Volunteer Opportunities

Become a Calvert Steward!

The Calvert Stewards volunteer program provides an opportunity for public service in education, research, and stewardship which support the overall missions of the Calvert County Division of Natural Resources and the Calvert Nature Society. This benefits the participants, the parks and the community as Calvert Stewards use and develop their skills to form an environmentally aware community and become the environmental stewards of Calvert County.

We also encourage youth and families to volunteer for projects to create a pipeline of engaged citizens that will continue their involvement in the parks into adulthood.

To become a Calvert Steward please complete the Volunteer Form and return it to Battle Creek Cypress Swamp or email to  volunteer@calvertparks.org; we'll be in touch with you soon!

Read the Summer Volunteer Dress Code

Calvert Steward Work Days

Get down to earth! Help clear trails, remove invasive plants, plant trees, and assist with construction and maintenance projects. Keep an eye on our calendar and newsletter to register for upcoming work days!

Teaching Volunteer

If you love kids and exploring the outdoors, help us lead CHESPAX field trips and Nature Discovery programs. New volunteers will be trained by staff and experienced volunteers. Background check required to work with children. Click here to read full description.

Research Projects

We need your help with ongoing research projects around the county. From owl nest box building and monitoring, habitat surveys, feeder watches, and salamander trap checks, there's something for everyone. See our full list of research projects.

Animal Care/Nature Center Helper

Work with the weekend staff to care for live animals, greet and teach visitors, and help behind the desk. For information on Animal Care opportunities visit the Animal Care page.

Kayak and Canoe Trips

Love to paddle? Help our naturalists with their seasonal kayak trips along Calvert's beautiful waterways. Includes unloading and launching boats, outfitting participants, and helping to guide the trip. Training provided though paddling experience required. Weekends and evenings. Click here to read full description.

Outreach and Tabling Events

Promote our parks and programs at community events like Patuxent River Appreciation Days, the County Fair, Green Expo, and more.



Upcoming events

05/25/2019 3:00 PM • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
05/28/2019 2:00 PM • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
06/01/2019 9:30 AM • Flag Ponds Nature Park
06/03/2019 2:00 PM • Flag Ponds Nature Park
06/04/2019 2:00 PM • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

Appreciation Events

    • 06/10/2019
    • 6:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
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    Ages 13+, under 18 with adult

    This trip is open to Calvert Stewards who have volunteered during the past year. Thanks for everything you do! 

    Enjoy socializing with staff and volunteers on the 2-hour van ride to Tilghman Island, where we will take an exhilarating boat ride to Poplar Island. Enthusiastic staff from Maryland Environmental Service will take you on a bus tour of the newly-restored island where you will learn about its history and how it has become important habitat for terrapins, fish, and nesting birds. Wildlife will be abundant on the island, including colonies of nesting birds. You may want to bring your binoculars!

    Location: meet at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required. Please note that we reserve the right to cancel the reservation of people who are not current Calvert Stewards.

    Program Fee: Free for Calvert Stewards who volunteered in 2018-2019

    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.

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