Group Programs

Group Policies

  • The Division of Natural Resources makes facilities available for private events in select county's nature parks.  
  • Group reservations are subject to staff and facility availability.
  • A Group is defined as a number of people that are organized or otherwise coordinated in their visit to the park.
  • A Program is defined is a Naturalist-led or Ranger-led activity, park orientation, or other activity as approved by
    designated Natural Resources Staff.
  • Groups that are advertising their program to the public must comply with the CCPR Special Events Policy.
  • Group reservations are subject to staff and facility availability.
  • Requests for group programs should be made at least thirty (30) days prior to the event.
  • Any group of ten (10) or more visiting Battle Creek, must have a program and pay the applicable fees.
  • Any group of thirty (30) or more, or a group of any size traveling via bus, visiting Flag Ponds Nature Park, must have a program and pay the applicable fees.
  •  Any group of thirty (30) or more visiting Kings Landing Park must either reserve a facility or have a program and pay the applicable fees
  • All program fees must be received at least two (2) weeks before the program.
  •  Smaller groups may reserve a facility or arrange for a program.
  •  Smaller groups may visit “on their own.” Availability of parking, facilities, and other park amenities is not
  • Any group paying a program fee will not pay the Flag Ponds Entrance Fee
  • Groups planned through an organization or business may still require additional paperwork.
  • Groups must leave the Park by posted closing time. Overtime is available only for scheduled groups and must be requested at time of reservation. Overtime Fee are actual costs  per hour (no partial hours) after park closing time. This is in addition to any program or rental fees.

These policies are for Naturalist-led Programs. Group rentals of Tom Wisner Hall, Picnic Pavilions or group camping have different fees and policies. Information can be found on the Rental page or by calling the office: 410-535-5327.

Group Fees

Fees are determined by the size of the group, the ages involved, and the type of program requested. These fees do not include materials and supply fees or facility rental fees, if applicable.

Group must leave the Park by posted closing time, unless overtime is requested at time of reservation. Any group using parks outside of normal park hours is subject to being charged overtime fees. Over time fees are per hour (no partial hours) of actual costs to remain beyond normal park hours.

Group Size
2 Hours or Less
Over 2 Hours
Small group
Less than 35 incl. adults
Large group
More than 35 people

Flip Flop Groups

Programs at two parks and switch sites after lunch. Minimum 2 hours, usually 5 hours total, including lunch.

Group Size
Less than 70 people$100
71 to 100 people$200
101 to 120 people$250

Group Kayak Trips

  • Group kayak trips are made possible through Calvert Nature Society
  • $30 per person with a $150 minimum.
  • Maximum 15 people.
  • Minimum age: 9 years old to paddle a double kayak; 12 years old to paddle a single kayak.
  • A limited number of kayaks are available; maximum group size depends on age of children.
  • No personal kayaks or canoes allowed on group trips.
  • One adult per child required.