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Robinson Nature Center Programs & Activities

 

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 Fall program registration is OPEN! Click on the brochure image, or scroll down to discover end-of-summer and Fall 2014 program offerings!

Upcoming Programs

   

Click on the links or call 410-313-0400 to register. We recommend pre-registering for programs as some fill up before the day of the program. Additionally, some programs may be cancelled if a sufficient number of participants do not register in advance of the program. If you plan on walking-in, we recommend calling to make sure there are still spots available for the program. 

Astronomy = Astronomy/planetarium

History = History/culture

Nature = Nature/sustainability

Special Events = Special events/activities

 **If you are deaf, hearing impaired or have speech disabilities and require the services of an interpreter for any of the programs below, please contact us at 410-313-0400 or by emailing mleatherbury@howardcountymd.gov at least 2 weeks in advance so that we may accommodate your needs.  

 

Astronomy If you are coming to see a show in the planetarium, please arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to pick up tickets and to be seated. Due to dark conditions, and to ensure the best experience for program participants, we cannot seat patrons while the show is in progress. 

Saturday, November 1

Nature Discovery Days Music in Nature Series - 1st session, 10 to 10:45 AM; 2nd session 11 to 11:45 AM.. Ages 3 - 10 years with an adult. Join Port Discovery Children's Museum on four special Discovery Days for the Music in Nature Series to explore nature through artistic expression and music under an inflatable dome of fun (weather-permitting). Program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 35 children each session. FREE with Robinson annual pass or daily admission.

 

Special Events Astronomy History Scope Out the Night Sky - 6:30 to 9:30 PM. Ages 8 years and up. Join the Maryland Science Center and Robinson Nature Center for an incredible opportunity to build your family's own telescope, handle meteorites billions of years old, see a planetarium show and view celestial objects through high-powered telescopes (weather-dependent). $24 per family (up to five family members).

 

Sunday, November 2

Special Events NatureNEW! Pumpkin' Chunkin' - 2 to 3:30 PM. All ages. Watch as local high school teams compete using catapults they designed to launch old pumpkins towards targets in the woods. No registration necessary to watch. Free with daily admission or Robinson annual pass. For those interested in entering a team in the competition, click here.

 

Thursday, November 6

Astronomy History Nature NEW! Nature Center Home School Class - 2 to 3:30 PM. Ages 3-13 and adult educators. Give your home-schooler a hands-on immersive experience at Robinson. See http://www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for class schedules and info.

Nature NEW! Trivia Night Social at the Nature Center - doors open at 7:30PM; trivia from 8 to 10 PM. Ages 21 and up. Think you have the smarts to win our Nature trivia? Gather your team, sample local breweries beverages and be entertained and enlightened by our expert hosts while testing your smarts. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCtrivianights.htm for trivia hosts, themes, beverages and details.

 

Friday, November 7

Astronomy Family Fridays at the NatureSphere - 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up. Under 17 not admitted without an adult. Treat your family to a Friday evening of spectacular space delights. This program features a full-dome movie preceded by a fun, family-friendly planetarium presentation. Tickets are $6 per person. This program features the film "Earth, Moon & Sun." For a preview of the film, click here.

Astronomy Friday Late Nights in the NatureSphere - What's Up? - 8 to 9 PM. Ages 18 years and up. Bring your date or a group of friends to discover the night sky in the warmth of the planetarium. This program features a full-dome movie preceded by an engaging, adult-oriented planetarium presentation. Tickets are $6 per person. This program features the film "Black Holes." For a preview of the film, click here.

 

Saturday, November 8

Nature Lil' Acorns Fall Fling (Parent/Child) - 10:30 AM to Noon. Ages 2-3 yrs with an adult. Share with your youngster the fascinating changes that occur in fall through song, sensory activities, a puppet show and a short walk through the woods. An adult must be registered with each child registered. $9 per person. To register a child, click here. To register an adult, click here.

Astronomy History Star Storytelling: Our Constellations (Parent/Child) - 11 to 11:30 AM. Ages 3-8 years with an adult. Let your little one discover the stories behind our favorite constellations through views of space, stories and song in our NatureSphere digital planetarium. The theme for this month is "Pisces and Aquarius". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass.

 

Thursday, November 13

Astronomy History Nature NEW! Nature Center Home School Workshop - 2 to 3:30 PM. Ages 3-13 and adult educators. Join the Robinson Home School workshop for access to projects, equipment and materials for your home-schooler to help them build on things learned during each month's home school class at Robinson. See http://www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for workshop schedule and info.

Nature NEW! Ladies Night Out: Hike & Social - 6 PM. Ages 21 years and up. Join other nature-loving gals on Thursday night adventures at the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area. Each evening starts with a 1.5-hour guided hike. Afterwards, participants are invited to socialize to live music at the Great Sage Café. Tonight's hike is a Autumn Amble. Live music performance at the café by Bill Hooper (Folk Singer/Songwriter).

 

Friday, November 15

Nature Project WET Teacher Training - 9AM to 3:30PM . If you are a teacher looking to integrate the environment as a context for learning to meet state and national standards, this training provides a 200 + page activity guide along with materials for your classroom. Click on the link to register. Though the training is free, there is a $20 material fee due the day of the training to receive the activity guide and materials. MSDE credit available (see link for details).

Nature Discovery Days Music in Nature Series - 1st session, 10 to 10:45 AM; 2nd session 11 to 11:45 AM.. Ages 3 - 10 years with an adult. Join Port Discovery Children's Museum on four special Discovery Days for the Music in Nature Series to explore nature through artistic expression and music under an inflatable dome of fun (weather-permitting). Program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 35 children each session. FREE with Robinson annual pass or daily admission.

 

Sunday, November 16

Nature NEW! Nature Fun Club - 1 to 2 PM. Ages 4 to 11 years. Join us on the 3rd Sunday of each month to hang out with other kids that love nature and enjoy themed activities and craft-making. Each Sunday holds a new adventure! Click here for more information or to register. This Sunday's session is the Constellation Blast.

 

Friday, November 21

Special Events Mistletoe and Moonlight Shopping - 6 to 9 PM. All ages. Bring your family out to enjoy the Center's exhibits and live music while you shop for the perfect gift. Robinson annual pass holders receive a 15% discount on all purchases during this event. Admission to the Center is Free during this event.

 

Astronomy Family Fridays at the NatureSphere - 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up. Under 17 not admitted without an adult. Treat your family to a Friday evening of spectacular space delights. This program features a full-dome movie preceded by a fun, family-friendly planetarium presentation. Tickets are $6 per person. This program features the film "Earth, Moon & Sun." For a preview of the film, click here.

 

Saturday, November 22

Astronomy History Star Storytelling: Our Constellations (Parent/Child) - 11 to 11:30 AM. Ages 3-8 years with an adult. Let your little one discover the stories behind our favorite constellations through views of space, stories and song in our NatureSphere digital planetarium. The theme for this month is "Pisces and Aquarius". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass.

 

Wednesday, November 26

NatureNEW! School's Out Nature Day Camp - 8:30AM to 3:30 PM with before care option starting at 8AM and after care option lasting until 5:30 PM. While school's out, join us for fun-filled day of hiking, live animal presentations, planetarium movies, crafts and scavenger hunts. See details and register at www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCdaycamps.htm 

 

Thursday, December 4

Astronomy History Nature NEW! Nature Center Home School Class - 2 to 3:30 PM. Ages 3-13 and adult educators. Give your home-schooler a hands-on immersive experience at Robinson. See http://www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for class schedules and info.

 

Friday, December 5

Astronomy Family Fridays at the NatureSphere - 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up. Under 17 not admitted without an adult. Treat your family to a Friday evening of spectacular space delights. This program features a full-dome movie preceded by a fun, family-friendly planetarium presentation. Tickets are $6 per person. This program features the film "Astronomy: 3,000 Years of Stargazing." For a preview of the film, click here.

Astronomy Friday Late Nights in the NatureSphere - What's Up? - 8 to 9 PM. Ages 18 years and up. Bring your date or a group of friends to discover the night sky in the warmth of the planetarium. This program features a full-dome movie preceded by an engaging, adult-oriented planetarium presentation. Tickets are $6 per person. This program features the film "Astronomy: 3,000 Years of Stargazing." For a preview of the film, click here.

 

Saturday, December 6

Nature Discovery Days - 11:30 AM to Noon. Ages 3 - 10 years with an adult. Join us to learn about Maryland native plants and animals through song, storytelling and/or crafts. Program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 15 children and their adult chaperone. All children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE with Robinson annual pass or daily admission.

 

Sunday, December 7

Nature NEW! Holiday Centerpiece Workshop - 2 to 4 PM. Ages 14 years and up. Bring a friend or family member and enjoy festive music, light snacks and cider while you create an exquisite centerpiece made of all-natural materials. $30 per centerpiece. Please register in advance so we can estimate the amount of materials to provide.

 

Thursday, December 11

Astronomy History Nature NEW! Nature Center Home School Workshop - 2 to 3:30 PM. Ages 3-13 and adult educators. Join the Robinson Home School workshop for access to projects, equipment and materials for your home-schooler to help them build on things learned during each month's home school class at Robinson. See http://www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for workshop schedule and info.

 

Saturday, December 13

Special Events Nature NEW! Happy Holi-Day Camp/Parent's Day Out to Shop - 9 AM to Noon (morning session); 1 to 4 PM (afternoon session); Noon to 1 PM (supervised lunch and movie). 6 to 12 years. Drop your children off at Robinson to make homemade holiday gifts and enjoy nature presentations while you head to the Mall in Columbia (less than 4 miles from the Center) for kid-free holiday shopping. $30 per session; $5 to add supervised lunch and movie. Click here to register or for more information.

 

Astronomy History Star Storytelling: Our Constellations (Parent/Child) - 11 to 11:30 AM. Ages 3-8 years with an adult. Let your little one discover the stories behind our favorite constellations through views of space, stories and song in our NatureSphere digital planetarium. The theme for this month is "Taurus the Great Bull". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass.

 

Sunday, December 14

Nature Deer Santa - 2 to 4 PM. All Ages. Hike or "reindeer trail" to test your skills against those of our four-legged friends on this family-friendly adventure. Enjoy a snack while making a seasonal craft, and await the appearance of Santa! All children must be accompanied by an adult. $10 per child. $5 per adult.

 

Friday, December 19

Astronomy Family Fridays at the NatureSphere - 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up. Under 17 not admitted without an adult. Treat your family to a Friday evening of spectacular space delights. This program features a full-dome movie preceded by a fun, family-friendly planetarium presentation. Tickets are $6 per person. This program features the film "Astronomy: 3,000 Years of Stargazing." For a preview of the film, click here.

 

Saturday, December 20

Nature Discovery Days - 11:30 AM to Noon. Ages 3 - 10 years with an adult. Join us to learn about Maryland native plants and animals through song, storytelling and/or crafts. Program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 15 children and their adult chaperone. All children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE with Robinson annual pass or daily admission.

 

Sunday, December 21

Nature NEW! Nature Fun Club - 1 to 2 PM. Ages 4 to 11 years. Join us on the 3rd Sunday of each month to hang out with other kids that love nature and enjoy themed activities and craft-making. Each Sunday holds a new adventure! Click here for more information or to register. This Sunday's session is the Hunt for the Holiday Opossum.

 

Saturday, December 27

Astronomy History Star Storytelling: Our Constellations (Parent/Child) - 11 to 11:30 AM. Ages 3-8 years with an adult. Let your little one discover the stories behind our favorite constellations through views of space, stories and song in our NatureSphere digital planetarium. The theme for this month is "Taurus the Great Bull". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass.