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A Natural History of the Mid-Atlantic: Stories of Calvert County, Maryland

In-person Program

Weekend All-Day Tour

Saturday, August 13, 2022 - 8:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1CD015
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$150 - Member
$200 - Non-Member
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Materials for this program

  1. COVID Guidelines for In-Person Tours

The Drum Point Lighthouse at Calvert Marine Museum

Please Note: The tour departs by motorcoach from downtown Washington, DC. Content delivered by the study leader on the way to the destination is an integral part of the study tour experience. Meeting the group once the tour is en route is discouraged.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for participation on all tours; additionally, current CDC and Smithsonian COVID-19 guidelines (at the time of the tour) will be followed, including but not limited to masks on the bus and indoors.

The geography and environment of the Mid-Atlantic was shaped over hundreds of millions of years, reflecting influences that include the impact of a massive meteor; four tectonic mountain-building events; ice sheets and tropical oceans; plants and animals; and at least 15,000 years of human habitation.

Environmental historian and storyteller Hayden Mathews interprets the many layers of the region’s natural history as he leads a tour to three sites in Calvert County, Maryland: Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, Calvert Marine Museum, and Flag Ponds Beach and Nature Center.

Explore the amazingly rich and varied history of the region as you hear Mathews’ tales of colliding continents, changing climate, species new and old, and fascinating people. Smell sea salt and pines in the air; see towering Bald Cypress trees; a rare albino snapping turtle; the bones of ancient whales, camels, and mastodons; and the tools of the watermen’s trades.

In addition, stop at the 30-acre Annmarie Sculpture Gardens and Arts Center in Solomons, 30 acres of forests, fields, and meadows on St. John's Creek. A walking path weaves through the woods, a serene setting for the large collection of outdoor sculpture. Weather permitting, enjoy an outdoor picnic box lunch.

General Information

  • Registration for this tour will end by 2 p.m. ET on Friday, August 12 , 2022.
  • The tour meets at and leaves by bus from the Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C St., SW. No fringe pick-up.
  • The walk to Flag Pongs beach is approximately 15 minutes each way; wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
  • For additional tour information:
Departs from the Holiday Inn Capitol at
550 C St SW (corner of 6th & C Sts)
No fringe stop on this tour