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Your support is needed now, more than ever. Please consider a donation to support the nature parks and the programs we provide.

The schedule of events is subject to changed based on the status of the coronavirus response, weather, staffing, and other situations that may arise. If Calvert Nature Society or Calvert County Natural Resources Division cancels a program, a full refund will be issued. 

Summer 2021 program registration (including Summer Camps)  will open April 12 for members, April 26 for nonmembers. Join now to take advantage of the early registration period. Schedule is subject to change. 

Download the Summer Program listing

Dec. 10, 2020: We have new policies. See the Calvert Nature Society's for our COVID policies for all in-person activities

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Upcoming events

    • 03/22/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 05/14/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 12

    Ages 12 and up, under 18 with adult

    Please register through our new  Galaxy Digital volunteer portal https://calvertstewards.galaxydigital.com .  If you are new to the system, you will need to create an account.

    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.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    What are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.


    • 04/13/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 06/08/2021
    • (EDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Lower Marlboro Pier
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For students ages 12-16* years old

    No parent needed, participants must be AT LEAST 12 

    Please register each child separately.

    Our spring Teen Homeschooler classes will be a 3-part series on kayaking and the ecology of the Patuxent river and its tributaries. Each month we will go out in kayaks to explore the river and the areas around it. We will use nets, water quality equipment, and our own senses to learn more about the river and the plants and animals that call it home.

    We expect the teen to attend all three sessions.

    During registration, you will be asked to agree to our kayak waiver. https://www.calvertparks.org/waiver.html/

    Our Teen Homeschool classes will be in-person meetings because the groups are small enough to participate safely. Staff and participants will need to wear masks.  Classes will be outside only and if equipment is needed - each participant will have their own.   Each person will have their own kayak. 

     Masks will be needed for all participants.

    Location: Lower Marlboro

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Program Fee are per teen: Please register each teen separately.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    These policies are effective from June 5 until otherwise rescinded:

    • All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.
    • Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns. 
    • Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program,  we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. Please print it and bring to the program. The waiver needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 05/07/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • online via Zoom
    • 3
    Register

    Ages 4-12 with adult

    Water is important - in so many ways. During this homeschool series we will explore some of the properties that make water unique and think about how we use water. Zoom meetings will serve as a springboard for at-home, in-your-yard or kitchen experiments. Each month will feature a different watery theme.

    Location: Online via Zoom

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

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

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers


    • 05/08/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
    • 2
    Register

    For children 12 - 18 years old 

    Adults not required.

    Join us for a birding hike through the park. Members of the Southern Maryland Youth Birders Group will be in attendance so it's a great way to meet other birders your age. We will hike along the trails and learn about how to identify birds by their looks and calls.  

    **This hike is now part of the kickoff event for the Calvert County Birding Trail which runs from 10-2pm and features guided hikes, speakers and other activities!**

    We will be socially distancing and wearing masks.

    Location: Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum

    Fee is per person. Free for members

    $8 for nonmembers

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    • All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.
    • Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns. 
    • Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program,  we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. Please print it and bring to the program. The waiver needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 05/13/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Animals have some really cool ways of keeping track of the world around them - so do you.  We will learn more about animal senses and our own through hands-on activities and games.  This class will be all outdoors.  Masks will be needed for all for the age of 2.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by May 10

    Fee is per family

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    These policies are effective from June 5 until otherwise rescinded:

    ·       All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.

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

    ·       Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program,  we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. You may complete it online and email to CypressSwamp@CalvertCountyMD.gov, or print it and bring to the program. The waiver needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 05/22/2021
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 12

    Volunteers must be at least 18 years old

    Are you interested in helping out with our kayak trips? This training course will cover getting boats to the water, paddle strokes, rescues, and routes for our trips. While this program is free we expect volunteers to help with two trips during the following season.

    Register on our volunteer website Galaxy Digital:

    https://calvertstewards.galaxydigital.com/

    Previous paddling experience is required.

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    Please become a Fan of the Kayak Leaders volunteer program to be informed of any similar trainings.

    Who are Calvert Stewards? They are the volunteer corps of the Calvert Nature Society and the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. More information can be found on the Calvert Stewards Volunteer Page.

     

    • 05/27/2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    **THE DATE FOR THIS EVENT HAS CHANGED AND WILL NOW BE HELD THURSDAY, MAY 27TH FOM 2-4 P.M.**

    For Ages 1.5 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Horseshoe crabs are one of the coolest animals that inhabit the Chesapeake Bay. Come learn all about these amazing prehistoric animals and then take a walk on the beach to look for them!

    Location:  Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Kim Curren

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

    Reservations are required

    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    These policies are effective from June 5 until otherwise rescinded:

    • All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.
    • Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns. 
    • Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program,  we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. You may complete it online and email to CypressSwamp@CalvertCountyMD.gov, or print it and bring to the program. The waiver needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 05/28/2021
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Description: Wade in the bay with a seine net to discover critters living close to the shore. Participants will get a close look at bay animals such as grass shrimp, gobies, and skittlefish. Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet.

    This program is for all ages. Adult participation is required for children under 12.

    Naturalist in Charge: Amy Werking

    Park: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Fees: Free for Society Members, $8 per family for nonmembers



    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    These policies are effective from June 5 until otherwise rescinded:

    • All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.
    • Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.
    • Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please review the waiver prior to the program.

    You may complete it online and email to CypressSwamp@CalvertCountyMD.gov, or print it and bring to the program. The waiver needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.



    • 05/29/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Families with children ages 8 and up

    MEMBERS ONLY

    Get a behind-the-scenes look as we enjoy a spring hike around Ward Farm. We will visit several habitats and see which springtime flowers, plants and animals abound. The hike will be approximately 1.5 miles and is not stroller-friendly. Participants should wear sturdy footwear and bring water and insect spray.  

    Location: Ward Farm Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge - Jessy Oberright

    Registration Deadline: May 26, 2021

    Advanced Reservations are required. No walk ins allowed

    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    These policies are effective from June 5 until otherwise rescinded:

    • All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.
    • Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns. 
    • Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program,  we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. You may complete it online during registration or print and email to CypressSwamp@CalvertCountyMD.gov, or bring to the program. The waiver needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.



    Location: 


    • 06/01/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    You can’t eat them, but it sure is fun to make them! Join in the muddy fun as we explore the mud –how it feels, how it smells - what animals live in the mud? Come prepared for getting wet and dirty (adults and kids both), wear old sneakers that you can wear in the water (no flip flops), an old towel, and bring a change of clothes for the way home.

    All participants above 2 years old will need to wear masks.

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by May 28.

    Fee is per family

    Program Fee

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    These policies are effective from June 5 until otherwise rescinded:

    ·       All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.

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

    ·       Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program,  we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. You may complete it online and email to CypressSwamp@CalvertCountyMD.gov, or print it and bring to the program. The waiver needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 06/04/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • online via Zoom
    • 9
    Register

    Ages 4-12 with adult

    Water is important - in so many ways. During this homeschool series we will explore some of the properties that make water unique and think about how we use water. Zoom meetings will serve as a springboard for at-home, in-your-yard or kitchen experiments. Each month will feature a different watery theme.

    Location: Online via Zoom

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

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

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers


    • 06/04/2021
    • 9:00 PM - 11:30 PM (EDT)
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    This session is FULL.  Please join our waitlist.

    Ages 8 and up - Adult participation is required

    End time is flexible 

    Want to see some horseshoe crabs spawning on the beach by starlight? Join us for this unique chance to see Flag Ponds at night! With luck we will see horseshoe crabs spawning at the water’s edge or maybe bioluminescent comb jellies in the water!

    In order to keep groups small this year, we are offering staggered start times.  Each session will begin with a short informative talk about horseshoe crabs and end with a walk along the beach to look for them along the beach.  Please only sign up for one session.

    Bring a flashlight, insect repellent, and wear shoes that can get wet. You may want to have a change of clothes for the way home.  Don't forget masks for everyone over the age of 2.

    Registration deadline - May 28, 2020

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

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale



    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    These policies are effective from June 5 until otherwise rescinded:

    • All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.
    • Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.
    • Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please review the waiver prior to the program.

    You may complete it online and email to CypressSwamp@CalvertCountyMD.gov, or print it and bring to the program. The waiver needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.



    • 06/04/2021
    • 9:30 PM - 11:30 PM (EDT)
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1

    This session is FULL.  Please join our waitlist.

    Ages 8 and up - Adult participation is required

    End time is flexible

    Want to see some horseshoe crabs spawning on the beach by starlight? Join us for this unique chance to see Flag Ponds at night! With luck we will see horseshoe crabs spawning at the water’s edge or maybe bioluminescent comb jellies in the water!

    In order to keep groups small this year, we are offering staggered start times.  Each session will begin with a short informative talk about horseshoe crabs and end with a walk along the beach to look for them along the beach.  Please only sign up for one session.

    Bring a flashlight, insect repellent, and wear shoes that can get wet. You may want to have a change of clothes for the way home.  Don't forget masks for everyone over the age of 2.

    Registration deadline - May 28, 2020

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

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale



    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    These policies are effective from June 5 until otherwise rescinded:

    • All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.
    • Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.
    • Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please review the waiver prior to the program.

    You may complete it online and email to CypressSwamp@CalvertCountyMD.gov, or print it and bring to the program. The waiver needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.



    • 06/04/2021
    • 10:00 PM - 11:30 PM (EDT)
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Ages 8 and up - Adult participation is required

    End time is flexible

    Want to see some horseshoe crabs spawning on the beach by starlight? Join us for this unique chance to see Flag Ponds at night! With luck we will see horseshoe crabs spawning at the water’s edge or maybe bioluminescent comb jellies in the water!

    In order to keep groups small this year, we are offering staggered start times.  Each session will begin with a short informative talk about horseshoe crabs and end with a walk along the beach to look for them along the beach.  Please only sign up for one session.

    Bring a flashlight, insect repellent, and wear shoes that can get wet. You may want to have a change of clothes for the way home.  Don't forget masks for everyone over the age of 2.

    Registration deadline - May 28, 2020

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

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale



    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    These policies are effective from June 5 until otherwise rescinded:

    • All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.
    • Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns.
    • Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please review the waiver prior to the program.

    You may complete it online and email to CypressSwamp@CalvertCountyMD.gov, or print it and bring to the program. The waiver needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.



    • 06/05/2021
    • 5:30 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    **Current date is just a place holder until the banding schedule is created**

    For children 12 - 18 years old 

    Adults not required.

    Join us for a fun day of bird banding at our Monitoring Avian Production and Survivorship (MAPS) bird banding station. You will learn why bird banding is an important part of bird research and get to see some birds up close and in the hand during the banding process.

    We will be socially distancing and wearing masks.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Fee is per person. Free for members

    $8 for nonmembers

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    These policies are effective  until otherwise rescinded:

    • All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.
    • Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns. 
    • Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program,  we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. Please print it and bring to the program.

    The waiver needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 06/05/2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Kings Landing Pak
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Members Only

    A perfect trip for beginners to learn about kayaking and get out on the water.  We will focus on basic kayak skills and the ecology of the Patuxent River.

    Registration limited to 6 people. 

    If bringing your own kayak, you will need to arrive early to off-load your boat and park.  Parking space is limited.

    Ages 9 years to adult

    Participants must be at least 9 years old to accompany an adult in a double kayak, and at least 12 years old to ride in a single kayak. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations and payment are required in advance - by May 27

    Program Fee (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.

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale



    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    These policies are effective until otherwise rescinded:

    • All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.
    • Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns. 
    • Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program,  we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. Please print it and bring to the program. The waiver needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 06/06/2021
    • 5:30 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park, Dunkirk
    • 3
    Register

    **Current date is just a place holder until the banding schedule is created**

    For adults

    Join us for a fun day of bird banding at our Monitoring Avian Production and Survivorship (MAPS) bird banding station. You will learn why bird banding is an important part of bird research and get to see some birds up close and in the hand during the banding process.

    We will be socially distancing and wearing masks.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Fee is per person. Free for members

    $8 for nonmembers

    Naturalist in Charge: Gene Groshon

    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    These policies are effective from June 5 until otherwise rescinded:

    • All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.
    • Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns. 
    • Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program,  we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. Please print it and bring to the program. The waiver needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 06/19/2021
    • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM (EDT)
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    For Adults and Families with children ages 8 and up

    MEMBERS ONLY

    Learning to observe our local moths is a fun and easy pastime for families. We will get to know our local moth species up close and personal as we go mothing. Learn to attract moths, identify them and log them on iNaturalist for research purposes. Participants should bring a flashlight and insect spray.  

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Naturalist in Charge - Jessy Oberright

    Registration Deadline: June 16, 2021

    Advanced Reservations are required. No walk ins allowed



    COVID Policies and Procedures 

    All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines. 

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

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program,  we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. You may complete it online and email to CypressSwamp@CalvertCountyMD.gov, or print it and bring to  the program.  The waiver needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    Location: 


    • 06/21/2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 06/24/2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Varies, see description
    • 1
    Register

    For children entering grades 6-8 in fall 2021

    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.  You will also get the chance to observe a bird banding research project. 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.

    Naturalist In Charge: Gene Groshon

    Daily Schedule: camp will run 9:00 am- 3:00 pm everyday

    Location varies by day. The schedule below is tentative and could be subject to change. 

    Monday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Tuesday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Wednesday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp   Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Thursday: Kings Landing Park

    Fee per camper: 

    Society members: $120
    Nonmembers: $150


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    These policies are effective until otherwise rescinded:

    • All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.
    • Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns. 
    • Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program,  we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. You may complete it online and email to CypressSwamp@CalvertCountyMD.gov, or print it and bring to the program.

    The waiver needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.




    • 06/21/2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 06/25/2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    For children entering grades 3-5 in fall 2021

    At the end of a summer day, if a child isn’t dirty, there is something missing! Dirt is teeming with life, and is often the sign of a good time. In this camp we will dig into underground ecosystems - exploring different habitats to discover who and what is underfoot. We will investigate different kinds of soil we have in the park and, of course, play in the mud!  

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

    Marvelous Mud "Welcome to Camp!" letter and packing list can be found here in June.

    Fee per camper: 

    Society members: $150
    Nonmembers:  $180


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    These policies are effective until otherwise rescinded:

    • All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.
    • Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns. 
    • Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program,  we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. You may complete it online and email to CypressSwamp@CalvertCountyMD.gov, or print it and bring to the program.

    The waiver needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.




    • 06/29/2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • 07/01/2021
    • 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
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    For children entering grades 4 –6 in fall 2021

    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, build shelters, make a campfire, and enjoy campfire snacks!

    Naturalist In Charge: Tania Gale

    This mini-camp only meets Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights.  The schedule below is tentative and subject to change. 

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

    NEW location: Flag Ponds Nature Park


    Fee per camper:

    Society members: $60
    Nonmembers:  $75


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    These policies are effective until otherwise rescinded:

    • All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.
    • Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns. 
    • Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program,  we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. You may complete it online and email to CypressSwamp@CalvertCountyMD.gov, or print it and bring to the program.

    The waiver needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.




    • 07/05/2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 07/09/2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Varies, see description
    • 0
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    For children entering grades 3-5 in fall 2021

    Campers will explore the beauty of Calvert County in this beginner hiking camp. In addition to fun camp activities, we will play trail games and learn about basic hiking safety at five different Calvert County parks throughout the week.

    Location: Varies, see description

    Naturalist In Charge: Kim Curren

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

    Daily schedule

    Monday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Tuesday: Kings Landing Park

    Wednesday: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Thursday: Ward Farm Recreation Park

    Friday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    These policies are effective until otherwise rescinded:

    • All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.
    • Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns. 
    • Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program,  we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. You may complete it online and email to CypressSwamp@CalvertCountyMD.gov, or print it and bring to the program.

    The waiver needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.




    • 07/10/2021
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    • 0
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    Families  and Individuals, Ages 5+.  Adult supervision required

    MEMBERS ONLY

    We will take a photo safari and hunt for butterflies. Bring your family and your cell phone cameras to "capture" these beautiful creatures. We will get a quick overview of some of our common local butterflies, photography tips, and an intro on how to upload your captures to iNaturalist for documentation. Then head off to explore the meadows on your own for some great photo opportunities.  

    LocationBiscoe Gray Heritage Farm 

    Naturalist in Charge: Jessy Oberright

    Reservations are required by Sunday, July  4, 2020

    Advanced Reservations are required. No walk ins allowed

    COVID Policies and Procedures 

    All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines. 

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

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program,  we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. You may complete it online and email to CypressSwamp@CalvertCountyMD.gov, or print it and bring to  the program. 

    The waiver only needs to be completed for each program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    Location: 


    • 07/12/2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 07/16/2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Varies, see description
    • 0
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    For children entering grades 6-8 in Fall 2021

    Each day of this camp will bring campers up-close and personal with the Patuxent River and the creeks that flow into it. Campers will learn paddling fundamentals: safety, strokes, and rescues - as well as learning firsthand about water quality and the natural history of the river.

    Participants must be able to swim and be strong enough to paddle their own kayak.  We will not be using the tandem/double kayaks this year.

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Daily Schedule
    Monday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    Tuesday:  Kings Landing Park
    Wednesday: Kings Landing Park
    Thursday:  Lower Marlboro Pier
    Friday: Lower Marlboro Pier

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

    Fee per camper: 

    Society members: $150
    Nonmembers:  $180


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    These policies are effective until otherwise rescinded:

    • All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.
    • Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns. 
    • Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program,  we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. You may complete it online and email to CypressSwamp@CalvertCountyMD.gov, or print it and bring to the program.

    The waiver needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.




    • 07/19/2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 07/23/2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Varies, see description
    • 2
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    For children entering grades 4-6 in fall 2021

    Campers will capture the natural wonders of Calvert County Parks on camera. In addition to fun camp activities, they will learn camera basics and picture-taking tips. After camp on Friday, families are invited to a presentation highlighting campers’ work. Campers must provide their own digital camera.

    Naturalist In Charge: Kim Curren

    Location: varies, see daily schedule

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

    Daily schedule

    Monday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Tuesday: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm

    Wednesday: Kings Landing Park

    Thursday: Ward Farm Recreation Park

    Friday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    These policies are effective until otherwise rescinded:

    • All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.
    • Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns. 
    • Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program,  we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. You may complete it online and email to CypressSwamp@CalvertCountyMD.gov, or print it and bring to the program.

    The waiver needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.




    • 07/19/2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 07/23/2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Varies, see description
    • 0
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    Children entering grades 1st and 2nd in Fall 2021

    Designed for beginning campers to get a taste of what day camp has to offer and to become familiar with our amazing local parks. Campers will spend each day at a different Calvert County park engaging in traditional camp activities. We will take hikes, do arts and crafts, sing around the campfire and more! See daily schedule below for daily locations. 

    Naturalist in Charge: Jessy Oberright

    Fee per camper: Society members: $75; Nonmembers: $90

     Campers will bring their own snack each day.

    Daily Schedule

    Monday - Flag Ponds

    Tuesday - Battle Creek

    Wednesday - Ward Farm

    Thursday - Battle Creek

    Friday - Kings Landing


     "Welcome to Camp" letter, packing list, and waivers can be found here in early June.

    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    These policies are effective until otherwise rescinded:

    • All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.
    • Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns. 
    • Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program,  we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. You may complete it online and email to CypressSwamp@CalvertCountyMD.gov, or print it and bring to the program.

    The waiver needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 07/26/2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 07/30/2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
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    For children entering grades 2-3 in fall 2021

    In this week-long forest adventure, campers will spend every day in the forest - exploring every nook and cranny.  They will hike the trails from the sandy pines near the beach to the tall beeches and maples in the upland forest and everywhere in between.  We will have fun wading into wet forests, rolling logs to see what animals live under the dead trees, and playing games to help us learn why forest communities are important.

    Naturalist in Charge: Summer Interns, mentored by Tania Gale

    LocationFlag Ponds Nature Park

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

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee per camper: 

    Society members: $75
    Nonmembers:  $90


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    These policies are effective until otherwise rescinded:

    • All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.
    • Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns. 
    • Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program,  we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. You may complete it online and email to CypressSwamp@CalvertCountyMD.gov, or print it and bring to the program.

    The waiver needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.




    • 07/31/2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 9
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    All ages, children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

    Are you faster than a deer? Can you jump higher than a grasshopper? Come see how you would fare against some of the best athletes in the animal kingdom in this fun field-day event! Come any time between 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Park in the lower lot near the pool. Event will be held in the field located between the pool and Tom Wisner Hall.

    Naturalist in charge:  Kim Curren

    Advanced Reservations are required. No walk ins allowed



    COVID Policies and Procedures 

    All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines. 

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

    Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program,  we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. You may complete it online and email to CypressSwamp@CalvertCountyMD.gov, or print it and bring to  the program. 

    The waiver needs to be completed for each program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 08/02/2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 08/06/2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Varies, see description
    • 0
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    For children entering grades 3 –5 in fall 2021

    Whether your child is already at home outside or needs a little encouragement, this outdoor skills camp introduces campers to some of the basic skills necessary to keep them safe and self-reliant in the “wild.” We’ll spend the week exploring the natural resources of Calvert County while learning important outdoor skills like: navigation, animal tracking, shelter building, and fire safety.

    Naturalist In Charge: Tania Gale

    Location varies by day. The schedule below is tentative and subject to change. 

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

    Monday: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Tuesday: Ward Farm Recreation and Nature Park

    Wednesday: Kings Landing Park

    Thursday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Friday: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Fee per camper:

    Society members: $150
    Nonmembers: $180


    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    These policies are effective until otherwise rescinded:

    • All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.
    • Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns. 
    • Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program,  we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. You may complete it online and email to CypressSwamp@CalvertCountyMD.gov, or print it and bring to the program.

    The waiver needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.




    • 08/12/2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Kings Landing Pak
    • 0
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    Members Only Trip

    A perfect trip for beginners to learn about kayaking and the biology of the marsh.  We will focus on basic kayak skills and marsh ecology.

    Registration limited to 6 people. 

    If bringing your own kayak, you will need to arrive early to off-load your boat and park.  Parking space is limited.

    Ages 9 years to adult

    Participants must be at least 9 years old to accompany an adult in a double kayak, and at least 12 years old to ride in a single kayak. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Reservations and payment are required in advance - by August 5

    Program Fee (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.

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale



    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    These policies are effective from June 5 until otherwise rescinded:

    • All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.
    • Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns. 
    • Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program,  we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. Please print it and bring to the program. The waiver needs to be completed for each in-person program.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 08/14/2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
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    For all ages, families. Adult participation is required.

    MEMBERS ONLY.

    Celebrate National S'mores Day with a sweet campfire feast! You bring the makings, and we will provide you with recipes and  a toasty campfire to roast up your gourmet s'mores treats. Then enjoy some campfire fun while we eat our sweet creations. You will be provided an ingredients list ahead of the program so that you can come prepared to create some unique s'mores recipes. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Jessy Oberright

    Program Fee:
    Free for members

    Reservations are required by Sunday, August 8, 2021. No walk-ins.

    COVID Policies and Procedures

    The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines.

    These policies are effective until otherwise rescinded:

    • All participants over the age of 2 (including parents) must wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Participants must provide their own masks.
    • Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns. 
    • Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program,  we will ask each individual, to if under 18 a parent, to complete a participant waiver.

    Please download and complete the waiver prior to the program. You may complete it online and email to CypressSwamp@CalvertCountyMD.gov, or print it and bring to the program.

    The waiver needs to be completed for each program .

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 08/21/2021
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2
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