Nature at Home

We're pulling together some ideas and challenges that you can do right in your back yard.

If you post your nature observations on social media, tag it! #natureathome

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Homeschool Activities

    Upcoming Online Events

      • 07/14/2020
      • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
      • Online

      for ages 3 and up

      At the end of a summer day, if a child isn’t dirty, there is something missing! Dirt is teeming with life, and is often the sign of a good time. In this online class we will dig into underground ecosystems - to discover who and see  what is underfoot. Tune in for ways to explore and play with mud.

      This is an online class.  Supply list will be made available before class time, then tune in to the Calvert Nature Society's Facebook page for video or live stream class.

      • 07/20/2020
      • 10:00 AM (EDT)
      • 07/24/2020
      • 10:45 AM (EDT)
      • Online

      Kids ages 6 to 12 years

      Our young virtual scientists will participate in a live online science lesson and experiment daily with our naturalist.  Each day we will set up an experiment together and learn to explore using the scientific method. Materials lists and supplemental educational ideas for at home follow-up explorations will be provided prior to the start of the program. Parental supervision required for these activities. 

      Naturalist in Charge: Jessy Oberright

      Location: Online

      Registration Deadline : July 12. 2020

      Click Here for Welcome letter and Supplies List

      • 07/25/2020
      • 4:00 PM (EDT)
      • 07/26/2020
      • 7:30 AM (EDT)
      • #NatureatHome

      We know that for many people, summer plans have changed.  If you will be closer to home than you had planned, join us for our first Great American Campout! 

      You can join in whatever way works for you whether you are in a park campground, your backyard, or even in your living room. 

      To participate in the main event, the overnight on July 25-26, please register. The overnight will include live-streamed fun like: Campout Cooking Challenge, Nightwalk, and Campfire program with games and songs. Only registered participants will be given the link to our Zoom event for overnight - so please be sure to register.  

      Watch our You Tube video to See how our Naturalists like to camp. Visit our You Tube Channel

      What does the Campout Include?

      • Live-streamed event on the night of July 25-26 including things like  - campfire cooking, a night walk, family-friendly campfire stories and songs. This will only be open to registered participants, so please do register. Draft schedule can be found here.
      • We will end with a morning check-in on July 26 so we can share our overnight camping experiences.
      • This is a choose-your-own-adventure event: participate as much or as little as you want and are able to in whatever way works best for you.
      • Videos and activity resource sheets are available on the CNS website for you to reference if yo are new to camping or are looking for ideas on how to get your family outside ans having fun. Find those here:

      We hope you will post your adventures on social media with the hashtags: #NatureatHome   #CalvertCampout   #CalvertNaturally

      • 07/27/2020
      • (EDT)
      • 07/31/2020
      • (EDT)
      • 3 sessions
      • Online

      for ages 3-5 and an adult

      For Members Only

      Join our staff online to meet some of our favorite nature center animals.  Each day (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) will focus on a different group of animals.  You can "meet" our one of our turtles, a snake, maybe even an owl.

      Each Zoom meeting will include games, songs, and live animal show and tell.  Resources will be provided for hands-on activities designed for little explorers and their families to do together at home.

      This is an online class.  Supply list will be made available before class time or a camp supplies kit can be picked up at the nature center before the start of camp.

      Location: Online

      • 08/03/2020
      • (EDT)
      • 08/07/2020
      • (EDT)
      • 3 sessions
      • Online

      For ages  7 - 10, but siblings may join in 

      Why is water important?  How do we use water - inside our homes and in our yards?  Join naturalist, Tania Gale for this online learning opportunity.  We will use our morning Zoom meetings on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as a springboard for at-home, in-your-yard experiments and exploration.

      Registration includes Zoom meetings and ideas for for fun and educational activities based on the class.

      This is an online class.  Supply list will be made available before class time.

      A link for the online program will be sent to all who register.

      Location: Online

      Naturalist: Tania Gale

      Registration Fee: Free for members, $8 per family for nonmembers.


    Join our naturalists on explorations of our nature parks to learn about plants, animals, ecology and more! We have events for families, teens, adults, and summer camps.

    Calendar of Events

    Become a member

    Your membership helps keep Nature in Calvert County. Tax-deductible gifts help Calvert Nature Society educate and raise awareness of our natural world, as helps support the county as it preserves and maintains these landscapes. Be a part of a growing community of individuals, businesses, and organizations that support Calvert County's nature parks.


    Calvert Stewards are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division.

    Learn about Opportunities  on our Calvert Stewards web site.