Programs for 6-9 year olds

These programs allow children to investigate firsthand the life found in and around our area.

Only a sampling of programs are listed. Check the Calendar of Events page for the full schedule.

Check out the events for families or "all ages" allowed.

Program Fees (unless noted)
Free for Society members
$8 per family for nonmembers
Reservations are required in advance.


Upcoming events

    • 06/07/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    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.  June's class will focus our wild edible and medicinal plants – as well as the poisonous ones.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

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

    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).

    • 06/07/2019
    • 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 differen

    This month is a continuation of our winter/spring “botany” theme.  June's class will focus our wild edible and medicinal plants – as well as the poisonous ones.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

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

    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).

    • 07/03/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 7
    Register

    Ages 6-9 with an adult

    The nest boxes at Cypress Swamp are usually bustling with activity this time of year.  Your children will have fun helping the naturalist check some of them for the warbler monitoring project.  Wear old shoes or knee boots that can get muddy. 

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Monday, July 1.

    Program Fee Per Family
    Members Free
    Nonmembers: $8 

    • 08/31/2019
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1
    Register

    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. 

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, August 29.

    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.

    • 08/31/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    Register

    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, August 29.

    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.

    • 09/06/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 9
    Register

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    Animals live secret lives all around us, though most of us go through our busy days without even noticing what’s right under our noses.  Nature Observation/ animal tracking is both science and storytelling, requiring us to critically observe and gather data as well as use our imaginations to interpret the signs we find.

    In this fall series, we will practice the skills necessary to become better trackers and observers.  Each month will focus on a different topic.  Our September class will cover animal tracks (footprints) and trails.

    Please register by August 30, 2019

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Members Registration opens           .

    Nonmembers Registration opens       .

    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).

    • 09/06/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 11
    Register

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    Animals live secret lives all around us, though most of us go through our busy days without even noticing what’s right under our noses.  Nature Observation/ animal tracking is both science and storytelling, requiring us to critically observe and gather data as well as use our imaginations to interpret the signs we find.

    In this fall series, we will practice the skills necessary to become better trackers and observers.  Each month will focus on a different topic.  Our September class will cover animal tracks (footprints) and trails.

    Please register by August 30, 2019

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Members Registration opens           .

    Nonmembers Registration opens       .

    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).

    • 09/14/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8
    Register

    Ages 6-9 with an adult

    There's more to nature than meets the eye! Come engage all of your senses and experience all there is to see, touch, hear, smell, and taste in the park this time of year!     

    Naturalist in charge: Kim Curren

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, September 11, 2019

    Program Fee: 

    • Free for members
    • $8 per family for nonmembers

     

    Ages 6-9 with an adult

    There's more to nature than meets the eye! Come engage all of your senses and experience all there is to see, touch, hear, smell, and taste in the park this time of year!     

    Naturalist in charge: Kim Curren

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, September 11, 2019

    Program Fee: 

    • Free for members
    • $8 per family for nonmembers

     

Past events

05/03/2019 Homeschool Friday - Wetland Plants - PM session
05/03/2019 Homeschool Friday - Wetland Plants - AM session
04/19/2019 Mud Monsters
04/05/2019 Homeschool Friday - Spring Wildflowers and Ferns - PM session
04/05/2019 Homeschool Friday - Spring Wildflowers and Ferns - AM session
03/01/2019 Homeschool Friday - Trees - PM session
03/01/2019 Homeschool Friday - Trees - AM session
02/02/2019 Help Take Care of the Animals - Session B
02/02/2019 Help Take Care of the Animals - Session A
02/01/2019 Homeschool Friday - Evergreens - PM session
02/01/2019 Homeschool Friday - Evergreens - AM session
01/26/2019 Owls
01/11/2019 Homeschool Friday - Botany Underfoot - PM session
01/11/2019 Homeschool Friday - Botany Underfoot - AM session
01/06/2019 Mistletoe Mystery - RESCHEDULE
12/07/2018 Homeschool Friday - Winter Beach - PM session
12/07/2018 Homeschool Friday - Winter Beach - AM session
11/09/2018 Homeschool Friday - Wonder of Wetlands - PM session
11/09/2018 Homeschool Friday - Wonder of Wetlands - AM session
11/03/2018 Help Take Care of the Animals - Session B
11/03/2018 Help Take Care of the Animals - Session A
10/05/2018 Homeschool Friday - Life in the Oyster Reef - PM session
10/05/2018 Homeschool Friday - Life in the Oyster Reef - AM session
09/14/2018 Homeschool Friday - Bay Connections - PM session
09/14/2018 Homeschool Friday - Bay Connections - AM session
06/30/2018 Community Service Project: Nest Box Monitoring
06/01/2018 Homeschool First Friday: - Eating Wild - PM session
06/01/2018 Homeschool First Friday: - Eating Wild - AM session
05/05/2018 Hunt for Bigfoot
05/04/2018 Homeschool First Friday: Who Goes There? - PM session
05/04/2018 Homeschool First Friday: Who Goes There? - AM session
04/28/2018 Community Service Project: Animal Care -Session B
04/28/2018 Community Service Project: Animal Care -Session A
04/06/2018 Homeschool First Friday: Leave No Trace - PM session
04/06/2018 Homeschool First Friday: Leave No Trace - AM session
03/30/2018 Mud Monsters Camp
03/09/2018 Homeschool First Friday - Finding Your Way- PM session
03/09/2018 Homeschool First Friday - Finding Your Way- AM session
02/09/2018 Homeschool First Friday - Keeping Warm - PM session
02/09/2018 Homeschool First Friday - Keeping Warm - AM session
02/03/2018 They Went That-a-Way!
01/20/2018 Snakes
01/16/2018 Recycled Bird Feeders
01/12/2018 Homeschool First Friday: Home Away from Home - PM session
01/12/2018 Homeschool First Friday: Home Away from Home - AM session
12/02/2017 Compass Skills: Candy Cane Hunt
12/01/2017 First Friday's Homeschool Day: Animal Classification-Birds - PM Session
12/01/2017 First Friday's Homeschool Day - Animal Classification - Birds- AM Session
11/11/2017 Calvert Stewards: Animal Care -Session B
11/11/2017 Calvert Stewards: Animal Care -Session A
11/03/2017 First Friday's Homeschool Day: Animal Classification - Mammals - PM Session
11/03/2017 First Friday's Homeschool Day: Animal Classification - Mammals - AM Session
10/20/2017 What Lives in a Shell
10/06/2017 First Friday's Homeschool Day: Animal Classification - Fish - PM Session
10/06/2017 First Friday's Homeschool Day: Animal Classification - Fish - AM Session
08/22/2017 Fun with Fossils
06/29/2017 Meet Osprey Families
06/16/2017 Who Lives in the Bay?
05/13/2017 Help Care for the Animals- Session 2
05/13/2017 Help Care for the Animals
04/17/2017 Mud Monsters
03/31/2017 The Waking Woods - School's Out Adventure
01/21/2017 The Eagle's Nest
12/02/2016 Homeschool Friday - Keeping Warm - PM session
12/02/2016 Homeschool Friday - Keeping Warm - AM session
11/05/2016 Become an Animal Tracker
11/04/2016 Homeschool Friday: Home Away from Home - PM session
11/04/2016 Homeschool Friday: Home Away from Home - AM session
10/21/2016 Orienteering
10/07/2016 Homeschool Friday - Finding Your Way - PM session
10/07/2016 Homeschool Friday - Finding Your Way- AM session
09/24/2016 Meadow Bugs
09/02/2016 Homeschool Friday - Eating Wild - PM session
09/02/2016 Homeschool Friday - Eating Wild - AM session
08/27/2016 The Lost Ladybug Project
06/03/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
06/03/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
05/06/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
05/06/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
04/16/2016 Hiding in Plain Sight
04/01/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
04/01/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
03/21/2016 Mud Monsters
03/19/2016 Wacky Woodpeckers
03/05/2016 Insect Hotels
03/04/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
03/04/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
02/15/2016 Winter Fun!
02/14/2016 Great Backyard Bird Count for Kids
02/12/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
02/12/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
01/23/2016 Turtles
01/08/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
01/08/2016 Homeschool Fridays - AM
12/19/2015 Compass Skills: Candy Cane Hunt
12/12/2015 Tree Cookie Ornaments
12/04/2015 Session 2 - First Friday's Homeschool Day - Mammals
12/04/2015 First Friday's Homeschool Day - Mammals
11/21/2015 Nature Sleuths
11/06/2015 Session 2 - First Friday's Homeschool Day - Birds
10/17/2015 Nature Playspace Building
10/10/2015 Fall Fish BioBlitz
10/03/2015 First Friday's Homeschool Day - Animal Classification - Fish
10/02/2015 Owl Eyes and Raccoon Paws
10/02/2015 Session 2 - First Friday's Homeschool Day - Fish
10/02/2015 First Friday's Homeschool Day - Fish
09/19/2015 Monarch Tagging
09/04/2015 Session 2 - First Friday's Homeschool Day - Insects
09/04/2015 First Friday's Homeschool Day - Insects
08/19/2015 Gone Fishing
08/08/2015 Who Lives on an Oyster Reef?
07/18/2015 Go Seining!
07/11/2015 The Great Frog Roundup!
06/27/2015 The Lost Ladybug Project
04/25/2015 Earth Day
03/30/2015 Mud Monsters Spring Adventure
02/21/2015 DATE CHANGE: Winter Beach
02/07/2015 Snakes
02/04/2015 Snakes, Turtles, Frogs - Oh My!
01/10/2015 Birdfeeder Stakeout
12/20/2014 Straw Painting
12/13/2014 Compass Skills: Candy Cane Hunt
11/15/2014 America Recycles Day
10/26/2014 Fall Fish BioBlitz
10/17/2014 School's Out Camp
10/04/2014 Tree Guide Hike
09/21/2014 Monarch Tagging
09/06/2014 Fossil Frenzy
08/03/2014 Monarch Larva Monitoring Project
07/19/2014 Fish BioBlitz
06/28/2014 Gettin Crabby
06/07/2014 National Trails Day
04/14/2014 Mud Monsters Spring Camp
04/12/2014 Cane Pole Fishing! (6-9 yrs)
03/15/2014 Swamp Romp
02/17/2014 Raptors! School's Out Camp (Grades 3-5)
02/02/2014 Maple Syrup Campfire
01/05/2014 National Bird Day
12/15/2013 Compass Skills: Candy Cane Hunt
11/16/2013 Recycled Bird Feeders
10/27/2013 Swamp Dragons
10/19/2013 Fall Harvest Campfire
09/29/2013 Liking Lichens
09/22/2013 Turtle trivia
09/08/2013 Slimy Critters
08/31/2013 What's in the water?
08/04/2013 Marsh Exploration
07/28/2013 Gone Fishing
06/02/2013 Natures Explorers: Blue Crabs
05/19/2013 Natures Explorers: Butterfly Gardens
04/14/2013 Pollywogs (Natures Explorers)
03/17/2013 Natures Explorers: All About Our Moon
02/24/2013 Natures Explorers: Beavers
01/27/2013 Natures Explorers: Feeding Time
12/16/2012 Natures Explorers: Compass Skills: Candy Cane Hunt
09/16/2012 Natures Explorers: Salamander Migration