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Community & Club Opportunities

Community involvement is important at Clearwater Nature Center and to further this involvement, we support a number of clubs and community groups. Memberships run for the duration of the calendar year (January 1-December 31), except for the Basket Bunch.

To become a member of any of Clearwater Nature Center's clubs, please stop by Clearwater Nature Center during normal business hours (Monday-Saturday: 8:30 am-5 pm; Sunday: 11 am-4 pm). If you do not already have one, you will also need to set up SMARTlink account


The Southern Maryland Rock and Mineral Club

The Southern Maryland Rock and Mineral Club meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7 pm at Clearwater Nature Center in Clinton, MD. Speakers and field trips are planned for jewelry makers, fossil hunters, mineral enthusiasts, and laymen just interested in beautiful stones. Guests are welcome! Club dues: $16 ($17 non-resident) and automatically include a membership in the Clearwater Nature Center Association. Please call the nature center for information about joining or visit the SMRMC website

Basket Bunch

The basket bunch meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 9:30 am to 3 pm to share ideas and learn how to collect natural materials and fashion them into beautiful and functional baskets. Members receive a monthly newsletter with details for the coming month's project. Membership dues are $25 ($33 non-resident).

 2017 Meeting Schedule  
 February 16 Practice Hexagonal Weave with Paper  Clearwater Nature Center 
 March 16 Coiling Pine Needles on Oyster Shell Clearwater Nature Center
 April 20 Practice Preparing White Oak Patuxent River Park
 April 29 Montpelier Festival of Herbs, Tea & Arts  Montpelier Mansion
 May 18 Woven Bark Baskets  Patuxent River Park
 June 15 Dye Day  Patuxent River Park
 July 20 Gourd Shakeree  Clearwater Nature Center
 August 17 Field Trip - Woven art on Twigs Easton, MD
 September 21 Porcupine Quills on Birch Bark  Clearwater Nature Center
 September 30 Kids Day in the Country  Patuxent River Park
 October 19 Indian Style Turtle Basket  Clearwater Nature Center
 October 21 American Indian Festival  Patuxent River Park
 November 16 Raffia Wrap & Coil Project  Clearwater Nature Center
 December 14 Holiday Brunch  Clearwater Nature Center

The Kiyomizu Bonsai Club

The Kiyomizu Bonsai Club meets on the 4th Sunday of each month at 2 pm. Meeting locations may vary depending on scheduled activities. Club dues: Resident; Non-Resident $17 and automatically include a CNCA membership. If you are interested in learning about this unique art form. Please contact Godfrey Trammell at 301-645-3519 or Essie Wilson at 301-839-2471 for schedule details and more information.

Teen & Adult Volunteers

Adults and youths (ages 13 & up) are needed year-round to assist nature center staff as program guides as well as to support animal care, secretarial needs, exhibit construction, photography, research, gardening, and many other services. For additional information about various volunteer programs provided by Clearwater Nature Center and volunteer applications, please contact Park Naturalist Stephanie Jacob.