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01.19.12 Robinson Nature Center Opens its Doors for Field Trips this Spring

January 19, 2012

Media Contacts:
Kevin Enright, Director, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
Meagan Leatherbury, Program Manager, Robinson Nature Center, 410-313-4640

Robinson Nature Center Opens its Doors for Field Trips this Spring

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Ken Ulman wants teachers and educators to know that the Robinson Nature Center in Howard County will begin accepting registrations for student field trips beginning March 1.

“From the moment they arrive at the Center, visitors of all ages are immersed in a rich environmental learning experience,” said County Executive Ulman. “This is a great opportunity for teachers to get a first-hand look at the new nature center and see all that it has to offer as a field trip destination.”

The Center will hold free teacher open houses on the following dates:
• Wednesday, January 25, 3-5 p.m. – secondary educators
• Thursday, January 26, 4:30-6:30 p.m. – elementary educators

Middle school educators may attend either session; each session will include a tour, planetarium show and a time for questions and answers. Due to limited parking, a third open house for pre-school educators will be scheduled in February. Check the website at www.howardcountymd.gov/RobinsonNatureCenter.htm for a date and time.

The Robinson Nature Center opened in September 2011 and is located off Cedar Lane, near its intersection with Route 32. The Center features exhibits on a variety of environmental/science topics including the natural environment, the history of the land in Howard County and the health of the Chesapeake Bay. There is also a 50-seat NatureSphere state-of-the-art digital planetarium where students can learn more about the universe and view shows on nature, science, art and high-tech topics.

The building is nestled into a hillside for energy-efficient insulation and includes solar panels, a green roof, and rapidly renewable materials like bamboo and cork cabinetry and flooring. These examples of sustainable engineering are tangible for students, as is the reproduction of the Chesapeake Bay (created to scale) painted on the exhibit floor. Students can use the “Chesapeake Chopper” table to fly to different locations in the Bay and learn more about critical environmental issues, or they can experience a working reproduction of a mill to better understand the ingenuity of generations past.

To attend one of the open houses, teachers/educators need to register by calling Program Manager, Meagan Leatherbury at 410-313-0405.