Family Programs

Families can experience the fascinating natural world in our area. These programs incorporate activities to entertain learners of all ages.

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

Program Fees Unless noted programs are free for BCNES members; $8 per family for nonmember

Some programs charge slightly more due to materials and supplies.

Reservations are required in advance. 

Upcoming events

    • 08/21/2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park

    Free event for all ages

    Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Bring a lawn chair or blanket, along with a picnic and bask in this solar phenomenon. The partial eclipse begins at 1:15; maximum eclipse at 2:42 pm, when about 80% of the sun will be obscured by the moon. Finally the eclipse ends at 4:01. You can come for all or part of the event. 

    We'll safely observe the eclipse using pin-hole cameras--bring an empty cereal box (or similar size box) to make your own. A limited number of solar eclipse glasses will be available.

    We'll also conduct temperature measurements as part of NASA's GLOBE Observer program. (optional: download the app to your phone or tablet to add your own observations: https://observer.globe.gov/about/get-the-app for details).

    Location: Kings Landing Park. We'll be set up in the field in front of Wisner Hall and we'll have activities around the pavilion. 

    Registration is not necessary.

    • 09/01/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 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.

    Join waitlist

    Ages 4-12, with adult 

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification. Each month will focus on a different animal group. September’s class will be an investigation of insects. We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some examples.

    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

    Please register by August 29 to attend


    • 09/01/2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 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.

    Join waitlist

    Ages 4-12, with adult 

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification. Each month will focus on a different animal group. September’s class will be an investigation of insects. We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some examples.

    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

    Please register by August 29 to attend


    • 09/22/2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Calvert Nature Society Members, Volunteers and Their Families

    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.

    Only registered participants will be provided with information about entry into the park.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Current Members and Volunteers Only
    Free event. 

    We have the right to cancel registrations if it is determined that those registered are neither members nor volunteers.

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, September 20

    • 09/23/2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For All Ages

    Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

    We will see the park illuminated with the colors of sunset as we take an evening hike around Kings Landing Park. 

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

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required.  

    Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 21, 2017

     

    • 09/30/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 31

    All ages, adult participation required

    Learn how your family can help monarch butterflies. After a short presentation and hands-on activities, you will venture outside to plant seeds and practice netting techniques. Please pre-register for one of the three sessions offered throughout the day.  If you are interested in watching the 40-minute film Flight of the Monarchs,  it will be shown between Sessions 2 & 3. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Naturalists in charge: Lindsay Hollister and Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Thursday, September 28. 

    Program Fee (please pre-pay since staff will not have a way to make change on-site):  
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

    • 11/17/2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    All ages, with adult participation

    Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and flashlights

    Most everyone knows how to make s’mores over a fire, but campfire cooking can be so much more. Come discover some new campfire cooking methods and recipes. Dress for the weather - and bring your appetite.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Fee is per family. Free for members
    $8  for nonmembers

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale and Amanda Duprey

    Please register by: 11/15/17

    • 12/09/2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    For families, all ages welcome.

    Let's go for an evergreen scavenger hunt together! We will explore the different types of evergreens that live in our area, then make a holiday decoration together using some evergreens. All materials will be provided.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

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

    Advanced Reservations are required. Please register by December 6.  



Past events

06/08/2017 Calvert Stewards: Prothonotary Warbler Nest Box Monitoring
06/02/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Down by the Bay - PM session
06/02/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Down by the Bay - AM session
05/23/2017 Calvert Stewards: Prothonotary Warbler Nest Box Monitoring
05/19/2017 Horseshoe Crab Survey
05/14/2017 Mother's Day at the Park
05/12/2017 **Canceled **Campfire: Twilight on the Beach
05/07/2017 Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm Day
05/06/2017 Beginners Bilingual Family Hike- Spring CANCELLED
05/05/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - The Birds and the Bees - PM session
05/05/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - The Birds and the Bees - AM session
04/22/2017 Spring Ephemeral Hike- Cancelled
04/19/2017 Calvert Stewards: Prothonotary Warbler Nest Box Monitoring
04/07/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Early Risers - PM session
04/07/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Early Risers - AM session
03/18/2017 Welcome Back Ospreys!
03/03/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, The Super Swamp - PM session
03/03/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, The Super Swamp - AM session
02/18/2017 Family Birding Hike
02/17/2017 Volunteer Program: Great Backyard Bird Count
02/10/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, The Beautiful Beach - PM session
02/10/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, The Beautiful Beach - AM session
01/27/2017 Hike to the Big Cypress for Volunteers
01/14/2017 Creating the Money Crop Trail
01/06/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, the Friendly Forest - PM session
01/06/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, the Friendly Forest - AM session
12/03/2016 Bountiful Harvest - Family Campfire Cooking
11/12/2016 Beginners Bilingual Family Hike
11/05/2016 Calvert Stewards Nature Center Work Day
10/30/2016 Owl Pellet Skull Picking Party
10/21/2016 **canceled** Fall Campfire
10/18/2016 Calvert Stewards: Native Seed Planting
10/01/2016 Monarch Day
09/23/2016 Members-Only Campfire on the Beach
08/20/2016 After Dark in the Park
08/05/2016 All About Animals Campfire
07/23/2016 Meadow, Forest, and Creek Hike
07/07/2016 Meadow Maze Volunteer Project
06/04/2016 Eat the Weeds
05/28/2016 Horseshoe Crab Survey
05/13/2016 NOT CANCELED-Campfire: Twilight on the Beach
05/01/2016 Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm Day
04/23/2016 Salamanders and Singing Frogs
04/23/2016 Flowers and Phenology
03/19/2016 Barking at the Moon: Coyotes in Calvert
03/11/2016 Salamander Study Work Day
03/05/2016 Hike to the Big Cypress
03/05/2016 Insect Hotels
02/14/2016 Volunteer Program: Great Backyard Bird Count
02/12/2016 Volunteer Program: Great Backyard Bird Count
01/22/2016 Frosty Winter Night Hike
12/12/2015 Geminid Meteor Shower
11/15/2015 Fall Nature Hike
11/14/2015 Dog Hike
11/08/2015 Calvert Stewards (All Ages) Holly Planting
10/02/2015 Owl Eyes and Raccoon Paws
10/01/2015 Bluebird Monitoring Project
09/05/2015 Calvert County's Favorite Falcon
06/13/2015 Birding Ward Farm Nature Park
05/29/2015 Horseshoe Crab Survey
05/09/2015 Meadow Maze Volunteer Project
05/03/2015 Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm Day
04/25/2015 Barn Swallows
04/25/2015 Birding Ward Farm Nature Park
03/28/2015 The Great Marshmallow Mystery
03/27/2015 Barn Owls in Calvert County
03/20/2015 Froggy Night Hike
03/14/2015 Birding Ward Farm Nature Park
03/04/2015 Salamander Study Orientation
02/28/2015 Marvelous Mammals
02/16/2015 Barn Owl Box Installation
02/13/2015 Great Backyard Bird Count
02/07/2015 Birding Ward Farm Nature Park
01/24/2015 Build A Box
12/28/2014 Christmas Bird Count
12/20/2014 Winter Wanders
12/05/2014 Beyond S’mores - Family Campfire Cooking
12/05/2014 Barn Owl Box Work Day
11/07/2014 Barn Owl Box Work Day
11/01/2014 Dog Hike
11/01/2014 Calvert Stewards (All Ages)
10/24/2014 Barn Owl Box Work Day
10/03/2014 Barn Owl Box Work Day
09/19/2014 Moth Party
08/16/2014 Paddling the Patuxent Kayak Trip
07/05/2014 Campfire: Night Sounds
07/04/2014 American Flag Retiring Ceremony CANCELLED
06/28/2014 Kayak Trip
06/06/2014 Horseshoe Crab Survey
05/31/2014 Calvert Stewards (All Ages)
05/23/2014 Campfire: Twilight on the Beach
05/10/2014 Camping 101
04/15/2014 Lunar Eclipse
04/12/2014 Nocturnal Nature Campfire
04/11/2014 Herp Atlas Countdown (all ages)
03/29/2014 Something On a Stick Day (All Ages)
02/22/2014 Frost and Fire (All Ages)
11/27/2013 Campfire Brunch
11/24/2013 Fur, feathers, and feasting
10/07/2013 Furlough Field Trip
09/14/2013 Dog Hike
09/07/2013 Introduction to Letterboxing
08/17/2013 Soil Surveyers
08/10/2013 CANCELLED-Perseid Meteor Shower (Family Program)
08/02/2013 Celebrate the Beauty of Calvert County
07/28/2013 Animal feeding time
07/19/2013 Nature's Night Sounds - campfire
06/22/2013 Fireflies (Family Program)
06/14/2013 Horseshoe Crab Campout
05/18/2013 Tree Tour (Adults and Teens)
05/17/2013 Magic Cicada (Family Program)
05/10/2013 Campfire: Twilight on the Beach
05/04/2013 Natural Playground at Battle Creek (Families)
04/27/2013 Mother Daughter Getaway (Family Program)
04/20/2013 Spring Edibles Walk (Family Program)
04/12/2013 Planet Party (Family Program)
03/15/2013 Family Program: Owl Night Hike (all ages)
03/02/2013 Family Program: Salamander Soiree
02/22/2013 **Rescheduled for March 15** Family Program: Owl Night Hike (12 years and up)
02/22/2013 **Rescheduled for March 15** Program: Owl Night Hike (all ages)
02/15/2013 The Green Invasion
01/05/2013 Family Program: Maple Syrup Campfire
09/07/2012 Family Program: Evening Wild Edible Walk

Join BCNES today most programs are free!

Calvert Nature Society is dedicated to the protection and preservation of Calvert County’s natural heritage and the creation of an environmentally literate and aware community. We provide opportunities for appreciation and understanding of our natural world through our outreach initiatives and in support of the mission of the Calvert County Natural Resources Division.  The Society is a 501(c)3 organization.

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Mailing address: PO Box 122, Port Republic, MD 20676. info@calvertparks.org
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