Learn About Our Programs

Our programs are offered for a wide range of ages intended to expose participants to the wonders of the natural world around us. Special accommodations are available for all programs with adequate notification.

Upcoming events

    • 03/31/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 0

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    For children ages 6-9 years old, adults are not required 

    Spring is springing all around us!  In this day off from school, we will get OUT and explore the woods, meadows, and waterways of this great new park.  Depending on the weather we may – dip net in the pond for frogs and tadpoles, build forts in the woods, search the meadows for spring wild flowers just coming up. 

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Space is limited to 10 campers.

    Register before March 29

    Fee is per child.
    $20 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers

    • 04/01/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 7

    Ages 15 - adult; under 18 with an adult

    Are you interested in helping to monitor the American Kestrel nest boxes? This training will teach you how to properly monitor these nests as well as American Kestrel natural history. We will meet at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp and travel to an off-site nest location.

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    This program is FREE


    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 29

     

    • 04/03/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1

    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

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    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
    • 1

    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
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    Join other park volunteers for this nighttime adventure into the swamp at Flag Ponds.  We will wade into the swamp and with luck find spring peepers calling and spy on other swamp animals, like salamanders, in the water.  

    Adults only please        

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Please register by April 5 

    Advanced registration is required. Register online, by mail, by email, or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

    This program is free.

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale


     

    • 04/08/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    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 12, 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, April 6. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 04/08/2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5

    Ages 10-adult, under 18 with adult 
    Volunteer Program

    After a short presentation about our Prothonotary Warbler Study, volunteers will trek around the park 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.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by Thursday, April 6. 

     

    • 04/10/2017
    • 06/12/2017
    • 3 sessions
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 10
    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.

    You may sign up for individual days or the series as a whole.  To sign up for individual days, please email or call Tania Gale galete@co.cal.md.us, 410-535-5327)

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by April 6


    • 04/13/2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 04/14/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4

    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.


     

     

     

    • 04/14/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 8

     

    Ages 10-14, Adult participation not required

    Trying to earn service hours for school?  Come to Kings Landing Park to assist the rangers with some much needed projects!  We will be picking up litter, clearing trails, repairing damage, and many more worthwhile activities.  You will leave with a letter thanking you for 4 hours of service!  Bring working gloves, a bagged lunch and a refillable water bottle.   

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee per person:
    Free

    • 04/17/2017
    • 04/18/2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    For Children in ages 6-9 years old

    Monday, April 17, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m and
    Tuesday, April 18, 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:April 10

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

    • 04/18/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 2

    Ages 10-14, Adult participation not required

    Come to Kings Landing Park to practice your archery skills!  Never shot a bow and arrow?  No problem, we'll have a short lesson for beginners before we start. Bring a refillable water bottle.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    • 04/19/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 3

    All Ages, under 18 with adult 
    Volunteer Program

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes, and learn how you can help with this project. 

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by Monday, April17. Register online, by emailby mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 04/21/2017
    • 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Hellen Creek Hemlock Preserve, Lusby
    • 9

    For adults, although teens 16 years and older may attend.

    Hellen Creek Preserve harbors part of an isolated stand of eastern hemlock, the southern-most in Maryland. We’ll keep our eye open for the spring wildflowers and songbirds, including some more characteristic of the Appalachian forest in western Maryland.  

    Be prepared for some difficult terrain, with some up and down and not all on trails; steep in places and wet in others.

    For more information on the Preserve: http://www.covepoint-trust.org/

    Suggestions: Wear long pants and sleeves, good hiking shoes/boots, some areas may be muddy. Bring water bottle, snacks and/or lunch. Optional: Field guides, 10x hand lens, binoculars.

    Leaders: Karyn Molines & Bob Boxwell

    Free. Registration is required: 


    • 04/22/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    • 1

    For All Ages

    Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

    As winter ends and spring arrives nature begins to change with the season. We are going to explore the trails hunting for these beautiful but brief signs of spring. 

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

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Reservations are required.  

    Registration Deadline: Saturday, April 22, 2017

     

    • 04/22/2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick, MD
    • 6

    For Ages: 3-5 years old, with adult 

    Celebrate Earth Day by making cool crafts from recycled objects. All materials will be provided.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

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

    Registration Deadline: April 19

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

    • 04/25/2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Nature Center
    • 3
    Ages 10-adult, under 18 with adult

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes.  Have fun trekking through seldom-seen parts of the swamp, and perhaps catch a glimpse of some fuzzy little nestlings. 

     If you were unable to attend earlier info sessions, this is a great opportunity to learn how you can help with this study.   If you are unable to attend but would still like to help, please contact Shannon Steele at steelesj@co.cal.md.us.

    Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 12, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone. 

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Friday, April 21. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 04/26/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 4
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Kings Landing Park

     What kinds of animals build nests?  Birds do, of course, but what other animals protect their babies?  We’ll discover nests big and small, try building our own, then go for an outdoor nest search!

      

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

    Advanced Reservations are required by April 24

    Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    • 04/26/2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 4
    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    What kinds of animals build nests? Birds do, of course, but what other animals protect their babies? We’ll discover nests big and small, try building our own, then go for an outdoor nest search!

    Program Fee:

    Free for members

    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Advanced Reservations are required by April 24

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale



    • 04/28/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 18

    For adults, although teens 16 years and older may attend.

    Interested in knowing the names of the wonderful wildflowers you encounter in forest and field? Then take this class where you’ll learn to “key-out” local plants using the popular Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. Other field guides can be used, but the instruction will focus on the terminology and methodology of Newcomb's. 

    Please bring a hand lens, lunch, and water. Please consider buying Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide before the program and reading the beginning sections. A limited number are for sale at the Battle Creek Cypress Swamp.

    A few copies of the guide and extra lenses will be available to borrow

    Co-sponsored by the Maryland Native Plant Society 

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee is per person.
    Free for Calvert Nature Society and Maryland Native Plant Society members
    $8 for nonmembers


    • 05/01/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1

    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

      
      
      
      
      
     
    • 05/03/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0

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    Ages: 3-5 years old, with adult     

    Learn about our local frogs through hands-on activities. Then join us for a hike to visit the frogs where they live.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Registration due: May 1

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


    • 05/03/2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1
    Ages: 3-5 years old, with adult     

    Learn about our local frogs through hands-on activities. Then join us for a hike to visit the frogs where they live.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Registration due: May 1

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

     

    • 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
    • 3

    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).

    • 05/06/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 10

    For All Ages

    Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

    ¡Bienvenidos! Vamos a ir de excursión y descubrir la belleza de la naturaleza. Este programa está centrado principalmente en los principiantes nuevos al idioma español. La tema es colores en la naturaleza.

            

    Welcome! Together we will go on a hike and discover the beauty of nature in a new language. This program will be in English and Spanish and is focused primarily on beginners new to the Spanish language. The theme is colors in nature. 

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

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required.  

    Registration Deadline: Thursday, May 4, 2017

     

    • 05/07/2017
    • 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    For Volunteers 

    The Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm Day is an opportunity to show visitors the interesting historic features and natural wonders of the park.

    We need volunteers for:

    • Prep work the week before (making signs, preparing activities, checking trails)
    • Set up & clean up on May 7
    • Parking 
    • Information booth
    • Family activities (assisting the naturalists)
    • Nature hikes (assisting the naturalists)
    Scouts and other community groups are welcome to volunteer. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Registration is recommended.


    • 05/07/2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    For Everyone!

    Join our naturalists as we explore one of the newer properties in the Nature Park system. The afternoon will feature history walks, nature talks and more. The Calvert County Canine Search and Rescue will hold a demonstration; they have been using Biscoe Gray over the past year to train their dogs. An equestrian club will offer beginner’s trail rides. The Garden Club will be selling herbs and native plants.

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    FREE. Registration is not required.


    • 05/12/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Hellen Creek Hemlock Preserve, Lusby
    • 2

    For adults, although teens 16 years and older may attend.

    Hellen Creek Preserve harbors part of an isolated stand of eastern hemlock, the southern-most in Maryland. We’ll keep our eye open for the spring wildflowers and songbirds, including some more characteristic of the Appalachian forest in western Maryland.  

    Be prepared for some difficult terrain, with some up and down and not all on trails; steep in places and wet in others.

    For more information on the Preserve: http://www.covepoint-trust.org/

    Suggestions: Wear long pants and sleeves, good hiking shoes/boots, some areas may be muddy. Bring water bottle, snacks and/or lunch. Optional: Field guides, 10x hand lens, binoculars.

    Leaders: Karyn Molines & Bob Boxwell

    Free. Registration is required: 


    • 05/12/2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 0

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    For All ages

    Adult participation is required

    Have a relaxing evening with your family at Flag Ponds Park after hours. Go seining with a naturalist, look for shark's teeth, or simply relax and enjoy the view as the sky changes colors over the bay. Bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic supper, if you'd like. We will provide the s'mores.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

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

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, May 17. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    • 05/12/2017
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 9
    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

    • 05/13/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 2
    For Ages 9 years to adult

    Participants must be at least 9 years old to accompany an adult in a double kayak, and at least 12 years old to ride in a single kayak. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Explore the fascinating natural world of Kings Landing Park by kayak.

    Location: Kings Landing Park Meet at the put in by the pier

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register online or by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) No phone reservations accepted.

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 10

    Fee is per person.
    $15 for BCNES members
    $30 for nonmembers

    $10 Discount if you bring your own kayak

    NOTE: NO DOUBLE KAYAKS LEFT

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.


    • 05/13/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    Ages 6-9 with an adult

    Your children will have fun helping the naturalist take care of the nature center's live animals.  We will feed them and even take the turtles outside for some real sunshine.  Wear clothes that can get dirty.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, May 11. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free.

    • 05/13/2017
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 2
    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

    • 05/14/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 8

    For families with children of all ages. 

    Bring Mom for a spring visit to Kings Landing Park. We will enjoy the flowers and look for animal families on a hike. Stick around to make Mom a hand-crafted gift, materials will be provided.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Naturalists in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required by: Wednesday, May 10

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

     

    • 05/19/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0

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    18 months - 5 years, adult participation required

    Help the naturalist plant seeds and seedlings to attract caterpillars and butterflies to the gardens around the nature center.  Bring gloves and kid-friendly digging tools, if you'd like. 

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, May 17. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free.

    • 05/19/2017
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 12
    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

    • 05/19/2017
    • 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For All ages

    Adult participation is required

    Want to see some horseshoe crabs spawning on the beach by starlight? Join us for this unique chance to see Flag Ponds at night! With luck we will see horseshoe crabs spawning at the water’s edge or maybe bioluminescent comb jellies in the water!
    Bring a flashlight, insect repellent, and wear shoes that can get wet. You may want to have a change of clothes for the way home.


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

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required by May 17

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale
     

    • 05/20/2017
    • 06/03/2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 1

    Adults only.

    Are you interested in helping out with our kayak trips? This two day training course will cover getting boats to the water, paddle strokes, rescues and routes for our trips. Volunteers need to be able to attend both training days. While this program is free we expect volunteers to help with two trips during the following season.

    Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and participate in both days of the training.

    Naturalists in charge: Tania Gale

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by Thursday May 17

     

    • 05/20/2017
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 11
    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

    • 05/23/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 3

    All Ages, under 18 with adult 
    Volunteer Program

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes, and learn how you can help with this project. 

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required by Friday, May 19. Register online, by emailby mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 05/31/2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    Ages 10-adult, under 18 with adult

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes.  Have fun trekking through seldom-seen parts of the swamp, and perhaps catch a glimpse of some fuzzy little nestlings. 

     Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 12, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone. 

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Friday, May 26. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 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
    • 3

    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).

    • 06/03/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk MD
    • 7

    Ages: 3-5 years old, with adult

    Learn all about these amazing insect predators. We will start with hands-on activities, then join us for a hike to visit the dragonflies where they live.   Bring an insect net if you have one. Nets will be available to borrow.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

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

    Registration Deadline: May 31

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

    • 06/03/2017
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk MD
    • 3

    Ages: 3-5 years old, with adult

    Learn all about these amazing insect predators. We will start with hands-on activities, then join us for a hike to visit the dragonflies where they live.   Bring an insect net if you have one. Nets will be available to borrow.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

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

    Registration Deadline: May 31

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

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

    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


     

      
      
      
      
      
     
    • 06/06/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Water water all around on land and in the bay. Let’s look at it a bit closer and see the many things that make water interesting and unique. 

    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, June 4

     

    • 06/06/2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 11

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Water water all around on land and in the bay. Let’s look at it a bit closer and see the many things that make water interesting and unique. 

    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, June 4

     

    • 06/08/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 3

    All Ages, under 18 with adult 
    Volunteer Program

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes, and learn how you can help with this project. 

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required by Tuesday, June 6. Register online, by emailby mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 06/09/2017
    • 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 6

    **Kayaking experience required. So be sure to attend some of our earlier paddles this spring!**

    For Ages 9 years to adult

    Participants must be at least 9 years old to accompany an adult in a double kayak, and at least 12 years old to ride in a single kayak. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Come experience a kayak trip like no other as we paddle under the full moon and learn about animals of the night.  Participants may bring their own kayaks and paddle at a discounted rate.

    Location: Kings Landing Park Meet at the parking lot by the pool.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register online or by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) No phone reservations accepted.

    Registration Deadline is Tuesday June 6th

    Fee is per person. $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers. Bring your own kayak and get $10 off the program fee.

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

    • 06/14/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    Ages 10-adult, under 18 with adult

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes.  Have fun trekking through seldom-seen parts of the swamp, and perhaps catch a glimpse of some fuzzy little nestlings.

    Since we have a limited number of waders up to size 12, please let us know your shoe size when you register so that we can try to have enough waders for everyone.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Free for volunteers


    • 06/16/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 6

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

    Begin your summer vacation at Flag Ponds Park where your children will have fun helping the naturalist catch fish, shrimp, crabs and other animals using a seine net.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, June 14. Register online, by mail, email or by phone 410-535-5327.

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


    • 06/24/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 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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    10 years - adults, under 18 with an adult

    We are always looking for an extra hand to take care of the nature center's live animals.  Accompany staff on their morning rounds to learn how you can assist with this much-needed service.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

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

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 06/26/2017
    • 06/29/2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 4

    For children entering Grades 1-2

    Monday, June 26 - Tuesday, June 27, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, June 28- Thursday, June 29, 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

    Send your children outside to explore nature with us. They will have a blast playing games, catching animals, and having close encounters with the nature center's live animals.  Each day will feature a different group of animals: reptiles & amphibians on Monday, bugs on Tuesday, birds on Wednesday, and fish on Thursday.  Camp times differ to allow for time to transport older children to and from our other camp this week.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Location
    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Mon)

    Kings Landing Park  (Tues)

    Flag Ponds Nature Park (Wed & Thurs)

    • 06/26/2017
    • 06/30/2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10

    For children entering grades 3-5 in Fall 2017

    Monday-Wednesday, June 26 - 28, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, June 29, 6:00 p.m. overnight through
    Friday, June 30, 9:00 a.m.

    At the end of a summer day, if a child isn’t dirty, there is something missing! Dirt is teeming with life, and is often the sign of a good time. In this camp we will dig into underground ecosystems - exploring different habitats to discover who and what is underfoot. We will investigate different kinds of soil we have in the park and, of course, play in the mud! We will end the week with an overnight adventure.  

    Tents and breakfast for the overnight provided. Thursday will be a family potluck cookout followed by the overnight for campers.

    There will be no camp before 6 p.m. on Thursday or after 9 a.m. on Friday.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park
    Register by June 1

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $175
    Nonmembers: $205

     

    Tents and breakfast for the overnight provided. Thursday will be a family potluck cookout followed by the overnight for campers.

    There will be no camp before 6 p.m. on Thursday or after 9 a.m. on Friday.

    • 06/29/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Patuxent River Park, 16000 Croom Airport Rd, Upper Marlboro MD
    • 14
    Registration is closed

    MEMBERS ONLY

    For individuals and families. Children must be at least 7 years old; under 16 years old with an adult

    Description: Learn about the amazing fish hawk at its home out on the river. Naturalist Greg Kearns will take us by boat to meet osprey families up close for catch and release research.

    Special registration information: Bring sun protection, snacks, and water.

    Location: Patuxent River Park, 16000 Croom Airport Rd, Upper Marlboro MD

    Fee is per person

    $10 for members

    Deadline for registration: Monday, June 26

    • 07/03/2017
    • 07/07/2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 10

    For children entering Grades 4-6

    Monday, July 3, Wednesday, July 5 - Friday, July 7, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Photo Presentation for Families: Friday, July 7, 3:00 p.m.

    No camp on July 4.

    Your children will capture the natural wonders of Calvert County Parks on camera. In addition to fun camp activities, they will learn camera basics and picture-taking tips. After camp on Friday, families are invited to a presentation highlighting campers’ work. Campers must provide their own digital camera.

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park (Mon & Fri)
    Kings Landing Park  (Wed)
    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Thurs)

    Fee per camper: Society members: $120
    Nonmembers: $150

    • 07/05/2017
    • 07/07/2017
    • 2 sessions
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 6

    For children going into grades 9-12

    • Wednesday, July 5 (8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
    • Thursday, July 6, 8:30 a.m. overnight through Friday, July 7, 12:00 p.m. 
    • no camp after 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 7

    This short and intense mini-camp will bring teens up-close and personal with the Patuxent River.  The first day will be spent learning paddling fundamentals: safety, strokes, and rescues. Then we’ll test our skills and learn about the natural history of the river with a paddle adventure and an overnight camp-out on the river.

    Dinner Thursday, breakfast Friday, all kayak equipment, and tents are provided.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale 

    Fee per camper:

    Society members: $175
    Nonmembers: $205

    Tentative Locations

    Wednesday – Kings Landing Park
    Thursday - meets at Kings Landing Park for transport to Lower Marlboro lunch site
    Friday – pick up at Kings Landing Park


    Schedule may be changed due to the weather/paddling conditions

     

     

    • 07/08/2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 16

    For adults, ages 18 and up.

    Enjoy a frog serenade, a peaceful paddle, and sunset over the river.

    Special registration information: Participants may bring their own paddles and life vests. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park Meet at the parking lot by the pool.

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register online or by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) No phone reservations accepted.

    Registration Deadline is Wednesday, July 5 

    Fee is per person. $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers. Bring your own kayak and get $10 off the program fee.

    • 07/10/2017
    • 07/14/2017
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 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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    Children entering grades 6-8

    Monday-Wednesday, July 10-12, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 13, 7:30 a.m. overnight trip to Western MD
    Friday, July 14, 6:00 p.m.


    This week we will explore all things aquatic while learning the basics of getting around on the water using a variety of watercraft like canoes, kayaks, and river rafts. We’ll explore different aquatic habitats as we retrace the path that water takes from the mountains to the Bay – in reverse. The last 2 days will be an overnight adventure to western Maryland - including tubing on Antietam Creek and rafting on the Shenandoah River. Come prepared to get WET and have fun!

     

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


    Fee per camper:  Society members: $275

    Nonmembers: $305

    Registration fee includes camping, tubing and rafting fees, Thursday snacks, dinner and campfire, and Friday breakfast, lunch and snacks.

    Locations
    Monday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday – Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Wednesday – Kings Landing Park

    Thursday meets at Kings Landing Park for overnight trip

    Friday pick up at Kings Landing park


    Waivers will be posted in early June

    Please fill out waivers and return both before the first day of camp. A separate form is needed for each camper for each day.

        

     

       

     

    • 07/11/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/14/2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 6

    For children entering Grades 1-2

    Tuesday, July 11 - Friday, July 14, 9:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

    Has your child ever wondered what life is like for our animal friends? Help them explore the amazing lives that our local amphibians and reptiles have. Each day we will discover different adaptations through hands-on activities and up close animal encounters.  

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Location:
    Battle Creek Cypress Swamp (Tues & Wed)

    TBD  (Thu)

    Flag Ponds Nature Park (Fri)

    Fee per camper: Society members: $100
    Nonmembers: $130

    • 07/17/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/21/2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 8

    Entering Grades 7-9

    Monday, July 17 – Wednesday, July 19, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, July 20, 9:00 a.m. overnight through Friday, July 21, 10:00 a.m.

    Note: There is no camp after 10:00 a.m. Friday

    Come see the parks like never before as we explore the far reaches of our parks. Be prepared to travel by land and water as we set off on our adventures. We will end our week with mountain biking and a camp out at Tuckahoe State Park. Food for the overnight, camping and rental fees are included.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location:
    Monday: Ward Farm Nature Park
    Tuesday: Flag Ponds Nature Park
    Wednesday: Kings Landing Park

    Thursday-Friday: Kings Landing Park and traveling to Tuckahoe State Park

    Fee per camper: Society members: $175
    Nonmembers: $205

    • 07/17/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/21/2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 13
    For children entering grades 2nd–4th in Fall 2017

    Monday, July 17- Friday, July 22, 2017

    9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Explore the history of the people who lived before us. We will have fun exploring Native American arts and games. Each day we’ll learn something new and explore a different park. Wear clothes that can get dirty.

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda Duprey-Hicks


    Program Fee per camper:
    Members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180


    Monday: Flag Ponds Park

    Tuesday: Jefferson Patterson Park

    Wednesday: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Thursday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Friday:  Kings Landing Park


    • 07/22/2017
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 5
    Registration is closed
    Ages 12-16 years
    Adult participation not required

    Does your teen have an interest in animals and how to best take care of them? Maybe s/he is considering veterinary school or might like to work at a nature center someday? This special class for teens will let participants meet some of the captive animals at Battle Creek Nature Center – and perform, with guidance from nature center staff, the tasks necessary to maintain our animal collection.

    We will be getting dirty. Wear old clothes and, if you have rubber gloves (like dish-washing gloves), bring a pair.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale
       

    Please register by July 20

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

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




    • 07/22/2017
    • 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 9 years to adult

    Come along for this laid-back paddle to look for and learn about the common marsh plants that grow along the Patuxent River and associated marshes.

    Participants must be at least 9 years old to accompany an adult in a double kayak, and at least 12 years old to ride in a single kayak. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Kings Landing Park Meet at the parking lot by the pool

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register by July 20

    Program Fee (per person)

    $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers

    Bring your own kayak and get $10 off the program fee.

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale


    • 07/24/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/28/2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 6
    For children entering grades 2-4

    Monday-Friday, July 24-28, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Each day will bring a new adventure, exploring the park to learn about the natural world. We’ll also do crafts, play games, and cook over a fire. The week ends with a fun-filled team competition to test the skills they've learned in camp.

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee per camper:  

    Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180


    • 07/24/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/28/2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 8

    Entering Grades 5-6

    Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Everybody loves to eat but where does our food come from? We will explore local farms in our area while making fun food creations. We will also look towards the local waterways and land for wild edibles to include in our cuisine.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location:
    Monday-Wednesday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Thursday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Friday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp


    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180


    • 07/31/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/03/2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 2

    For children ages 4-5 years old by time of camp

    Monday, July 31 – Thursday, Aug 3, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

    We will set out on mini adventures throughout the park to explore our natural world. From the creek to the fields who knows what we may find. Parents are not required to stay during the camp. No younger or older siblings allowed.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location:  

    Mon & Tues: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Wed & Thu: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Registration Deadline: Monday July 10

    Fee per camper: 
    Society members: $60
    Nonmembers: $75

    • 07/31/2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/04/2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 11

    For children entering grades 3rd –5th in Fall 2017

    Monday, July 31-Friday, August 4
    9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Whether your child is already at home outside or needs a little encouragement, this outdoor skills camp introduces campers to some of the basic skills necessary to keep them safe and self-reliant in the “wild.” We’ll spend the week exploring the natural resources of Calvert County while learning important outdoor skills like: navigation, animal tracking, shelter building, and fire safety.

    Naturalist In Charge: Tania Gale

    Location

    Monday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Tuesday: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Wednesday: Kings Landing Park

    Thursday: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Friday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Fee per camper: Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180

    • 07/31/2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • 08/03/2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 4

    For children ages 4-5 years old by time of camp

    Monday, July 31 – Thursday, Aug 3, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

    We will set out on mini adventures throughout the park to explore our natural world. From the creek to the fields who knows what we may find. Parents are not required to stay during the camp. No younger or older siblings allowed.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Location: 

    Mon & Tues: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Wed & Thu: Flag Ponds Nature

    Registration Deadline: Monday July 10

    Fee per camper: 
    Society members: $60
    Nonmembers: $75

    • 08/02/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 30
    Registration is closed
    Adults only.

    Learn how you can connect your preschool child to nature and inspire their creativity through hands-on activities and make-and-take crafts. Enjoy this relaxing time away from the kids as you share ideas with other parents & teachers of preschool-aged children.  

    Offered at the same time as the Early Explorers Camp for 4 & 5 year-olds, if parents and care-givers are interested in learning how to engage with their children.


    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, July 26. 

    Program Fee per Person: 
    $10 for Society Members
    $20 for Nonmembers
    Program fee includes light refreshments and take-home materials.
    • 08/02/2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 30
    Registration is closed
    Adults only.

    Learn how you can connect your preschool child to nature and inspire their creativity through hands-on activities and make-and-take crafts. Enjoy this relaxing time away from the kids as you share ideas with other parents & teachers of preschool-aged children.  

    Offered at the same time as the Early Explorers Camp for 4 & 5 year-olds, if parents and care-givers are interested in learning how to engage with their children.


    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, July 26. 

    Program Fee per Person: 
    $10 for Society Members
    $20 for Nonmembers
    Program fee includes light refreshments and take-home materials.
    • 08/08/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 13-16 years old

    We’ll set out for a sunrise paddle along the Patuxent River and explore the nearby creeks for wildlife and wonder.

    Location: Kings Landing Park Meet at the put in by the pier

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register online or by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) No phone reservations accepted.

    Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 28

    • 08/12/2017
    • 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 9 years to adult

    Participants must be at least 9 years old to accompany an adult in a double kayak, and at least 12 years old to ride in a single kayak. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    We’ll set out for a sunrise paddle along the Patuxent River and explore the nearby creeks for wildlife and wonder.

    Location: Kings Landing Park Meet at the put in by the pier

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, Aug 2

    Fee is per person.
    $15 for Society members
    $30 for nonmembers

    $10 Discount if you bring your own kayak

    Due to the limited number of kayaks, we may not be able to accommodate your kayak preference. There is a chance that the demand for kayaks exceeds our capacity. If we are unable to fit you into the trip, you will receive a full refund.

    • 08/12/2017
    • 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown MD
    • 20
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 10-adult, under 16 needs an adult.

    Ever wanted to see a shooting star? Then come to Kings Landing Park to watch one of the best meteor showers of the year. Bring a reclining lawn chair and we will see how many we can see.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations are required.

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, Aug 9

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    • 08/15/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 11
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Explore wiggly worms hiding in the soil and underneath logs. We will learn why are these creatures important and what makes them special.  

    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, August 13

     

    • 08/15/2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 11
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Explore wiggly worms hiding in the soil and underneath logs. We will learn why are these creatures important and what makes them special.  

    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, August 13

     

    • 08/16/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 10
    Registration is closed
    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 August 14


    • 08/17/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    Volunteers 13 and up; under 16 with an adult

    Let's get the Education Building ready for fall! From cleaning up after summer camp, putting school program supplies in order, and checking on the pier - there's lots to do! 

    Please dress to get messy and for the weather (projects will be both indoors and outdoors) and bring a lunch if you can stay all day.

    Option to come in the morning, the afternoon, or stay all day. Email Tania Gale @ galete@co.cal.md.us after you register to specify when you will come.  

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Please register by: August 15



    • 08/22/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15
    Registration is closed
    For Ages: 6-9 years, Adult participation required.

    What animals lived here millions of years ago? Hike along the beach with the naturalist to see what kind of fossil evidence you can find.  Bring a water bottle and a container for fossils, and prepare to get your feet wet.


    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required. Registration opens May 1 for members; May 8 for nonmembers.

    Program Fee: Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers
    • 08/24/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5
    Registration is closed

    Salamander Study Training Day

    For adults and families with older children (age 9 and up) with adult participation.  Not suitable for young children.

    Come find out more about our local salamanders and this volunteer program which helps to keep tabs on their population at Flag Ponds Park.  Join the naturalist in getting the traps ready for the fall season.  Bring work gloves and wear clothes that can get dirty.   

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required. Registration opens May 1 for members; May 8 for nonmembers. Register by 8/22/17

    This program is free.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    • 08/26/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    Ages 10-Adult, under 18 with adult

    Enjoy the convenience of collecting data at home, while expanding our monarch conservation efforts. Learn about the monarch citizen science projects we're working on and practice tagging and other data collection techniques that you will use at home.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp  

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required. Registration opens May 1; Register by Thursday, August 24.

    Free.


    • 08/26/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk MD
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    For ages 8-10 years old

    Learn about the amazing creature features of insects that eat other bugs, then we will look for them in the forest and meadow. Bring bug nets and catching containers if you have them.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required. Registration opens May 1 for members; May 8 for nonmembers.

    Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 22

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