Upcoming events

    • 10/20/2017
    • 7:00 AM
    • 10/21/2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Assateague Island National Seashore
    • 1
    Registration is closed


    Welcome to camp letter, packing list, and draft schedule can be found here

    ASIS 2017 letter, list, and schedule.pdf


    Ages 12-16 years old

    Friday, October 20, 7:00 a.m. through Saturday, October 21, 3:00 p.m.

    Mandatory pre-trip meeting on Thursday, October 5 at 6:30 pm at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp.

    Assateague Island is poised between the land and the sea - recreated each day by ocean, wind, and waves. Teens will kayak the coastal bay, camp in the sand dunes, cook dinner over a fire, and explore the beach at night.

    Fee per child:
    Society members pay $40 per person.
    Nonmembers pay $60.

    Please register before October 2

    Each child must be registered separately.

    Location: meets at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp then we'll travel by van to Assateague Island

    Additional details

    Provide your own lunch Friday. Dinner Friday, snacks, breakfast and lunch Saturday provided. Tents provided – must have own sleeping bag.

    Packing list can be found here in October and will be emailed to participants in the fall.

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

     

     

    • 10/23/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Ages 18 months to 5 years, adult participation required

    Your little ones will have fun playing in the dirt while they help the naturalist plant native wildflower seeds in starter trays.  Dress for the outdoors.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Meet at the picnic pavilion.

    Reservations are required by Thursday, October 19

    Program Fee:  
    Free.

    • 10/23/2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Ages 18 months to 5 years, adult participation required

    Your little ones will have fun playing in the dirt while they help the naturalist plant native wildflower seeds in starter trays.  Dress for the outdoors.    

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Meet at the picnic pavilion.

    Reservations are required by Thursday, October 19

    Program Fee:  
    Free.

    • 10/26/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 7
    Register
    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.

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by 10/23/17


    • 10/28/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 13
    Register

    12 years and older (children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)

    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp is a beautiful park home to lots of unique plants and animals. Unfortunately the area along Grays and Sixes roads are not as pretty due to the litter from passing motorists. Help us beautify the park by collecting the litter and separating it for recycling. Afterwards we will take you on a tour through the nature center and get an up close view at some of our exhibit animals.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, Oct 25

    Naturalist in charge: Gene

    Program is free.


    • 10/28/2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For ages 10 years and up (adult required if under 18)

    Ever wondered what owls live in Maryland? Come to our owl banding station and learn about what owls could be living in your backyard as well as the migratory Saw-Whet Owls we are studying. We will have a live owl to see and maybe a chance to see a wild Saw Whet Owl.

    Location:Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, Oct 18

    Naturalist in charge: Gene

    Fee is per person. Free for members
    $8 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).

     

     

     

     

     

    • 11/04/2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 10
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    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

    • 11/04/2017
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0

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    For ages 10 years and up (adult required if under 18)

    Hiking at night is a whole different experience. Come explore the trails under the moonlight and see what is out and about. We will even try to call in some owls as well. Be sure to bring a flashlight and some bug spray.

    Location:Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, Nov 1

    Naturalist in charge: Gene

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

    • 11/05/2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 12
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    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

    • 11/06/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0

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    Ages 12-16 years, adult participation not required

        
    Which way is west from here?  North is the side of the tree with the moss, right?  If you have wanted to learn how to use a compass, now’s your chance!  We’ll go over ways of finding your way without a compass, compass basics, then put our newly-learned skills to the test on an orienteering course around the park.   

    Location - Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee is per person:

    Free for Society members

    $8 per person for nonmembers
      
    Register by November 2 

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


      
      
      
      
      
     
    • 11/08/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 7
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    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.


    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by 11/3/17


    • 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.

     

    • 11/11/2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 8
    Register
    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

    • 11/12/2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 12
    Register
    Ages 16 to adult

    Under 18 years old, must be accompanied by an 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

    • 11/14/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Let's roll around and have a good time looking for these little critters. 

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

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

     

    • 11/14/2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Let's roll around and have a good time looking for these little critters.

    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, November 12.


    • 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

    • 11/18/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0

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    Adults and Teens 16 and older 

    Members Only

    Come on a Bald Eagle adventure with us! We will travel by van to the Conowingo dam and Susquehanna State Park to see the dozens, sometimes hundreds, of Bald Eagles that congregate there. We will observe the eagles, hike some trails, and see historical features that the state park has to offer.

    Bring lunch, snacks, and a water bottle. Bring binoculars and a spotting scope if you have them, also available to borrow.

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Program Fee: $5 per person

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp


    • 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

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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

     

     

    • 12/04/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0

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    For ages 12-16

    Come practice a variety of ways to build fires – from some of the oldest to modern ways, and learn basic fire safety. We’ll end by cooking lunch in the fire we make together.

    Location: Battle Creek Nature Center

    Adults are not required to attend.

    Program Fee
    Members: Free
    Nonmembers: $8 per person

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    • 12/05/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0

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    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Many animals are on the move, we’ll learn about migration and some of the journeys animals take for their winter getaway. 

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

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

    Reservations are required by Sunday, December 3

     

    • 12/05/2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 2
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    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Many animals are on the move, we’ll learn about migration and some of the journeys animals take for their winter getaway. 

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

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

    Reservations are required by Sunday, December 3

     

    • 12/06/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 7
    Register
    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.


    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by 12/1/17


    • 12/09/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5
    Register

    For Adults and Teens 16 years and older.

    Eagles, ducks, geese and more! We will enjoy a leisurely two mile hike as we visit the swamp, ponds and beach to learn visual and auditory identification techniques.

    Dress for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and bring binoculars if you have them. Binoculars will be available to borrow.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required, deadline: Wednesday, December 6

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

     

    • 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.  



    • 12/14/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    The days are short and the animals and plants have been getting ready for winter. Are you ready?  We will tell stories, play games, and build forts - best of all - cook some snacks over a campfire. Wear your warm clothes to this one – it will be outside!


    We will have a fire going from 10AM-12PM - you may stay for part or all of that time


    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by December 11

    Fee is per family; Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    • 12/18/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Meet at Kings Landing Park, then travel to Blackwater Wildlife Refuge
    • 15
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    For Current Volunteers (Adults only)

    From eagles to owls and ducks to geese who knows what we could see as we go birding at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. This area is a major stayover and migration stop for many birds along the east coast. 

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

    Location: Meet at Kings Landing Park.   We will then travel to the eastern shore in the county vans.

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, Dec 13

    Naturalist in charge: Gene

    Program is free.

     

    • 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).

    • 01/08/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    For ages 12-16

    From a one-person emergency shelter to a bigger, long-term structure - knowing how to create your own shelter could come in handy.  Join friends new and old to learn about different types of shelters, what materials to use, and put then put that knowledge to practice.  

    Bring water, a snack, and a lunch.  Wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Adults are not required to attend.

    Program Fee per teen
    Members: Free
    Nonmembers: $8 per person

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    • 01/12/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby, MD
    • 12
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    Ages 13 years through adult

    Learn to identify some of our evergreen plants. We’ll explore the forests in search of the ferns, herbaceous plants, and trees that are green in the winter. 

    Wear warm clothes for standing around outside (we won't be moving very fast). Bring a snack or lunch if you think you'll get hungry.

    Optional but useful to bring 10x hand lens, binoculars, field guides.

    Co-sponsored by the Maryland Native Plant Society

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Karyn Molines

    Fee is per person.

    Free for Society members
    Free for MNPS members
    $8 for nonmembers


     

    • 01/13/2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 01/14/2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    For ages 9-11

    Saturday, January 13, 9:00 a.m. overnight through Sunday, January 14, 2016, 9:00 a.m.

    Don't hide inside all winter! During the day, we will play detective - searching the beach and the woods for animal clues. After sunset, we will head out into the quiet winter woods for a night walk, followed by a campfire and s'mores. Don't worry about getting too cold. This camp will include indoor, as well as, outdoor activities - and plenty of hot chocolate. Dinner, breakfast, and snacks included.

    * We will be sleeping indoors*

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee is per child:

    • Society members pay $25 per person.
    • Nonmembers pay $40 per person.

    Please register by January 10

    Reservations are required.

    Welcome letter and packing list will be available in early January

    • 01/16/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 6 to 9 years, Adult participation is required

    Learn about the birds that visit our feeders in the winter and we will make our own bird feeder to take home. Bring a half gallon or gallon milk jug with a screw on lid and wear clothes that are ok to paint in.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Program Fee:

    • Free for members
    • $8 per family for nonmembers
    • 01/19/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 14
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    What is a snowflake and how does it make its incredible journey from the sky to the earth? We will explore this fascinating weather wonder.

    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 Wednesday, January 17

     

    • 01/19/2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 14
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    What is a snowflake and how does it make its incredible journey from the sky to the earth? We will explore this fascinating weather wonder.

    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 Wednesday, January 17

     

    • 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

     

    • 01/24/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    All Ages

    After a short presentation about Maryland's owls and their  calls, the naturalist will lead you on a hike around the boardwalk where we will attempt to call one closer. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

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

    Reservations are required by Monday, January 22

     

    • 01/27/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    Ages 13 and up.

    Eagles, ducks, geese and more! We will enjoy a leisurely two mile hike as we visit the swamp, ponds, and beach to learn visual and auditory identification techniques.

    Dress for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and bring binoculars if you have them. Binoculars will be available to borrow.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required, deadline: Wednesday, January 24

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

     

    • 02/03/2018
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 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

    • 02/07/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 20
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Join us for some stories that focus on nature and animals.

    Location:  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

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

    Reservations are required by Monday, February 5

     

    • 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).

    • 02/10/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    For children ages 12-16

    Come find out what it takes to work with captive hawks and owls.  Help take care of the daily maintenance of these birds and spend some time working hands-on with them.     

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp   

    Space is limited to 8.

    Fee is per child.

    Free for Society members
    $8 for nonmembers

    Please register by February 7

     

    • 02/10/2018
    • 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    Volunteers 16 and up, with adult participation

    Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and flashlights

    Join other volunteers for this evening of fellowship, fire, and food. Learn more about campfire cooking and eat a dinner you make yourself cooked over the fire.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale 

    Please register by: 2/7/18

    • 02/12/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    For ages 12-16

    Come practice a variety of ways to build fires – from some of the oldest to modern ways, and learn basic fire safety. We’ll end by cooking lunch in the fire we make together.

    Location: Battle Creek Nature Center

    Adults are not required to attend.

    Program Fee
    Members: Free
    Nonmembers: $8 per person

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    • 02/16/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Varies: Meet at Kings Landing Park
    • 9
    Registration is closed

    Ages 13 and up

    The 21st Annual Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend.  Whether you are a novice or an expert birder, volunteers are welcome to help us identify and count birds.  Besides Kings Landing, we will visit Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary and the North Beach Marsh to increase our chances of seeing more species and numbers of birds.  Researchers at Cornell and the National Audubon Society will use the data we collect.

    Location: Meet at Kings Landing Park.  We will then travel to Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary and North Beach Marsh in the county van.

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, February 14.

    Program is free.



    • 02/17/2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    All ages.

    The 21st Annual Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend. Whether you are a novice or an expert birder, volunteers of all ages are welcome to help identify and count birds. Researchers at Cornell and the National Audubon Society will use the data we collect.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by: Thursday, February 15.


    • 02/17/2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Scorpion Brewery, 929 Skinners Turn Rd, Owings, MD 20736
    • 30
    Register

    This event is for participants 21 years and older.

    Think you are a nature expert??? Well grab your friends and come test out your skills at Nature Trivia! Scorpion Brewery will be hosting this trivia event and providing the beer. There is a cash prize for the team finishing in first as well as door prizes. We will provide some light snacks but you are welcome to bring snacks too. Registration will start at 6:30 p.m. and trivia will start promptly at 7:00 p.m.

    Location: Scorpion Brewery, 929 Skinners Turn Rd, Owings, MD 20736

    Team Registration Fee: $60    

    The registration fee supports all of our education programs.

    Max Team size: 6

    Registration Deadline: February 12, 2017

    Team Fee must be paid to be considered registered.

    Don't know who will be on your team? Not a problem. Register anyway, and we can add team members later.

    Rules

    • Must be 21 years or older. Picture ID required.
    • Team must have a team name.
    • Up to 6 people (physically present) per team. Minimum team size is one person.
    • Every person at the team table will be counted as part of your maximum team size.
    • No cell/smartphone or other outside information source. We will have a cell phone parking lot in the room. You may not use your cell phone during a round until your team’s answers are turned in to the judge.
    • There is no partial credit for an answer.
    • The quiz master will be the final arbiter of correct answers and scoring. 
    • Any rule not listed here may be made up on the spot by the quiz master, Gene Groshon.
    • Current employees of Calvert County Natural Resources, members of the Calvert Nature Society Board of Directors, or their families, may not be a team member.

    Maximum number of teams: 18

     

    • 02/20/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 18
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Big seed, little seed, smooth seed, spiky seed. All around us there are seeds but why is there a need for so many? We’ll go outside and hunt for different seeds and bring them inside to sort. 

    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, February 18

     

    • 02/20/2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 14
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Big seed, little seed, smooth seed, spiky seed. All around us there are seeds but why is there a need for so many? We’ll go outside and hunt for different seeds and bring them inside to sort. 

    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, February 18

     

    • 02/24/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    Ages 13 and up.

    Eagles, ducks, geese and more! We will enjoy a leisurely two mile hike as we visit the swamp, ponds, and beach to learn visual and auditory identification techniques.

    Dress for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and bring binoculars if you have them. Binoculars will be available to borrow.

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required, deadline: Wednesday, February 21

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

     

    • 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).

    • 03/05/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    Ages 12-16 years, adult participation not required

    Does your teen know how to read a map? Could they use one to get themselves home if they needed to? In this class we will practice with different kinds of maps, focusing on what types of situation each is good for, and practice making our own. We will also look at compasses and practice using those.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee is per person:

    • Free for Society members
    • $8 per person for nonmembers

    Register by February 28

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    • 03/06/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Meet at Kings Landing Park, then travel to Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge
    • 15
    Register

    Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge is a hidden gem on the eastern shore providing great habitat for wintering eagles and waterfowl. It’s also a great spot to see Tundra Swans feeding along the shore. Bring your binoculars and we will see what we can find!

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

    Location: Meet at Kings Landing Park. We will then travel to the eastern shore in the county vans.

    Reservations are required by Thursday March 1.

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Program is free.


     

    • 03/10/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Nature Park
    • 5
    Registration is closed

    Ages 5 and up. Adult participation is required

    Don’t miss this great opportunity to explore one of the lesser known Calvert County Natural Resource Division areas – Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park. We’ll hike through the woods to search for vernal pools and streams fed by spring rains – looking for spring wildflowers and amphibians along the way. Wear your rain boots and wear clothes that can get muddy. 

    This hike is not be suitable for children under the age of five (5) as it will be off-trail on uneven ground.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Program Fee per family:

    • Members: Free
    • Nonmembers $8
    Space is limited to 5 families.
    • 03/10/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    For families with children ages 8 -10. 

    Come on a spring scavenger hunt with us! It may still feel wintery outside, but we will explore the trails to find evidence of the coming season.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Naturalists in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required by: Wednesday, March 7

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

     

    • 03/15/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 15
    Registration is closed