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Upcoming events

    • 03/31/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 0

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    For children ages 6-9 years old, adults are not required 

    Spring is springing all around us!  In this day off from school, we will get OUT and explore the woods, meadows, and waterways of this great new park.  Depending on the weather we may – dip net in the pond for frogs and tadpoles, build forts in the woods, search the meadows for spring wild flowers just coming up. 

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Space is limited to 10 campers.

    Register before March 29

    Fee is per child.
    $20 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers

    • 04/01/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 7

    Ages 15 - adult; under 18 with an adult

    Are you interested in helping to monitor the American Kestrel nest boxes? This training will teach you how to properly monitor these nests as well as American Kestrel natural history. We will meet at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp and travel to an off-site nest location.

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    This program is FREE


    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 29

     

    • 04/03/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1

    Looking for enrichment activities for your teen homeschooler?  This class is for you.  Teen homeschool days will give your teen a chance to get hands on experience with science and nature activities, provide an opportunity for service, and have fun in the company of other teens while doing it.  

     This month’s class will focus on local amphibians and why they are important.  We will devote our morning to a service project (rehabbing the park salamander traps and associated equipment) and then spend the afternoon knee-deep in the swamp searching for amphibians.

    Ages 12-16 years   

    Please register by March 29

    Location:  Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Fee is per child.

    Society Members pay $10. 

    Nonmembers pay $20.


     

      
      
      
      
      
     
    • 04/07/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    Ages 4-12, with adult  

    All living things go thru cycles – yearly and within their lives. In this spring’s homeschool series we will compare and contrast the life cycles of a variety of organisms with each month focusing on something different. April’s class will cover organisms that are active early in the spring season like amphibians, aquatic insects, and those plants that bloom early in the year.

    Please register by April 5 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    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

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; 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).

    • 04/07/2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2

    Ages 4-12, with adult  

    All living things go thru cycles – yearly and within their lives. In this spring’s homeschool series we will compare and contrast the life cycles of a variety of organisms with each month focusing on something different. April’s class will cover organisms that are active early in the spring season like amphibians, aquatic insects, and those plants that bloom early in the year.

    Please register by April 5 to attend   

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    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

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; 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).

    • 04/07/2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    Join other park volunteers for this nighttime adventure into the swamp at Flag Ponds.  We will wade into the swamp and with luck find spring peepers calling and spy on other swamp animals, like salamanders, in the water.  

    Adults only please        

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Please register by April 5 

    Advanced registration is required. Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    This program is free.

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale


     

    • 04/08/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    For Volunteers, Ages 10 and up, under 18 with adult

    After a short presentation about our Prothonotary Warbler Study, volunteers will borrow some waders and trek into the swamp to learn the nest box locations and prepare them for the season.  Interested volunteers can monitor them as little as once or as many as 12 times between April and July.

    Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 12, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Thursday, April 6. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 04/08/2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5

    Ages 10-adult, under 18 with adult 
    Volunteer Program

    After a short presentation about our Prothonotary Warbler Study, volunteers will trek around the park to learn the nest box locations and prepare them for the season. Interested volunteers can monitor them as little as once or as many as 12 times between April and July.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by Thursday, April 6. 

     

    • 04/10/2017
    • 06/12/2017
    • 3 sessions
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 10
    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.

    You may sign up for individual days or the series as a whole.  To sign up for individual days, please email or call Tania Gale galete@co.cal.md.us, 410-535-5327)

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by April 6


    • 04/13/2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 04/14/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4

    For children ages 12-16 years

    Spend part of spring break with friends searching the woods, ponds, and swamps for animals big and small. If you like to search for animals, and you don’t mind getting dirty in the process, come on down.  Bring lunch and a snack for Wednesday.  Dinner and breakfast provided.

    *We will be sleeping in the building*

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Please register by April 7

    Program Fee per person

    $25 for members
    $40 for nonmembers.


     

     

     

    • 04/14/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 8

     

    Ages 10-14, Adult participation not required

    Trying to earn service hours for school?  Come to Kings Landing Park to assist the rangers with some much needed projects!  We will be picking up litter, clearing trails, repairing damage, and many more worthwhile activities.  You will leave with a letter thanking you for 4 hours of service!  Bring working gloves, a bagged lunch and a refillable water bottle.   

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per person:
    Free

    • 04/17/2017
    • 04/18/2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    For Children in ages 6-9 years old

    Monday, April 17, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m and
    Tuesday, April 18, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Feel like you've been stuck inside all winter? This camp will be full of adventures -- we will wade into the swamp, use nets to look for amphibians, and, of course, play in the mud.

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Bring a snack, lunch, and dress for the weather each day!

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Registration deadline:April 10

    Fee: $40 for members; $60 for nonmembers.

    • 04/18/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 2

    Ages 10-14, Adult participation not required

    Come to Kings Landing Park to practice your archery skills!  Never shot a bow and arrow?  No problem, we'll have a short lesson for beginners before we start. Bring a refillable water bottle.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    • 04/19/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 3

    All Ages, under 18 with adult 
    Volunteer Program

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes, and learn how you can help with this project. 

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by Monday, April17. Register online, by emailby mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 04/21/2017
    • 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Hellen Creek Hemlock Preserve, Lusby
    • 9

    For adults, although teens 16 years and older may attend.

    Hellen Creek Preserve harbors part of an isolated stand of eastern hemlock, the southern-most in Maryland. We’ll keep our eye open for the spring wildflowers and songbirds, including some more characteristic of the Appalachian forest in western Maryland.  

    Be prepared for some difficult terrain, with some up and down and not all on trails; steep in places and wet in others.

    For more information on the Preserve: http://www.covepoint-trust.org/

    Suggestions: Wear long pants and sleeves, good hiking shoes/boots, some areas may be muddy. Bring water bottle, snacks and/or lunch. Optional: Field guides, 10x hand lens, binoculars.

    Leaders: Karyn Molines & Bob Boxwell

    Free. Registration is required: 


    • 04/22/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    • 1

    For All Ages

    Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

    As winter ends and spring arrives nature begins to change with the season. We are going to explore the trails hunting for these beautiful but brief signs of spring. 

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

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Reservations are required.  

    Registration Deadline: Saturday, April 22, 2017

     

    • 04/22/2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick, MD
    • 6

    For Ages: 3-5 years old, with adult 

    Celebrate Earth Day by making cool crafts from recycled objects. All materials will be provided.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

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

    Registration Deadline: April 19

    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327.

    • 04/25/2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 3
    Ages 10-adult, under 18 with adult

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes.  Have fun trekking through seldom-seen parts of the swamp, and perhaps catch a glimpse of some fuzzy little nestlings. 

     If you were unable to attend earlier info sessions, this is a great opportunity to learn how you can help with this study.   If you are unable to attend but would still like to help, please contact Shannon Steele at steelesj@co.cal.md.us.

    Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 12, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone. 

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Friday, April 21. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 04/26/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 4
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Kings Landing Park

     What kinds of animals build nests?  Birds do, of course, but what other animals protect their babies?  We’ll discover nests big and small, try building our own, then go for an outdoor nest search!

      

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

    Advanced Reservations are required by April 24

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    • 04/26/2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 4
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    What kinds of animals build nests? Birds do, of course, but what other animals protect their babies? We’ll discover nests big and small, try building our own, then go for an outdoor nest search!

    Program Fee:

    Free for members

    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required by April 24

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale



    • 04/28/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 19

    For adults, although teens 16 years and older may attend.

    Interested in knowing the names of the wonderful wildflowers you encounter in forest and field? Then take this class where you’ll learn to “key-out” local plants using the popular Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. Other field guides can be used, but the instruction will focus on the terminology and methodology of Newcomb's. 

    Please bring a hand lens, lunch, and water. Please consider buying Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide before the program and reading the beginning sections. A limited number are for sale at the Battle Creek Cypress Swamp.

    A few copies of the guide and extra lenses will be available to borrow

    Co-sponsored by the Maryland Native Plant Society 

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee is per person.
    Free for Calvert Nature Society and Maryland Native Plant Society members
    $8 for nonmembers


    • 05/01/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1

    Ages 12-16 years   

    A safe place to play outdoors is important for people of all ages.  This month teens will help create elements for our Nature Play Space.  We will do things create a digging pit, build a fort, or gather loose parts which may be used by park visitors big and small.

    You can earn service learning hours for helping with this project.

    Location:  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Free program

      
      
      
      
      
     
    • 05/03/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0

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    Ages: 3-5 years old, with adult     

    Learn about our local frogs through hands-on activities. Then join us for a hike to visit the frogs where they live.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Registration due: May 1

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


    • 05/03/2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1
    Ages: 3-5 years old, with adult     

    Learn about our local frogs through hands-on activities. Then join us for a hike to visit the frogs where they live.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Registration due: May 1

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

     

    • 05/05/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Ages 4-12, with adult  

    All living things go thru cycles – yearly and within their lives. In this spring’s homeschool series we will compare and contrast the life cycles of a variety of organisms with each month focusing on something different. May’s class will cover organisms like birds who may be migrating back from the south, land insects, and plants now active with the longer days and warmer temperatures.  

    Please register by May 3 to attend   

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    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

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; 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).

    • 05/05/2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4

    Ages 4-12, with adult  

    All living things go thru cycles – yearly and within their lives. In this spring’s homeschool series we will compare and contrast the life cycles of a variety of organisms with each month focusing on something different. May’s class will cover organisms like birds who may be migrating back from the south, land insects, and plants now active with the longer days and warmer temperatures.  

    Please register by May 3 to attend   

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    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

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; 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).

    • 05/06/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 10

    For All Ages

    Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

    ¡Bienvenidos! Vamos a ir de excursión y descubrir la belleza de la naturaleza. Este programa está centrado principalmente en los principiantes nuevos al idioma español. La tema es colores en la naturaleza.

            

    Welcome! Together we will go on a hike and discover the beauty of nature in a new language. This program will be in English and Spanish and is focused primarily on beginners new to the Spanish language. The theme is colors in nature. 

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

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required.  

    Registration Deadline: Thursday, May 4, 2017

     

    • 05/07/2017
    • 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    For Volunteers 

    The Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm Day is an opportunity to show visitors the interesting historic features and natural wonders of the park.

    We need volunteers for:

    • Prep work the week before (making signs, preparing activities, checking trails)
    • Set up & clean up on May 7
    • Parking 
    • Information booth
    • Family activities (assisting the naturalists)
    • Nature hikes (assisting the naturalists)
    Scouts and other community groups are welcome to volunteer. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Registration is recommended.


    • 05/07/2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    For Everyone!

    Join our naturalists as we explore one of the newer properties in the Nature Park system. The afternoon will feature history walks, nature talks and more. The Calvert County Canine Search and Rescue will hold a demonstration; they have been using Biscoe Gray over the past year to train their dogs. An equestrian club will offer beginner’s trail rides. The Garden Club will be selling herbs and native plants.

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    FREE. Registration is not required.


    • 05/12/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hellen Creek Hemlock Preserve, Lusby
    • 4

    For adults, although teens 16 years and older may attend.

    Hellen Creek Preserve harbors part of an isolated stand of eastern hemlock, the southern-most in Maryland. We’ll keep our eye open for the spring wildflowers and songbirds, including some more characteristic of the Appalachian forest in western Maryland.  

    Be prepared for some difficult terrain, with some up and down and not all on trails; steep in places and wet in others.

    For more information on the Preserve: http://www.covepoint-trust.org/

    Suggestions: Wear long pants and sleeves, good hiking shoes/boots, some areas may be muddy. Bring water bottle, snacks and/or lunch. Optional: Field guides, 10x hand lens, binoculars.

    Leaders: Karyn Molines & Bob Boxwell

    Free. Registration is required: 


    • 05/12/2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 0

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    For All ages

    Adult participation is required

    Have a relaxing evening with your family at Flag Ponds Park after hours. Go seining with a naturalist, look for shark's teeth, or simply relax and enjoy the view as the sky changes colors over the bay. Bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic supper, if you'd like. We will provide the s'mores.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

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

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, May 17. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 05/12/2017
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 9
    Ages 16 to adult

    Under 18 years old, must be accompanied by and adult.

    Experience a ghost hunt while listening to tales of the haunted and supernatural history of Kings Landing and Calvert County.  We'll use professional ghost hunting equipment on a late night tour through the woods in search of the unseen. Be prepared for a night hike: boots, flashlights, jacket

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    • 05/13/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 2


    For 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.

    Explore the fascinating natural world of Kings Landing Park by kayak.

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

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register online or by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) No phone reservations accepted.

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 10

    Fee is per person.
    $15 for BCNES 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.

    NO DOUBLE KAYAKS LEFT

    Download the Registration Form (pdf)

    • 05/13/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    Ages 6-9 with an adult

    Your children will have fun helping the naturalist take care of the nature center's live animals.  We will feed them and even take the turtles outside for some real sunshine.  Wear clothes that can get dirty.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, May 11. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free.

    • 05/13/2017
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 2
    Ages 16 to adult

    Under 18 years old, must be accompanied by and adult.

    Experience a ghost hunt while listening to tales of the haunted and supernatural history of Kings Landing and Calvert County.  We'll use professional ghost hunting equipment on a late night tour through the woods in search of the unseen. Be prepared for a night hike: boots, flashlights, jacket

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    • 05/14/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 8

    For families with children of all ages. 

    Bring Mom for a spring visit to Kings Landing Park. We will enjoy the flowers and look for animal families on a hike. Stick around to make Mom a hand-crafted gift, materials will be provided.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Naturalists in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required by: Wednesday, May 10

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

     

    • 05/19/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    18 months - 5 years, adult participation required

    Help the naturalist plant seeds and seedlings to attract caterpillars and butterflies to the gardens around the nature center.  Bring gloves and kid-friendly digging tools, if you'd like. 

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, May 17. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free.

    • 05/19/2017
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 12
    Ages 16 to adult

    Under 18 years old, must be accompanied by and adult.

    Experience a ghost hunt while listening to tales of the haunted and supernatural history of Kings Landing and Calvert County.  We'll use professional ghost hunting equipment on a late night tour through the woods in search of the unseen. Be prepared for a night hike: boots, flashlights, jacket

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    • 05/19/2017
    • 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For All ages

    Adult participation is required

    Want to see some horseshoe crabs spawning on the beach by starlight? Join us for this unique chance to see Flag Ponds at night! With luck we will see horseshoe crabs spawning at the water’s edge or maybe bioluminescent comb jellies in the water!
    Bring a flashlight, insect repellent, and wear shoes that can get wet. You may want to have a change of clothes for the way home.


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

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required by May 17

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale
     

    • 05/20/2017
    • 06/03/2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 1

    Adults only.

    Are you interested in helping out with our kayak trips? This two day training course will cover getting boats to the water, paddle strokes, rescues and routes for our trips. Volunteers need to be able to attend both training days. While this program is free we expect volunteers to help with two trips during the following season.

    Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and participate in both days of the training.

    Naturalists in charge: Tania Gale

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by Thursday May 17

     

    • 05/20/2017
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 11
    Ages 16 to adult

    Under 18 years old, must be accompanied by and adult.

    Experience a ghost hunt while listening to tales of the haunted and supernatural history of Kings Landing and Calvert County.  We'll use professional ghost hunting equipment on a late night tour through the woods in search of the unseen. Be prepared for a night hike: boots, flashlights, jacket

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    • 05/23/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 3

    All Ages, under 18 with adult 
    Volunteer Program

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes, and learn how you can help with this project. 

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required by Friday, May 19. Register online, by emailby mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 05/31/2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    Ages 10-adult, under 18 with adult

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes.  Have fun trekking through seldom-seen parts of the swamp, and perhaps catch a glimpse of some fuzzy little nestlings. 

     Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 12, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone. 

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Friday, May 26. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 06/02/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Ages 4-12, with adult  

    All living things go thru cycles – yearly and within their lives. In this spring’s homeschool series we will compare and contrast the life cycles of a variety of organisms with each month focusing on something different. For June’s class we will explore the life cycles of some of the organisms in and near the Chesapeake Bay.  

    Please register by May 31 to attend   

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    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

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; 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).

    • 06/02/2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4

    Ages 4-12, with adult  

    All living things go thru cycles – yearly and within their lives. In this spring’s homeschool series we will compare and contrast the life cycles of a variety of organisms with each month focusing on something different. For June’s class we will explore the life cycles of some of the organisms in and near the Chesapeake Bay.  

    Please register by May 31 to attend   

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    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

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; 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).

    • 06/03/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk MD
    • 7

    Ages: 3-5 years old, with adult

    Learn all about these amazing insect predators. We will start with hands-on activities, then join us for a hike to visit the dragonflies where they live.   Bring an insect net if you have one. Nets will be available to borrow.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327. 

    Registration Deadline: May 31

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

    • 06/03/2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk MD
    • 3

    Ages: 3-5 years old, with adult

    Learn all about these amazing insect predators. We will start with hands-on activities, then join us for a hike to visit the dragonflies where they live.   Bring an insect net if you have one. Nets will be available to borrow.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327. 

    Registration Deadline: May 31

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

    • 06/05/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 3

    Looking for enrichment activities for your teen homeschooler?  This class is for you.  Teen homeschool days will give your teen a chance to get hands on experience with science and nature activities, provide an opportunity for service, and have fun in the company of other teens while doing it.  

    This month teens will help get the kayaks ready for the summer season and then learn about  basic kayaking skills and the ecology of the Patuxent River.

    Ages 12-16 years   

    Please register by May 31

    Location: Kings Landing Park     

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


     

      
      
      
      
      
     
    • 06/06/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Water water all around on land and in the bay. Let’s look at it a bit closer and see the many things that make water interesting and unique. 

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

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

    Reservations are required by Sunday, June 4

     

    • 06/06/2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 11

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Water water all around on land and in the bay. Let’s look at it a bit closer and see the many things that make water interesting and unique. 

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

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

    Reservations are required by Sunday, June 4

     

    • 06/08/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 3

    All Ages, under 18 with adult 
    Volunteer Program

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes, and learn how you can help with this project. 

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, June 6. Register online, by emailby mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 06/09/2017
    • 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 8

    **Kayaking experience required. So be sure to attend some of our earlier paddles this spring!**

    For 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.

    Come experience a kayak trip like no other as we paddle under the full moon and learn about animals of the night.  Participants may bring their own kayaks and paddle at a discounted rate.

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

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register online or by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) No phone reservations accepted.

    Registration Deadline is Tuesday June 6th

    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.

    • 06/14/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    Ages 10-adult, under 18 with adult

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes.  Have fun trekking through seldom-seen parts of the swamp, and perhaps catch a glimpse of some fuzzy little nestlings.

    Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 12, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Free for volunteers


    • 06/16/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 6

    For Ages: 6-9 years, Adult participation required.

    Begin your summer vacation at Flag Ponds Park where your children will have fun helping the naturalist catch fish, shrimp, crabs and other animals using a seine net.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, June 14. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327.

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


    • 06/24/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    10 years - adults, under 18 with an adult

    We are always looking for an extra hand to take care of the nature center's live animals.  Accompany staff on their morning rounds to learn how you can assist with this much-needed service.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, June 22. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 06/26/2017
    • 06/29/2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 5

    For children entering Grades 1-2

    Monday, June 26 - Tuesday, June 27, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, June 28- Thursday, June 29, 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

    Send your children outside to explore nature with us. They will have a blast playing games, catching animals, and having close encounters with the nature center's live animals.  Each day will feature a different group of animals: reptiles & amphibians on Monday, bugs on Tuesday, birds on Wednesday, and fish on Thursday.  Camp times differ to allow for time to transport older children to and from our other camp this week.

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

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Location
    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Mon)

    Kings Landing Park  (Tues)

    Flag Ponds Nature Park (Wed & Thurs)

    • 06/26/2017
    • 06/30/2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10

    For children entering grades 3-5 in Fall 2017

    Monday-Wednesday, June 26 - 28, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, June 29, 6:00 p.m. overnight through
    Friday, June 30, 9:00 a.m.

    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 camp we will dig into underground ecosystems - exploring different habitats to discover who and what is underfoot. We will investigate different kinds of soil we have in the park and, of course, play in the mud! We will end the week with an overnight adventure.  

    Tents and breakfast for the overnight provided. Thursday will be a family potluck cookout followed by the overnight for campers.

    There will be no camp before 6 p.m. on Thursday or after 9 a.m. on Friday.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park
    Register by June 1

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $175
    Nonmembers: $205

     

    Tents and breakfast for the overnight provided. Thursday will be a family potluck cookout followed by the overnight for campers.

    There will be no camp before 6 p.m. on Thursday or after 9 a.m. on Friday.

    • 07/03/2017
    • 07/07/2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 6

    For children entering Grades 4-6

    Monday, July 3, Wednesday, July 5 - Friday, July 7, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Photo Presentation for Families: Friday, July 7, 3:00 p.m.

    No camp on July 4.

    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

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park (Mon & Fri)
    Kings Landing Park  (Wed)
    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Thurs)

    Fee per camper: Society members: $120
    Nonmembers: $150

    • 07/05/2017
    • 07/07/2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 6

    For children going into grades 9-12

    • Wednesday, July 5 (8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
    • Thursday, July 6, 8:30 a.m. overnight through Friday, July 7, 12:00 p.m. 
    • no camp after 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 7

    This short and intense mini-camp will bring teens up-close and personal with the Patuxent River.  The first day will be spent learning paddling fundamentals: safety, strokes, and rescues. Then we’ll test our skills and learn about the natural history of the river with a paddle adventure and an overnight camp-out on the river.

    Dinner Thursday, breakfast Friday, all kayak equipment, and tents are provided.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale 

    Fee per camper:

    Society members: $175
    Nonmembers: $205

    Tentative Locations

    Wednesday – Kings Landing Park
    Thursday - meets at Kings Landing Park for transport to Lower Marlboro lunch site
    Friday – pick up at Kings Landing Park


    Schedule may be changed due to the weather/paddling conditions

     

     

    • 07/10/2017
    • 07/14/2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    Children entering grades 6-8

    Monday-Wednesday, July 10-12, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 13, 7:30 a.m. overnight trip to Western MD
    Friday, July 14, 6:00 p.m.


    This week we will explore all things aquatic while learning the basics of getting around on the water using a variety of watercraft like canoes, kayaks, and river rafts. We’ll explore different aquatic habitats as we retrace the path that water takes from the mountains to the Bay – in reverse. The last 2 days will be an overnight adventure to western Maryland - including tubing on Antietam Creek and rafting on the Shenandoah River. Come prepared to get WET and have fun!

     

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


    Fee per camper:  Society members: $275

    Nonmembers: $305

    Registration fee includes camping, tubing and rafting fees, Thursday snacks, dinner and campfire, and Friday breakfast, lunch and snacks.

    Locations
    Monday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday – Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Wednesday – Kings Landing Park

    Thursday meets at Kings Landing Park for overnight trip

    Friday pick up at Kings Landing park


    Waivers will be posted in early June

    Please fill out waivers and return both before the first day of camp. A separate form is needed for each camper for each day.

        

     

       

     

    • 07/11/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/14/2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 6

    For children entering Grades 1-2

    Tuesday, July 11 - Friday, July 14, 9:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

    Has your child ever wondered what life is like for our animal friends? Help them explore the amazing lives that our local amphibians and reptiles have. Each day we will discover different adaptations through hands-on activities and up close animal encounters.  

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Location:
    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Tues & Wed)

    TBD  (Thu)

    Flag Ponds Nature Park (Fri)

    Fee per camper: Society members: $100
    Nonmembers: $130

    • 07/17/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/21/2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 8

    Entering Grades 7-9

    Monday, July 17 – Wednesday, July 19, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 20, 9:00 a.m. overnight through Friday, July 21, 10:00 a.m.

    Note: There is no camp after 10:00 a.m. Friday

    Come see the parks like never before as we explore the far reaches of our parks. Be prepared to travel by land and water as we set off on our adventures. We will end our week with mountain biking and a camp out at Tuckahoe State Park. Food for the overnight, camping and rental fees are included.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location:
    Monday: Ward Farm Nature Park
    Tuesday: Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Wednesday: Kings Landing Park

    Thursday-Friday: Kings Landing Park and traveling to Tuckahoe State Park

    Fee per camper: Society members: $175
    Nonmembers: $205

    • 07/17/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/21/2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 13
    For children entering grades 2nd–4th in Fall 2017

    Monday, July 17- Friday, July 22, 2017

    9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Explore the history of the people who lived before us. We will have fun exploring Native American arts and games. Each day we’ll learn something new and explore a different park. Wear clothes that can get dirty.

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda Duprey-Hicks


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


    Monday: Flag Ponds Park

    Tuesday: Jefferson Patterson Park

    Wednesday: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Thursday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Friday:  Kings Landing Park


    • 07/24/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/28/2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1
    For children entering grades 2-4

    Monday-Friday, July 24-28, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Each day will bring a new adventure, exploring the park to learn about the natural world. We’ll also do crafts, play games, and cook over a fire. The week ends with a fun-filled team competition to test the skills they've learned in camp.

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee per camper:  

    Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180


    • 07/24/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/28/2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 8

    Entering Grades 5-6

    Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Everybody loves to eat but where does our food come from? We will explore local farms in our area while making fun food creations. We will also look towards the local waterways and land for wild edibles to include in our cuisine.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location:
    Monday-Wednesday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Thursday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Friday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp


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


    • 07/31/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/03/2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 2

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

    Monday, July 31 – Thursday, Aug 3, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    We will set out on mini adventures throughout the park to explore our natural world. From the creek 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: Gene Groshon

    Location:  

    Mon & Tues: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Wed & Thu: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Registration Deadline: Monday July 10

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

    • 07/31/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/04/2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 11

    For children entering grades 3rd –5th in Fall 2017

    Monday, July 31-Friday, August 4
    9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    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

    Location

    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

    • 07/31/2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • 08/03/2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 4

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

    Monday, July 31 – Thursday, Aug 3, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

    We will set out on mini adventures throughout the park to explore our natural world. From the creek 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: Gene Groshon

    Location: 

    Mon & Tues: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Wed & Thu: Flag Ponds Nature

    Registration Deadline: Monday July 10

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

Past events

03/21/2017 Prothonotary Warbler Information Session
03/20/2017 Aquatic Mammals Session B
03/20/2017 Aquatic Mammals Session A
03/18/2017 Welcome Back Ospreys!
03/16/2017 Coming Home - Animals that Migrate - Session B
03/16/2017 Coming Home - Animals that Migrate - Session A
03/10/2017 Bugs Make the World Go 'Round
03/08/2017 Little Birdie - Session B
03/08/2017 Little Birdie - Session A
03/06/2017 Teen Homeschool Day - Spring Herp Search
03/04/2017 Spring Salamander Study Training
03/03/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, The Super Swamp - PM session
03/03/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, The Super Swamp - AM session
02/26/2017 Winter Waterbirds - February
02/25/2017 Canceled- Nature Preschool Workshop for Adults
02/23/2017 Spring Salamander Study Training
02/22/2017 Backbone Bash (Session B)
02/22/2017 Backbone Bash (Session A)
02/18/2017 Family Birding Hike
02/17/2017 Winter Greens
02/17/2017 Volunteer Program: Great Backyard Bird Count
02/13/2017 Volunteer Program: Blackwater Wildlife Refuge
02/11/2017 Nature Trivia
02/10/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, The Beautiful Beach - PM session
02/10/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, The Beautiful Beach - AM session
02/09/2017 Winter Nature Mobile: Session B
02/09/2017 Winter Nature Mobile: Session A
02/07/2017 Teen Homeschool Day - Hike to the Big Cypress
02/03/2017 Frozen Fun - Session B
02/03/2017 Frozen Fun - Session A
01/30/2017 Who Lives in a Tree (Session B)- Cancelled
01/30/2017 Who Lives in a Tree (Session A)- Cancelled
01/28/2017 Winter Waterbirds - January
01/27/2017 Hike to the Big Cypress for Volunteers
01/21/2017 The Eagle's Nest
01/18/2017 Winter Storytime Session B
01/18/2017 Winter Storytime Session A
01/14/2017 Nature Nuts Winter Overnight
01/14/2017 Creating the Money Crop Trail
01/12/2017 Wintertime Hike - Session B
01/12/2017 Teen Homeschool Day - Animal Care
01/12/2017 Wintertime Hike - Session A
01/06/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, the Friendly Forest - PM session
01/06/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, the Friendly Forest - AM session
12/17/2016 **canceled** Great Falls Hiking Trip
12/10/2016 Teen Owl Pellet Dissection
12/07/2016 The Christmas Possum - Session B Rescheduled to 12/7
12/07/2016 The Christmas Possum - Session A Rescheduled to 12/7
12/03/2016 Bountiful Harvest - Family Campfire Cooking
12/03/2016 Beach Birds
12/02/2016 Homeschool Friday - Keeping Warm - PM session
12/02/2016 Homeschool Friday - Keeping Warm - AM session
11/17/2016 Your Land, Your Legacy - Landowner Meeting
11/15/2016 Life of a Dead Tree: Session B
11/15/2016 Life of a Dead Tree: Session A
11/12/2016 Beginners Bilingual Family Hike
11/09/2016 Deer Safari - Session B
11/09/2016 Deer Safari - Session A
11/07/2016 Teen Homschool - Raptors Behind the Scenes
11/05/2016 Calvert Stewards Nature Center Work Day
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
11/03/2016 Tales of Tails- Session B
11/03/2016 Tales of Tails- Session A
10/31/2016 Owlween - Session B
10/31/2016 Owlween - Session A
10/30/2016 Owl Pellet Skull Picking Party
10/28/2016 Calvert Stewards Children's Program: Seed Bombs
10/23/2016 Kings Landing Ghost Tour Session B
10/22/2016 Kings Landing Ghost Tour
10/21/2016 **canceled** Fall Campfire
10/21/2016 Orienteering
10/18/2016 Silly Squirrels Session B
10/18/2016 Silly Squirrels Session A
10/18/2016 Calvert Stewards: Native Seed Planting
10/15/2016 Pirates of the Chesapeake
10/13/2016 Leaf Crafts: Session B
10/13/2016 Leaf Crafts: Session A
10/07/2016 Homeschool Friday - Finding Your Way - PM session
10/07/2016 Homeschool Friday - Finding Your Way- AM session
10/06/2016 Life on the Edge Teen Overnight
10/06/2016 Volunteer Program: Monarch Tagging
10/03/2016 How Do I Get There from Here?
10/03/2016 Saw-whet Owl Banding Project set up
10/01/2016 Monarch Day
09/30/2016 School's Out Adventure
09/28/2016 The Great Fall Find! - Session B
09/28/2016 The Great Fall Find! - Session A
09/24/2016 Meadow Bugs
09/24/2016 Volunteer Program: National Public Lands Day
09/23/2016 Members-Only Campfire on the Beach
09/20/2016 Wild Cats Session B
09/20/2016 Wild Cats Session A
09/17/2016 Evening Kayak Tour
09/16/2016 Crazy for Caterpillars: Session B
09/16/2016 Crazy for Caterpillars: Session A
09/12/2016 Nature Playspace Project Day
09/10/2016 **Canceled** Nature Trivia
09/07/2016 Salamander Study Training
09/02/2016 Homeschool Friday - Eating Wild - PM session
09/02/2016 Homeschool Friday - Eating Wild - AM session
08/28/2016 Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation
08/27/2016 The Lost Ladybug Project
08/26/2016 Goldenrod Jungle: Session B
08/26/2016 Goldenrod Jungle: Session A
08/20/2016 After Dark in the Park
08/20/2016 J is for Jellyfish
08/17/2016 Spiders! Session B
08/17/2016 Spiders! Session A
08/09/2016 Archery
08/06/2016 Summer Marsh Kayak Trip
08/05/2016 All About Animals Campfire
08/01/2016 Summer Camp: Bio Blitz Camp
08/01/2016 Summer Camp: Into the Wild
07/26/2016 T is for Turtle Session B
07/26/2016 T is for Turtle Session A
07/25/2016 Summer Camp: Nature Photography Camp
07/25/2016 Summer Camp: Patuxent Paddlers
07/23/2016 Meadow, Forest, and Creek Hike
07/18/2016 Summer Camp: Sons of the Forest
07/18/2016 Summer Camp: Nature Girls
07/16/2016 Bald Eagle Kayak Trip
07/11/2016 Teddy Bear Picnic Session B
07/11/2016 Teddy Bear Picnic Session A
07/11/2016 Summer Camp: Mountains to the Bay
07/09/2016 Evening Kayak Trip
07/07/2016 Meadow Maze Volunteer Project
07/05/2016 Archery
07/05/2016 Summer Camp: Creature Feature
07/05/2016 Summer Camp: Adventure Camp
07/01/2016 Ospreys of the Patuxent (Teen Trip)
07/01/2016 Ospreys of the Patuxent (Adult Trip)
06/27/2016 Summer Camp: Early Explorers PM
06/27/2016 Summer Camp: Water World
06/27/2016 Summer Camp: Early Explorers AM
06/23/2016 Tree Detective
06/22/2016 MAPS Bird Banding 9-11:30am
06/22/2016 MAPS Bird Banding 6:20-9am
06/16/2016 Wonderful Word of Trees - Session B
06/16/2016 Wonderful Word of Trees - Session A
06/14/2016 Prothonotary Warbler Nest Box Monitoring
06/11/2016 War of 1812 Kayak Trip
06/09/2016 Teen Homeschool Day - Kayak Skills and River Life
06/08/2016 Prothonotary Warbler Nest Box Monitoring
06/07/2016 Fish, Fins and Fun- Session B
06/07/2016 Fish, Fins and Fun- Session A
06/04/2016 Eat the Weeds
06/03/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
06/03/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
06/01/2016 Leaves Everywhere - Session B
06/01/2016 Leaves Everywhere - Session A
05/28/2016 Horseshoe Crab Survey
05/25/2016 Volunteer Enrichment - Bay Animals ID
05/22/2016 Barn Owl Nest Box Monitor Training
05/20/2016 Prothonotary Warbler Nest Box Monitoring
05/20/2016 Hellen Creek Hemlock Preserve
05/19/2016 Barn Owl Nest Box Monitor Training
05/16/2016 Counting Crabs
05/14/2016 canceled-Boardwalk Repair at Flag Ponds
05/14/2016 Canceled-Celebrate Migratory Bird Day
05/13/2016 NOT CANCELED-Campfire: Twilight on the Beach
05/13/2016 NOT CANCELED-Prothonotary Warbler Nest Box Monitoring
05/13/2016 Canceled--Boardwalk Repair at Flag Ponds
05/11/2016 Walk Like the Animals- Session B
05/11/2016 Walk Like the Animals- Session A
05/08/2016 Mother's Day Kayak Trip
05/07/2016 Volunteer Program: Kayak Training
05/06/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
05/06/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
05/01/2016 Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm Day
04/27/2016 Prothonotary Warbler Nest Box Monitoring
04/26/2016 At Home in the Woods
04/23/2016 Salamanders and Singing Frogs
04/23/2016 Flowers and Phenology
04/21/2016 Prothonotary Warbler Nest Box Monitoring
04/19/2016 Ribbit Roundup - Session B
04/19/2016 Ribbit Roundup - Session A
04/19/2016 Teen Homeschool Day - Salamanders in the Swamp
04/16/2016 Prothonotary Warbler Volunteer Information Session
04/16/2016 Hiding in Plain Sight
04/15/2016 Woodland Tea Party- Session B
04/15/2016 Woodland Tea Party- Session A
04/08/2016 Wildflower ID for Beginners
04/02/2016 Volunteer Enrichment - Spring Swamp Wade-in
04/01/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
04/01/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
03/30/2016 Roly Poly Animals- Session B
03/30/2016 Roly Poly Animals- Session A
03/29/2016 Prothonotary Warbler Information Session
03/28/2016 Junior Entomologist
03/23/2016 Stalking the Wild Timberdoodle
03/23/2016 Spring Bio Blitz - Teen Overnight
03/21/2016 Mud Monsters
03/19/2016 Barking at the Moon: Coyotes in Calvert
03/19/2016 Wacky Woodpeckers
03/16/2016 Spring Search - Session B
03/16/2016 Spring Search - Session A
03/14/2016 Volunteer Program: Terrapin Training
03/11/2016 Salamander Study Work Day
03/08/2016 Nature Art - Session B
03/08/2016 Nature Art - Session A
03/05/2016 Hike to the Big Cypress
03/05/2016 Insect Hotels
03/04/2016 Bees Are Not Optional
03/04/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
03/04/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
02/29/2016 Leap Day! - Session B
02/29/2016 Leap Day! - Session A
02/27/2016 Nature Trivia
02/20/2016 Harpers Ferry Hiking Trip
02/18/2016 Furry Friends - Session B
02/18/2016 Furry Friends - Session A
02/15/2016 Winter Fun!
02/14/2016 Great Backyard Bird Count for Kids
02/14/2016 Volunteer Program: Great Backyard Bird Count
02/12/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
02/12/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
02/12/2016 Volunteer Program: Great Backyard Bird Count
02/05/2016 Winter Greens
02/01/2016 "S" is for Snake- Session B
02/01/2016 "S" is for Snake- Session A
01/29/2016 The Quiet Woods
01/23/2016 Turtles
01/22/2016 Frosty Winter Night Hike
01/20/2016 Big Birds - Session B
01/20/2016 Big Birds - Session A
01/16/2016 Nature Nuts Winter Overnight
01/15/2016 Kestrel Nest Box Work Day
01/11/2016 Everywhere Evergreens - Session B
01/11/2016 Everywhere Evergreens - Session A
01/09/2016 Kestrel Nest Box Work Day
01/08/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
01/08/2016 Homeschool Fridays - AM
01/05/2016 National Bird Day - Session B
01/05/2016 National Bird Day - Session A
01/02/2016 Meteor Shower Campout
12/19/2015 Compass Skills: Candy Cane Hunt
12/17/2015 The Shortest Day - Session B
12/17/2015 The Shortest Day - Session A
12/13/2015 Winter Tree Identification
12/12/2015 Geminid Meteor Shower
12/12/2015 Tree Cookie Ornaments
12/08/2015 The Christmas Possum - Session B
12/08/2015 The Christmas Possum - Session A
12/05/2015 Raptors Behind the Scenes
12/04/2015 Session 2 - First Friday's Homeschool Day - Mammals
12/04/2015 First Friday's Homeschool Day - Mammals
12/02/2015 *Canceled* Sleepy Trees - Session B
12/02/2015 *Canceled* Sleepy Trees - Session A
11/23/2015 "T" is for Turkey - Session B
11/23/2015 "T" is for Turkey - Session A
11/21/2015 Nature Sleuths
11/18/2015 Gaggle of Geese - Session B
11/18/2015 Gaggle of Geese - Session A
11/15/2015 Fall Nature Hike
11/14/2015 Dog Hike
11/11/2015 Service Day at Kings Landing Park
11/08/2015 Calvert Stewards (All Ages) Holly Planting
11/07/2015 Nature Playspace Project Day
11/06/2015 First Friday's Homeschool Day - Birds
11/06/2015 Session 2 - First Friday's Homeschool Day - Birds
11/05/2015 The Great Fall Find! - Session B
11/05/2015 The Great Fall Find! - Session A
10/30/2015 "O" is for Owls- Session B
10/30/2015 "O" is for Owls- Session A
10/25/2015 Calvert Stewards: Flag Ponds Trail Crew Day
10/24/2015 Calvert Stewards: Flag Ponds Trail Crew Day
10/22/2015 Animal Moves - Session B
10/22/2015 Animal Moves - Session A
10/19/2015 Field Day
10/17/2015 Kayak Photography Trip
10/17/2015 Nature Playspace Building
10/16/2015 Life on the Edge Teen Overnight
10/10/2015 Fall Fish BioBlitz
10/06/2015 Down by the Bay Session B
10/06/2015 Down by the Bay - Session A
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
10/01/2015 Bluebird Monitoring Project
09/23/2015 Archery
09/23/2015 School's Out Adventure
09/21/2015 Volunteer Program: Monarch Tagging
09/21/2015 Monarch Migration - Session B
09/21/2015 Monarch Migration - Session A
09/19/2015 Monarch Tagging
09/19/2015 Capture That Critter
09/17/2015 Shells on the Shore - Session B
09/17/2015 Shells on the Shore - Session A
09/12/2015 Life Down Under Kayak Trip
09/12/2015 How Do I Get There from Here?
09/06/2015 Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation
09/05/2015 **Canceled** Night Time Stand Up Paddle
09/05/2015 Calvert County's Favorite Falcon
09/04/2015 Session 2 - First Friday's Homeschool Day - Insects
09/04/2015 First Friday's Homeschool Day - Insects
09/02/2015 Insects Abound! Session B
09/02/2015 Insects Abound! Session A
08/30/2015 *Canceled* Morning Hike
08/29/2015 Full Moon Kayak Trip
08/26/2015 Lizards
08/22/2015 Wildflower ID for Beginners
08/21/2015 Habitat & Plant Survey (16 years-Adult)
08/19/2015 Gone Fishing
08/15/2015 River of Life Kayak Trip
08/13/2015 Creek Exploration and Clean Up
08/12/2015 Capture That Critter
08/11/2015 Prothonotary Warbler Nest Box Monitoring
08/11/2015 Mudpies - Session B
08/11/2015 Mudpies - Session A
08/08/2015 Who Lives on an Oyster Reef?
08/06/2015 Colors In Nature - Session B
08/06/2015 Colors In Nature - Session A
08/05/2015 Archery
08/03/2015 Summer Camp: Nature Photography Camp
07/30/2015 Mudbugs- Session B
07/30/2015 Mudbugs- Session A
07/29/2015 Prothonotary Warbler Nest Box Monitoring
07/27/2015 Summer Camp: Wild Things
07/27/2015 Summer Camp: Early Explorers Session B
07/22/2015 Habitat & Plant Survey (16 years-Adult)
07/21/2015 Camping at Kings Landing Park
07/20/2015 Summer Camp: Sons of the Forest
07/20/2015 Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventure Camp for Girls
07/18/2015 Go Seining!
07/18/2015 Patuxent River Exploration by Kayak
07/14/2015 One Fish, Two Fish
07/13/2015 Summer Camp: Adventure Camp
07/13/2015 Summer Camp: Ornithology Camp
07/11/2015 The Great Frog Roundup!
07/11/2015 *Canceled* Cane Pole Fishing
07/07/2015 Butterflies! - Session B
07/07/2015 Butterflies! - Session A
07/06/2015 Summer Camp: Mountains to the Bay
07/06/2015 Summer Camp: Herpetology Camp
07/02/2015 Capture That Critter
07/02/2015 Habitat & Plant Survey (16 years-Adult)
06/30/2015 Toads are Terrific - Session B
06/30/2015 Toads are Terrific - Session A
06/29/2015 Kayak Trip to the Heron Rookery for VOLUNTEERS
06/29/2015 Summer Camp: Wet, Wild, and Wonderful
06/29/2015 Summer Camp: Early Explorers Session A
06/27/2015 The Lost Ladybug Project
06/27/2015 Kayak Trip to the Heron Rookery
06/24/2015 Junior Entomologist
06/16/2015 Creek Critters - Session B
06/16/2015 Creek Critters - Session A
06/15/2015 Prothonotary Warbler Nest Box Monitoring
06/13/2015 Pond Survey
06/13/2015 Marsh Plant Exploration Kayak Trip
06/13/2015 Birding Ward Farm Nature Park
06/11/2015 Nature Art - session 2
06/11/2015 Nature Art
06/06/2015 *CANCLED* Night Time Stand Up Paddle
06/04/2015 Habitat & Plant Survey (16 years-Adult)
06/03/2015 ARTcade 2015 Docent Training
05/29/2015 Horseshoe Crab Survey
05/29/2015 Eggs in the Sand
05/27/2015 Prothonotary Warbler Nest Box Monitoring
05/23/2015 Sunset Kayak Trip
05/23/2015 Falcon Monitoring Program
05/16/2015 Barn Owl Nest Box Monitor Training Day
05/14/2015 Barn Owl Nest Box Monitor Training Day
05/14/2015 Prothonotary Warbler Nest Box Monitoring
05/13/2015 Pond Party: Session A
05/13/2015 Pond Party: Session B
05/09/2015 Meadow Maze Volunteer Project
05/05/2015 Bug Hunt - Session B
05/05/2015 Bug Hunt: Session A
05/03/2015 Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm Day
04/28/2015 Animal Babies: Session B
04/28/2015 Animal Babies- Session A
04/25/2015 Earth Day
04/25/2015 Barn Swallows
04/25/2015 Birding Ward Farm Nature Park
04/23/2015 Spring Wildflowers
04/23/2015 Woodland Tea Party - Session B
04/23/2015 Woodland Tea Party - Session A
04/23/2015 Habitat & Plant Survey (16 years-Adult)
04/22/2015 Informational Meeting: Lower Marlboro Wharf
04/18/2015 Calvert Stewards Trail Crew
04/11/2015 Prothonotary Warbler Volunteer Information Session
04/11/2015 Nature Photography
04/11/2015 Artist's Access Days
04/06/2015 Critter Clues - Session B
04/06/2015 Critter Clues - Session A
04/04/2015 Full Moon Hike
04/02/2015 Campfire Safety
04/01/2015 Spring Bio Blitz - Teen Overnight
03/31/2015 Archery
03/30/2015 Prothonotary Warbler Volunteer Information Session
03/30/2015 Mud Monsters Spring Adventure
03/28/2015 The Great Marshmallow Mystery
03/28/2015 Spotted Safari
03/27/2015 Barn Owls in Calvert County
03/26/2015 Habitat & Plant Survey (16 years-Adult)
03/23/2015 Spring Chorus - Session B
03/23/2015 Spring Chorus - Session A
03/21/2015 Nature Photography
03/20/2015 Froggy Night Hike
03/15/2015 Artist's Access Days
03/14/2015 Birding Ward Farm Nature Park
03/12/2015 Seed Bombs!
03/11/2015 Stalking the Wild Timberdoodle
03/05/2015 RESCHEDULED to 3/11: Stalking the Wild Timberdoodle
03/04/2015 Salamander Study Orientation
03/03/2015 Time to Nest! Session B
03/03/2015 Time to Nest! Session A
02/28/2015