Programs for 6-9 year olds

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

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

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

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


Upcoming events

    • 10/20/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby, MD
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    For Ages: 6-9 years
    Adult participation is required.

    Some animals have extra protection to help them survive. We’ll explore these critters and their habitats.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, October 18.

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

     

     

    • 11/03/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification.  Each month will focus on a different animal group.  November’s class will be an investigation of mammals.  We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some clues that they have been nearby.

    Please register by November 1 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


    Homeschool First 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, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games.

    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).


     

     

     

    • 11/03/2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    Ages 4-12, adult participation required

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification.  Each month will focus on a different animal group.  November’s class will be an investigation of mammals.  We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some clues that they have been nearby.

    Please register by November 1 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Please register all your children on one entry. Program  fees are per family.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


    Homeschool First 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, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games. 

    • 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).

     

     

     

     

     

    • 11/11/2017
    • 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. Wear clothes that can get dirty.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, November 9. 

    Program Fee: Free.

     

    • 11/11/2017
    • 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

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, November 9.

    Program Fee: Free.

     

    • 12/01/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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

    Please register by November 29

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Please register all your children on one entry. Program  fees are per family.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


    Homeschool First 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, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games. 

    • 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).


    • 12/01/2017
    • 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.

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    Ages 4-12, with adult 

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification.  December's class will be an investigation of birds.  We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some examples.

    Please register by November 29

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Please register all your children on one entry. Program  fees are per family.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


    Homeschool First 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, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games. 

    • 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).


    • 12/02/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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

    Children will learn some basic compass skills and will use what they have learned to find candy canes hidden in the park.   

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Thursday, November 30.

    Register online, by mailemail or by phone 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee: Free for Society members

    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

     

    • 01/05/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    Homeschool Fridays

    Ages 4-12

    This winter's homeschool series covers “Outdoor Skills,” with each month focusing on something different. January’s class will cover finding and making shelter in the outdoors – as well as how to pitch a tent.

    Location:Flag Ponds Nature Park

    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 January 3 to attend   

    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).

    • 01/05/2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    Ages 4-12

    This winter's homeschool series covers “Outdoor Skills,” with each month focusing on something different. January’s class will cover finding and making shelter in the outdoors – as well as how to pitch a tent.

    Location:Flag Ponds Nature Park

    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 January 3 to attend   

    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).

    • 01/20/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    Ages 6-9 with an adult

    Your children will learn about these misunderstood creatures and the strategies they use to survive the winter.  Meet some of our live snakes and observe them during feeding time.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, January 18.

    Program Fee: 

    • Free for members
    • $8 per family for nonmembers

     

    • 02/03/2018
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 7
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 6-9 years; Adult participation is required.

    Discover what tracks animals leave behind as we search the park for animal clues. You’ll even get to make your own track guide.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

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

    Registration Deadline: Jan 31

    • 02/09/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 16
    Registration is closed

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This Winter’s homeschool series focuses on “Outdoor Skills,” with each month will focusing on something different. In February’s class we will cover how to keep warm when it’s cold outside – including dressing right for the weather and safely using fire. This class will include a snack cooked over a fire.

    Please register by February 7 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

    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).

    • 02/09/2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 16
    Registration is closed

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This Winter’s homeschool series focuses on “Outdoor Skills,” with each month will focusing on something different. In February’s class we will cover how to keep warm when it’s cold outside – including dressing right for the weather and safely using fire. This class will include a snack cooked over a fire.

    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

    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).

    • 03/02/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 16
    Registration is closed

    Ages 4-12

    This winter's homeschool series covers “Outdoor Skills,” with each month focusing on something different. March’s class will cover finding direction with a compass, using a map, how to not get lost, and what to do when you DO get lost.   

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    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).

    • 03/02/2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 16
    Registration is closed

    Ages 4-12

    This winter's homeschool series covers “Outdoor Skills,” with each month focusing on something different. March’s class will cover finding direction with a compass, using a map, how to not get lost, and what to do when you DO get lost.   

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    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).

    • 03/29/2018
    • 03/30/2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    For Children in ages 6-9 years old

    Thursday, March 29, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m and

    Friday, March 30, 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:March 21

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

Past events

10/06/2017 First Friday's Homeschool Day: Animal Classification - Fish - PM Session
10/06/2017 First Friday's Homeschool Day: Animal Classification - Fish - AM Session
08/22/2017 Fun with Fossils
06/29/2017 Meet Osprey Families
06/16/2017 Who Lives in the Bay?
05/13/2017 Help Care for the Animals- Session 2
05/13/2017 Help Care for the Animals
04/17/2017 Mud Monsters
03/31/2017 The Waking Woods - School's Out Adventure
01/21/2017 The Eagle's Nest
12/02/2016 Homeschool Friday - Keeping Warm - PM session
12/02/2016 Homeschool Friday - Keeping Warm - AM session
11/05/2016 Become an Animal Tracker
11/04/2016 Homeschool Friday: Home Away from Home - PM session
11/04/2016 Homeschool Friday: Home Away from Home - AM session
10/21/2016 Orienteering
10/07/2016 Homeschool Friday - Finding Your Way - PM session
10/07/2016 Homeschool Friday - Finding Your Way- AM session
09/24/2016 Meadow Bugs
09/02/2016 Homeschool Friday - Eating Wild - PM session
09/02/2016 Homeschool Friday - Eating Wild - AM session
08/27/2016 The Lost Ladybug Project
06/03/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
06/03/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
05/06/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
05/06/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
04/16/2016 Hiding in Plain Sight
04/01/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
04/01/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
03/21/2016 Mud Monsters
03/19/2016 Wacky Woodpeckers
03/05/2016 Insect Hotels
03/04/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
03/04/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
02/15/2016 Winter Fun!
02/14/2016 Great Backyard Bird Count for Kids
02/12/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
02/12/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
01/23/2016 Turtles
01/08/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
01/08/2016 Homeschool Fridays - AM
12/19/2015 Compass Skills: Candy Cane Hunt
12/12/2015 Tree Cookie Ornaments
12/04/2015 Session 2 - First Friday's Homeschool Day - Mammals
12/04/2015 First Friday's Homeschool Day - Mammals
11/21/2015 Nature Sleuths
11/06/2015 Session 2 - First Friday's Homeschool Day - Birds
10/17/2015 Nature Playspace Building
10/10/2015 Fall Fish BioBlitz
10/03/2015 First Friday's Homeschool Day - Animal Classification - Fish
10/02/2015 Owl Eyes and Raccoon Paws
10/02/2015 Session 2 - First Friday's Homeschool Day - Fish
10/02/2015 First Friday's Homeschool Day - Fish
09/19/2015 Monarch Tagging
09/04/2015 Session 2 - First Friday's Homeschool Day - Insects
09/04/2015 First Friday's Homeschool Day - Insects
08/19/2015 Gone Fishing
08/08/2015 Who Lives on an Oyster Reef?
07/18/2015 Go Seining!
07/11/2015 The Great Frog Roundup!
06/27/2015 The Lost Ladybug Project
04/25/2015 Earth Day
03/30/2015 Mud Monsters Spring Adventure
02/21/2015 DATE CHANGE: Winter Beach
02/07/2015 Snakes
02/04/2015 Snakes, Turtles, Frogs - Oh My!
01/10/2015 Birdfeeder Stakeout
12/20/2014 Straw Painting
12/13/2014 Compass Skills: Candy Cane Hunt
11/15/2014 America Recycles Day
10/26/2014 Fall Fish BioBlitz
10/17/2014 School's Out Camp
10/04/2014 Tree Guide Hike
09/21/2014 Monarch Tagging
09/06/2014 Fossil Frenzy
08/03/2014 Monarch Larva Monitoring Project
07/19/2014 Fish BioBlitz
06/28/2014 Gettin Crabby
06/07/2014 National Trails Day
04/14/2014 Mud Monsters Spring Camp
04/12/2014 Cane Pole Fishing! (6-9 yrs)
03/15/2014 Swamp Romp
02/17/2014 Raptors! School's Out Camp (Grades 3-5)
02/02/2014 Maple Syrup Campfire
01/05/2014 National Bird Day
12/15/2013 Compass Skills: Candy Cane Hunt
11/16/2013 Recycled Bird Feeders
10/27/2013 Swamp Dragons
10/19/2013 Fall Harvest Campfire
09/29/2013 Liking Lichens
09/22/2013 Turtle trivia
09/08/2013 Slimy Critters
08/31/2013 What's in the water?
08/04/2013 Marsh Exploration
07/28/2013 Gone Fishing
06/02/2013 Natures Explorers: Blue Crabs
05/19/2013 Natures Explorers: Butterfly Gardens
04/14/2013 Pollywogs (Natures Explorers)
03/17/2013 Natures Explorers: All About Our Moon
02/24/2013 Natures Explorers: Beavers
01/27/2013 Natures Explorers: Feeding Time
12/16/2012 Natures Explorers: Compass Skills: Candy Cane Hunt
09/16/2012 Natures Explorers: Salamander Migration


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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