Volunteer Opportunities

Become a Calvert Steward

Volunteering at the parks is a rewarding way to give back to your community, help preserve Calvert's natural spaces, and get outside! To become a Calvert Steward please complete the volunteer form and return it to Battle Creek Cypress Swamp in person or by email; we'll be in touch with you soon! For additional information contact volunteer@calvertparks.org
Read the Summer Volunteer Dress Code

Here are some of the ways you can get involved:

Calvert Steward Work Days

Get down to earth! Help clear trails, remove invasive plants, plant trees, and assist with construction and maintenance projects. Keep an eye on our calendar and newsletter to register for upcoming work days!

Teaching Volunteer

If you love kids and exploring the outdoors, help us lead CHESPAX field trips and Nature Discovery programs. New volunteers will be trained by staff and experienced volunteers. Background check required to work the school children. Weekdays only. Click here to read full description.

Research Projects

We need your help with ongoing research projects around the county. From owl nest box building and monitoring, habitat surveys, feeder watches, and salamander trap checks, there's something for everyone. See our full list of research projects.

Animal Care/Nature Center Helper

Work with the weekend staff to care for live animals, greet and teach visitors, and help behind the desk.

Kayak and Canoe Trips

Love to paddle? Help our naturalists with their seasonal kayak trips along Calvert's beautiful waterways. Includes unloading and launching boats, outfitting participants, and helping to guide the trip. Training provided though paddling experience required. Weekends and evenings. Click here to read full description.

Outreach Events

Promote our parks and programs at community events like Patuxent River Appreciation Days, the County Fair, Green Expo, and more.



Upcoming events

    • 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.


    • 05/08/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 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.

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp


    • 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.

    • 05/19/2017
    • 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.

    Join waitlist
    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.

    • 05/20/2017
    • 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

     

    • 05/23/2017
    • 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

    • 06/08/2017
    • 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

    • 06/12/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 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.

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp


    • 06/14/2017
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 3
    Ages 10-adult, under 18 with adult


    Note: On April 7, the program time was changed from 10am-noon to 1:30-3:30pm. 

    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


    • 06/24/2017
    • 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.

    Join waitlist
    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

    • 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




    • 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



    • 08/24/2017
    • 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.


    • 09/06/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 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.


    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by 9/1/17


    • 09/14/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Meet at Kings Landing Park
    • 15

    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 eastern shore in the county vans.

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations are required by Monday, September 9

    Program is free.

     

    • 09/22/2017
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15
    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

Calvert Nature Society is dedicated to the protection and preservation of Calvert County’s natural heritage and the creation of an environmentally literate and aware community. We provide opportunities for appreciation and understanding of our natural world through our outreach initiatives and in support of the mission of the Calvert County Natural Resources Division.  The Society is a 501(c)3 organization.

Copyright Calvert Nature Society.
Mailing address: PO Box 122, Port Republic, MD 20676. info@calvertparks.org
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