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Robinson Nature Center Programs & Activities

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Click on the brochure image, or scroll down to discover Winter 2015 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. 

 

Upcoming Programs

 

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.

 

Friday, January 2

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 "Astronaut." 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 "Passport." For a preview of the film, click here.

 

Saturday, January 3

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.

 

Wednesday, January 7

Astronomy  Winter Wednesday Movies for Tots - 11 to 11:30 AM. Ages 3 years and up. Under 17 not admitted without an adult. This winter, stay warm and come join us for a movie in our NatureSphere planetarium and digital dome-style movie theater. Tickets are $3 per person. Save $1 off of each ticket by calling 410-313-0400 and preregistering for the movie prior to the day of the show. Please note that if you would like to preregister for the current week's show, we are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. To preregister in this case, you can click the link to preregister online or call Howard County Rec & Parks headquarters at 410-313-4700. The movie for this week is "The Little Star that Could." For a preview of the film, click here.

 

Thursday, January 8

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.

 

Saturday, January 10

Nature Project Learning Tree Teacher Training workshop - 9 AM to 3:30 PM. This training is required for teachers and non-formal educators to receive the Project Learning Tree (PLT) curriculum. The curriculum includes over 200 pages of hands-on lesson plans correlated to national standards that can be used to infuse environmental education into the classroom and school yard. To find out more about Project Learning Tree, see their website at www.plt.org. This training counts for 1/3 of an MSDE credit and can be used for professional development requirements for certifying and recertifying Green Schools.

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 "Pleiades - The Seven Sisters". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass.

 

Wednesday, January 14

Astronomy  Winter Wednesday Movies for Tots - 11 to 11:30 AM. Ages 3 years and up. Under 17 not admitted without an adult. This winter, stay warm and come join us for a movie in our NatureSphere planetarium and digital dome-style movie theater. Tickets are $3 per person. Save $1 off of each ticket by calling 410-313-0400 and preregistering for the movie prior to the day of the show. Please note that if you would like to preregister for the current week's show, we are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. To preregister in this case, you can click the link to preregister online or call Howard County Rec & Parks headquarters at 410-313-4700. The movie for this week is "One World, One Sky." For a preview of the film, click here.

 

Thursday, January 15

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.

 

Friday, January 16

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 "Astronaut." For a preview of the film, click here.

 

Saturday, January 17

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, January 18

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 "Tricky Tracks".

 

Wednesday, January 21

Astronomy  Winter Wednesday Movies for Tots - 11 to 11:30 AM. Ages 3 years and up. Under 17 not admitted without an adult. This winter, stay warm and come join us for a movie in our NatureSphere planetarium and digital dome-style movie theater. Tickets are $3 per person. Save $1 off of each ticket by calling 410-313-0400 and preregistering for the movie prior to the day of the show. Please note that if you would like to preregister for the current week's show, we are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. To preregister in this case, you can click the link to preregister online or call Howard County Rec & Parks headquarters at 410-313-4700. The movie for this week is "The Weather." For a preview of the film, click here.

 

Saturday, January 24

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 "Pleiades - The Seven Sisters". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass.

Special Events Astronomy History  Scope out the Night Sky - 6:30 to 9:30 PM. Ages 8 years and up. The Maryland Science Center and Robinson jointly present this exciting family-focused astronomy event. Enjoy a planetarium presentation, build your very own GalileoScope (a functional telescope for night sky viewing; $50 value), hold a meteorite and view the stars through telescopes (weather-permitting). $24 per family (up to five members). Each family receives a telescope, a tripod and a star map. This program is supported through a grant from the Howard County Arts Council. Click here to see pictures from the last event. If you are unable to attend this program, register for the session on March 7 (see below).

 

Wednesday, January 28

Astronomy  Winter Wednesday Movies for Tots - 11 to 11:30 AM. Ages 3 years and up. Under 17 not admitted without an adult. This winter, stay warm and come join us for a movie in our NatureSphere planetarium and digital dome-style movie theater. Tickets are $3 per person. Save $1 off of each ticket by calling 410-313-0400 and preregistering for the movie prior to the day of the show. Please note that if you would like to preregister for the current week's show, we are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. To preregister in this case, you can click the link to preregister online or call Howard County Rec & Parks headquarters at 410-313-4700. The movie for this week is "Zula Patrol: Down to Earth." For a preview of the film, click here.

 

Sunday, January 25

Special Events Astronomy Nature  NEW! Frozen Fest - 1 to 4 PM. All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rescue your family from "cabin fever" by coming out to make your own ice cream, create tracks in the snow and take a guided winter hike on outdoor trails. Get cozy in live animal presentations and under the planetarium dome while watching a feature movie. Explore winter science through experiments and make a fun winter craft to take home. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCFrozenFest.htm for a description and schedule of activities.

 

Thursday, January 29

Astronomy Nature Center Trivia Night "What's Up in the Sky?" - Doors open at 7:30 PM. Trivia starts at 8 PM. 21 years and up. Test your nature trivia smarts while raising money for a good cause! Participate in fun team challenges, sample local brews and discover fascinating little known facts. Raffle prizes awarded. Cash bar with light snacks provided. To read more about our theme for this month, our hosts, and the local brews we will be serving at www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCtrivianights.htm   

 

Saturday, January 31

Nature  Lil' Acorns Winter Wonders - "Oh Deer" - 10:30 AM to Noon. Ages 2 - 3 years with an adult. Hold your lil' acorn's hand during a magical winter morning at Robinson filled with song, sensory activities, a puppet show and a short walk through the woods. Light snack included. An adult must register with each child. $9 per participant.

 

Wednesday, February 4

Astronomy  Winter Wednesday Movies for Tots - 11 to 11:30 AM. Ages 3 years and up. Under 17 not admitted without an adult. This winter, stay warm and come join us for a movie in our NatureSphere planetarium and digital dome-style movie theater. Tickets are $3 per person. Save $1 off of each ticket by calling 410-313-0400 and preregistering for the movie prior to the day of the show. Please note that if you would like to preregister for the current week's show, we are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. To preregister in this case, you can click the link to preregister online or call Howard County Rec & Parks headquarters at 410-313-4700. The movie for this week is "The Little Star that Could." For a preview of the film, click here.

 

Thursday, February 5

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, February 6

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

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 "We Are Aliens." 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 "Impact!" For a preview of the film, click here.

 

Saturday, February 7

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.

Nature Winter Crisp Nature Walk with Campfire Treats. All ages. Get out and get active with your family on this guided winter nature hike along the Robinson trails. Restore your warmth and energy around a campfire with hearty, cinnamon-spiced, fire-baked apples. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. $8 per participant; Free under 3 years of age.

 

Wednesday, February 11

Astronomy  Winter Wednesday Movies for Tots - 11 to 11:30 AM. Ages 3 years and up. Under 17 not admitted without an adult. This winter, stay warm and come join us for a movie in our NatureSphere planetarium and digital dome-style movie theater. Tickets are $3 per person. Save $1 off of each ticket by calling 410-313-0400 and preregistering for the movie prior to the day of the show. Please note that if you would like to preregister for the current week's show, we are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. To preregister in this case, you can click the link to preregister online or call Howard County Rec & Parks headquarters at 410-313-4700. The movie for this week is "One World, One Sky." For a preview of the film, click here.

 

Thursday, February 12

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, February 14

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 "Orion the Hunter". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass.

Special Events Nature NEW! Valentine's Day Truffle-Making and Wine-Tasting - 2 to 4 PM. Ages 21 years and up. Bring your friend, your sweetheart or your awesome self out to enjoy this unique, eco-friendly Valentine's Day experience in which you will hand-roll chocolate truffles and enjoy tasting wines from a local vineyard while learning about the sustainable practices used to create their tasty varietals. $20 per person or $35 per couple. Each participant takes home 10 truffles. Thanks to Whole Foods Market in Columbia for making this event a success.

 

Sunday, February 15

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 "Science of Snow".

Nature Winter Fairy Tea Party - 2 to 4 PM. Ages 3 years and up with an adult. Learn about the plants and animals in the woodland fairy's kingdom, "fly" through the center in fairy wings and create your own fairy house to take home. Afterwards, sit down to an impeccably-catered tea service by Sweet Simplici-tea with delightful treats just right for little fingers. $45 for parent & child; $20 each additional person. Fee includes program, all materials, full tea service, and gratuity for service.

 

Wednesday, February 18

Astronomy  Winter Wednesday Movies for Tots - 11 to 11:30 AM. Ages 3 years and up. Under 17 not admitted without an adult. This winter, stay warm and come join us for a movie in our NatureSphere planetarium and digital dome-style movie theater. Tickets are $3 per person. Save $1 off of each ticket by calling 410-313-0400 and preregistering for the movie prior to the day of the show. Please note that if you would like to preregister for the current week's show, we are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. To preregister in this case, you can click the link to preregister online or call Howard County Rec & Parks headquarters at 410-313-4700. The movie for this week is "The Weather." For a preview of the film, click here.

 

Friday, February 20

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 "We Are Aliens." For a preview of the film, click here.

 

Saturday, February 21

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.

Nature NEW! Woodcock Watch - 4 to 7:30 PM. Ages 10 years and up. Travel to the Patuxent River State Park with Howard County Bird Club member, David Cummings, to await the amazing evening ritual of the woodcock. Discover how the woodcock played a pivotal role in preserving Howard County parkland, and learn about all of the features and habits that make this bird so unique. Dress warmly, and meet at Robinson Nature Center to caravan to the park. $5 per participant. All participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a registered adult.

 

Sunday, February 22

Special Events History Nature  Bay Day - 1 to 4 PM . All ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Celebrate the Chesapeake Bay through food, presentations and fun activities. Learn about Howard County's role in protecting the Bay and discover the fascinating creatures - from oysters to horseshoe crabs - that we help protect through our efforts to protect Howard County waterways. FREE with Robinson annual pass or daily admission. For a full schedule of presentations/ activities and for more information about the event, see www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCBayDay.htm 

 

Wednesday, February 25

Astronomy  Winter Wednesday Movies for Tots - 11 to 11:30 AM. Ages 3 years and up. Under 17 not admitted without an adult. This winter, stay warm and come join us for a movie in our NatureSphere planetarium and digital dome-style movie theater. Tickets are $3 per person. Save $1 off of each ticket by calling 410-313-0400 and preregistering for the movie prior to the day of the show. Please note that if you would like to preregister for the current week's show, we are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. To preregister in this case, you can click the link to preregister online or call Howard County Rec & Parks headquarters at 410-313-4700. The movie for this week is "Zula Patrol: Down to Earth." For a preview of the film, click here.

 

Saturday, February 28

Nature  Lil' Acorns Winter Wonders - "All Around Underground" - 10:30 AM to Noon. Ages 2 - 3 years with an adult. Hold your lil' acorn's hand during a magical winter morning at Robinson filled with song, sensory activities, a puppet show and a short walk through the woods. Light snack included. An adult must register with each child. $9 per participant.

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 "Orion the Hunter". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass.

 

Thursday, March 5

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.

 

Saturday, March 7

Special Events Astronomy History  Scope out the Night Sky - 6:30 to 9:30 PM. Ages 8 years and up. The Maryland Science Center and Robinson jointly present this exciting family-focused astronomy event. Enjoy a planetarium presentation, build your very own GalileoScope (a functional telescope for night sky viewing; $50 value), hold a meteorite and view the stars through telescopes (weather-permitting). $24 per family (up to five members). Each family receives a telescope, a tripod and a star map. This program is supported through a grant from the Howard County Arts Council. Click here to see pictures from the last event.

 

Thursday, March 12

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, March 21

Nature Project WET Teacher Training workshop - 9 AM to 3:30 PM. This training is required for teachers and non-formal educators to receive the Project WET curriculum. The curriculum includes over 200 pages of hands-on lesson plans correlated to national standards that can be used to infuse environmental education into the classroom and school yard. To find out more about Project WET, see their website at www.projectwet.org. This training counts for 1/3 of an MSDE credit and can be used for professional development requirements for certifying and recertifying Green Schools.