January 4 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).

    • 01/12/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 01/13/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    For ages 8-10 years old--no parents needed

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

    Saturday, January 12, 9:00 a.m. overnight through Sunday, January 13, 2019, 9:00 a.m.

    * We will be sleeping indoors with a cozy fire in the fireplace*

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee is per child:

    • Society members pay $25 per person.
    • Nonmembers pay $40 per person.

    Please register by January 4

    Reservations are required.

    Welcome to Camp Letter and packing list can be found here in early January.


    • 01/15/2019
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Nature Center
    Register

    Adult Program

    Raptors are an important part of our ecosystem but they are facing some hard times these days.  Come learn about what is being done to study these birds and help save them. Naturalist Gene Groshon share stories from the 2 weeks he spent working with a raptor researcher in Wisconsin.

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp


    This is a free program.

    • 01/18/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1
    Register
    For adults and teens ages 15 and up

    Our screech owls will benefit from trained volunteers who can keep them used to being handled.  Supervised by a naturalist, you will learn about their care and proper handling techniques so that eventually, you will have enough experience to handle them on your own.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by January 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.

    • 01/19/2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4
    Register

    Ages 10 and up.

    Our amazing Chesapeake Bay provides winter habitat for many migratory ducks. We will start by reviewing identification skills indoors. Outside we will look for the silhouettes and sounds of diving ducks 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: Friday, January 18

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

     

    • 01/23/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1
    Register

    Ages 10 and up. (Teens, ages 15 and up may attend without a parent, but children between 10 and 14 must be accompanied by an 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

    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by January 21

    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.

    • 01/23/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    For adults and teens ages 15 and up
    Volunteers who can keep him used to being handled. Supervised by a naturalist, you will learn about his care and proper handling techniques so that eventually, you will have enough experience to handle him on your own.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required January 22

    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.

    • 01/25/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Gatewood Preserve, Prince Frederick
    • 11
    Register
    Ages 13 years through adult

    Learn to identify some of our evergreen plants. We’ll explore the forests in search of the ferns, herbaceous plants, and trees that are green in the winter. 

    Wear warm clothes for standing around outside (we won't be moving very fast). Bring a snack or lunch if you think you'll get hungry.

    Optional but useful to bring 10x hand lens, binoculars, field guides.

    Co-sponsored by the Maryland Native Plant Society

    Location: Gatewood Preserve (directions to be provided to those who register)

    Naturalist in charge: Karyn Molines

    Fee is per person.

    Free for Society members
    Free for MNPS members
    $8 for nonmembers


     

    • 01/25/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    Register

    All Ages

    After a short presentation about Maryland's owls and their calls, the naturalist will lead you on a hike around the boardwalk where we will attempt to call one closer. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Program Fee Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, January 23

    • 01/26/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Ages 6-9 with an adult

    As your children meet our nature center's live owls up close, they will learn more about their unique characteristics and what kinds of owls live here.  Perhaps we will even get to see the barn owl eat one of his favorite snacks.     

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, January 24.

    Program Fee: 

    • Free for members
    • $8 per family for nonmembers

     

    • 01/26/2019
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Register

    Come celebrate the accomplishments of the Calvert Stewards.

    We would like to Thank You for all you do for the Natural Resources Division and Calvert Nature Society. This special event in your honor is a chance to enjoy some social time with staff and fellow volunteers and celebrate all that we accomplish together thanks to our tremendous volunteers. 

    Throughout 2018, 122 people have volunteered more than 6,000 hours on a wide variety of activities. Visit the Calvert Stewards Highlights page for details.

    Thank you to our volunteers!

    Partners and children are welcome!

    Dinner with vegetarian options will be provided.


    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.

    • 01/29/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 2
    Register

    For Adults

    Our red- tailed hawk will benefit from trained volunteers who can keep him used to being handled. Supervised by a naturalist, you will learn about his care and proper handling techniques so that eventually, you will have enough experience to handle him on your own.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Location Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by January 27

    Program Fee: Free for Calvert Steward 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.

    • 02/01/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This winter’s homeschool series will be a study of the plants around us with each month focusing on something different. February’s class will focus on the evergreens – those plants that keep their leaves through the winter and their importance to the local animal community during this challenging time of year.

    Please register by January 30 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).

    • 02/01/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This winter’s homeschool series will be a study of the plants around us with each month focusing on something different. February’s class will focus on the evergreens – those plants that keep their leaves through the winter and their importance to the local animal community during this challenging time of year.

    Please register by January 30 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).

    • 02/01/2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Nature Center
    Register

    When you imagine the bird life of the Patuxent River, you don't usually think of owls. However, the marshes of the Patuxent are important habitats for one of Maryland's most endangered owls. Come learn about Barn Owls along the Patuxent. We will discuss how the nest box project is working to bring back to the area and ways that you can help with our conservation efforts. 

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    This is a free program.


    • 02/02/2019
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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, January 31.

    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.

    • 02/02/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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, January 31.

    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.

    • 02/05/2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 3
    Register

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

    Looking for enrichment activities for your teen homeschooler? 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.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Free for Society members. Nonmembers pay $8 per person

    Please register by January 31

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    • 02/07/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 2
    Register

    Ages 10 and up. (Teens, ages 15 and up may attend without a parent, but children between 10 and 14 must be accompanied by an 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

    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by February 5.

    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.

    • 02/07/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    For adults and teens ages 15 and up

    Our screech owls will benefit from trained volunteers who can keep them used to being handled. Supervised by a naturalist, you will learn about their care and proper handling techniques so that eventually, you will have enough experience to handle them on your own.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by February 5.

    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.

    • 02/11/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    Register
    For adults and teens ages 15 and up

    Our barn owl will benefit from trained volunteers who can keep him used to being handled. Supervised by a naturalist, you will learn about his care and proper handling techniques so that eventually, you will have enough experience to handle him on your own.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by February 8

    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.

    • 02/13/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    It's the middle of winter, how do our animal neighbors survive the cold? We will tell stories, play games, and and venture outside to build some shelters that could help keep us warm. Wear your warm clothes to this one – it will be both inside and out!

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by January 6

    Fee is per family.

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members: $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Kim Curren

    • 02/13/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    Register

    For Adults

    Our red- tailed hawk will benefit from trained volunteers who can keep him used to being handled. Supervised by a naturalist, you will learn about his care and proper handling techniques so that eventually, you will have enough experience to handle him on your own.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by February 11

    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.


    • 02/15/2019
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10
    Register

    All ages.

    The 22nd Annual Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend. Whether you are a novice or an expert birder, volunteers of all ages are welcome to help identify and count birds. Researchers at Cornell and the National Audubon Society will use the data we collect.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by: Wednesday, February 13.

    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.