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    • 10/26/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
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    Ages 18 months to 5 years, adult participation required

    Your little ones will have fun playing in the dirt while they help the naturalist plant native wildflower seeds in starter trays.  Dress for the outdoors.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Meet at the picnic pavilion.

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, October 24

    Program Fee:  Free

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    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.

    • 10/26/2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 8
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    Ages 16 to adult

    Children under 16 years old may attend if accompanied by an adult at their discretion.  Be aware the tour is designed for adults and may frighten younger children.

    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

    • 10/27/2018
    • 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 2
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    10 years old and up adult participation required

    Ever wondered what owls live in Maryland? Come to our owl banding station and learn about what owls could be living in your backyard as well as the migratory Saw-Whet Owls we are studying. We will have a live owl to see and maybe a chance to see a wild Saw Whet Owl.

    Location:Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon and Andy Brown

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

    Registration deadline: Wednesday, Oct 24

    • 10/27/2018
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 12
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    16 and up suggested

    Under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult; be aware the tour is designed for adults and my frighten younger children.

    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

    • 10/28/2018
    • 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
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    For Current Calvert Stewards Volunteers and Their Immediate Family 

    Enjoy a crisp fall evening with your family and other Calvert Stewards.

    We will have a fire going for marshmallows and smores. A variety of fun activities are planned: making apple cider with an old-fashioned cider press, bobbing for apples, carnival games, or you can simply relax and enjoy the view as the sky changes colors over the meadow. Bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic supper, if you wish. We will provide the s'mores.

    Tentative Schedule of Events

    3:00 p.m. Fun Fall & Halloween Activities: making apple cider, bobbing for apples, trick or treat. These will continue throughout the event.

    4:00 p.m. Costume Parade. Well behaved costumed dogs on leash allowed.

    5:00 p.m. Campfire. we'll provide s'mores. 

    6:00 p.m. Family sunset hike

    6:00 p.m. Ghost Tour for teens and adults 

    Everyone who registers will be entered into door prize drawings held throughout the event. Need not be present to win (but you must be a current volunteer!)

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Karyn Molines

    Free event. 

    We have the right to cancel registrations if it is determined that those registered are not volunteers.


    • 11/03/2018
    • 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. Wear clothes that can get dirty.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, November 1. 

    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.

    • 11/03/2018
    • 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, November 1. 

    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.

    • 11/07/2018
    • 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 by November 1

    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.


    • 11/09/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
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    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This Fall's homeschool series focuses on the Chesapeake Bay, with each month will focusing on something different. In November’s class we will explore the importance of wetlands to the Chesapeake. There will be some inside activities, but most of this class will be at the swamp, so please come prepared to get muddy and wet.

    Please register by November 7 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).

    • 11/09/2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
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    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This Fall's homeschool series focuses on the Chesapeake Bay, with each month will focusing on something different. In November’s class we will explore the importance of wetlands to the Chesapeake. There will be some inside activities, but most of this class will be at the swamp, so please come prepared to get muddy and wet.

    Please register by November 7 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).

    • 11/10/2018
    • 6:30 AM - 8:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 10
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    For 12 years old - Adults (under 18 adult required)

    Flag Ponds Nature Park is one of the best areas in Calvert to view Bald Eagles. We will hike down to the beach at sunrise to see how many eagles we can find out on the dunes.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Register online, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    Registration deadline: Wednesday, Nov 7

    Fee is per person. Free for members

    $8 for nonmembers

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    • 11/11/2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
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    Little is known about how often dolphins come into the Chesapeake Bay, how long they spend there, what areas they are using and why. Dr. Bailey and her team have been frequently detecting dolphin calls in the Bay and citizen scientists have reported more than 1,000 dolphin sightings on Dr. Bailey’s newly launched Chesapeake DolphinWatch mobile app and website. In this talk, Dr. Bailey will present what she has learnt about the Bay’s dolphins so far, describe the sighting app, and explain how you can participate in this research effort.

    This program is supported by the Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust.

    Speaker: Dr. Helen Bailey, Research Associate Professor at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick

    Free program

    For Adults and Older Teens

     

    • 11/13/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1
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    **Theme has been changed from Wetlands to oyster reef**


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

    Looking for enrichment activities for your teen homeschooler? This month’s class will focus on the Oyster reef - what animals and plants live there and why wetlands are important for the health of the Bay.


    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Free for Society members.
    Nonmembers pay $8 per person


      
    Please register by November 7

    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. 
        
        
       
    • 11/15/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
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    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    We are going to look at colors. We will do experiments creating different color combinations. We will also go outside to see what colors we can find in nature.  

    Location:  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

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

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, November 13th

     

    • 11/15/2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 11
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    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    We are going to look at colors. We will do experiments creating different color combinations. We will also go outside to see what colors we can find in nature.  

    Location:  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

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

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, November 13th

     

    • 11/16/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
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    For ages 8 and up, with adult participation

    Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and flashlights

    Most everyone knows how to make s’mores over a fire, but campfire cooking can be so much more. Come discover some new campfire cooking methods and recipes. Dress for the weather - and bring your appetite.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

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

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale 

    Please register by: 11/9/18

    • 11/17/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 11
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    Ages 10 and up.

    Shallow water wetlands provide winter habitat for many migratory ducks. We will start by reviewing identification skills indoors. Outside we will look for the silhouettes and sounds of dabbling ducks while taking a leisurely hike along the swamp and marshes.

    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, November 16

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

     

    • 11/20/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
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    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 the fall forest and meadow by playing games, going on a scavenger hunt, and/or creating some nature art. Families may stay for some or all of the listed program time – activities will be ongoing. Younger siblings are welcome, but for safety, must be supervised by adults.

    Location: Kings Landing Park


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


    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by November 14

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    • 12/01/2018
    • 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 by November 28

    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.


    • 12/03/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
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    For Ages 18 months to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    The Christmas Possum has hidden candy canes in the park.  After some possum-themed indoor activities, the naturalist will lead your children on a hike to find them. 

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Thursday, November 29. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

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

    • 12/05/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • National Wildlife Visitor Center I Laurel, MD
    • 87
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    Climate Change and the Patuxent River: Local Implications of Global Issues

    Connecting scientists, managers, educators, and the public from every county along the Patuxent River to share, learn, and be inspired.

    The Patuxent River, considered “Maryland’s River”, is the longest river entirely in the state of Maryland. Home to over 100 species of fish and a staggering variety of resident and migratory birds, the Patuxent River is a jewel of the Maryland natural world. Archaeological artifacts dating back to 7,205 B.C. suggests the River has been an essential lifeline for humans for thousands of years.

    The Patuxent River Conference (PAXCON) is the premier forum uniting scientists, environmental educators, natural resource managers, and anyone passionate about the health and future of the Patuxent River. To know and understand the Patuxent River is to take one more step towards its protection.

    PAXCON 2018 will feature current research on climate change impacts within the Patuxent River watershed, as well as highlight strategies and methods that can be applied to climate change research, management, communication, and advocacy on the Patuxent River.

    Join us for a lively and intellectually stimulating day and to network with new and old colleagues!

    Consider being a Sponsor of the Conference: With a sponsorship of $100 your organization will receive one complimentary conference registration, your logo on the conference website and materials, as well as being able to share materials with conference attendees.

    Registration is required.

    Registration Fee:
    (includes lunch)
    Until November 5: $30
    Registration fee increases to $50 on November 6

    Registration closes November 21

    Speakers may register at a reduced cost. Contact Karyn Molines for the registration code.

    For agencies that require a W-9 for processing payments: Calvert Nature Society is the Payee W-9 form

    Location:
    National Wildlife Visitor Center
    10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop
    Laurel, MD 20708

    For Additional Information: http://www.paxcon.org/

    • 12/06/2018
    • 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 by 12/3/18

    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.


    • 12/07/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
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    Ages 4-12, with adult

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

    Please register by December 5 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).

    • 12/07/2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
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    Ages 4-12, with adult

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

    Please register by December 5 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).

    • 12/08/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
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    For families, all ages welcome.

    Let's go for an evergreen scavenger hunt together! We will explore the different types of evergreens that live in our area, then make a holiday decoration together using some evergreens. All materials will be provided.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

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

    Advanced Reservations are required. Please register by December 5.  



    • 12/10/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
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    For students ages 12-16 years old - no parent needed

    Looking for enrichment activities for your teen homeschooler? This month’s class will focus on the beach habitat.  We will take a close look at what plants and animals are able to call this often harse environment their home.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Free for Society members.
    Nonmembers pay $8 per person


      
    Please register by December 5

    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. 
        
        
       
    • 12/12/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
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    For Ages 18 month to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    It might be cold but animals are still out and about. We will learn about some of these animals and their special adaptations.

    Location:  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

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

    Reservations are required by Monday, December 10th

     

    • 12/12/2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 11
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    For Ages 18 months to 5 years old
    Adult participation is required

    It might be cold but animals are still out and about. We will learn about some of these animals and their special adaptations.

    Location:  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

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

    Reservations are required by Monday, December 10th

     

    • 12/15/2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 6
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