Programs for Homeschool Families

Program Fees: Unless noted programs are free for members; $8 per person for nonmember

Some programs charge slightly more due to materials and supplies.

Reservations are required in advance. 

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.  

Many of our Volunteer Activities can be suitable for homeschool families.

Upcoming events

    • 03/03/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1

    Ages 4-12, with adult  

    This winter’s homeschool series focuses on the idea of “habitats,” with each month focusing on something different.  During the March class, we will explore the swamps of Flag Ponds Park – what plants and animals live there and how do they depend on each other. 

    Please register by March 1 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).

    • 03/03/2017
    • 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 winter’s homeschool series focuses on the idea of “habitats,” with each month focusing on something different.  During the March class, we will explore the swamps of Flag Ponds Park – what plants and animals live there and how do they depend on each other. 

    Please register by March 1 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).

    • 03/06/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk
    • 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
    Teen Homeschool Day
    Ages 12-16 years

    Teen homeschoolers will learn about Calvert County’s “herps” (reptiles and amphibians) and then head into the wetlands and woods of this new county property to search for and count these amazing creatures.

    Please register by March 1

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




    • 04/03/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4

    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
    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. 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
    • 9

    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).

    • 04/13/2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 04/14/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 6

    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.


     

     

     

    • 05/01/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5

    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

      
      
      
      
      
     
    • 05/05/2017
    • 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
    • 9

    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).

    • 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
    • 9

    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).

    • 06/05/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 6

    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


     

      
      
      
      
      
     

Past events

02/10/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, The Beautiful Beach - PM session
02/10/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, The Beautiful Beach - AM session
02/07/2017 Teen Homeschool Day - Hike to the Big Cypress
01/12/2017 Teen Homeschool Day - Animal Care
01/06/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, the Friendly Forest - PM session
01/06/2017 Friday Homeschool Day - Habitats, the Friendly Forest - AM session
12/02/2016 Homeschool Friday - Keeping Warm - PM session
12/02/2016 Homeschool Friday - Keeping Warm - AM session
11/07/2016 Teen Homschool - Raptors Behind the Scenes
11/04/2016 Homeschool Friday: Home Away from Home - PM session
11/04/2016 Homeschool Friday: Home Away from Home - AM session
10/07/2016 Homeschool Friday - Finding Your Way - PM session
10/07/2016 Homeschool Friday - Finding Your Way- AM session
10/03/2016 How Do I Get There from Here?
09/12/2016 Nature Playspace Project Day
09/02/2016 Homeschool Friday - Eating Wild - PM session
09/02/2016 Homeschool Friday - Eating Wild - AM session
06/09/2016 Teen Homeschool Day - Kayak Skills and River Life
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
04/19/2016 Teen Homeschool Day - Salamanders in the Swamp
04/01/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
04/01/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
03/28/2016 Junior Entomologist
03/23/2016 Spring Bio Blitz - Teen Overnight
03/11/2016 Salamander Study Work Day
03/04/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
03/04/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
02/12/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
02/12/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - AM
01/08/2016 Friday Homeschool Day - PM
01/08/2016 Homeschool Fridays - AM
12/04/2015 Session 2 - First Friday's Homeschool Day - Mammals
12/04/2015 First Friday's Homeschool Day - Mammals
11/06/2015 First Friday's Homeschool Day - Birds
11/06/2015 Session 2 - First Friday's Homeschool Day - Birds
10/02/2015 Session 2 - First Friday's Homeschool Day - Fish
10/02/2015 First Friday's Homeschool Day - Fish
09/04/2015 Session 2 - First Friday's Homeschool Day - Insects
09/04/2015 First Friday's Homeschool Day - Insects
06/24/2015 Junior Entomologist
03/04/2015 Salamander Study Orientation

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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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