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

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

    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
    Registration is closed

    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
    Register
    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
    Register

    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.


    • 11/08/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 7
    Register
    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.

    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 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.

    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 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.

     

    • 12/06/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 7
    Register
    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


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

    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.

     

    • 02/10/2018
    • 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    Volunteers 16 and up, with adult participation

    Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and flashlights

    Join other volunteers for this evening of fellowship, fire, and food. Learn more about campfire cooking and eat a dinner you make yourself cooked over the fire.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale 

    Please register by: 2/7/18

    • 02/16/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Varies: Meet at Kings Landing Park
    • 9
    Registration is closed

    Ages 13 and up

    The 21st Annual Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend.  Whether you are a novice or an expert birder, volunteers are welcome to help us identify and count birds.  Besides Kings Landing, we will visit Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary and the North Beach Marsh to increase our chances of seeing more species and numbers of birds.  Researchers at Cornell and the National Audubon Society will use the data we collect.

    Location: Meet at Kings Landing Park.  We will then travel to Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary and North Beach Marsh in the county van.

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, February 14.

    Program is free.



    • 02/17/2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    All ages.

    The 21st Annual Great Backyard Bird Count is this weekend. Whether you are a novice or an expert birder, volunteers of all ages are welcome to help identify and count birds. Researchers at Cornell and the National Audubon Society will use the data we collect.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    This program is free.

    Reservations are required by: Thursday, February 15.


    • 03/06/2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Meet at Kings Landing Park, then travel to Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge
    • 15
    Register

    Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge is a hidden gem on the eastern shore providing great habitat for wintering eagles and waterfowl. It’s also a great spot to see Tundra Swans feeding along the shore. Bring your binoculars and we will see what we can find!

    This trip is open to Calvert Stewards who have volunteered 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 Thursday March 1.

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Program is free.


     

    • 03/21/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    Register
    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 Monday, March 19. Register online, by email, by mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:  
    Free for volunteers

    • 03/24/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 5
    Register
    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, March 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’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.

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