Flag Ponds Nature Park

Flag Ponds Nature Park
Prince Frederick, MD
(410) 535-5327 (office at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp)

flag ponds nature park

This preserve located just to the north of the Mirant Nuclear Power Plant, Flag Ponds is host to perhaps the greatest diversity of habitat types in Calvert County. The park is managed by the Calvert County Natural Resources Division. The area is named for the Blue Flag Iris which bloom in the fresh water ponds in the park during the late spring. The park also contains wooded uplands, wooded wetlands, Chesapeake Bay shoreline, dune communities, salt marsh, and open field. Many visitors come to Flag Ponds to comb the beach for the fossil shark teeth that wash out of the Miocene deposits of Calvert Cliffs. The beach also provides habitat for the state endangered Puritan Tiger Beetle.

Two CHESPAX grade levels are taught at Flag Ponds: a third grade Unit in which classes study diamondback terrapins as a focus, and the fifth grade Bay Unit in which oysters are studied.

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