Natural Resources Division

Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Nature Center & Trails Will Be Closed

Starting November 11, 2019, the Nature Center & trails will close temporarily for major renovations to the nature center’s reception center, classrooms and office space. The work is expected to take approximately four months 

Our mission is to preserve, manage and operate natural resource areas to provide compatible outdoor recreation and educational opportunities for the public.

Park Hours, Closures and Holidays

General Park Rules and Regulations

Fiscal Year 2018 Report (July 2017 to June 2018) (PDF)

Natural Resources Summer Camp & Other Nature Programs

Job Opportunities

The Natural Resources Division is accepting applications for Park Technicians (Flag Ponds Nature Park). Apply through the Human Resources Department's Career Pages

Volunteer with the Calvert Stewards

The Calvert Stewards volunteer program provides an opportunity for public service in education, research, and stewardship which support the overall missions of the Calvert County Division of Natural Resources and the Calvert Nature Society. This benefits the participants, the parks and the community as Calvert Stewards use and develop their skills to form an environmentally aware community and become the environmental stewards of Calvert County. We also encourage youth and families to volunteer for projects to create a pipeline of engaged citizens that will continue their involvement in the parks into adulthood.

Visit the Calvert Stewards web site to learn more

Preservation

Calvert County Nature Parks are peerless examples of the ecological diversity found in Southern Maryland Region. Each offers significant opportunities for outdoor learning and compatible recreation.

  • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary 100 acres of one of the northernmost stands of bald cypress trees in the United States.
  • Biscoe Gray Heritage Farm 196-acre site rich in natural and cultural resources and is a living laboratory to explore, understand and experience Calvert County's agricultural heritage throughout its history.
  • Flag Ponds Nature Park 500 acres of natural area on the Chesapeake Bay from beach to upland.
  • Kings Landing Park over 265 acres of natural area on the Patuxent River including a pier for fishing and launching kayaks, and 50 acres of marshland.
  • Water Access including boating and fishing opportunities.
  • Gatewood Preserve will provide additional public access to open space for appropriate outdoor recreation such as water access, hiking, fishing and nature study and increases the protection of Battle Creek and the Patuxent Watershed. This property could be part of a trail connecting Prince Frederick to the Patuxent River. Opening Date TBD

Education and Recreation

Resource Management
The Division of Natural Resources also manages areas to protect the natural and cultural resources of the county.

Partners

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network