Summer Programs

Registration for Summer Programs will open on April 22 for members and May 6 for non-members. Join today to take advantage of the early registration period. Download the listing of programs. (pdf)

Upcoming Programs

  • Registration Dates for Spring programs and Summer Camp will be announced soon. 
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.

    • 04/19/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 04/22/2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Check your email for the Welcome to Camp letter and packing list for camp - or follow this link:

    spring camp letter and list 2019.pdf

    For Children ages 6-9 years old

    Feel like you've been stuck inside all winter? This camp will be full of adventures -- we will wade into the swamp, use nets to look for amphibians, and, of course, play in the mud.

    Note: This is a two day program taking place on Friday, April 19 and Monday, April 22. Due to the change in the Calvert County schools calendar,  the dates have been changed.

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4.

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Bring a snack, lunch, and dress for the weather each day!

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Registration deadline: April 1

    Fee: $40 for members; $60 for nonmembers.



    • 04/20/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick, MD
    • 2
    Register

    All ages welcome.

    Celebrate Earth Day by making cool crafts from recycled objects! Paper roll wildlife, terrariums, our 2019 feature craft, and more! Come prepared for a short hike. All materials will be provided.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

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

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4.

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 17

    Reservations are required.
    • 04/23/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 5
    Register

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

    Our spring Teen Homeschooler classes will be a 3-part series on kayaking and the ecology of the Patuxent river and its tributaries. Each month we will go out in kayaks to explore the river and the areas around it. We will use nets, water quality equipment, and our own senses to learn more about the river and the plants and animals that call it home.

    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: Kings Landing Park

    Park by the pool. Meet at the pier.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4. Registration Deadline is April 17

    Free for Society members; nonmembers pay $8 per person


    • 04/23/2019
    • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Chesapeake Beach Town Hall
    Register
    All ages welcome.

    Hone your senses for the iNaturalist City Nature Challenge! Visit our iNaturalist training stations to increase your plant and animal identification skills. Natural Resources staff will be on hand to show you how to participate and will provide tips and tricks on finding where the wild things are.

    Please bring a fully charged smartphone or digital camera.

    Consider downloading the iNaturalist app and creating an account before the event.

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    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Location: Chesapeake Beach Town Hall
    8200 Bayside Road, P.O. Box 400
    Chesapeake Beach, Maryland 20732

    Reservations are not required.

    • 04/25/2019
    • 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

    Registration opens February 18, 2019.

    Reservations are required by April 22

    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.


    • 04/26/2019
    • 12:00 AM
    • 04/29/2019
    • 11:59 PM
    • Throughout Calvert County
    Register
    This is a self led event.

    Spend the an hour or a day outside exploring with your family in this fun bio blitz-style event called the “City Nature Challenge.” It’s easy – look for and find wildlife and plants, take a picture, and share it to iNaturalist (this can happen back at home also).

    City Nature Challenge 2019

    Calvert County is part of the City Nature Challenge of the Washington DC region. Cities around the world will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the 2019 City Nature Challenge.

    During the weekend of April 26-29, 2019 individuals and groups will be on the hunt for animals, plants, mushrooms, and other life forms. These observations will be documented on iNaturalist and counted towards our region's tally.

    Information on the City Nature Challenge and a listing of naturalist led events:https://www.calvertparks.org/CNC2019/

    To participate, download the iNaturalist app and creating an account.

    Reservations are not required, but will help us track participation and for holding informal, spontaneous hikes.

    • 04/26/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Nature Park
    • 3
    Register

    Ages: adults and homeschool families    

    Join us to document the biodiversity of Ward Farm Park using iNaturalist! Participants will receive a review of common plants and animals and a resource kit to take in the field, get assigned to a team search area, and we’ll provide a follow-up Q&A to help with general identification skills as well.

    Special registration information: Please bring a fully charge smart phone or digital camera to participate, as well as an iNaturalist account. Dress for the weather, bring a bagged lunch and refillable water bottle, and wear comfortable hiking shoes.

    Consider downloading the iNaturalist app and creating an account before the event.

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    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Free program



    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.


    • 04/26/2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Varies
    Register

    Spend an hour or the day searching for plants and animals as part of the City Nature Challenge.

    To Join Karyn Molines on a hike, register for one or more of these session:

    10 am-noon: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    1-3 pm: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    4-6 pm: Gatewood Preserve

    Calvert County is part of the City Nature Challenge of the Washington DC region. Cities around the world will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the 2019 City Nature Challenge.

    During the weekend of April 26-29, 2019 individuals and groups will be on the hunt for animals, plants, mushrooms, and other life forms. These observations will be documented on iNaturalist and counted towards our region's tally.

    Bring a fully charged smartphone or digital camera.

    Please download the iNaturalist app and create a (free) account before the program.

    Information on the City Nature Challenge: https://www.calvertparks.org/CNC2019/

    • 04/26/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 7
    Register

    For All ages

    Adult participation is required

    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.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

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

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4.

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, April 24.
    • 04/28/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8
    Register

    For All ages

    Adult participation is required

    Spend the afternoon outside exploring with your family in this fun bio blitz-style event called the “City Nature Challenge.” It’s easy – look for and find wildlife and plants, take a picture, and share it to iNaturalist (this can happen back at home also).

    Bring your fully charge smartphones or digital camera to look for and document the wildlife in the park.

    Consider downloading the iNaturalist app and creating an account before the event.

    Google Play

    Apple

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

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required by 4/24/19

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    • 04/29/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Playing outside is healthy for humans of all ages. Take some time to enjoy the outdoors and meet like-minded families. In this semi-structured event children and their grown-ups can explore, play games, and/or create some nature art. Families may stay for some of the listed program time – activities will be ongoing. Younger siblings are welcome, but for safety, must be supervised by their adults.

    Activities set up from from 10am-12pm - you may stay for part or all of that time.

    We'll also add out nature findings to the City Nature Challenge

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4. Reservations are required - Please register by April 25

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    • 04/29/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5
    Register

    All Ages, under 18 with adult

    Help the naturalist check nest boxes and find out how you can help with this project. Come prepared for a 1.5 mile hike over moderate terrain.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required. Registration opens February 18, 2019.

    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.

    • 05/01/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 4:00 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. Registration opens February 18, 2019.

    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.

    • 05/03/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This spring’s homeschool series will be a study of the plants around us with each month focusing on something different. 

    This month is a continuation of our winter/spring “botany” theme.  May’s class will focus on the plants of our wetlands and their special traits and adaptations.

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4. Please register by April 26 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).

    • 05/03/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This spring’s homeschool series will be a study of the plants around us with each month focusing on something different. 

    This month is a continuation of our winter/spring “botany” theme.  May’s class will focus on the plants of our wetlands and their special traits and adaptations.

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4. Please register by April 26 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).

    • 05/04/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 11
    Register

    10 years old–adult (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)

    Some birds are experts at staying out of sight making them hard to identify or notice. On this beginners bird hike we will focus on identifying birds by their songs and calls. Be sure to bring your binoculars.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4. Registration deadline: Wednesday, May 8

    Fee is per person. Free for members; $8 for nonmembers

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon


    • 05/06/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 5
    Register

    All ages, under 18 with adult 

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks the lowland nest boxes.  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. Registration opens February 18, 2019.

    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.

    • 05/07/2019
    • 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 5
    Register

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

    Our spring Teen Homeschooler classes will be a 3-part series on kayaking and the ecology of the Patuxent river and its tributaries. Each month we will go out in kayaks to explore the river and the areas around it. We will use nets, water quality equipment, and our own senses to learn more about the river and the plants and animals that call it home.

    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: Kings Landing Park Meet at Wisner Hall. Teens will be transported in county van to Lower Marlboro pier.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4. Registration Deadline is May 3

    Free for Society members. Nonmembers pay $8 per person


    • 05/08/2019
    • 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

    Registration opens February 18, 2019.

    Reservations are required by May 6

    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.


    • 05/10/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Come find out more about what kinds of animals live in the Chesapeake Bay. We will use a seine net in the shallow-water cove to catch some fish and crabs so we can look at them up close and explore the beach ponds. Younger siblings are welcome, but for safety, must be supervised by an adult.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4.  Reservations are required - Please register by May 3

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale and Spring Intern

    • 05/14/2019
    • 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

    Registration opens February 18, 2019.

    Reservations are required by Friday, May 10. 

    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.

    • 05/14/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    Register
    For Teens or Adults, Ages 15 and up

    Help the naturalist count milkweed plants in the meadow for the 2019 Monarch Larva Monitoring Project.  This volunteer opportunity is one of many that will be offered through October to improve conservation efforts for monarch butterflies.  Homeschool students can get involved with real science through these programs too. 

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Registration opens February 18, 2019.

    Reservations are required by Friday, May 10. 

    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.


    • 05/17/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 4:00 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. Registration opens February 18, 2019.

    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.

    • 05/18/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 0
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    For adults and families, under 7 years not permitted.

    Enjoy a peaceful paddle as we wind slowly along marshy channels looking for spring flowers and 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

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4. Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Registration Deadline is Wednesday, May 15 

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

    • 05/20/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4
    Register

    All Ages, under 18 with adult

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks nest boxes.  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: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required. Registration opens February 18, 2019.

    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.

    • 05/25/2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    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

    Registration opens February 18, 2019.

    Reservations are required by May 22

    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.


    • 05/25/2019
    • 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    For All ages

    Adult participation is required

    Want to see some horseshoe crabs spawning on the beach by starlight? Join us for this unique chance to see Flag Ponds at night! With luck we will see horseshoe crabs spawning at the water’s edge or maybe bioluminescent comb jellies in the water!
    Bring a flashlight, insect repellent, and wear shoes that can get wet. You may want to have a change of clothes for the way home.

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4.

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

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale
     

    • 05/28/2019
    • 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.  Homeschool students can get involved with real science through these programs too. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Registration opens February 18, 2019.

    Reservations are required by Friday, May 24.

    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.

    • 05/29/2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
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    For ages 3-5, with adult.

    Learn about different types of animals nests through games, and hands-on activities. Then join us for a hike to visit the animal families where they live.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister 

    Fee is per family. Free for members
    $8  for nonmembers

    Members Registration opens February 18, 2019. Nonmembers Registration opens March 4.

    Registration deadline: Monday, May 27

    • 06/03/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5