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Summer Camps COMING SOON

Registration opens April 12  for members, April 26 for nonmembers

Questions about Summer Camp? Send an email to the Natural Resources Division or call during business hours: 410-535-5327.

  • Become a member today to take advantage of early registration and member discounts

Summer Camp Forms

Due to Maryland Health Regulations, there are forms and information required of every camper. We have a checklist to make sure you have all the information required for registration.
More information: Summer camp forms

Members are not allowed to register non-members for summer camps. Each family must register under their own account.

Members Registration Open 4/12

    • 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    These policies are effective until otherwise rescinded: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
    Join waitlist

    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.




    • 07/12/2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 07/16/2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Varies, see description
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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
    Register

    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
    Join waitlist

    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
    • 0
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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.




    • 08/02/2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 08/06/2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Varies, see description
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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.




Past events

07/20/2020 Mad Science LIVE online
08/05/2019 Summer Camp: Outdoor Art Adventures
08/05/2019 Summer Camp: Outdoor Skills
07/29/2019 Summer Camp: Early Explorers PM
07/29/2019 Summer Camp: Early Explorers AM
07/29/2019 Summer Camp: Exploring Environmental Careers
07/22/2019 Summer Camp: Nature Photography
07/15/2019 Summer Camp: Mountains to the Bay
07/08/2019 Summer Camp: Birding Adventures
07/08/2019 Summer Camp: Where the Wild Things Are
06/24/2019 Summer Camp: Creature Feature
06/24/2019 Summer Camp: Marvelous Mud
08/06/2018 Summer Camp: Outdoor Skills
07/30/2018 Summer Camp: Early Explorers PM
07/30/2018 Summer Camp: Early Explorers AM
07/23/2018 Summer Camp: Nature Photography Camp
07/16/2018 Summer Camp: Mountains to the Bay
07/09/2018 Summer Camp: It's a Wild, Wet, World
07/09/2018 Summer Camp: Birding Adventures Camp
06/25/2018 Summer Camp: Creature Feature
06/25/2018 Summer Camp: Marvelous Mud
07/31/2017 Summer Camp: Early Explorers PM
07/31/2017 Summer Camp: Early Explorers AM
07/31/2017 Summer Camp: Outdoor Skills
07/24/2017 Summer Camp: Nature Kids
07/17/2017 Summer Camp: Native American Camp
07/11/2017 Summer Camp: Lives of Reptiles & Amphibians
07/10/2017 Summer Camp: Mountains to the Bay
07/05/2017 Summer Camp: Patuxent Paddlers (CANCELLED)
07/03/2017 Summer Camp: Nature Photography Camp
06/26/2017 Summer Camp: Marvelous Mud Camp
06/26/2017 Summer Camp: Creature Feature
08/01/2016 Summer Camp: Into the Wild
08/01/2016 Summer Camp: Bio Blitz Camp
07/25/2016 Summer Camp: Patuxent Paddlers
07/25/2016 Summer Camp: Nature Photography Camp
07/18/2016 Summer Camp: Sons of the Forest
07/18/2016 Summer Camp: Nature Girls
07/11/2016 Summer Camp: Mountains to the Bay
07/05/2016 Summer Camp: Adventure Camp
07/05/2016 Summer Camp: Creature Feature
06/27/2016 Summer Camp: Early Explorers PM
06/27/2016 Summer Camp: Water World
06/27/2016 Summer Camp: Early Explorers AM
08/03/2015 Summer Camp: Nature Photography Camp
07/27/2015 Summer Camp: Wild Things
07/27/2015 Summer Camp: Early Explorers Session B
07/20/2015 Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventure Camp for Girls
07/20/2015 Summer Camp: Sons of the Forest
07/13/2015 Summer Camp: Adventure Camp
07/13/2015 Summer Camp: Ornithology Camp
07/06/2015 Summer Camp: Herpetology Camp
07/06/2015 Summer Camp: Mountains to the Bay
06/29/2015 Summer Camp: Wet, Wild, and Wonderful
06/29/2015 Summer Camp: Early Explorers Session A
08/04/2014 Summer Camp: Wild Things (1st-2nd grades)
07/28/2014 Summer Camp: Nature Photography Camp (4th-6th grades)
07/21/2014 Summer Camp: Water Watchers (9th-11th grade)
07/14/2014 Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventure Camp for Girls (grades 2-4)
07/14/2014 Summer Camp: Sons of the Forest (2nd-4th grades)
07/07/2014 Summer Camp: Herpetology Camp (1st-2nd grades)
07/07/2014 Summer Camp: From the Mountains to the Bay (6th-8th grade)
06/30/2014 Summer Camp: Hooked on Fishing (6th-8th grades)
06/30/2014 Summer Camp: Backyard Explorers (4-5 years)
06/23/2014 Summer Camp: Wet, Wild, and Wonderful (3rd-5th grades)
06/23/2014 Summer Camp: Adventure Camp (7th-9th grades)
04/16/2014 Salamander Soiree - Teen Spring Camp
01/18/2014 Winter Camp 2014
11/11/2013 Trial by Fire (for girls, 12-16 years)
08/05/2013 Summer Camp: From the Mountains to the Bay (6th-8th grade)
08/05/2013 Summer Camp: Our Animal Friends (4-5 years)
07/29/2013 Summer Camp: From the Mountains to the Bay (6th-8th grade)
07/22/2013 Summer Camp: Nature Photography Camp (4th-6th grades)
07/22/2013 Summer Camp: Yuckology (1st-2nd grades)
07/15/2013 Summer Camp: Sons of the Forest (2nd-4th grades)
07/15/2013 Summer Camp: Outdoor Adventure Camp for Girls (grades 2-4)
07/10/2013 Summer Camp: Hand in Hand – Discovery Trails (ages 3-5 with adult)
07/08/2013 Summer Camp: Camp Skills: Earth, Air, Fire, Water (3rd-5th grades)
06/24/2013 Summer Camp: Herpetology Camp (1st-2nd grades)
06/24/2013 Summer Camp: Walk on the Wet Side (3rd-5th grades)
06/17/2013 Summer Camp: Junior Rangers (5th - 8th grades)
01/21/2013 Winter Adventures Camp

Summer Camp by Grade

4-5 years old by the week of camp

Camps for Children Entering Grade 5

Camps for Children Entering Grade 1

Camps for Children Entering Grade 6

Camps for Children Entering Grade 2

Camps for Children Entering Grade 7

Camps for Children Entering Grade 3

Camps for Children Entering Grade 8

Camps for Children Entering Grade 4

 

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