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Programs have staggered registration dates. We advertise programs before registration opens which is why you may see that registration is closed, yet there are spaces available.  See details >

Upcoming Programs

    • 06/23/2024
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 1
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    All Ages. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Monarch butterflies are important pollinators. But why else should we work to conserve these striking orange insects? Come learn all about Monarchs, ways to get involved, and go for a short hike looking for them.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by: June 20, 2024

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Paige Stevens

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 06/24/2024
    • 06/28/2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2
    Registration is closed

    Welcome to Camp letter and packing list is HERE


    For children entering grades 3-5 in fall 2024

    At the end of a summer day, if a child isn’t dirty, there is something missing. In this camp we will wade into the muddiest habitats in the park with nets, magnifying glasses, and all our senses. We will investigate how different types of mud are created, what lives in the mud, and, of course, play in the mud!  Come prepared to get down and dirty... really dirty.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Fee per camper: Society members: $220; Nonmembers: $325

    Daily Schedule: Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Thursday-Friday - camp begins at 6:00 p.m. Thursday and goes overnight to 9:00a.m. Friday.  No camp after 9:00 a.m. Friday or before 6:00 p.m. on Thursday.

    NOTE: Campers will be sleeping in tents outside, 2 to a tent.


    • 06/24/2024
    • 06/28/2024
    • 5 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 0
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    Camp letter can be found here as well: Birding Adventures Letter


    For children entering grades 6-8 grade in fall 2024

    Take your interest in birds to the next level with this camp. From the forest to the shore 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. This year we will also be collecting data for the breeding bird survey, visiting a bird banding station, and going on a cruise to Poplar Island! Bring your binoculars and your camera for a fun adventure.

    Calvert Nature Society reserves the right to modify and/or change camp program activities and structure based on health, safety, and other variable factors.

    Advanced Reservations are required

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Fee per camper: Society members: $210; Nonmembers: $310

    Location and times vary by day. The schedule below could be subject to change due to weather but we will do our best to maintain with the original plan.

    Daily Schedule:

    Monday 6/24: Flag Ponds Nature Park 9:00am-3:00pm

    • Special activity: Beach Hike

    Tuesday 6/25: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp 9:00am-3:00pm

    • Special Activity: Prothonotary Warbler Surveys

    Wednesday 6/26: Gatewood Preserve 5:30am-11:30am

    • Special Activity: Field research bird banding project

    Thursday 6/27: Kings Landing Park 9:00am-3:00pm

    • Special Activity: Visits to marsh areas around county

    Friday 6/28: Kings Landing Park 6:00am-3:00pm

    • Special Activity: Poplar Island Trip



    • 06/29/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
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    All ages, Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Explore the world of dragonflies and learn about these fascinating insects. Marvel at their graceful flights and discover their important ecological role.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by: June 23, 2024

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Paige Stevens

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 06/29/2024
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    Adults and families, recommended for children 10 years and older.

    Juvenile owls are now out on the prowl!    We will go on a 2 mile hike through the forest to see WHOOOO we can find and listen for any begging young owls so we can document them for the Breeding Bird Atlas. We will discuss the different species and their special adaptations for living at night. 

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

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

    Registration deadline: Friday, June 28

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 06/30/2024
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 4
    Register

    Adults and teens

    Never heard of a Swamp Candle?  This is a nickname given to the Prothonotary Warbler due to its bright yellow coloring and habit of perching on top of cypress knees. We will hike along the swamp boardwalk learning about this unique species and the color banding project that staff are running to help promote conservation for Prothonotary Warblers.

    LocationBattle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Fee is per person. Free for members

    $8 for nonmembers

    Registration deadline: Friday: June 28


    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.



    • 07/01/2024
    • 07/03/2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5
    Register

    Welcome letter & packing list

    For children entering grades 4 & 5 in fall 2024

    If you love everything the water has to offer in the hot summer months then this camp is for you! We will splash and play the week away, exploring different natural bodies of water every day and learning what makes each place special. Campers should be comfortable entering natural bodies of water up to their waist. We will be wading into local creeks, swamps, ponds, and the Chesapeake Bay.

    Naturalist in Charge: Kim Curren

    Fee per camper: Society members: $135; Nonmembers: $195


    • 07/05/2024
    • 8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Gatewood Preserve, Prince Frederick
    • 0
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    This program is intended for adults and children 10 years and older.

    Visit our Monitoring Avian Production and Survivorship (MAPS) bird banding station. You will learn all about our local bird species and why bird banding is an important part of bird research. You will also  get to see some birds up close and in the hand of our banders during the banding process. We will be hiking 4-5 miles on natural surface trails while checking the nets sometimes at a fast pace with limited chances to rest if its busy.  

    Location: Gatewood Preserve

    Registration Deadline: Monday, July 1, 2024

    Fee is per person. Free for members

    $8 for nonmembers

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon


    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 07/06/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
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    All Ages,  Adult participation required

    Come celebrate and learn about frogs. After a brief overview about why frogs are important to the environment, meet our resident frog and then set out to find them in the wild.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Advanced Reservations are required. Please register by: June 30, 2023

    Program Fee, per family

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Paige Stevens

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 07/08/2024
    • 07/11/2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 2
    Registration is closed

    Welcome to Camp letter and packing list NOW AVAILABLE! (Click here)

    For children entering grades 1 and 2 in fall 2024

    Embark on a buzzing adventure at Bug Bonanza Camp! Young nature enthusiasts are invited to dive into the fascinating world of insects. From captivating bug hunts to interactive learning sessions, children will explore, discover, and cultivate a love for the smallest wonders of the great outdoors. Join us for a buggy blast!

    We will be spending every day actively interacting with a large variety of insects. Campers must be comfortable around bugs. If your child is extremely scared of insects, this might not be the camp for them.

    Advance Registration is required. Please register by June  15th, 2024.

    Naturalist in Charge: Eva Blockstein

    Fee per camper: Society members: $135; Nonmembers: $195

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Daily Schedule:

    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    • 07/09/2024
    • 07/11/2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    Welcome to camp letter and packing list are now available HERE


    For children entering grades 3-5 in fall 2024

    Summer nights can be magical - with frogs and crickets singing and fireflies glowing in the trees. This camp will get us outdoors to experience the mysteries of the night.  Campers will have fun together exploring the beach, swamp, and forest while learning what makes night animals special.  We will also play games, make a campfire, and enjoy campfire snacks.

    Naturalist In Charge: Tania Gale

    Fee per camper:  Society members: $100; Nonmembers: $135

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Daily Schedule:

    This camp meets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights - 6:00p.m.-10:00p.m.

    No camp on Monday or Friday

    "Welcome to Camp" letter and packing list can be found here in June


    • 07/15/2024
    • 8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Gatewood Preserve, Prince Frederick
    • 0
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    This program is intended for adults and children 10 years and older.

    Visit our Monitoring Avian Production and Survivorship (MAPS) bird banding station. You will learn all about our local bird species and why bird banding is an important part of bird research. You will also  get to see some birds up close and in the hand of our banders during the banding process. We will be hiking 4-5 miles on natural surface trails while checking the nets sometimes at a fast pace with limited chances to rest if its busy.  

    Location: Gatewood Preserve

    Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 11, 2024

    Fee is per person. Free for members

    $8 for nonmembers

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon


    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 07/15/2024
    • 07/19/2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Varies, see description
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For children entering grades 6-8 in Fall 2024

    This week we will explore all things aquatic while learning the basics of getting around on the water safely.  We will use a variety of watercraft to get us out onto and INTO these wild water habitats - investigating with nets, water quality testing equipment – and our senses. The last 2 days of the week will be an overnight adventure to western Maryland – including a guided canoe experience with local guides, river rafting trip, and camping overnight.

    Campers should be comfortable on and in the water and should be competent swimmers.

    Registration fee includes camp water bottle, all outfitter/camping fees and equipment needed, Thursday snacks, dinner and campfire with s'mores, and Friday breakfast, lunch and snacks. 

    Campers will each need a separate online outfitter waiver form for each day of the overnight - canoeing on Thursday and rafting on Friday, in addition to the general Society waiver.  Waivers will be filled out online in June - link will be emailed to participants. 

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Fee per camper: Society members:  $500 ; Nonmembers: $660

    Daily Schedule

    Monday-Wednesday: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    Thursday: 7:30 a.m. overnight trip to Western MD
    Friday: pick up at 6:00p.m.

    Monday: Gatewood Preserve
    Tuesday: Kings Landing Park
    Wednesday: Kings Landing Park
    Thursday: meets at Kings Landing Park for overnight trip
    Friday: pick up at Kings Landing Park

    Waivers will be posted here in early June

    • 07/18/2024
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8
    Register

    Adults age 60 and up are welcome to join a naturalist for a guided hike at Flag Ponds Nature Park. We'll enjoy views of the bay from atop the ridge and other natural beauty of the park.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by: July 15, 2024

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

    Naturalist in charge: Amy Werking

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 07/21/2024
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 16
    Register

    Join us for a captivating adventure beneath the brilliance of the full moon on a guided night hike at Kings Landing Park. The Buck Moon, aptly named for the regrowth of buck deer antlers during this season, sets the stage for a unique nocturnal experience. Nature's allure comes alive as the moon's silver glow illuminates the lush landscapes, reminding us of renewal and regeneration in the natural world.

    Whether you're a seasoned night hiker or a first timer, come discover the allure of the night and make memories that will linger long after the moon sets. These hikes are NOT stroller friendly, but infants and toddlers in backpacks are welcome.

    Mark your calendars and join us each month at a different Calvert County nature park for a themed hike and let us honor the beauty of nature and marvel at the natural magic that unfolds under the light of the full moon.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lydia Wells

    Program Fee: $5 per household

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 07/22/2024
    • 8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Gatewood Preserve, Prince Frederick
    • 4
    Register

    This program is intended for adults and children 10 years and older.

    Visit our Monitoring Avian Production and Survivorship (MAPS) bird banding station. You will learn all about our local bird species and why bird banding is an important part of bird research. You will also  get to see some birds up close and in the hand of our banders during the banding process. We will be hiking 4-5 miles on natural surface trails while checking the nets sometimes at a fast pace with limited chances to rest if its busy.  

    Location: Gatewood Preserve

    Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 18, 2024

    Fee is per person. Free for members

    $8 for nonmembers

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon


    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 07/22/2024
    • 07/26/2024
    • 3 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    For children entering grades 6-8 in Fall 2024.

    This camp is for ambitious hikers who love to explore nature trails on foot. Campers will also learn outdoor skills such as tracking, shelter building, and orienteering. We will end the week with two nights of tent camping at Deep Creek Lake State Park in Western Maryland. We will hike the rock maze at Garrett State Forest, see the beauty of Swallow Falls State Park, and conquer Maryland's highest peak, Hoye-Crest!

    Naturalist in Charge: Kim Curren


    • 07/30/2024
    • 8:30 AM - 11:45 AM
    • Gatewood Preserve, Prince Frederick
    • 4
    Register

    This program is intended for adults and children 10 years and older.

    Visit our Monitoring Avian Production and Survivorship (MAPS) bird banding station. You will learn all about our local bird species and why bird banding is an important part of bird research. You will also  get to see some birds up close and in the hand of our banders during the banding process. We will be hiking 4-5 miles on natural surface trails while checking the nets sometimes at a fast pace with limited chances to rest if its busy.  

    Location: Gatewood Preserve

    Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 25, 2024

    Fee is per person. Free for members

    $8 for nonmembers

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon


    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 07/30/2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • 08/02/2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Welcome to Camp letter and packing list are here


    For children ages 4-5 years old by time of camp

    Children must be bathroom independent

    Little campers will spend this week taking a close look at the plants and animals that live at Flag Ponds Nature Park. Each day we will go on mini adventures throughout the park to explore our natural world. We’ll use our senses and scientific tools like hand lenses and nets to explore. Nature-related games, songs, and crafts round out our days.

    Is your camper nervous about being on their own at camp?  Come for our optional "Meet the Naturalist" day at Flag Ponds Nature Park on July 25 at 10am. More information will be sent to registered participants.  

    Naturalist in Charge:  Tania Gale 

    Tuesday - Friday (no camp on Monday)

    9:00am - 12:00pm each day

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee per camper: Members: $110; Nonmembers: $165

    "Welcome to Camp" letter and packing list can be found here in early July

    • 08/02/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 5
    Register

    Ages 3-5 ,  Adult participation required

    Come learn about a snake's place in our environment. Meet a local snake and enjoy a craft afterwards.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Advanced Reservations are required. Please register by: July 28, 2023

    Program Fee, per family

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Paige Stevens

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 08/05/2024
    • 08/08/2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
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    For children entering grades 1 & 2 in fall 2024.

    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.

    Naturalist in charge: Kim Curren

    Registration fee is per camper
    $135 for members
    $195 for nonmembers

    • 08/05/2024
    • 08/09/2024
    • 5 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 7
    Register

    For children entering grades 3-5 in fall 2024

    Unleash creativity in the great outdoors at Art Adventures in Nature Camp! Join us for a week of artistic exploration, where campers immerse themselves in the beauty of nature to find inspiration. Through creating art inspired by nature as well as using natural materials, we will cultivate a love for art while fostering a deep connection with the natural world.

    Naturalist in charge: Eva Blockstein

    Registration Fee is per camper:
    $230 for members
    $320 for nonmembers

    • 08/17/2024
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Kings Landing Park, Huntingtown
    • 0
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    Members Only

    Adults (age 18 and up)

    Come experience a kayak trip like no other as we paddle under the full moon and learn about animals of the night.  Participants may bring their own kayaks and paddle at a discounted rate.

    Kayaking experience required. 

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

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations and payment are required in advance.

    Register online or by mail or in person (at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp) No phone reservations accepted.

    Registration Deadline is Monday, 8/12/2024

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

    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.

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 08/19/2024
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 17
    Register

    Journey into Flag Ponds Nature Park, as the full moon rises and casts its ethereal glow over the coastal landscape. The Sturgeon Moon, named for the abundance of sturgeon fish typically found during this season, invites you to dive into the mystique of the night to explore the trails under the filter of the full moon.   

    Whether you're a seasoned night hiker or a first timer, come discover the allure of the night and make memories that will linger long after the moon sets. These hikes are NOT stroller friendly, but infants and toddlers in backpacks are welcome.

    Mark your calendars and join us each month at a different Calvert County nature park for a themed hike and let us honor the beauty of nature and marvel at the natural magic that unfolds under the light of the full moon.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lydia Wells

    Program Fee: $5 per household

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.
    • 08/31/2024
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 5
    Register

    For Families with children ages 8 and up.

    Learn to identify different species of crickets by their calls and go for a short hike to see what species we can hear.  

    Adult participation is required.  No younger siblings please. This hike is not be suitable for younger children or strollers as it will be off-trail on uneven ground.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Location: Kings Landing Park


    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 09/04/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    Ages 18 months- 5 years old.

    Discover the fascinating world of worms and uncover the secrets that make them so amazing! Dig into an adventure as we explore the soil and peek under logs to find these incredible creatures. Get ready for a hands-on, fun-filled experience where getting dirty is part of the excitement!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Advanced Reservations are required 

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Kim Curren

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver

    • 09/04/2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    Ages 18 months- 5 years old.

    Discover the fascinating world of worms and uncover the secrets that make them so amazing! Dig into an adventure as we explore the soil and peek under logs to find these incredible creatures. Get ready for a hands-on, fun-filled experience where getting dirty is part of the excitement!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Advanced Reservations are required .

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Kim Curren

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver

    • 09/11/2024
    • 12/11/2024
    • 4 sessions
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    For students ages 12-16 years old. No parent needed.

    In this 4-part series we will get out and explore Flag Ponds Nature Park. We will spend the class outside hiking the trails. We will learn to identify common plants and animals, build shelters, and discover whatever the season has to offer. 

    We expect teens to attend all 4 sessions.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Program Fee per teen

    Members: $10

    Nonmembers: $20 

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 09/13/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 5
    Register

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This fall we will explore the habitats present at Flag Ponds Nature Park. We will meet outside each month and spend the class out hiking the trails - we will explore the park, learn to identify the common plants and animals, build shelters, and whatever the season has to offer.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced registration required.

    Program Fee  

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

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

    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

    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).

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver

    • 09/13/2024
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 8
    Register

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This fall we will explore the habitats present at Flag Ponds Nature Park. We will meet outside each month and spend the class out hiking the trails - we will explore the park, learn to identify the common plants and animals, build shelters, and whatever the season has to offer.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced registration required.

    Program Fee  

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

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

    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

    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).


    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 09/14/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    All ages

    Uncover Maryland's best-kept secret: the native Pawpaw. Take a hike to learn about these delectable, tropical-tasting fruits and taste some of the many ways you can enjoy them. Don't miss this unique and tasty adventure!

    Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Kim Curren

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by: September 13

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members

    $8 per family for nonmembers


    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 09/17/2024
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 20
    Registration is closed

    Celebrate the bounty of the season with the Harvest Full Moon Hike. Join us under the glow of the full moon as we explore the enchanting trails at Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park and embrace the magic of nature's abundance.

    Whether you're a seasoned night hiker or a first timer, come discover the allure of the night and make memories that will linger long after the moon sets. These hikes are NOT stroller friendly, but infants and toddlers in backpacks are welcome.

    Mark your calendars and join us each month at a different Calvert County nature park for a themed hike and let us honor the beauty of nature and marvel at the natural magic that unfolds under the light of the full moon.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Lydia Wells

    Program Fee: $5 per household

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 09/22/2024
    • 8:44 AM - 10:44 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    All Ages

    Celebrate the arrival of autumn with an all-ages hike at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp. Join us as we observe the seasonal changes in the swamp and meadow, and embrace nature's transition together.

    The Autumnal Equinox is at  8:43 a.m. so make this your first hike of fall.

    Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

    Naturalist in charge: Amy Werking

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by September 18.

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver

    • 09/26/2024
    • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    The shallow waters of the bay are home to many unique animals. We'll use a seine net to get an up-close view of the fascinating aquatic creatures that call the bay home. Parents will don waders to help the naturalist maneuver the net, while children assist in collecting the animals we catch. Come get swept away with this unique and hands-on adventure!

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations are required.

    Registration Deadline: Monday, Sept 23, 2024

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

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver

    • 09/27/2024
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    For Children in Grades 3-5

    Calling all young adventurers in grades 3-5! Embark on an exciting journey where you'll hone essential scientific skills and foster a deep connection to the environment. Get ready for hands-on exploration and thrilling discoveries. No parents are needed for this day out of school. Explorers will develop essential scientific skills while nurturing a sense of wonder and stewardship for the environment. Hands-on fun awaits! No parents needed.

    Bring a snack, lunch, and dress for the weather.

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Fee per child:  Each child must be registered separately.

    Society members pay : $30

    Nonmembers pay : $50

    Please register before September 20

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver

    • 10/02/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Learn about these birds of the night. We will learn about types of owls that call our area home and how they use their special features to hunt in the darkness. We will even get a chance to see our ambassador owls up close!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp 

    Naturalist in charge: Kim Curren

    Reservations are required, please register by: October 1.

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


    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 10/02/2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Learn about these birds of the night. We will learn about types of owls that call our area home and how they use their special features to hunt in the darkness. We will even get a chance to see our ambassador owls up close!

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp 

    Naturalist in charge: Kim Curren

    Reservations are required, please register by: October 1.

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


    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 10/04/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This fall we will explore the habitats present at Flag Ponds Nature Park. We will meet outside each month and spend the class out hiking the trails - we will explore the park, learn to identify the common plants and animals, build shelters, and whatever the season has to offer.


    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced registration required.

    Program Fee  

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

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

    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

    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).


    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 10/04/2024
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    Ages 4-12, with adult

    This fall we will explore the habitats present at Flag Ponds Nature Park. We will meet outside each month and spend the class out hiking the trails - we will explore the park, learn to identify the common plants and animals, build shelters, and whatever the season has to offer.


    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced registration required.

    Program Fee  

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

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

    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

    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).


    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 10/05/2024
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Gatewood Preserve
    • 7
    Registration is closed

    All Ages

    Learn about the life cycle of Monarch butterflies, and current citizen science projects focused on studying them. See first-hand the process of studying the caterpillars and tagging a Monarch butterfly.

    Location: Gatewood Preserve

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by: October 1, 2024

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Paige Stevens

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 10/12/2024
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 12
    Registration is closed

    **Update this event is now on October 12 and no longer in September**

    All ages

    Join a naturalist to explore the diverse habitats of this retired farm, now transformed into a beautiful park and open space! Discover the amazing plants and animals that call this unique setting home and experience the wonders of nature!

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Fee is per person. Free for members

    $8 for nonmembers

    Registration Deadline:  Wednesday, Sept 4, 2024

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 10/17/2024
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    As fall approaches there are many changes happening in our natural world. We will go on a hike to explore how the plants and animals are getting ready for winter.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations are required.

    Registration Deadline: Monday, Oct 14, 2024

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


    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 10/17/2024
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    For Ages 3 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    As fall approaches there are many changes happening in our natural world. We will go on a hike to explore how the plants and animals are getting ready for winter.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon

    Reservations are required.

    Registration Deadline: Monday, Oct 14, 2024

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


    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 10/17/2024
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 20
    Registration is closed

    The crisp autumn air and the glow of the full moon set the stage for a captivating nocturnal journey through Battle Creek Cypress swamp. The Hunter’s full moon inspires this moonlit expedition into the swamp, where we are reminded of the interdependence between humans and the natural world as we honor the changing of seasons.

    Whether you're a seasoned night hiker or a first timer, come discover the allure of the night and make memories that will linger long after the moon sets. These hikes are NOT stroller friendly, but infants and toddlers in backpacks are welcome.

    Mark your calendars and join us each month at a different Calvert County nature park for a themed hike and let us honor the beauty of nature and marvel at the natural magic that unfolds under the light of the full moon.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in charge: Lydia Wells

    Program Fee: $5 per household

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 10/18/2024
    • 7:30 AM
    • 10/19/2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Assateague Island National Seashore
    • 8
    Registration is closed

    For students in grades 6-8

    Friday, October 18, 7:30 a.m. through Saturday, October 19, 4:00 p.m.

    Mandatory pre-trip meeting for all participants and their families on Thursday, October 3 at 6:30 pm at Kings Landing Park

    Experience the magic of the coast at our overnight adventure! Explore the bay, camp under the stars, cook over a fire, and hike through nature's wonders.

    Fee per child:
    Society members pay $90per person.
    Nonmembers pay $120 per person.

    Please register by September 27.

    Each child must be registered separately.

    Location: meets at Kings Landing Park then we'll travel by van to Assateague Island National Seashore.

    Includes:

    • Entrance into the National Park.
    • Camp duffle bag.
    • Hands-on experience cooking dinner together over a campfire.
    • Night walk.
    • Campfire dinner, s'mores, and breakfast included, but bring lunch and a snack for Friday.
    • Tents provided (2 people/tent) – must have own sleeping bag.

    Packing list can be found here and will be emailed to participants in late September.

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale



    • 10/26/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    For ages 8 & up. Adults are required to accompany children under 16.

    You can learn a lot about an animal by what it eats. We will learn about owl pellets and how they teach us many things, then identify the different prey items the owls ate during the nesting season.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Kim Curren

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by: October 25

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members

    $8 per family for nonmembers


    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 10/31/2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 10
    Registration is closed

    Ages 3-5

    Bats, Owls, Spiders oh my! Your favorite Halloween creatures are not as scary as they seem. Come learn about the critters who get a bad name and complete a craft!


    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by: October 20, 2024


    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Paige Stevens

    Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant(s) are ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.