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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 from January 1 - December 31. To become a member of any of Clearwater Nature Center's clubs, please stop by Clearwater Nature Center during normal business hours (Mondays-Saturdays: 8:30 am-5 pm; Sundays: 11 am-4 pm). If you do not already have one, you will also need to set up a 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 CNCA. Please call the nature center for information about joining the So. MD Rock and Mineral Club or visit the SMRMC website.
  • 2014 Meeting dates: January 28, February 25, March 25, April 22, May 27, June 24, July 22, August 26, September 23, Octtober 28, November TBA and December TBA.
  • 2014 Mineral, Jewelry & Fossil Show & Sale will be held on Saturday, March 8, 10 am-5 pm. Admission: $4/person; FREE children 12 & under and scouts in uniform. Location: The Show Place Arena.

The Natural Dye Study Group

The Natural Dye Study Group is comprised of amateur and semi-professional fiber artists who meet once a month to dye natural fibers with traditional techniques and materials. Beginners are welcome. Fiber samples for dyeing are available for purchase at each meeting for a nominal fee. If you think this fun hobby is for you, join the club today. Club dues: Resident; Non-Resident $17 and automatically includes a CNCA membership. Meetings are held the 2nd Sunday of each month from 11 am-4 pm.
  • 2014 Meeting dates: TBA

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 artPlease 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 Beth Mays.