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.

Registration For Fall 2017 Programs:

For Members: Opens July 17
For Nonmembers: Opens July 24


Upcoming events

    • 08/21/2017
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park

    Free event for all ages

    Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Bring a lawn chair or blanket, along with a picnic and bask in this solar phenomenon. The partial eclipse begins at 1:15; maximum eclipse at 2:42 pm, when about 80% of the sun will be obscured by the moon. Finally the eclipse ends at 4:01. You can come for all or part of the event. 

    We'll safely observe the eclipse using pin-hole cameras--bring an empty cereal box (or similar size box) to make your own. A limited number of solar eclipse glasses will be available.

    We'll also conduct temperature measurements as part of NASA's GLOBE Observer program. (optional: download the app to your phone or tablet to add your own observations: https://observer.globe.gov/about/get-the-app for details).

    Location: Kings Landing Park. We'll be set up in the field in front of Wisner Hall and we'll have activities around the pavilion. 

    Registration is not necessary.

    • 08/22/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    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
    • 08/23/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 7
    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 22


    • 08/24/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    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
    • 7

    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
    • 9

    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

    • 08/27/2017
    • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Learn more about Calvert Nature Society and celebrate our fantastic volunteers. After dinner, listen to a lively talk by Kyle Rambo, natural resources manager at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, on reptiles and amphibians of Southern Maryland

    Free event. Dinner will be BBQ and there will be vegetarian options.

    Kyle Rambo's lecture is supported by the Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust.

    • 09/01/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    Ages 4-12, with adult 

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification. Each month will focus on a different animal group. September’s class will be an investigation of insects. We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some examples.

    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

    Please register by August 29 to attend


    • 09/01/2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    Ages 4-12, with adult 

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification. Each month will focus on a different animal group. September’s class will be an investigation of insects. We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some examples.

    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

    Please register by August 29 to attend


    • 09/05/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0

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    We'll practice our basic kayaking skills while paddling the Patuxent River. Teens will help clean up the kayaks and associated equipment after the summer season.

    Give your homeschool 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.

    Ages 12-16 years

    Please register by 8/31/17

    Location: Kings Landing Park     

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


     

      
      
      
      
      
     
    • 09/06/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 6
    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 9/1/17


    • 09/09/2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nan's Cove
    • 0

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    For adults, ages 18 and up.

    Enjoy a leisurely paddle and sunset over the river.

    Location: Nan's Cove

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Registration Deadline is Wednesday, September 6 

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

    • 09/14/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Meet at Kings Landing Park
    • 11

    Adults only

    A special opportunity for our Calvert Stewards volunteers. 

    Fall migration will begin for many raptor species in late August. We will head up to Washington Monument State Park to observe raptors migrating along the Appalachian Mountains and submit our data to the Washington Monument Hawk Watch. We will meet at Kings Landing Park then travel to the park in Boonsboro, MD.

    Location: Meet at Kings Landing Park.   We will then travel to the Washington Monument State Park in the county vans.

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations are required by Monday, September 9

    Program is free.

     

    • 09/19/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    What is a weasel? A fisher? A marten? We’ll find out! Learn about these slender sneaky animals. 

    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, September 17

     

    • 09/19/2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    What is a weasel? A fisher? A marten? We’ll find out! Learn about these slender sneaky animals. 

    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, September 17

     

    • 09/22/2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Calvert Nature Society Members, Volunteers and Their Families

    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.

    Only registered participants will be provided with information about entry into the park.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Current Members and Volunteers Only
    Free event. 

    We have the right to cancel registrations if it is determined that those registered are neither members nor volunteers.

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, September 20

    • 09/23/2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For All Ages

    Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

    We will see the park illuminated with the colors of sunset as we take an evening hike around Kings Landing Park. 

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

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations are required.  

    Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 21, 2017

     

    • 09/27/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Learn about the animals that live in our creeks and streams. We’ll be wading in the water catching animals so wear clothes and shoes that you can get wet and dirty and bring a change of clothes. Old tennis shoes are best as they will stay on your feet.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations are required.

    Registration Deadline: Monday, Sept 25

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

    • 09/29/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 10

    For children ages 8-10 years old, adults are not required 

    Come explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests, and create memories that last a lifetime. 

    We will spend the day exploring this new park - hiking through the woods, walking in the creek, and playing games.

    Bring water, a snack, lunch, bug spray, sunscreen. Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and dirty. You’ll want a change of clothes for the way home and a towel.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Space is limited to 10 campers.

    Register before September 27

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Fee is per child.
    $10 for Society members
    $20 for nonmembers

    • 09/30/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 31

    All ages, adult participation required

    Learn how your family can help monarch butterflies. After a short presentation and hands-on activities, you will venture outside to plant seeds and practice netting techniques. Please pre-register for one of the three sessions offered throughout the day.  If you are interested in watching the 40-minute film Flight of the Monarchs,  it will be shown between Sessions 2 & 3. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Naturalists in charge: Lindsay Hollister and Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Thursday, September 28. 

    Program Fee (please pre-pay since staff will not have a way to make change on-site):  
    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

    • 10/03/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15

    For adults. 

    New and current volunteers are welcome.

    Join a naturalist and other park volunteers for this fun supplemental training opportunity.  Many of us spend a lot of time at the Flag Ponds beach but don’t have time to identify what we find there – now’s the chance! 

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Register by September 28 

    This program is free.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


     

    • 10/06/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification.  Each month will focus on a different animal group.  October's class will be an investigation of fish. We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some examples.

    Please register by October 4 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Please register all your children on one entry. Program  fees are per family.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


    Homeschool First Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12.  These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games. 
    • Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers.  Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.
    • Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.
    • Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).


    • 10/06/2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 3

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification.  Each month will focus on a different animal group.  October's class will be an investigation of fish. We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some examples.

    Please register by October 4 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Please register all your children on one entry. Program  fees are per family.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


    Homeschool First Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12.  These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games. 

    • Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers.  Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.
    • Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.
    • Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).


    • 10/13/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Little eggs can have big surprises inside. Come explore what starts off as an egg and where we might find some in nature. 

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

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

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, October 11

     

    • 10/13/2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Little eggs can have big surprises inside. Come explore what starts off as an egg and where we might find some in nature. 

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

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

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, October 11

     

    • 10/16/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2

    For students ages 12-16 years

    Looking for enrichment activities for your teen homeschooler? This month’s class will focus on the animals and plants live in the Bay and why they are important. We will sample the nearshore life with a seine net - identifying what we find and discussing their place in the ecosystem.

    Chest waders will be provided.

    Location: Flag Ponds Park

    Free for Society members.
    Nonmembers pay $8 per person

    Location Flag Ponds Nature Park 
      
    Please register by October 12

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    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. 
        
        
       
    • 10/18/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Varies: Meet at Kings Landing Park
    • 5

    Free Program For Volunteers Ages 10 and Up   

    Help conserve monarch butterflies by gently catching and tagging them. As you help the naturalist collect data at various county parks, you will learn how you can participate in this citizen science project.  Transportation provided during the program.

    Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Returning and new volunteers are welcome.

    Location: Varies: Meet at Kings Landing Park.  After searching for butterflies there, we will take a van to Ward Farm Nature Park and try our luck, returning to Kings Landing at the end.

    Reservations are required by Monday, October 16

     

    • 10/20/2017
    • 7:00 AM
    • 10/21/2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Assateague Island National Seashore
    • 3

    Ages 12-16 years old

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

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

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

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

    Please register before October 2

    Each child must be registered separately.

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

    Additional details

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

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

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

     

     

    • 10/20/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby, MD
    • 0

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

    Some animals have extra protection to help them survive. We’ll explore these critters and their habitats.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, October 18.

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

     

     

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

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    Ages 18 months to 5 years, adult participation required

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

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Meet at the picnic pavilion.

    Reservations are required by Thursday, October 19

    Program Fee:  
    Free.

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

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    Ages 18 months to 5 years, adult participation required

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

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Meet at the picnic pavilion.

    Reservations are required by Thursday, October 19

    Program Fee:  
    Free.

    • 10/26/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 7
    Ages 13 and up, under 18 with adult

    Volunteers are needed to help our staff with the maintenance and upkeep of the trails and gardens around Battle Creek Nature Center. From invasive plant removal, to routine garden care, to maintaining the nature play space and trails - there is always something to be done.  Volunteers must be able to perform moderately strenuous physical tasks.

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by 10/23/17


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

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

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

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, Oct 25

    Naturalist in charge: Gene

    Program is free.


    • 10/28/2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park, Lusby
    • 1

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

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

    Location:Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, Oct 18

    Naturalist in charge: Gene

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

    • 11/03/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

    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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    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification.  Each month will focus on a different animal group.  November’s class will be an investigation of mammals.  We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some clues that they have been nearby.

    Please register by November 1 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Please register all your children on one entry. Program fees are per family.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


    Homeschool First Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12. These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games.

    Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers. Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.

    Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.

    Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).


     

     

     

    • 11/03/2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2

    Ages 4-12, adult participation required

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification.  Each month will focus on a different animal group.  November’s class will be an investigation of mammals.  We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some clues that they have been nearby.

    Please register by November 1 to attend

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Please register all your children on one entry. Program  fees are per family.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


    Homeschool First Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12.  These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games. 

    • Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers.  Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.
    • Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.
    • Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).

     

     

     

     

     

    • 11/04/2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 8
    Ages 16 to adult

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

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

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    • 11/04/2017
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Prince Frederick
    • 4

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

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

    Location:Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday, Nov 1

    Naturalist in charge: Gene

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

    • 11/05/2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 12
    Ages 16 to adult

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

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

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    • 11/06/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 2
    Ages 12-16 years, adult participation not required

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

    Location - Kings Landing Park

    Program Fee is per person:

    Free for Society members

    $8 per person for nonmembers
      
    Register by November 2 

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


      
      
      
      
      
     
    • 11/08/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 7
    Ages 13 and up, under 18 with adult

    Volunteers are needed to help our staff with the maintenance and upkeep of the trails and gardens around Battle Creek Nature Center. From invasive plant removal, to routine garden care, to maintaining the nature play space and trails - there is always something to be done.  Volunteers must be able to perform moderately strenuous physical tasks.


    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by 11/3/17


    • 11/11/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0

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

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    Ages 6-9 with an adult

    Your children will have fun helping the naturalist take care of the nature center's live animals while being able to see them up-close. Wear clothes that can get dirty.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, November 9. 

    Program Fee: Free.

     

    • 11/11/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0

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

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    Ages 6-9 with an adult

    Your children will have fun helping the naturalist take care of the nature center's live animals while being able to see them up-close. Wear clothes that can get dirty.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, November 9.

    Program Fee: Free.

     

    • 11/11/2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 8
    Ages 16 to adult

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

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

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

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

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

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

    Location: Kings Landing Park

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

    • 11/14/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1
    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

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

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

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

     

    • 11/14/2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 3

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

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

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

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

    Reservations are required by Sunday, November 12.


    • 11/17/2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    All ages, with adult participation

    Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and flashlights

    Most everyone knows how to make s’mores over a fire, but campfire cooking can be so much more. Come discover some new campfire cooking methods and recipes. Dress for the weather - and bring your appetite.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

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

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale and Amanda Duprey

    Please register by: 11/15/17

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

    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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    Adults and Teens 16 and older 

    Members Only

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

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

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Program Fee: $5 per person

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp


    • 12/01/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification. Each month will focus on a different animal group. December's class will be an investigation of birds. We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some examples.

    Please register by November 29

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Please register all your children on one entry. Program  fees are per family.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


    Homeschool First Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12.  These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games. 

    • Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers.  Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.
    • Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.
    • Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).


    • 12/01/2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 3

    Ages 4-12, with adult 

    This fall’s homeschool series focuses on animal classification.  December's class will be an investigation of birds.  We will learn what makes them special and then search outside for some examples.

    Please register by November 29

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Please register all your children on one entry. Program  fees are per family.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale


    Homeschool First Fridays is a series of environmental education programs developed especially for homeschoolers ages 4 to 12.  These classes are a great way to get hands-on science and nature lessons, receive help on projects and research and network with other homeschooling families. Each two-hour program will consist of indoor and outdoor hands-on learning. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements of water quality, or play games. 

    • Parents with younger children (ages 4-6) will stay with the group; parents of older children have the option of staying or not; there is no charge for parents since they are expected to participate as mentors and teachers.  Staff will provide guidance for parents on how to assist.
    • Siblings younger than 4 are welcome, but must be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times and should not distract the program participants.
    • Older and younger students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger group).


    • 12/02/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0

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

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

    Children will learn some basic compass skills and will use what they have learned to find candy canes hidden in the park.   

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Thursday, November 30.

    Register online, by mailemail or by phone 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee: Free for Society members

    $8 per family for nonmembers

     

     

    • 12/04/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1

    For ages 12-16

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

    Location: Battle Creek Nature Center

    Adults are not required to attend.

    Program Fee
    Members: Free
    Nonmembers: $8 per person

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    • 12/05/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

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

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

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

    Reservations are required by Sunday, December 3

     

    • 12/05/2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

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

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Amanda DuPrey-Hicks

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

    Reservations are required by Sunday, December 3

     

    • 12/06/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 7
    Ages 13 and up, under 18 with adult

    Volunteers are needed to help our staff with the maintenance and upkeep of the trails and gardens around Battle Creek Nature Center. From invasive plant removal, to routine garden care, to maintaining the nature play space and trails - there is always something to be done.  Volunteers must be able to perform moderately strenuous physical tasks.


    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by 12/1/17


    • 12/09/2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 6

    For Adults and Teens 16 years and older.

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

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

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lindsay Hollister

    Reservations are required, deadline: Wednesday, December 6

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

     

    • 12/09/2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed
    For families, all ages welcome.

    Let's go for an evergreen scavenger hunt together! We will explore the different types of evergreens that live in our area, then make a holiday decoration together using some evergreens. All materials will be provided.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Lindsay Hollister

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

    Advanced Reservations are required. Please register by December 6.  



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

    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

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


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


    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by December 11

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

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    • 12/18/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Meet at Kings Landing Park, then travel to Blackwater Wildlife Refuge
    • 15

    For Current Volunteers (Adults only)

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

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

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

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, Dec 13

    Naturalist in charge: Gene

    Program is free.

     

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