Fall Program Registration

Registration Opens* July 8 for Members. Nonmembers may register starting July 22. Join today to take advantage of the early registration and member discounts.

Fall 2019 Program Listing (pdf)

*October-December programs; Registration for September programs is open.

Upcoming Programs

Listing of Summer Programs (pdf)

More information about registration.

    • 07/22/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/26/2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 3
    Registration is closed


    Photography Camp LETTER 2019.pdf

    For children entering Grades 4-6

    Your children will capture the natural wonders of Calvert County Parks on camera. In addition to fun camp activities, they will learn camera basics and picture-taking tips. After camp on Friday, families are invited to a presentation highlighting campers’ work. Campers must provide their own digital camera.

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

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

    Daily Schedule: Monday, July 22 - Friday, July 26, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Photo Presentation for Families: Friday, July 26, 3:00 p.m. 

    Monday, Thursday, Friday Flag Ponds Nature Park 

    Tuesday, Wednesday Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    • 07/27/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 9
    Register

    For adults, ages 18 and up.

    Enjoy a peaceful morning paddle as we wind slowly along marshy channels looking for flowering plants and animal families.

    Participants may bring their own paddles and life vests. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park Meet at the parking lot by the pool.

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Registration Deadline is Wednesday, July 24 

    Fee is per person. $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers. Bring your own kayak and get $10 off the program fee.

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.
    • 07/29/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/02/2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    AM newsletter and checklist early explorers 2019.pdf

    Welcome to camp letter and packing list can be found here:




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

    We will set out on mini adventures throughout the park to explore our natural world. From the pond to the fields who knows what we may find. Parents are not required to stay during the camp. No younger or older siblings allowed.

    Naturalist in Charge: Summer Interns

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

    Daily Schedule: Monday, July 29 – Friday, August 2, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    Mon - Wed: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Thu & Fri: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee per camper: 
    Society members: $60
    Nonmembers: $75

    • 07/29/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/02/2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 4
    Register
    Entering grades 6-8

    Does getting paid to be outside sound like the career path for you? Come explore the many different types of careers that nature can offer, including animal care, environmental education, and field research. Camp includes a trip to the Patuxent Environmental & Aquatic Research Laboratory.

    Naturalist in Charge: Kim Curren

    Daily Schedule: Monday-Friday, July 29- August 2, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m

    Monday - Tuesday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Wednesday - Friday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Fee per camper:

    Members:$150
    Nonmembers: $180
    • 07/29/2019
    • 1:00 PM
    • 08/02/2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 2
    Registration is closed

    Welcome to Camp letter and packing list can be found here:

    PM newsletter and checklist Early Explorers 2019.pdf


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

    We will set out on mini adventures throughout the park to explore our natural world. From the pond to the fields who knows what we may find. Parents are not required to stay during the camp. No younger or older siblings allowed.

    Naturalist in Charge: Summer Interns

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

    Daily Schedule:  Monday, July 29 – Friday, August 2, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

    Mon - Wed: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Thu & Fri: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee per camper: 
    Society members: $60
    Nonmembers: $75

    • 07/30/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    Register
    All Ages, under 15 with adult

    Help the naturalist measure milkweed and count monarch caterpillars in the meadow.  This volunteer opportunity is one of many that will be offered through October to improve conservation efforts for monarch butterflies.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Friday, July 26.

    Program Fee: Free for volunteers

    What 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.

    • 08/03/2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Lower Marlboro
    • 0
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    This is a perfect trip for beginners to learn about kayaking and get out on the water.  We will focus on basic kayak skills and the ecology of the Patuxent River.

    Ages 9 years to adult

    Participants must be at least 9 years old to accompany an adult in a double kayak, and at least 12 years old to ride in a single kayak. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Lower Marlboro pier

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Program Fee (per person)

    $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers

    Bring your own kayak and get $10 off the program fee.

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale


    • 08/05/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/09/2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 0
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    For children entering grades 4th –6th grade

    Whether your child is already at home outside or needs a little encouragement, this outdoor skills camp introduces campers to some of the basic skills necessary to keep them safe and self-reliant in the “wild.” We’ll spend the week exploring the natural resources of Calvert County while learning important outdoor skills like: navigation, animal tracking, shelter building, and fire safety.

    Naturalist In Charge: Tania Gale

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

    Daily Schedule: Monday, August 5 through Friday, August 9, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Location varies by day. The schedule below is tentative and subject to change. 

    Monday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Tuesday: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Wednesday: Kings Landing Park

    Thursday: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Friday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Fee per camper:Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    • 08/05/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/09/2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4
    Register
    For children entering grades 2-3

    Let nature be your inspiration as we spend the week creating works of art in many different forms! We will draw, paint, photograph, and sculpt our way through the park, and we will end the week with an art gallery exhibition walk-through for the parents to view all of our masterpieces.

    Naturalist in Charge: Kim Curren

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

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

    Fee per camper: Members: $150; Nonmembers: $180

    Daily Schedule: Monday-Friday, August 5-9, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

     

    • 08/06/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    Register
    All Ages, under 15 with adult

    Help the naturalist measure milkweed and count monarch caterpillars in the meadow.  This volunteer opportunity is one of many that will be offered through October to improve conservation efforts for monarch butterflies.

    Visit www.calvertparks.org/monarchwatch for a complete listing of dates and times. Sign up for one or several of the dates.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Friday, August 2.

    Program Fee: Free for volunteers

    What 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.

    • 08/14/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 2
    Register
    All Ages, under 15 with adult

    Help the naturalist measure milkweed and count monarch caterpillars in the meadow.  This volunteer opportunity is one of many that will be offered through October to improve conservation efforts for monarch butterflies.

    Visit www.calvertparks.org/monarchwatch for a complete listing of dates and times. Sign up for one or several of the dates.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Monday, August 12.

    Program Fee: Free for volunteers

    What 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.

    • 08/17/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 0
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    All ages, under 15 with an adult

    Butterflies, beetles, and spiders are just a few residents of the Goldenrod Jungle. We will explore the different creatures that live, hunt, and hide there. 

    LocationWard Farm Recreation & Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are requiredRegistration Deadline: Tuesday, August 13

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

    • 08/17/2019
    • 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
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    For Ages 9 years to adult with previous kayaking experience.

    Participants must be at least 9 years old to accompany an adult in a double kayak, and at least 12 years old to ride in a single kayak. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    We’ll set out for a paddle on the Patuxent River to get a perfect seat for the Perseids Meteor Shower! The moon will be close to full but we should still be able to see some meteors.

    Location: Kings Landing Park Meet at the put in by the pier

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, Aug 14

    Fee is per person.
    $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers

    $10 Discount if you bring your own kayak

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

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

    • 08/20/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    Register
    All Ages, under 15 with adult

    Help the naturalist measure milkweed and count monarch caterpillars in the meadow.  This volunteer opportunity is one of many that will be offered through October to improve conservation efforts for monarch butterflies.

    Visit www.calvertparks.org/monarchwatch for a complete listing of dates and times. Sign up for one or several of the dates.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Friday, August 16.

    Program Fee: Free for volunteers

    What 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.

    • 08/24/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4
    Register

    For All Ages

    Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

    If you've ever wondered why going outside always makes you feel better, come learn what science is saying about how nature can heal our bodies, minds, and spirit. We will talk about the benefits of spending time outdoors, and then we will put our new knowledge into practice with a forest hike.

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

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required.  

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 

     

    For All Ages

    Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

    If you've ever wondered why going outside always makes you feel better, come learn what science is saying about how nature can heal our body, mind, and spirit. We will talk about the benefits of spending time outdoors, and then we will put our new knowledge into practice with a forest hike.

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

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required.  

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 

     

    • 08/28/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    Register
    All Ages, under 15 with adult

    Help the naturalist measure milkweed and count monarch caterpillars in the meadow.  This volunteer opportunity is one of many that will be offered through October to improve conservation efforts for monarch butterflies.

    Visit www.calvertparks.org/monarchwatch for a complete listing of dates and times. Sign up for one or several of the dates.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Monday, August 26.

    Program Fee: Free for volunteers

    What 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.

    • 08/31/2019
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
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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. 

    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
    • 0
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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, 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.

    • 09/03/2019
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 4
    Register
    All Ages, under 15 with adult

    Help the naturalist measure milkweed and count monarch caterpillars in the meadow.  This volunteer opportunity is one of many that will be offered through October to improve conservation efforts for monarch butterflies.

    Visit www.calvertparks.org/monarchwatch for a complete listing of dates and times. Sign up for one or several of the dates.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Friday, August 30.

    Program Fee: Free for volunteers

    What 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.

    • 09/04/2019
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 4
    Register

    For Ages 18 month to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Come hear a story, make a craft, and meet one of our owls up close! 

    Location:  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Kim Curren

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

    Reservations are required by Monday, September 2, 2019 

     

    • 09/04/2019
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 13
    Register

    For Ages 18 month to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Come hear a story, make a craft, and meet one of our owls up close! 

    Location:  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Kim Curren

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

    Reservations are required by Monday, September 2, 2019 

     

    • 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.

    • 09/06/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    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
    • 0
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    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).

    • 09/07/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    Open to individuals and families.

    Did you know the Paw Paw tree's extended family lives in the tropics? Come learn all about these special trees--and even get to taste the fruit!

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required, deadline: Tuesday, September 3

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

     

    • 09/10/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    Register
    All Ages, under 15 with adult

    Help the naturalist measure milkweed and count monarch caterpillars in the meadow.  This volunteer opportunity is one of many that will be offered through October to improve conservation efforts for monarch butterflies.

    Visit www.calvertparks.org/monarchwatch for a complete listing of dates and times. Sign up for one or several of the dates.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Friday, September 6.

    Program Fee: Free for volunteers

    What 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.

    • 09/12/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 12
    Register

    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. Registration opens September 6, 2019.

    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.


    • 09/14/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
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    For children ages 12-16

    Come find out what it takes to work with the captive animal collection here at Battle Creek Nature Center.  Help take care of the daily maintenance of these animals and spend some time working hands-on with them.     

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp   

    Space is limited to 5

    Fee is per child.

    Free for Society members
    $8 for nonmembers

    Please register by September 11

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

     

    • 09/14/2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 6
    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

     

    • 09/14/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 12
    Register