Animal Care

Animal Care volunteers work with the staff naturalists to care for live animals.Calvert Steward volunteers feed the fish, turtles, snakes, frogs, hawks, owls and other animals housed at the Cypress Swamp Nature Center. Other tasks include cleaning cages, scrubbing down turtles, and trimming talons and beaks of the raptors.

Volunteers work with the animals to acclimate them to crowds and background noises they will encounter when used for education and outreach programs.

Some volunteers assist with education and outreach activities that involve the captive animals.

Upcoming events

    • 08/20/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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

    Reservations are required by Friday, August 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.

    • 09/05/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1
    Register

    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

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, September 3. 

    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.

    • 10/21/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1
    Register

    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 some of them. 

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, October 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.

    • 12/03/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    Register

    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 some of them. 

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Sunday, December 1. 

    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.

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