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

    • 03/04/2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5

    Cancelled - to find out more about checking salamander traps please call Tania Gale at Battle Creek Nature Center (410-535-5327)



    Salamander Study Work 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

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

    This program is free.

    Register by 3/1/17


     

    • 03/21/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5

    Ages 10-adult, under 18 with adult 
    Volunteer Program

    After a short presentation about our new 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 Friday, March 17. 

     

    • 04/01/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 11

    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

     

    • 04/07/2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 7

    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
    • 5
    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


    • 04/14/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 11

     

    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

    • 04/19/2017
    • 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

    • 04/25/2017
    • 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

    • 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.


    • 05/13/2017
    • 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
    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
    • 1
    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
    • 3

    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

    • 06/14/2017
    • 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


    • 06/24/2017
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 1
    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

Calvert Nature Society is dedicated to the protection and preservation of Calvert County‚Äôs 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.

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