Upcoming Programs

Listing of programs for Summer 2018 (pdf)

  • Members Registration Opens May 1
  • Nonmembers Registration Opens May 8
Join today to take advantage of members early registration and program discounts (most are free to members)

    • 05/25/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    Register

    Adults; Teens are welcome with adult participation

    Help us document the distribution and abundance of horseshoe crabs, orchids, and any other living thing in Calvert County and beyond! In this workshop, you'll learn how to use iNaturalist to photograph and map your observations in a few easy steps. You'll learn about the various projects that can use your observation, how to verify other observations, and other basic features of the iNaturalist app.

    To prepare for the training, please bring a fully charged smart phone with the iNaturalist app installed. Don't forget to set up your account.

    To download the app:

    • Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.inaturalist.android
    • Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inaturalist/id421397028?mt=8

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    If you cannot attend this orientation, send in your volunteer application and we'll contact you about other Calvert Steward opportunities.


    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.

    • 05/26/2018
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 9
    Register
    Ages 16 to adult

    Under 18 years old, must be accompanied by an adult.

    Experience a ghost hunt while listening to tales of the haunted and supernatural history of Kings Landing and Calvert County.  We'll use professional ghost hunting equipment on a late night tour through the woods in search of the unseen. Be prepared for a night hike: boots, flashlights, jacket

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    • 06/01/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    Homeschool First Friday: - Eating Wild - AM session

    Ages 4-12 with adult

    The final installment of our  “Outdoor Skills” theme, June’s class will focus on finding food and water safely in the great outdoors.

    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 May 30 to attend   

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    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

    Indoor activities are generally designed to be done by families as a unit, though older children may be able to complete them on their own.  Parents are expected to participate in this program as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic outdoor exploration.  Parents will be expected to stay with the younger group, while the older children will stay with park staff.

    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.

    • 06/01/2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
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    Homeschool First Friday: - Eating Wild - PM session

    Ages 4-12 with adult

    The final installment of our  “Outdoor Skills” theme, June’s class will focus on finding food and water safely in the great outdoors.

    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 May 30 to attend   

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    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

    Indoor activities are generally designed to be done by families as a unit, though older children may be able to complete them on their own.  Parents are expected to participate in this program as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic outdoor exploration.  Parents will be expected to stay with the younger group, while the older children will stay with park staff.

    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.

    • 06/02/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4
    Register

    *New Time: 8:30 - 10:30 am* Bring Fido on this walk about the senses. We will explore all around the park taking in what we hear, what we see, and what we smell. We will also learn about their wild canine relatives. Dogs must be well behaved and on a leash. 

    Location:  Flag 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 Thursday, May 31st

     

    • 06/02/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center
    • 4
    Register
    We are looking for Calvert Stewards to be ambassadors for our nature parks!

    This is a great chance to show your knowledge and passion for our natural resources here in Calvert County by helping to engage new volunteers and the public at large.

    Spread the word about our programs, do some simple crafts with kids, educate about our animals and talk about why you enjoy being a steward of Calvert County.

    We need 2 or 3 star volunteers to work the table with our naturalists for the day, entrance fee provided.


    • 06/02/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 8
    Register

    Volunteers must be at least 18 years old

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

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    LocationKings Landing Park

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by May 30

    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.

     

    • 06/03/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Jefferson Patterson Park
    • 4
    Register
    We are looking for Calvert Stewards to be ambassadors for our nature parks!

    This is a great chance to show your knowledge and passion for our natural resources here in Calvert County by helping to engage new volunteers and the public at large.

    Spread the word about our programs, do some simple crafts with kids, educate about our animals and talk about why you enjoy being a steward of Calvert County.

    We need 2 or 3 volunteers to work the table with our naturalists for the day, entrance fee provided. Teens are welcome to assist.

    • 06/04/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    • 0
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    Ages 12-16 years, adult participation not required

    Bringing your own food and water on your outdoor adventure is always the best way to go, but it can be fun to explore the wild edible plants of our area, too. In this class, teens will hike thru forest, meadow, and wetland to discover how to identify plants that are safe to eat – and most especially those that are not. We will also discuss how to find water that is safe to drink.

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Program Fee is per person:

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

    Register by May 30

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    • 06/06/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
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    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Playing outside is healthy for humans of all ages. Take some time to enjoy the outdoors and meet like-minded families in this semi-structured event. Children and their grown-ups can explore the river’s edge by playing games, catching live river animals, and/or creating some nature art. Families may stay for some of the listed program time – activities will be ongoing. Younger siblings are welcome, but for safety, must be supervised by their adults.

    Location: Kings Landing Park


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


    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by May 31

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    • 06/07/2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    Register

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

    Accompany the naturalist into the swamp as she checks nest boxes.  Interested volunteers can sign up to monitor them on their own after this training.

    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 Tuesday, June 5

    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.

    • 06/08/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1
    Register
    All ages, adult participation required

    Help the naturalist search for monarch caterpillars in the meadow and gardens for the 2018 Monarch Larva Monitoring Project.  This volunteer opportunity is one of many that will be offered throughout the summer and fall to help improve conservation efforts for monarch butterflies.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, June 6. 

    Program Fee:  
    Free.

    This project is part of our Calvert Stewards volunteer program, providing families an opportunity to contribute to our efforts to improve habitat and help with various park projects.

    • 06/15/2018
    • 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    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 6/13/17

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale
     

    • 06/23/2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • 06/24/2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 9
    Register

    For adults and families with children ages 10 and up, no exceptions.

    Join us for a special overnight adventure! We will paddle from Kings Landing across the river to Milltown Landing. We will cook a simple dinner over the campfire, enjoy an evening hike, then have s'mores before retiring to our tents. We'll have a light breakfast in the morning before paddling back to the park.

    BYO tents, some available to borrow. Participants must bring their own sleeping bags and pillows.

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

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, June 13

    Members Only:
    $10 per person


    • 06/24/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 11
    Register

    Ages 10 yo - adult

    Ever wanted to know more about the birds in our area? We will go on a hike and practice using field guides to identify the birds we find in the forest and along the beach.

    Location:Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Fee is per person. Free for members

    $8 for nonmembers

    Registration Deadline:Wednesday, June 20

    • 06/24/2018
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
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    **No more tandem kayaks available for this trip**


    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 nice paddle along the Patuxent River and explore the nearby creeks for wildlife.

    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, June 20

    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.

    • 06/25/2018
    • 06/28/2018
    • 4 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1
    Register

    For children entering Grades 1-2

    Monday, June 25- Thursday, June 28, 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 some of our exhibit animals.  Each day will feature a different animal theme: reptiles & amphibians, bugs, birds, and fish.  

    Location:Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Monday, June 18.

    Fee per camper: Society members: $120

    Nonmembers: $150
    • 06/25/2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 06/29/2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    For children entering grades 3-5 in Fall 2018

    Monday-Wednesday, June 25-27, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday, June 28, 6:00 p.m. overnight through
    Friday, June 29, 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: $200

     

    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.

    • 06/29/2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 4
    Register

    All ages, under 18 with adult 

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes and does a little trail trimming.  Come lend a hand and learn how you can help with this project.   Be prepared for a 1.5 mile hike over moderate terrain.     

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, June 27.

    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.

    • 06/30/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    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. 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 and can help train new volunteers. 

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by June 28

    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.


    • 06/30/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby MD
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    For Ages 3 to 5 years, adult participation is required.

    Shelly the puppet will tell you about her Bay friends that make shells, then we will create a shell craft. Later, we'll walk to the beach to see what kinds of shells we can find. 

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required.

    Registration deadline: Tuesday, June 26

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


    • 06/30/2018
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
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    Ages 6-9 with an adult

    The nest boxes at Cypress Swamp are usually bustling with activity this time of year.  Your children will have fun helping the naturalist check some of them for the warbler monitoring project.  Wear old shoes that can get a little muddy. 

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, June 28.

    Program Fee: Free.

    This project is part of our Calvert Stewards volunteer program, providing families an opportunity to contribute to our efforts to improve habitat and help with various park projects.

    • 06/30/2018
    • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 150
    Register

    Join us for a night of toe tappin’ good fun at the
    Cypress Swamp Romp! 

    Music by The Crawdaddies  
    Enjoy New Orleans specialties from Myra’s and delicacies from Dream Weaver
    Silent auction, and more!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp 
    2880 Grays Road, Prince Frederick, MD

    Attire: Swamp casual 
    Tickets: $75 per person (must be over 21 to attend)

    Sponsorships are available while registering. Details at
    Calvertparks.org/swampromp

    This event benefits Calvert Nature Society and supports your Calvert County Nature Parks

    • 07/03/2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 5
    Register

    Ages 10 years to adult; under 18 with adult 

    Accompany the naturalist as she checks Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes and does a little trail trimming.  Come lend a hand and learn how you can help with this project.  Be prepared for a 1.5 mile hike over moderate terrain.   

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge:  Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Sunday, July 1.

    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.

    • 07/06/2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 8
    Register

    All ages, adult participation required

    Help the naturalist search for monarch caterpillars in the meadow and gardens for the 2018 Monarch Larva Monitoring Project. This volunteer opportunity is one of many that will be offered throughout the summer and fall to help improve conservation efforts for monarch butterflies.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, July 4. 

    Program Fee:  Free.

    This project is part of our Calvert Stewards volunteer program, providing families an opportunity to contribute to our efforts to improve habitat and help with various park projects.

    • 07/09/2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/12/2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • varies, see description
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    For children entering grades 1-2 in Fall 2018

    Monday, July 9 -Thursday, July 12, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

    Campers will investigate some of the many water habitats of Calvert County.  Together we will explore a pond, a stream, a swamp, and the Chesapeake Bay searching for fish, amphibians, reptiles, insects, and other organisms that depend on water.  We will conduct experiments to discover how the properties of water benefit plants, animals, and humans.  Other activities include hikes, games, and journaling. 

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Location:
    Monday and Tuesday – Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Wednesday and Thursday – Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee per camper: 
    Members: $120
    Nonmembers: $150

     
    • 07/09/2018
    • 07/13/2018
    • 5 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 5
    Register

    Entering Grades 6-8

    Monday, July 9 – Thursday, July 12, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (EXCEPT Wednesday)

    Wednesday, July 11, 6:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Eastern Shore trip

    Friday, July 13, 4:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. Owl hike at night (Dinner will be provided)

    Take your interest in birds to the next level with this camp.  From hikes to boat trips we will be learning about the many species of birds that call our area home. We will teach you how to identify birds by their song and appearance.  You will also get the chance to observe a bird banding research project. Bring your binoculars and your camera for a fun week long adventure ending with an owl prowl on Friday night! 

    Bonus activity: Campers are invited to observe our songbird banding project on Saturday July 14 at Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park.

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Locations may change.
    Monday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park Patuxent River Boat Trip
    Wednesday: Kings Landing Park Poplar Island Boat Tour
    Thursday:  Flag Ponds Nature Park 
    Friday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

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

    Registration Deadline: Monday June 25

    • 07/14/2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Nature Park
    • 7
    Register

    For ages 10-12 years old.

    Learn about the amazing creature features of bugs 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 Deadline: Tuesday, July 10

    Program fee per child:
    Free for members
    $8 for nonmembers


      
      
     
    • 07/14/2018
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 5
    Register
    Ages 16 to adult

    Under 18 years old, must be accompanied by an adult.

    Experience a ghost hunt while listening to tales of the haunted and supernatural history of Kings Landing and Calvert County.  We'll use professional ghost hunting equipment on a late night tour through the woods in search of the unseen. Be prepared for a night hike: boots, flashlights, jacket

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    • 07/16/2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/20/2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Varies, see description
    • 0