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Robinson Nature Center Programs & Activities

 

Click on the brochure below to see  our Winter 2016 programs!  

 

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Robinson 2016 Winter supplemental 

 

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 mdowney@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. To preview films shown in the Naturesphere, click here

  

****SUMMER CAMP registration has begun! Check out our summer offerings at www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCsummercamps.htm***** 

 

Wednesday, February 10

Astronomy Winter Wednesday Movies - 11 to 11:30 AM. Ages 3 years and up. Every Wednesday, you can join us for a full-dome, kid-friendly movie that explores outer space from the comfort of the NatureSphere planetarium. Tickets are $3 per person on the day of the show, or you can pre-register for only $2 per person prior to the show date. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated. Today's feature is "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure." To see a preview of the film, please click here.

Thursday, February 11

Nature  Nature Center Home School Workshop - 2-3:30 PM. All ages. Connect with other homeschool families on the second Thursday of each month (Sept-May). Children have the chance to socialize and collaborate on nature, earth, and life science projects. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for more information, or to register.

Friday, February 12

Astronomy Special Events One Smart Cookie - Outer Space Family Trivia! - 6:30 to 8:30 PM (CANCELLED). Ages 7 years and up. Come join a friendly, family-oriented competition in our nature trivia program. Participate in entertaining challenges. Win raffle prizes. Compete for points, glory and goodies. A delicious, design-your-own sugar cookie bar is included. Our theme for this trivia night is "Outer Space." Doors open at 6:15 PM and trivia starts at 6:30 PM. You are welcome to bring your dinner. $10 individual; $35, family (up to five members).

Saturday, February 13

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.

 NatureSpecial Events  Valentine's Day Truffle-Making and Wine-Tasting - 11 AM to 1 PM. (only a few spots left!). 21 years and up. Learn the art of hand-rolling delectable chocolate truffles and enjoy wine-tasting from a local vineyard. Each person leaves with eight hand-rolled
truffles. Special thanks to our partners, Whole Foods and Linganore, for their help in making this event a success. $25 per person or $40 per couple.

 NatureSpecial Events  Valentine's Day Truffle-Making and Wine-Tasting - 2 to 4 PM. (SOLD OUT). 21 years and up. Learn the art of hand-rolling delectable chocolate truffles and enjoy wine-tasting from a local vineyard. Each person leaves with eight hand-rolled
truffles. Special thanks to our partners, Whole Foods and Linganore, for their help in making this event a success. $25 per person or $40 per couple.

Wednesday, February 17

Astronomy Winter Wednesday Movies - 11 to 11:30 AM. Ages 3 years and up. Every Wednesday, you can join us for a full-dome, kid-friendly movie that explores outer space from the comfort of the NatureSphere planetarium. Tickets are $3 per person on the day of the show, or you can pre-register for only $2 per person prior to the show date. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated. Today's feature is "Earth, Moon & Sun." To see a preview of the film, please click here.

Nature NEW! Connecting School-Aged Children to Nature Through the Project WILD Curriculum (Day 1) - 3:30 to 6:45 PM. Ages 18 years and up. Join us for two evenings of training to learn how to engage school-aged children using wildlife as a context for learning. In this hands-on, interdisciplinary workshop for teachers and educators, we demonstrate lessons and activities to engage your students. Participants who complete both days of the workshop receive a Project WILD curriculum guide. $20. Register by February 13th.

Thursday, February 18

Nature NEW! Connecting School-Aged Children to Nature Through the Project WILD Curriculum (Day 2) - 3:30 to 6:45 PM. Ages 18 years and up. Join us for two evenings of training to learn how to engage school-aged children using wildlife as a context for learning. In this hands-on, interdisciplinary workshop for teachers and educators, we demonstrate lessons and activities to engage your students. Participants who complete both days of the workshop receive a Project WILD curriculum guide. $20. Register by February 13th.

Friday, February 19

Astronomy Family Fridays at the NatureSphere - 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up with an adult. This program features the full-dome movie "Stars" preceded by a fun, family-friendly planetarium presentation about current happenings in our night sky. Tickets are $6. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated. To see a preview of the film, please click here.

Saturday, February 20

Nature Lil' Acorns winter Wonders - All Around Underground (Parent/child) - 10:30 AM to Noon. Ages 2-3 years. Share with your youngster the fascinating changes that occur in winter through a parent/child interactive program including song, sensory activities, a puppet show and a short walk through the woods. February's program focuses on animals that live underground. If you would like to register an additional person ($9), please call 410-313-0400. $18 (adult & child).

Astronomy  NEW! Stellar Saturday Mornings - 11:15 AM to Noon. Ages 5 years and up. Join us on these special Saturdays for a before-lunch movie treat in our cozy NatureSphere planetarium! View one of our popular full-dome movies exploring fun, educational topics such as Earth's history going back to the dinosaurs. Tickets are $3 per person. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated. Today's feature is "Dinosaurs Alive!" To see a preview of the film, please click here.

Sunday, February 21

 Nature Special Events  Winter Fairy Tea Party - 11 AM to 1 PM. (SOLD OUT). Ages 3 years and up. In this fun, winter program, your little one dons a pair of fairy wings and journeys through the nature center learning about the creatures in the woodland fairy kingdom and creates his/her very own fairy house to take home. Afterwards, you will both savor an impeccably catered sit-down tea service by Sweet Simplici-Tea tea room. Enjoy tea, lemonade and delightful treats just right for little fingers. Price includes program, materials, full tea service and gratuity. As this is a catered event, you must register no later than February 14 to attend. $45 (one child & adult); $20 each additional person.

 Nature Special Events  Winter Fairy Tea Party - 2 to 4 PM. (SOLD OUT). Ages 3 years and up. In this fun, winter program, your little one dons a pair of fairy wings and journeys through the nature center learning about the creatures in the woodland fairy kingdom and creates his/her very own fairy house to take home. Afterwards, you will both savor an impeccably catered sit-down tea service by Sweet Simplici-Tea tea room. Enjoy tea, lemonade and delightful treats just right for little fingers. Price includes program, materials, full tea service and gratuity. As this is a catered event, you must register no later than February 14 to attend. $45 (one child & adult); $20 each additional person.

Wednesday, February 24

Astronomy Winter Wednesday Movies - 11 to 11:30 AM. Ages 3 years and up. Every Wednesday, you can join us for a full-dome, kid-friendly movie that explores outer space from the comfort of the NatureSphere planetarium. Tickets are $3 per person on the day of the show, or you can pre-register for only $2 per person prior to the show date. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated. Today's feature is "Zula Patrol: Down to Earth." To see a preview of the film, please click here.

Nature NEW! Nature Puppet Theater (Parent/child) - 11:30 AM to Noon. Ages 2 years and up. Join us on the last Wednesday of the month for a nature-themed puppet theater presentation. We’ll introduce a delightful cast of characters, tell their stories and ask you to interact! After the puppet show, create a simple craft to take home. February's theme is Opossums. All children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program. $5 per person. Children under 2 years of age are free.

Saturday, February 27

Nature NEW! Bare Branch Bash - 10 AM to noon. Ages 6 to 10 years. Discover the wonders of the winter woods in this spectacular collaborative program between Robinson and the Howard County Woodworkers Guild. Take a short guided walk through the forest to discover how you can tell trees apart in winter, and then join members of HCWG as they demonstrate carving techniques. Children will practice techniques using modeling clay and popsicle sticks. $10.

Nature NEW! "Naked" Tree ID and Woodworking Workshop - 10 AM to noon. Ages 18 years and up. Join local carver, Harold Goodman, and members of the Howard County Woodworkers Guild in this incredible winter workshop. Hike through the forest to discover how to identify trees that aren't "dressed", and join members of HCWG to learn how to find, reclaim or sustainably harvest resources for woodworking projects. Participants learn woodcarving techniques and begin their own carving project. $15.

 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 3

Nature  Nature Center Home School Class - 2 to 3:30 PM. Ages 3-13 years. Give your home school student hands-on immersive experiences on the first Thursday of each month (Sept-May). Students are divided by age. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for more information, or to register.

Friday, March 4

Nature  Nature Center Home School Class, Section 2 - 2 to 3:30 PM. Ages 3-9 years. Give your home school student hands-on immersive experiences on the first Friday * of each month (Sept-May). Students are divided by age. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNChomeschool.htm for more information, or to register. * Class will meet on the 2nd Friday of the month in January and April. 

Astronomy Family Fridays at the NatureSphere - 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up with an adult. This program features the full-dome movie "Earth, Moon & Sun" preceded by a fun, family-friendly planetarium presentation about current happenings in our night sky. Tickets are $6. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated. To see a preview of the film, please click here.

Astronomy Friday Late Nights in the NatureSphere- 8 to 9 PM. Ages 18 years and up. This program is for adults and features the full-dome movie "Impact!" preceded by a planetarium presentation about current happenings in our night sky and space science. Tickets are $6. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated. To see a preview of the film, please click here.

Saturday, March 5

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 "The Big Bear and Little Bear". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass.

 Nature First Saturday Discovery Days - 11:30 AM to Noon. Ages 3-10 years with an adult. On the first Saturday of the month, join us as we introduce a new, nature theme through games, stories and crafts. March's theme is Dinosaurs & Fossils. You can continue to explore the theme throughout the rest of the month in the Discovery Room's Field Station and with docent-led activities. This program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 15 children and their adult chaperone. No registration necessary. Program is free with daily admission or annual pass.

Saturday, March 12

Nature NEW! Timberdoodles in the Gloaming - 4 to 7 PM. Ages 8 years and up with an adult. Join Howard County Bird Club member David Cummings to track the elusive Timberdoodle (AKA the American Woodcock). Now in decline, there are a few locations in Howard County where Timberdoodles still can be consistently found. David meets you at the Robinson Nature Center and leads a carpool train to an area near the Patuxent River State Park, where you learn more about this fascinating bird. Dress warmly! $5 per person.

Sunday, March 13

Nature NEW! Teaching Young Children Outdoors Through the Growing Up Wild Curriculum - 1 to 4:30 PM. Ages 18 years and up. Learn how to connect young children (ages 3-7 years) to nature through 27 hands-on, developmentally appropriate activities. We demonstrate how to teach about wildlife through elements of art, nature, music, movement, math and literacy. Participants who complete the workshop receive a Growing Up WILD curriculum guide. $10. Register by January 20th.

Saturday, April 9

 Nature AstronomySpecial Events Butterfly Gala - 6:30 to 9PM. All ages. The Howard County Therapeutics Program and Robinson Nature Center cordially invite families of children and adults with special needs to join in an evening of sensory-friendly activities throughout the Center, light hors d’oeuvres, music and dancing. This event is designed for families; supervision is not provided. We can’t wait to celebrate with you! Please register by April 6. $35 per family.