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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Calvert Nature Society will follow recommendations made by County, State & National guidelines.

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Registration for Winter Programs Opens on November 9 for Members, November 23 for nonmembers

Upcoming events

    • 10/07/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 11/04/2020
    • (EST)
    • 5 sessions
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    For Children in Grades  3-5

    Do your kids need a break from sitting in front of a screen this fall?  Join us for this 5-week session designed to get kids outside, moving, and having fun in a safe way.

    Students will enjoy hands-on activities in a safe manner led by our experienced naturalists.  We will have a different theme for each week - but will also be open to whatever seasonal opportunities nature might have for us.  

    Available as a 5-week session only. Weekly on Wednesdays - October 7 - November 4.  Rain dates will be - November 11 and 18. No discounts for partial attendance.

    More information on what to bring and wear can be found here soon and will be emailed to participants.

    Adults can work while the kids play - Wisner Hall will be made available by reservation only for adults to use for work while their children attend the Wild Wednesday program.  Free WiFi is available.  Anyone entering Wisner Hall must wear a mask and sign in. 

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Fee per child:
    Society members pay $25 per child.
    Nonmembers pay  $40 per child.

    Please register before October 4

    Each child must be registered separately.

    Location: Kings Landing Park, drop off and pick up at Wisner Hall

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale


    COVID safety measures:

    • All participants and staff will be asked to wear masks during the program
    • We will have temperature checks at check-in.  Anyone with a temperature above 100.4 F will not be able to participate 
    • The group will be limited to 8 children; it will be the same 8 children each week and the same staff members
    • We will be social distancing as much as possible during our adventures
    • This will be an all-outside program
    • Activities will be planned so that there is no need for shared supplies

    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 only needs to be completed once per year.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 10/29/2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online Webinar
    Register

    Learn about how climate is changing in the Chesapeake Bay region and the Patuxent River watershed, potential impacts to Patuxent River water quality, and how communities can prepare for the future.

    Speakers

    Dr. Kate McClure, coastal climate specialist with the University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension Program

    Dr. Jeremy Testa, Assistant Professor at the UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory


    On Thursdays October 29th - November 19th from 12-1pm we will be revisiting and discussing four topics which have been covered at prior conferences.

    These webinars are free! Donations and sponsorships are accepted.

    You must register for each in order to receive details on how to join the webinar.

    Other webinars in the series:

    Recordings will be available after each webinar. Check www.paxcon.org in the coming weeks for details


    The Patuxent River, considered “Maryland’s River”, is the longest river entirely in the state of Maryland. Home to over 100 species of fish and a staggering variety of resident and migratory birds, the Patuxent River is a jewel of the Maryland natural world. Archaeological artifacts dating back to 7,205 B.C. suggests the River has been an essential lifeline for humans for thousands of years.

    The Patuxent River Conference (PAXCON) is the premier forum uniting scientists, environmental educators, natural resource managers, and anyone passionate about the health and future of the Patuxent River. To know and understand the Patuxent River is to take one more step towards its protection.

    You must register in order to receive details on how to join the webinar.

    For Additional Information: http://www.paxcon.org/

    Consider being a Sponsor of the Conference: With a sponsorship of $100 your organization's logo will be on the conference website and materials, as well as being able to share materials with conference attendees.

    • 11/05/2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Online Webinar
    Register

    Join researchers from the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center to explore the role that wetlands play in maintaining healthy watersheds.

    Speakers

    Dr. Patrick Megonigal, Associate Director for Research and a Principal Investigator at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

    Dr. Karen Prestegaard is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geology at the University of Maryland College Park


    On Thursdays October 29th - November 19th  from 12-1pm we will be revisiting and discussing four topics which have been covered at prior conferences.

    Registration is free. Donations and Sponsorships are welcome.

    You must register for each in order to receive details on how to join the webinar.


    Other webinars in the series.

    Recordings will be available after each webinar. Check www.paxcon.org in the coming weeks for details


    The Patuxent River, considered “Maryland’s River”, is the longest river entirely in the state of Maryland. Home to over 100 species of fish and a staggering variety of resident and migratory birds, the Patuxent River is a jewel of the Maryland natural world. Archaeological artifacts dating back to 7,205 B.C. suggests the River has been an essential lifeline for humans for thousands of years.

    The Patuxent River Conference (PAXCON) is the premier forum uniting scientists, environmental educators, natural resource managers, and anyone passionate about the health and future of the Patuxent River. To know and understand the Patuxent River is to take one more step towards its protection.

    You must register in order to receive details on how to join the webinar.

    For Additional Information: http://www.paxcon.org/

    Consider being a Sponsor of the Conference: With a sponsorship of $100 your organization's logo will be on the conference website and materials, as well as being able to share materials with conference attendees.

    • 11/06/2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • online via Zoom
    • 4
    Register
    Please note that the safety of our participants and staff is of the utmost importance.  This class will be going virtual this fall and potentially through the winter.

    Ages 4-12 with adult


    Our Fall homeschool Friday season will focus on the group of animals known as "invertebrates." November's class will focus on the world of ants.  

    Please register by October 30   to attend

    Location: Online via Zoom - link coming soon to registered participants

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

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

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

    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.

    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. 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 once per year.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 11/06/2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
    • online via Zoom
    • 5
    Register

    Please note that the safety of our participants and staff is of the utmost importance.  This class will be going virtual this fall and potentially through the winter.


    Ages 4-12 with adult


    Our Fall homeschool Friday season will focus on the group of animals known as "invertebrates." November's class will focus on the world of ants.

    Please register by October 30   to attend

    Location: online via Zoom, link coming soon to registered participants

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

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

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

    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.

    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 only needs to be completed once per year.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 11/07/2020
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (EST)
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Ages 6-9 with an adult

    Your children will have fun helping the naturalist take care of the nature center's outdoor animals and will learn how to help animals in your own backyard.  This program will be limited to 5 families and will be completely outdoors.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, November 5.

    Program 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 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 once per year.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 11/07/2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Ages 6-9 with an adult

    Your children will have fun helping the naturalist take care of the nature center's outdoor animals and will learn how to help animals in your own backyard.  This program will be limited to 5 families and will be completely outdoors.

    Naturalist in charge: Shannon Steele

    Location: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    Reservations are required by Thursday, November 5.

    Program 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 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 once per year.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 11/07/2020
    • 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM (EST)
    • Virtual Program
    • 18
    Register

    **We will be attempting to run this through Zoom as a virtual program**

    10 years old and up adult participation required

    Adults are welcome to come to this is not just a kids program.

    Ever wondered what owls live in Maryland? Come to our owl banding station and learn about what owls could be living in your backyard as well as the migratory Saw-Whet Owls we are studying. We will have a live owl to see and maybe a chance to see a wild Saw Whet Owl.

    Location:Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Naturalist in charge: Gene Groshon and Andy Brown

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

    Registration deadline: Wednesday, Nov 4

    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 only needs to be completed once per year.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 11/10/2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    For students ages 12-16 years old - no parent needed

    Our fall (September - December) Teen Homeschool series will focus on invertebrates - with each month focusing on a different group of these fascinating critters.   November's class will focus on the macro invertebrates that call the swamp water home especially dragon and damselflies and water beetles.

    Each class session involves both indoor learning and hands-on outdoor exploration.

    Please register by Oct 30

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

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

    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

    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 only needs to be completed once per year.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

    • 11/12/2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Online Webinar
    Register

    Let’s talk stormwater and how local communities are working to restore their streams and meet regulatory requirements.

    Speakers

    Solange Filoso, Associate Research Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

    Erik Michelsen, Acting Deputy Director of Anne Arundel County’s Bureau of Watershed Protection and Restoration


    On Thursdays October 29th - November 19th from 12-1pm we will be revisiting and discussing four topics which have been covered at prior conferences.

    Registration is free. Donations and Sponsorships are welcome.

    You must register for each in order to receive details on how to join the webinar.


    Other webinars in the series.

    Recordings will be available after each webinar. Check www.paxcon.org in the coming weeks for details


    The Patuxent River, considered “Maryland’s River”, is the longest river entirely in the state of Maryland. Home to over 100 species of fish and a staggering variety of resident and migratory birds, the Patuxent River is a jewel of the Maryland natural world. Archaeological artifacts dating back to 7,205 B.C. suggests the River has been an essential lifeline for humans for thousands of years.

    The Patuxent River Conference (PAXCON) is the premier forum uniting scientists, environmental educators, natural resource managers, and anyone passionate about the health and future of the Patuxent River. To know and understand the Patuxent River is to take one more step towards its protection.

    You must register in order to receive details on how to join the webinar.

    For Additional Information: http://www.paxcon.org/

    Consider being a Sponsor of the Conference: With a sponsorship of $100 your organization's logo will be on the conference website and materials, as well as being able to share materials with conference attendees.


    • 11/19/2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    LOCATION CHANGE - This program will now take place at Kings Landing Park

    For Ages 3 to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    Let's go out for a walk and see what colors nature has to offer us. How many colors can we find?  What is the most colorful thing we can find.  We will have a story, craft, and a short walk.

    Location: Kings Landing Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Tania Gale

    Reservations are required.

    Registration Deadline: November 13

    Program Fee:
    Free for 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. 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 once per year.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 11/19/2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Online Webinar
    Register

    Spend an hour with the Patuxent and Anacostia Riverkeepers to learn how they engage communities in caring for their local waterways and advocate for improving the health of their rivers.

    Speakers

    Fred Tutman, Patuxent Riverkeeper

    Trey Sherard, Anacostia Riverkeeper


    On Thursdays October 29th - November 19th from 12-1pm we will be revisiting and discussing four topics which have been covered at prior conferences.

    Registration is free. Donations and Sponsorships are welcome.

    You must register for each in order to receive details on how to join the webinar.


    Other webinars in the series.

    Recordings will be available after each webinar. Check www.paxcon.org in the coming weeks for details


    The Patuxent River, considered “Maryland’s River”, is the longest river entirely in the state of Maryland. Home to over 100 species of fish and a staggering variety of resident and migratory birds, the Patuxent River is a jewel of the Maryland natural world. Archaeological artifacts dating back to 7,205 B.C. suggests the River has been an essential lifeline for humans for thousands of years.

    The Patuxent River Conference (PAXCON) is the premier forum uniting scientists, environmental educators, natural resource managers, and anyone passionate about the health and future of the Patuxent River. To know and understand the Patuxent River is to take one more step towards its protection.

    You must register in order to receive details on how to join the webinar.

    For Additional Information: http://www.paxcon.org/

    Consider being a Sponsor of the Conference: With a sponsorship of $100 your organization's logo will be on the conference website and materials, as well as being able to share materials with conference attendees.

    • 11/21/2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 4
    Register

    All Ages, Adult participation required for children under 16

    Explore common leaf types and learn why leaves fall. We will collect freshly fallen leaves and use them to create a variety of craft projects. Drop in any time between 10-12 and stay for as long as you'd like. All materials will be provided.

    Location: Flag Ponds Park

    Naturalist in Charge: Kim Curren

    Reservation deadline:  Friday, November 13 

    Program Fee per family:

    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. 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 once per year.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 11/25/2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 12
    Register

    For Ages 1.5 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Hiking with toddlers is always an adventure! Join us as we flip over rocks, pick up sticks, and hike through the woods at a toddler's pace.

    Location:  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    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 only needs to be completed once per year.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 11/25/2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp
    • 15
    Register

    For Ages 1.5 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Hiking with toddlers is always an adventure! Join us as we flip over rocks, pick up sticks, and hike through the woods at a toddler's pace.

    Location:  Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

    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 only needs to be completed once per year.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 12/02/2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 3
    Register

    3-5 years old, adult participation required

    Explore the park looking for evidence of winter animal life. Dress for a seasonal walk outdoors, and be prepared to use your senses as we explore!

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    Reservations are required.

    Program Fee:

    Free for Society members

    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Naturalist in charge: Amy Werking

    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 only needs to be completed once per year.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 12/04/2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • online via Zoom
    • 7
    Register

    Please note that the safety of our participants and staff is of the utmost importance.  This class will be going virtual this fall and potentially through the winter.


    Ages 4-12 with adult


    Our Fall homeschool Friday season will focus on the group of animals known as "invertebrates." November's class will focus on millipedes, centipedes, worms and other critters who live in the soil and under logs.

    Please register by November 27  to attend

    Location: online via Zoom

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

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

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

    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.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    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. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements using scientific equipment, or play games.

    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.

    The inside section of the class will be mixed-age learning  - with participants in their family groups.

    In general, for the outside portion of the class, students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger age-group to assist).

    • 12/04/2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
    • online via Zoom
    • 5
    Register

    Please note that the safety of our participants and staff is of the utmost importance.  This class will be going virtual this fall and potentially through the winter.


    Ages 4-12 with adult


    Our Fall homeschool Friday season will focus on the group of animals known as "invertebrates." November's class will focus on millipedes, centipedes, worms and other critters who live in the soil and under logs.

    Please register by November 27  to attend

    Location: online via Zoom

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

    Naturalist in charge: Tania Gale

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

    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.

    Free for Society members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    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. Depending on the topic, students may observe live animals, collect aquatic creatures, take measurements using scientific equipment, or play games.

    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.

    The inside section of the class will be mixed-age learning  - with participants in their family groups.

    In general, for the outside portion of the class, students will be grouped by age to allow for age-appropriate topic exploration (parents will stay with the younger age-group to assist).

    • 12/04/2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EST)
    • Ward Farm Recreation & Nature Park
    • 3
    Register

    All Ages

    It's the beginning of owl nesting season, and owls are especially vocal this time of year.  Join the naturalist on an evening hike through the trails and field edges where we will attempt to call one closer. 

    Due to COVID-19, we have significantly reduced the program maximum.  Please only register for one owl hike so that other families may have an opportunity to attend.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation & Nature Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Program Fee Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Wednesday, December 2

    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 only needs to be completed once per year.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 12/07/2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 2
    Register

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    The Christmas Possum has hidden candy canes in the park.  We'll meet in Pavilion 1 where the Possum Puppet will explain the rules of the candy cane search; then the naturalist will lead your children on a hike to find them.  This program will be limited to 5 families per session and will be completely outdoors.

    LocationKings Landing Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Thursday, December 3.  Register online, by emailby mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    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. 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 once per year.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 12/07/2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Kings Landing Park
    • 4
    Register

    For Ages 18 months to 5 years

    Adult participation is required

    The Christmas Possum has hidden candy canes in the park.  We'll meet in Pavilion 1 where the Possum Puppet will explain the rules of the candy cane search; then the naturalist will lead your children on a hike to find them.  This program will be limited to 5 families per session and will be completely outdoors.

    LocationKings Landing Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Reservations are required by Thursday, December 3.  Register online, by emailby mail, or by phone, 410-535-5327.

    Program Fee:
    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. 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 once per year.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 12/08/2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    For students ages 12-16 years old - no parent needed

    Our fall (September - December) Teen Homeschool series will focus on invertebrates - with each month focusing on a different group of these fascinating critters. December's class will focus on millipedes, centipedes, worms and other critters who live in the soil and under logs.

    Each class session involves both indoor learning and hands-on outdoor exploration.

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

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

    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 only needs to be completed once per year.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.



    • 12/08/2020
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EST)
    • Ward Farm Recreation & Nature Park
    • 3
    Register

    All Ages

    It's the beginning of owl nesting season, and owls are especially vocal this time of year.  Join the naturalist on an evening hike through the trails and field edges where we will attempt to call one closer. 

    Due to COVID-19, we have significantly reduced the program maximum.  Please only register for one owl hike so that other families may have an opportunity to attend.

    Location: Ward Farm Recreation & Nature Park 

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Program Fee Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Sunday, December 6

    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 only needs to be completed once per year.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 12/12/2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EST)
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    For Ages: 6-9 years, Adult participation is required.

    Children will learn some basic compass skills and will use what they have learned to find candy canes hidden in the park.

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm 

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Please register by Thursday, December 10

    Program Fee: 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. 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 once per year.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 12/17/2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 2
    Register

    3-5 years old, Adults are required

    Location: Flag Ponds Nature Park

    The days are short and the animals and plants have been getting ready for winter. Are you ready? We will tell stories, play games, and build forts - best of all - cook some snacks over a campfire. Wear your warm clothes to this one – it will be outside!

    We will have a fire going from 10AM-11AM - you may stay for part or all of that time

    Advanced Reservations are required - Please register by December 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 only needs to be completed once per year.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 12/30/2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EST)
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 1
    Register

    For Ages 1.5 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Hiking with toddlers is always an adventure! Join us as we flip over rocks, pick up sticks, and hike through the woods at a toddler's pace.

    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 only needs to be completed once per year.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 12/30/2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 14
    Register

    For Ages 1.5 to 5 years
    Adult participation is required

    Hiking with toddlers is always an adventure! Join us as we flip over rocks, pick up sticks, and hike through the woods at a toddler's pace.

    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 only needs to be completed once per year.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.



    • 01/02/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    All ages

    Celebrate the first Saturday of 2021 while exploring the trails at Flag Ponds Nature Park. 

    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 only needs to be completed once per year.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.



    • 01/02/2021
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Flag Ponds Nature Park
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    All ages

    Celebrate the first Saturday of 2021 while exploring the trails at Flag Ponds Nature Park. 

    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 only needs to be completed once per year.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.



    • 01/06/2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EST)
    • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm
    • 3
    Register

    All Ages

    It's the beginning of owl nesting season, and owls are especially vocal this time of year.  Join the naturalist on an evening hike through the trails and field edges where we will attempt to call one closer. 

    Due to COVID-19, we have significantly reduced the program maximum.  Please only register for one owl hike so that other families may have an opportunity to attend.

    Location: Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm   Meet at the equestrian entrance 

    Naturalist in Charge: Shannon Steele

    Program Fee Free for members
    $8 per family for nonmembers

    Reservations are required by Monday, January 4

    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 only needs to be completed once per year.

    Please read our full policy statement and waiver.


    • 01/08/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Online via Zoom
    • 15
    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

    • 01/08/2021
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
    • online via Zoom
    • 15
    Register