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Summer Camp

REGISTRATION OPENS

MARCH 7 FOR MEMBERS

MARCH 21 FOR NONMEMBERS

Questions about Summer Camp? Send an email to the Natural Resources Division or call during business hours: 410-535-5327.


Summer Camp Forms

Due to Maryland Health Regulations, there are forms and information required of every camper.  Any forms needed (outside of the information in the online registration) are due 2 weeks before the start of camp. 

Members are not allowed to register non-members for summer camps. Each family must register under their own account.

We have a checklist to make sure you have all the information required for registration.

Review the Checklist before registering

Summer camp forms

Camp Letters & Information will be available in June 

Summer Camp by Grade

4-5 years old by the week of camp

Little Explorers Summer Camp (7/30-8/3)

Camps for Children Entering Grade 5

Marvelous Mud Summer Camp (6/24-6/28)

Wet & Wonderful Water Camp (7/1-7/3)

Night Owls Summer Camp (7/9-7/11)

Art Adventures in Nature Camp (8/5-8/9)

Camps for Children Entering Grade 1

Bug Bonanza Camp (7/8-7/11)

Creature Feature Summer Camp (8/5-8/8)

Camps for Children Entering Grade 6

Birding Adventures Summer Camp (6/24-6/28)

Wild Waters Summer Camp (7/15-7/19)

Trailblazers Hiking Camp (7/22-7/26)

Camps for Children Entering Grade 2

Bug Bonanza Camp (7/8-7/11)

Creature Feature Summer Camp (8/5-8/8)

Camps for Children Entering Grade 7

Birding Adventures Summer Camp (6/24-6/28)

Wild Waters Summer Camp (7/15-7/19)

Trailblazers Hiking Camp (7/22-7/26)

Camps for Children Entering Grade 3

Marvelous Mud Summer Camp (6/24-6/28)

Night Owls Summer Camp (7/9-7/11)

Art Adventures in Nature Camp (8/5-8/9)

Camps for Children Entering Grade 8

Birding Adventures Summer Camp (6/24-6/28)

Wild Waters Summer Camp (7/15-7/19)

Trailblazers Hiking Camp (7/22-7/26)

Camps for Children Entering Grade 4

Marvelous Mud Summer Camp (6/24-6/28)

Wet & Wonderful Water Camp (7/1-7/3)

Night Owls Summer Camp (7/9-7/11)

Art Adventures in Nature Camp (8/5-8/9)

 

Registration opens March 7 for Members; March 21 for Non-members
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Summer Camp 2024

    • 06/24/2024
    • 06/28/2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    For children entering grades 3-5 in fall 2024

    At the end of a summer day, if a child isn’t dirty, there is something missing. In this camp we will wade into the muddiest habitats in the park with nets, magnifying glasses, and all our senses. We will investigate how different types of mud are created, what lives in the mud, and, of course, play in the mud!  Come prepared to get down and dirty... really dirty.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Fee per camper: Society members: $220; Nonmembers: $325

    Daily Schedule:

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Thursday-Friday - camp begins at 6:00 p.m. Thursday and goes overnight to 9:00a.m. Friday.  No camp after 9:00 a.m. Friday or before 6:00 p.m. on Thursday.

    NOTE: Campers will be sleeping in tents outside, 2 to a tent.


    • 06/24/2024
    • 06/28/2024
    • 5 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    For children entering grades 6-8 grade in fall 2024

    Take your interest in birds to the next level with this camp. From the forest to the shore we will be learning about the many species of birds that call our area home. We will teach you how to identify birds by their song and appearance. This year we will also be collecting data for the breeding bird survey, visiting a bird banding station, and going on a cruise to Poplar Island! Bring your binoculars and your camera for a fun adventure.

    Calvert Nature Society reserves the right to modify and/or change camp program activities and structure based on health, safety, and other variable factors.

    Advanced Reservations are required

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Fee per camper: Society members: $210; Nonmembers: $310

    Location and times vary by day. The schedule below could be subject to change due to weather but we will do our best to maintain with the original plan.

    Daily Schedule:

    Monday 6/24: Flag Ponds Nature Park 9:00am-3:00pm

    • Special activity: Beach Hike

    Tuesday 6/25: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp 9:00am-3:00pm

    • Special Activity: Prothonotary Warbler Surveys

    Wednesday 6/26: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park 5:30am-12:00pm

    • Special Activity: Field research bird banding project

    Thursday 6/27: Kings Landing Park 9:00am-3:00pm

    • Special Activity: Visits to marsh areas around county

    Friday 6/28: Kings Landing Park 6:00am-3:00pm

    • Special Activity: Poplar Island Trip



    • 07/01/2024
    • 07/03/2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    For children entering grades 4 & 5 in fall 2024

    If you love everything the water has to offer in the hot summer months then this camp is for you! We will splash and play the week away, exploring different natural bodies of water every day and learning what makes each place special. Campers should be comfortable entering natural bodies of water up to their waist. We will be wading into local creeks, swamps, ponds, and the Chesapeake Bay.

    Naturalist in Charge: Kim Curren

    Fee per camper: Society members: $135; Nonmembers: $195


    • 07/08/2024
    • 07/11/2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    For children entering grades 1 and 2 in fall 2024

    Embark on a buzzing adventure at Bug Bonanza Camp! Young nature enthusiasts are invited to dive into the fascinating world of insects. From captivating bug hunts to interactive learning sessions, children will explore, discover, and cultivate a love for the smallest wonders of the great outdoors. Join us for a buggy blast!

    We will be spending every day actively interacting with a large variety of insects. Campers must be comfortable around bugs. If your child is extremely scared of insects, this might not be the camp for them.

    Advance Registration is required. Please register by June 1st, 2024.

    Naturalist in Charge: Eva Blockstein

    Fee per camper: Society members: $135; Nonmembers: $195

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Daily Schedule:

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    • 07/09/2024
    • 07/11/2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    For children entering grades 3-5 in fall 2024

    Summer nights can be magical - with frogs and crickets singing and fireflies glowing in the trees. This camp will get us outdoors to experience the mysteries of the night.  Campers will have fun together exploring the beach, swamp, and forest while learning what makes night animals special.  We will also play games, make a campfire, and enjoy campfire snacks.

    Naturalist In Charge: Tania Gale

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $100; Nonmembers: $135

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Daily Schedule:

    This camp meets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights - 6:00p.m.-10:00p.m.

    No camp on Monday or Friday

    "Welcome to Camp" letter and packing list can be found here in June


    • 07/15/2024
    • 07/19/2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    For children entering grades 6-8 in Fall 2024

    This week we will explore all things aquatic while learning the basics of getting around on the water safely.  We will use a variety of watercraft to get us out onto and INTO these wild water habitats - investigating with nets, water quality testing equipment – and our senses. The last 2 days of the week will be an overnight adventure to western Maryland – including a guided canoe experience with local guides, river rafting trip, and camping overnight.

    Campers should be comfortable on and in the water and should be competent swimmers.

    Registration fee includes camp water bottle, all outfitter/camping fees and equipment needed, Thursday snacks, dinner and campfire with s'mores, and Friday breakfast, lunch and snacks. 

    Campers will each need a separate online outfitter waiver form for each day of the overnight - canoeing on Thursday and rafting on Friday, in addition to the general Society waiver.  Waivers will be filled out online in June - link will be emailed to participants. 

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Fee per camper: Society members:  $500 ; Nonmembers: $660

    Daily Schedule

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

    Monday: Gatewood Preserve
    Tuesday: Kings Landing Park
    Wednesday: Kings Landing Park
    Thursday: meets at Kings Landing Park for overnight trip
    Friday: pick up at Kings Landing Park

    Waivers will be posted here in early June

    • 07/22/2024
    • 07/26/2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    For children entering grades 6-8 in fall 2024

    This camp is for ambitious hikers who love to explore nature trails on foot. Campers will learn outdoor skills such as tracking, shelter building, and orienteering. We will end the week with two nights of tent camping at Deep Creek Lake State Park in Western Maryland. We will hike the rock maze at Garrett State Forest, see the beauty of Swallow Falls State Park, and conquer Maryland's highest peak, Hoye-Crest!

    Naturalist in Charge: Kim Curren

    Fee per camper: Society members: $365; Nonmembers: $510

    Daily Schedule: 

    July 22-26

    Monday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Wednesday: 9:00 AM depart Flag Ponds for overnight trip
    Friday: 5:00 PM Camper Pick Up at Flag Ponds at 

    • 07/30/2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/02/2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    For children ages 4-5 years old by time of camp

    Children must be bathroom independent

    Little campers will spend this week taking a close look at the plants and animals that live at Flag Ponds Nature Park. Each day we will go on mini adventures throughout the park to explore our natural world. We’ll use our senses and scientific tools like hand lenses and nets to explore. Nature-related games, songs, and crafts round out our days.

    Is your camper nervous about being on their own at camp?  Come for our optional "Meet the Naturalist" day at Flag Ponds Nature Park on July 25 at 10am. More information will be sent to registered participants.  

    Naturalist in Charge:  Tania Gale 

    Tuesday - Friday (no camp on Monday)

    9:00am - 12:00pm each day

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee per camper: Members: $110; Nonmembers: $165

    "Welcome to Camp" letter and packing list can be found here in early July

    • 08/05/2024
    • 08/08/2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    For children entering grades 1-2 in fall 2024

    Join us for an unforgettable outdoor adventure where campers will experience the thrill of nature while enjoying up-close encounters with both wild and exhibit animals. From log rolling to discover hidden creatures to seining for fish in the Patuxent River, every moment promises excitement and education. Let your little explorer discover a world where curiosity knows no bounds, and where every encounter sparks a lifelong love for the incredible diversity of our planet's wildlife!

    Naturalist in Charge: Kim Curren

    Fee per camper: Society members: $135; Nonmembers: $195

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    • 08/05/2024
    • 08/09/2024
    • 5 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    For children entering grades 3-5 in fall 2024

    Unleash creativity in the great outdoors at Art Adventures in Nature Camp! Join us for a week of artistic exploration, where campers immerse themselves in the beauty of nature to find inspiration. Through creating art inspired by nature as well as using natural materials, we will cultivate a love for art while fostering a deep connection with the natural world.

    Advance Registration is required. Please register by June 1st, 2024.

    Naturalist in Charge:  Eva Blockstein

    Fee per camper: Society members: $230    ; Nonmembers: $320

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Daily Schedule:

    Families are invited to join us on the last day of camp (Friday August 9th) at 1:30 pm to visit our art gallery showcasing all the work we created, then campers and parents will leave with all the artwork at 3pm.





Past events

10/20/2023 Life on the Edge Overnight
07/31/2023 Wild Waters Summer Camp
07/25/2023 Little Explorers Summer Camp - PM Session
07/25/2023 Little Explorers Summer Camp - AM Session
07/17/2023 Peak Baggers Hiking Camp
07/17/2023 Creature Feature Summer Camp
07/11/2023 Night Owls Summer Camp
07/05/2023 Wet & Wonderful Water Camp!
06/26/2023 Marvelous Mud Summer Camp
06/26/2023 Birding Adventures Summer Camp
08/02/2022 Night Owls Summer Camp
07/26/2022 Swamp Sleuths Summer Camp - PM session
07/26/2022 Swamp Sleuths Summer Camp - AM session
07/25/2022 Outdoor Art Adventures Camp
07/19/2022 Creature Feature Summer Camp
07/11/2022 River Runners Summer Camp
07/05/2022 Birding Adventures Summer Camp
07/05/2022 Wet & Wonderful Water Camp
06/27/2022 Marvelous Mud Summer Camp
08/02/2021 Outdoor Skills Summer Camp
07/19/2021 Nature Photography Camp
07/19/2021 New Adventures Summer Camp
07/12/2021 River Runners Summer Camp
07/05/2021 Trailblazers Hiking Camp
06/29/2021 Night Owls Summer Camp
06/21/2021 Birding Adventures Summer Camp
06/21/2021 Marvelous Mud Summer Camp
07/20/2020 Mad Science LIVE online
08/05/2019 Summer Camp: Outdoor Art Adventures
08/05/2019 Summer Camp: Outdoor Skills
07/29/2019 Summer Camp: Early Explorers PM
07/29/2019 Summer Camp: Early Explorers AM
07/29/2019 Summer Camp: Exploring Environmental Careers
07/22/2019 Summer Camp: Nature Photography
07/15/2019 Summer Camp: Mountains to the Bay
07/08/2019 Summer Camp: Birding Adventures
07/08/2019 Summer Camp: Where the Wild Things Are
06/24/2019 Summer Camp: Creature Feature
06/24/2019 Summer Camp: Marvelous Mud
08/06/2018 Summer Camp: Outdoor Skills
07/30/2018 Summer Camp: Early Explorers PM
07/30/2018 Summer Camp: Early Explorers AM
07/23/2018 Summer Camp: Nature Photography Camp
07/16/2018 Summer Camp: Mountains to the Bay
07/09/2018 Summer Camp: It's a Wild, Wet, World
07/09/2018 Summer Camp: Birding Adventures Camp
06/25/2018 Summer Camp: Creature Feature
06/25/2018 Summer Camp: Marvelous Mud
07/31/2017 Summer Camp: Early Explorers PM
07/31/2017 Summer Camp: Early Explorers AM
07/31/2017 Summer Camp: Outdoor Skills
07/24/2017 Summer Camp: Nature Kids
07/17/2017 Summer Camp: Native American Camp
07/11/2017 Summer Camp: Lives of Reptiles & Amphibians
07/10/2017 Summer Camp: Mountains to the Bay
07/05/2017 Summer Camp: Patuxent Paddlers (CANCELLED)
07/03/2017 Summer Camp: Nature Photography Camp
06/26/2017 Summer Camp: Marvelous Mud Camp
06/26/2017 Summer Camp: Creature Feature
08/01/2016 Summer Camp: Into the Wild
08/01/2016 Summer Camp: Bio Blitz Camp
07/25/2016 Summer Camp: Patuxent Paddlers
07/25/2016 Summer Camp: Nature Photography Camp
07/18/2016 Summer Camp: Sons of the Forest
07/18/2016 Summer Camp: Nature Girls
07/11/2016 Summer Camp: Mountains to the Bay
07/05/2016 Summer Camp: Adventure Camp
07/05/2016 Summer Camp: Creature Feature
06/27/2016 Summer Camp: Early Explorers PM
06/27/2016 Summer Camp: Water World
06/27/2016 Summer Camp: Early Explorers AM
08/03/2015 Summer Camp: Nature Photography Camp
07/27/2015 Summer Camp: Wild Things
07/27/2015 Summer Camp: Early Explorers Session B
07/20/2015 Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventure Camp for Girls
07/20/2015 Summer Camp: Sons of the Forest
07/13/2015 Summer Camp: Adventure Camp
07/13/2015 Summer Camp: Ornithology Camp
07/06/2015 Summer Camp: Herpetology Camp
07/06/2015 Summer Camp: Mountains to the Bay
06/29/2015 Summer Camp: Wet, Wild, and Wonderful
06/29/2015 Summer Camp: Early Explorers Session A
08/04/2014 Summer Camp: Wild Things (1st-2nd grades)
07/28/2014 Summer Camp: Nature Photography Camp (4th-6th grades)
07/21/2014 Summer Camp: Water Watchers (9th-11th grade)
07/14/2014 Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventure Camp for Girls (grades 2-4)
07/14/2014 Summer Camp: Sons of the Forest (2nd-4th grades)
07/07/2014 Summer Camp: Herpetology Camp (1st-2nd grades)
07/07/2014 Summer Camp: From the Mountains to the Bay (6th-8th grade)
06/30/2014 Summer Camp: Hooked on Fishing (6th-8th grades)
06/30/2014 Summer Camp: Backyard Explorers (4-5 years)
06/23/2014 Summer Camp: Wet, Wild, and Wonderful (3rd-5th grades)
06/23/2014 Summer Camp: Adventure Camp (7th-9th grades)
04/16/2014 Salamander Soiree - Teen Spring Camp
01/18/2014 Winter Camp 2014
11/11/2013 Trial by Fire (for girls, 12-16 years)
08/05/2013 Summer Camp: From the Mountains to the Bay (6th-8th grade)
08/05/2013 Summer Camp: Our Animal Friends (4-5 years)
07/29/2013 Summer Camp: From the Mountains to the Bay (6th-8th grade)
07/22/2013 Summer Camp: Nature Photography Camp (4th-6th grades)
07/22/2013 Summer Camp: Yuckology (1st-2nd grades)
07/15/2013 Summer Camp: Sons of the Forest (2nd-4th grades)
07/15/2013 Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventure Camp for Girls (grades 2-4)
07/10/2013 Summer Camp: Hand in Hand – Discovery Trails (ages 3-5 with adult)
07/08/2013 Summer Camp: Camp Skills: Earth, Air, Fire, Water (3rd-5th grades)
06/24/2013 Summer Camp: Herpetology Camp (1st-2nd grades)
06/24/2013 Summer Camp: Walk on the Wet Side (3rd-5th grades)
06/17/2013 Summer Camp: Junior Rangers (5th - 8th grades)
01/21/2013 Winter Adventures Camp
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