Upcoming Programs

Listing of programs for Winter 2017-2018 (pdf)
  • Members Registration Opens November 17
  • Nonmembers Registration Opens December 1
Join today to take advantage of members early registration and program discounts (most are free to members)

    • 12/13/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 4
    Register
    For teens or adults, ages 15 and up.

    We are always looking for an extra hand to take care of the nature center's live animals.  As you accompany staff, you will learn how to clean cages, feed the animals and handle them.  If you are only available for a portion of the three hours, please sign up anyhow; your help with this much-needed service is always welcome.   Once you are trained, you will be able to sign up to care for the animals as often as you'd like.

    Trained volunteers are welcome to register too.  They can help train new volunteers and can help hold the raptors while the naturalist trims talons, etc.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by December 12

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 12/13/2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 4
    Register
    For teens or adults, ages 15 and up.

    We are always looking for an extra hand to take care of the nature center's live animals.  As you accompany staff, you will learn how to clean cages, feed the animals and handle them.  If you are only available for a portion of the three hours, please sign up anyhow; your help with this much-needed service is always welcome.   Once you are trained, you will be able to sign up to care for the animals as often as you'd like.

    Trained volunteers are welcome to register too.  They can help train new volunteers and can help hold the raptors while the naturalist trims talons, etc.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by December 12

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 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
    • 0

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    For Current Volunteers (Adults only)

    This trip is currently full but please join the wait list if you'd wish to attend. If enough people are on the wait list i can try organizing a second vehicle for the trip.

    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.

     

    • 12/20/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    Register
    For teens or adults, ages 15 and up.

    We are always looking for an extra hand to take care of the nature center's live animals.  As you accompany staff, you will learn how to clean cages, feed the animals and handle them.  If you are only available for a portion of the three hours, please sign up anyhow; your help with this much-needed service is always welcome.   Once you are trained, you will be able to sign up to care for the animals as often as you'd like.

    Trained volunteers are welcome to register too.  They can help train new volunteers and can help hold the raptors while the naturalist trims talons, etc.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by December 19

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 12/20/2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    Register
    For teens or adults, ages 15 and up.

    We are always looking for an extra hand to take care of the nature center's live animals.  As you accompany staff, you will learn how to clean cages, feed the animals and handle them.  If you are only available for a portion of the three hours, please sign up anyhow; your help with this much-needed service is always welcome.   Once you are trained, you will be able to sign up to care for the animals as often as you'd like.

    Trained volunteers are welcome to register too.  They can help train new volunteers and can help hold the raptors while the naturalist trims talons, etc.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by December 19

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 01/05/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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

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    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
    • 5
    Register

    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
    • 4
    Register

    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
    • 10
    Register
    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
    Register

    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
    • 0

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

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    For Ages 3 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
    • 0
    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
    • 8
    Register

    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
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1
    Register
    For adults

    Our red- tailed hawk will benefit from trained volunteers who can keep him used to being handled.  Supervised by a naturalist, you will learn about his care and proper handling techniques so that eventually, you will have enough experience to handle him on your own.     

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by January 19

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    Who are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.


    • 01/20/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 4
    Register

    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
    • 5
    Register

    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
    • 6
    Register

    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
    • 0

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

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    For 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
    • 7
    Register

    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
    • 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 “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
    • 6
    Register

    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
    • 0

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

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    For children 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
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 11
    Register

    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: Flag Ponds Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale 

    Please register by: 2/7/18

    Who are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.


    • 02/12/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1
    Register

    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
    • 8
    Register

    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.

    Who are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.


    • 02/17/2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 14
    Register

    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.

    What are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.


    • 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
    • 2
    Register

    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
    • 13
    Register

    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
    • 4
    Register

    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
    • 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

    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
    • 5
    Register

    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).

    • 03/03/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ward Farm 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 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.
    • 03/05/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4
    Register

    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
    • 13
    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
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 12
    Register

    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
    • 0

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

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    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    We will take a look at some fascinating feet and look and the many uses of toes! We will take our shoes off and see how good we are with our toes too!

    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 Tuesday, March 13

     

    • 03/15/2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 13
    Register

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    We will take a look at some fascinating feet and look and the many uses of toes! We will take our shoes off and see how good we are with our toes too!

    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 Tuesday, March 13

     

    • 03/21/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    Register
    For Volunteers, Ages 10 and up, under 18 with adult

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

    Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 13, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Monday, March 19. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    What are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.


    • 03/24/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 4
    Register

    For Volunteers, Ages 10 and up, under 18 with adult

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

    Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 13, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone. 

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

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

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    What are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.

    • 03/29/2018
    • 03/30/2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 7
    Register

    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.

    • 03/31/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4
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