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Robinson Nature Center Programs & Activities

 

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 Registration for Spring/Summer programs is OPEN! Click on the brochure image or scroll down to discover our upcoming program offerings!

Upcoming Programs

   

Click on the links or call 410-313-0400 to register. We recommend pre-registering for programs as they fill up quickly! 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. 

       

****We regret that, due to a malfunctioning piece of equipment in our planetarium, shows this weekend (April 18th and 19th) have been cancelled. Please call the front desk for more information 410-313-0400.****

Friday, April 18

Astronomy  Family Fridays at the NatureSphere - CANCELLED. 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 "Stars." For a preview of the film,click here.

Astronomy Friday Late Nights in the NatureSphere - What's Up? - CANCELLED. 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, April 19

Astronomy History Star Storytelling: Our Constellations (Parent/Child) - CANCELLED. 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 "Our Gas Giant: Jupiter". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass. 

 

Thursday, April 24

Astronomy Nature Special Events School’s Out: $3 Fun at Robinson - 9 AM to 5 PM. All ages. School is out, so come enjoy our permanent exhibits, 1 mile of trails and the children’s Discovery Room. You can add additional fun activities including full-dome movies, scavenger hunts and a chance to win raffle prizes from our nature gift shop. $3 per activity with Robinson annual pass or daily admission. Purchase any of the above activities at the front desk (no preregistration necessary). Children must be accompanied by an adult.  

 Nature Special Events School’s Out: Scout Day - see program times below. Ages 6 years and up. School is out, so get your troop together and fulfill requirements to earn an achievement or a badge. Bears accomplish their “Share Your World with Wildlife” Achievement. Brownies meet requirements to earn their Bug badge. $20, scout member; $15, scout member (group rate). All participants must be registered. To see pictures from previous School's Out Scout Days, click here.
Boy Scouts  
 9:30-11:30 AM - Bear, Share Your World With Wildlife
12:30-2:30 PM - Bear, Share Your World With Wildlife

Girl Scouts
10:30 AM-12:30 PM - Brownie, Bug
1:30-3:30 PM - Brownie, Bug
 

 Special Events Leave your Mark! Art Tile Project - 10 - 11:30 AM. Ages 3 years and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. You and/or your child create original art work for a tile which will be installed inside the Center's main building. Proceeds support Friends of the Nature Center projects, including scholarships for Title 1 school field trips and an outdoor nature play space at the Nature Center. 1 tile for $35 or 3 tiles for $100. To see pictures from previous events, click here.  

 

Friday, April 25

Nature Special Events NEW! Adult Flashlight Egg Hunt - 8 to 10 PM. Ages 18 years and up. THIS PROGRAM IS SOLD OUT. Join us for an adult, nighttime egg hunt using flashlights and your wits. Hundreds of eggs full of raffle tickets and/or small prizes lie hidden, awaiting your discovery. For more information or to view our sponsors and prizes, go to www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCspecialevents.htm. Space is limited. Preregister to secure your spot. $12 per individual; $20 per couple.
 

Saturday, April 26

Nature Lil' Sprouts Gardening Series: Session 2, Small Seeds & Pretty Plants - 10:30 AM to Noon. Ages 3-5 years with an adult. Share the wonders of gardening with your young child in this new, three-part gardening series. Take part in hands-on activities in the Children's Garden, enjoy healthy snacks, and leave with an item to take home for use in your garden. Space is limited to 10 adults and 10 children. Preregister to secure your spot. Each registered child must attend with a registered adult. $12 per session or $30 for all three sessions. Fee is per person.
Nature Music in Nature Series - 10 to 10:45 AM and again from 11 to 11:45 AM. Ages 3 - 10 years with an adult. Join Port Discovery Children’s Museum to explore nature through artistic expression and music under an inflatable dome (weather-permitting) of fun. Program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 30 people each session. The Music in Nature Series is free, due to generous support from the Howard County Council for the Arts & Port Discovery Children’s Museum. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Nature Family Nature Walk at MPEA: Leap into Spring - 6:30 PM to 8 PM. Ages 7 years and up. Join us on a nature walk at the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) to look for vernal pools (small, temporary pools of water that form amazing habitat each spring.) Search for spring life while keeping your ears open to identify unique frog calls. Please note this hike leaves from the South Wind Circle entrance to the MPEA and that there are no restroom facilities at MPEA. You will be walking on uneven terrain during the program. An adult must accompany children under 18. Reservations are required. $8 per person. (Rain date: May 3)

Nature NEW! Golden-Hour Hikes at MPEA - 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Ages 12 years and up. Join us for a 2.5-mile hike through the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) to search for “crepuscular” wildlife (animals active at dawn and dusk)and listen to the sounds of the forest as it transitions from day to night. Bring a camera to capture the fleeting beauty of the dusk-lit forest. Central Maryland Photographers Guild members on the hike provide photography tips and tricks. Please note this hike leaves from the Trotter Road entrance to the MPEA and that there are no restroom facilities at MPEA. You will be walking on uneven terrain during the program. An adult must accompany children under 18. Reservations are required. $10 per person. (Rain date: May 3) 
 

Sunday, April 27

Nature Lil' Buds Gardening Series: Session 2, Planting the Seed - 1:30 PM to 3 PM. Ages 5-8 years with an adult. Take your little buddy out to the garden in this new, three-part gardening series. Take part in hands-on activities in the Children's Garden, enjoy healthy snacks, and leave with an item to take home for use in your garden. Space is limited to 10 adults and 10 children. Preregister to secure your spot. Each registered child must attend with a registered adult. $12 per session or $30 for all three sessions. Fee is per person.

 

Friday, May 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 "Two Small Pieces of Glass." 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 "Stars." For a preview of the film, click here

 

Saturday, May 3

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 "Hercules and Leo the Lion". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass. 

Nature Resourcefully Yours, Spring – A Home Decorating Series. 2 to 3:30 PM. Ages 18 years and up. This innovative, seasonal decorating-on-a-dime series is intended to save you some green. In our spring session, we present you with a mecca of botanical beautification schemes for your bedroom and bathroom using natural materials. Learn how to identify materials, where to find them locally – perhaps even in your own backyard – and how to harvest them sustainably. Price includes natural materials to take home to transition your living space. $30 per person.

 

Sunday, May 4

Nature Special Events NEW! Native Plant Palooza - Noon to 4:30 PM. Ages 12 years and up. Feel good about your garden or yard this year by purchasing native plants from a host of vendors with a portion of proceeds from the sale benefiting educational programs at the Nature Center. Special guest speakers provide information on the “how to’s” of using natives. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCplantnative.htm for details on speakers and other activities. The plant sale will be accessible without admission to the Nature Center. All other activities require admission. No registration necessary. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
 

Saturday, May 10

Nature Music in Nature Series - 10 to 10:45 AM and again from 11 to 11:45 AM. Ages 3 - 10 years with an adult. Join Port Discovery Children’s Museum to explore nature through artistic expression and music under an inflatable dome (weather-permitting) of fun. Program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 30 people each session. The Music in Nature Series is free, due to generous support from the Howard County Council for the Arts & Port Discovery Children’s Museum. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Nature NEW! Mommy, Mother Nature and Me (Mother/Child) - 10 to 11:45 AM. Ages 4 years and up with mom. Take part in interactive stations that highlight the nurturing behaviors of local wildlife as you work together to complete our Mother Nature scavenger hunts. Make memories with nature-inspired photo ops for you and your child. Select an elegant tea cup bird feeder and mix your own birdseed to take home for your yard or garden. $32 per pair; $12 per each additional child.

 

Friday, May 16

Astronomy Nature Special Events School’s Out: $3 Fun at Robinson - 9 AM to 5 PM. All ages. School is out, so come enjoy our permanent exhibits, 1 mile of trails and the children’s Discovery Room. You can add additional fun activities including full-dome movies, scavenger hunts and a chance to win raffle prizes from our nature gift shop. $3 per activity with Robinson annual pass or daily admission. Purchase any of the above activities at the front desk (no preregistration necessary). Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Special Events Leave your Mark! Art Tile Project - 10 - 11:30 AM. Ages 3 years and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. You and/or your child create original art work for a tile which will be installed inside the Center's main building. Proceeds support Friends of the Nature Center projects, including scholarships for Title 1 school field trips and an outdoor nature play space at the Nature Center. 1 tile for $35 or 3 tiles for $100. To see pictures from previous events, click here

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 "Two Small Pieces of Glass." 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 "Stars." For a preview of the film, click here

 

Saturday, May 17

Nature Special Events Saturday Scout Day - see program times below. Ages 6 years and up. Get your troop together and fulfill requirements to earn an achievement or a badge. Boy Scout Webelos learn skills to secure their “Foresters” activity badge. Girl Scout Juniors meet requirements to earn their Naturalist flower badge. $20, scout member; $15, scout member (group rate). All participants must be registered. To see pictures from previous School's Out Scout Days, click here.
Boy Scouts  
 9:30-11:30 AM - Webelo, Forester 
12:30-2:30 PM - Webelo, Forester

Girl Scouts
10:30 AM-12:30 PM - Junior, Flower
1:30-3:30 PM - Junior, Flower
 

 

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 "Hercules and Leo the Lion". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass. 

 

Saturday, May 24

Nature Music in Nature Series - 10 to 10:45 AM and again from 11 to 11:45 AM. Ages 3 - 10 years with an adult. Join Port Discovery Children’s Museum to explore nature through artistic expression and music under an inflatable dome (weather-permitting) of fun. Program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 30 people each session. The Music in Nature Series is free, due to generous support from the Howard County Council for the Arts & Port Discovery Children’s Museum. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Friday, June 6

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 "Oasis in Space." For a preview of the film, click here

 

Saturday, June 7

Nature Lil' Sprouts Gardening Series: Session 3, Happy Harvest - 10:30 AM to Noon. Ages 3-5 years with an adult. Share the wonders of gardening with your young child in this new, three-part gardening series. Take part in hands-on activities in the Children's Garden, enjoy healthy snacks, and leave with an item to take home for use in your garden. Space is limited to 10 adults and 10 children. Preregister to secure your spot. Each registered child must attend with a registered adult. $12 per session or $30 for all three sessions. Fee is per person.

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 "Hercules and Leo the Lion". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass. 

HistoryNEW! Living off the Land - Civil War Soldier Campfire - 7:30 to 9 PM. Ages 7 years and up with an adult. Learn about what a soldier’s life was like; view authentic Civil War-era artifacts and equipment; participate in marching drills and witness a safe firing arms demonstration. Enjoy marshmallows by the campfire! $10, individual; $25, family.

 

Sunday, June 8

Nature Lil' Buds Gardening Series: Session 3, Joy of the Harvest - 1:30 PM to 3 PM. Ages 5-8 years with an adult. Take your little buddy out to the garden in this new, three-part gardening series. Take part in hands-on activities in the Children's Garden, enjoy healthy snacks, and leave with an item to take home for use in your garden. Space is limited to 10 adults and 10 children. Preregister to secure your spot. Each registered child must attend with a registered adult. $12 per session or $30 for all three sessions. Fee is per person.

 

Saturday, June 14

Nature Music in Nature Series - 10 to 10:45 AM and again from 11 to 11:45 AM. Ages 3 - 10 years with an adult. Join Port Discovery Children’s Museum to explore nature through artistic expression and music under an inflatable dome (weather-permitting) of fun. Program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 30 people each session. The Music in Nature Series is free, due to generous support from the Howard County Council for the Arts & Port Discovery Children’s Museum. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Friday, June 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 "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 "Oasis in Space." For a preview of the film, click here

 

Saturday, June 21

 Special Events Leave your Mark! Art Tile Project - 10 - 11:30 AM. Ages 3 years and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. You and/or your child create original art work for a tile which will be installed inside the Center's main building. Proceeds support Friends of the Nature Center projects, including scholarships for Title 1 school field trips and an outdoor nature play space at the Nature Center. 1 tile for $35 or 3 tiles for $100. To see pictures from previous events, 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 "Hercules and Leo the Lion". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass. 

 

Sunday, June 22

History Nature NEW! Farm to Table with a Chesapeake Waterman - Noon to 2 PM. Ages 16 years and up. Enjoy a sustainably harvested meal featuring steamed Maryland crabs; a trio of fresh, seasonal salads; and a delectable fruit dessert impeccably prepared with local ingredients from the Eastern Shore. While feasting, enjoy learning about life as a waterman on the Chesapeake from Carol Bean. $45 per person. Space is limited; must register by June 19. No walk-ins. 

 

Wednesday, June 25

 

Saturday, June 28

Nature Music in Nature Series - 10 to 10:45 AM and again from 11 to 11:45 AM. Ages 3 - 10 years with an adult. Join Port Discovery Children’s Museum to explore nature through artistic expression and music under an inflatable dome (weather-permitting) of fun. Program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 30 people each session. The Music in Nature Series is free, due to generous support from the Howard County Council for the Arts & Port Discovery Children’s Museum. All children must be accompanied by an adult.