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Robinson Nature Center Programs & Activities

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For more information on camps go to www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCsummercamps.htm 

 

For more information on Spring/Summer programs, scroll down to see upcoming programs in order by date. Click on the title of each program to register online.

 

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 Spring Programs 

 

Wednesday, April 1

Special Events History Nature  NEW! Anne Robinson's Centennial Birthday Celebration Spring Break Activities - 9 AM to 5 PM. All ages. Robinson Nature Center exists thanks to the foresight and generosity of James & Anne Robinson. Visit the Center for four days of activities during spring break from Wednesday, April 1 to Saturday, April 4 to honor Anne's legacy and the Center's mission to bridge the gap between people and nature. All activities are free with Robinson daily admission or annual pass. For details, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/RNClegacy.htm. No registration necessary. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Thursday, April 2

Special Events History Nature  NEW! Anne Robinson's Centennial Birthday Celebration Spring Break Activities - 9 AM to 5 PM. All ages. Robinson Nature Center exists thanks to the foresight and generosity of James & Anne Robinson. Visit the Center for four days of activities during spring break from Wednesday, April 1 to Saturday, April 4 to honor Anne's legacy and the Center's mission to bridge the gap between people and nature. All activities are free with Robinson daily admission or annual pass. For details, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/RNClegacy.htm. No registration necessary. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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, April 3

Special Events History Nature  NEW! Anne Robinson's Centennial Birthday Celebration Spring Break Activities - 9 AM to 5 PM. All ages. Robinson Nature Center exists thanks to the foresight and generosity of James & Anne Robinson. Visit the Center for four days of activities during spring break from Wednesday, April 1 to Saturday, April 4 to honor Anne's legacy and the Center's mission to bridge the gap between people and nature. All activities are free with Robinson daily admission or annual pass. For details, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/RNClegacy.htm. No registration necessary. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

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, April 4

Special Events History Nature  NEW! Anne Robinson's Centennial Birthday Celebration Spring Break Activities - 9 AM to 5 PM. All ages. Robinson Nature Center exists thanks to the foresight and generosity of James & Anne Robinson. Visit the Center for four days of activities during spring break from Wednesday, April 1 to Saturday, April 4 to honor Anne's legacy and the Center's mission to bridge the gap between people and nature. All activities are free with Robinson daily admission or annual pass. For details, visit www.howardcountymd.gov/RNClegacy.htm. No registration necessary. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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 Hydra". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass.

 

Wednesday, April 8

Nature History NEW! "Nano" Small Wonder Experience - between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM. All ages. Stop by the new "Nano" exhibit on the Mezzanine level, and join staff from the Port Discovery Children's Museum for hands-on activities that explore science, engineering and technology on a nanoscale (at the level of individual atoms and molecules). No pre-registration necessary. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCrotatingexhibits.htm for more information about the Nano exhibit on loan from Port Discovery through August.

 

Thursday, April 9

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, April 11

Nature Discovery Days Music in Nature Series - 10 to 10:45 AM and again at 11 to 11:45 AM. Join Port Discovery Children's Museum to explore nature through artistic expression and music under an inflatable dome of fun (weather-permitting). The program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 35 children each session. The Music in Nature Series is generously supported by the Howard County Council for the Arts and Port Discovery Children’s Museum.

Nature Special Events NEW! Butterfly Gala - 6:30 to 9 PM. All ages. The Therapeutic Recreation & Accommodations Section of Howard County's Department of Recreation and Parks and staff of the Robinson Nature Center invite families of children and adults with special needs to join in this sensory-friendly evening with activities throughout the Center, light hors d' oeuvres, music and dancing. $20 per person. Family fee of $35 (up to 5 members). Please register by April 8th.

 

Sunday, April 12

Nature Lil’ Buds Gardening Series (Parent/Child) - Planting the Seed session. 1:30 to 3 PM. Ages 4 to 8 years with an adult. This three-part series includes hands-on activities in the Children’s Garden, healthy snacks, fun for all and an item to take home to start your own garden. Space is limited to 10 adults and 10 children. Preregister to secure your spot. $12 per session. Price is per participant. Click here to register a child for this session, and click here to register an adult.

 

Friday, April 17

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, April 18

Nature Discovery Days Music in Nature Series - 10 to 10:45 AM and again at 11 to 11:45 AM. Join Port Discovery Children's Museum to explore nature through artistic expression and music under an inflatable dome of fun (weather-permitting). The program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 35 children each session. The Music in Nature Series is generously supported by the Howard County Council for the Arts and Port Discovery Children’s Museum.

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 Hydra". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass.

Astronomy Sensory-friendly NatureSphere Movie - 1 to 1:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up with an adult. This program features the full-dome movie "Astronaut" with perimeter lights turned up and sound turned down. Tickets are $3 with daily admission or Robinson annual pass. 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.

 

Sunday, April 19

Nature Nature Fun Club - "Insects & Spiders!" from 1 to 2 PM. Ages 4 to 7. Join us to hang out with other kids that love nature and enjoy themed activities and craft-making. Every 3rd Sunday of the month holds a new adventure! For Robinson members, $8. For non-members, $10.
 

Wednesday, April 22

Nature History NEW! "Nano" Small Wonder Experience - between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM. All ages. Stop by the new "Nano" exhibit on the Mezzanine level, and join staff from the Port Discovery Children's Museum for hands-on activities that explore science, engineering and technology on a nanoscale (at the level of individual atoms and molecules). No pre-registration necessary. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCrotatingexhibits.htm for more information about the Nano exhibit on loan from Port Discovery through August.

 

Thursday, April 23

History Trivia Night Social at the Nature Center - Be Civil, War History - doors open at 7:30 PM; Trivia from 8 to 10 PM. Ages 21 and up. Test your smarts while raising money for a good cause! Our trivia night MC's are experts in their field and keep you entertained. Light snacks provided with cash bar. $10 per person. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCtrivianights.htm for more info about our hosts, local brews served and the scholarship fund for which the event raises money.

 

Saturday, April 25

Special Events Astronomy History NEW! International Astronomy Day Celebration - 10 AM to 3 PM. Ages 5 years and up. Come join us for interactive activities throughout the Center in celebration of astronomy and advances in space science that are happening thanks to local organization in Howard County. There will be storytelling, demonstrations, presentations, hands-on activities and safe solar viewing on the green roof. To see more details and a schedule of events, go to www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCastroday.htm  

 

Sunday, April 26

Nature NEW! Teddy Bear Picnic Tea Party - 2 to 4 PM. Ages 3 years and up with an adult. Enjoy a fantastic morning with your little one including a “spring awakening” nature walk, creating a bird feeder to take home and an impeccably catered tea service. $45 for parent & child; $20 each additional person.

 

Friday, May 1

Nature School’s Out Nature Day Camp – Going Buggy. 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. After-care from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. Ages 6 to 12. Enjoy live animal presentations, movies in our planetarium, crafts, nature hikes, and scavenger hunts. Add optional after care to extend your day. $45 + $10 for optional after care. Please pack a snack and a non-perishable lunch (no nut products). Please go to www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCdaycamps.htm to download and fill out necessary forms prior to camp.

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 "We Are Aliens" 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, May 2

Nature  Lil' Acorns Spring Fling - 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. Click here to register a child. Click here to register an adult.

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, May 3

Nature Special Events 2nd Annual Native Plant Palooza - Noon to 4:30 PM. Ages 4 years and up with an adult. Come shop our native plant sale and learn from local experts in landscaping, tree care and gardening how to best plant and maintain native plants at your home. Plant sale and demonstrations are all complimentary. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCplantnative.htm for details on schedule of activities, vendors that will be selling that day and child care options.

 

Thursday, May 7

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, May 8

Special Events Nature Adult Flashlight Egg Hunt - 8 to 10 PM . (FULL. Please call to be added to the wait list.) Ages 18 years and up. Get active in nature for a nighttime egg hunt using flashlights and your wits at the Robinson Nature Center. Collect eggs filled with raffle tickets for chances to win tickets to the National Aquarium, gift cards to Wegmans, meal coupons to local restaraunts and other fantastic nature-themed prizes. $15 per individual or $25 per couple. Space is limited. Preregister to secure your spot.

 

Saturday, May 9

Nature Discovery Days Music in Nature Series - 10 to 10:45 AM and again at 11 to 11:45 AM. Join Port Discovery Children's Museum to explore nature through artistic expression and music under an inflatable dome of fun (weather-permitting). The program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 35 children each session. The Music in Nature Series is generously supported by the Howard County Council for the Arts and Port Discovery Children’s Museum.

 

Wednesday, May 13

Nature History NEW! "Nano" Small Wonder Experience - between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM. All ages. Stop by the new "Nano" exhibit on the Mezzanine level, and join staff from the Port Discovery Children's Museum for hands-on activities that explore science, engineering and technology on a nanoscale (at the level of individual atoms and molecules). No pre-registration necessary. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCrotatingexhibits.htm for more information about the Nano exhibit on loan from Port Discovery through August.

 

Thursday, May 14

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, May 15

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.

 

Saturday, May 16

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.

Astronomy Sensory-friendly NatureSphere Movie - 1 to 1:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up with an adult. This program features the full-dome movie "Passport to the Universe" with perimeter lights turned up and sound turned down. Tickets are $3 with daily admission or Robinson annual pass. 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.

 

Sunday, May 17

Nature NEW! Yoga Hike & Social for Adults - 8:30 to 10 AM. Ages 21 years and up. Grab a friend or your partner and join us for a unique Sunday morning excursion including a nature walk and yoga class inspired by the spring season and natural phenomenon. After the program, we'll have a table reserved at the Hickory Ridge Grill and participants are welcome to join for their infamous Sunday brunch. Bring yoga mats or towels and wear loose, comfortable clothes and shoes. $20 per person. Please note, the price of the brunch for those who choose to join is not included. You must preregister by May 15. Class size is limited to 20 participants.

NatureNEW! Yoga Hike for Families - 10:30 AM to Noon. Ages 8 years and up with a parent. A unique Sunday morning excursion including a nature walk and yoga class inspired by the spring season and natural phenomenon Bring yoga mats or towels and wear loose, comfortable clothes and shoes. $30 for parent & child; $5 per additional members. You must preregister by May 15. Class size is limited to 20 participants.

Nature Nature Fun Club - "River Play and Exploration" from 1 to 2 PM. Ages 4 to 7. Join us to hang out with other kids that love nature and enjoy themed activities and craft-making. Every 3rd Sunday of the month holds a new adventure! For Robinson members, $8. For non-members, $10. 
 

Friday, May 22

Special Events Nature Adult Flashlight Egg Hunt - 8 to 10 PM. (FULL. Please call to be added to the wait list.) Ages 18 years and up. Get active in nature for a nighttime egg hunt using flashlights and your wits at the Robinson Nature Center. Collect eggs filled with raffle tickets for chances to win tickets to the National Aquarium, gift cards to Wegmans, meal coupons to local restaurants and other fantastic nature-themed prizes. $15 per individual or $25 per couple. Space is limited. Preregister to secure your spot.

 

Saturday, May 23

Nature Discovery Days Music in Nature Series - 10 to 10:45 AM and again at 11 to 11:45 AM. Join Port Discovery Children's Museum to explore nature through artistic expression and music under an inflatable dome of fun (weather-permitting). The program is available on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 35 children each session. The Music in Nature Series is generously supported by the Howard County Council for the Arts and Port Discovery Children’s Museum.

 

Sunday, May 24

Nature NEW! Sauntering Down the Bluebird Trail - 10 AM to Noon. Ages 7 years and up with an adult. Come walk the Bluebird Box trail at Schooley Mill Park with Wes Earp of the Howard County Bird Club and Robinson Nature Center naturalists and discover all about blue bird nest building, egg laying, fledging of young and more. $5 per person. You must preregister for this program. Meet at the Schooley Mill Park parking lot at farm house (First lot on left, top of hill).

 

Wednesday, May 27

Nature History NEW! "Nano" Small Wonder Experience - between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM. All ages. Stop by the new "Nano" exhibit on the Mezzanine level, and join staff from the Port Discovery Children's Museum for hands-on activities that explore science, engineering and technology on a nanoscale (at the level of individual atoms and molecules). No pre-registration necessary. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCrotatingexhibits.htm for more information about the Nano exhibit on loan from Port Discovery through August.

 

Friday, May 29

NatureHistory  Ladies Night Out: Sunset Hike & Campfire - 6 to 9 PM. Ages 21 and up. Come join other nature-loving gals on a Friday night adventure! Opt to grab a bite to eat first at Great Sage restaurant at 6PM, or join us for the sunset hike and campfire. Hike begins at 7:30 PM. Please meet in the Robinson Nature Center lobby to join for the hike and campfire.

 

Summer Programs  

 

Friday, June 5

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 "Astronaut" 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, June 6

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

 

Sunday, June 7

Nature Lil’ Buds Gardening Series (Parent/Child) - Planting the Seed session. 1:30 to 3 PM. Ages 4 to 8 years with an adult. This three-part series includes hands-on activities in the Children’s Garden, healthy snacks, fun for all and an item to take home to start your own garden. Space is limited to 10 adults and 10 children. Preregister to secure your spot. $12 per session. Price is per participant. Click here to register a child for this session, and click here to register an adult.

 

Wednesday, June 10

Nature History NEW! "Nano" Small Wonder Experience - between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM. All ages. Stop by the new "Nano" exhibit on the Mezzanine level, and join staff from the Port Discovery Children's Museum for hands-on activities that explore science, engineering and technology on a nanoscale (at the level of individual atoms and molecules). No pre-registration necessary. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCrotatingexhibits.htm for more information about the Nano exhibit on loan from Port Discovery through August.

 

Saturday, June 13

Nature NEW! Bird Quest - 10 AM to Noon. Ages 7 years and up with an adult. Come walk the trails at the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area with Kurt Schwarz of the Howard County Bird Club and Robinson Nature Center naturalists to look for Maryland's state bird - the Baltimore Oriole - and Howard County's bird - the American Goldfinch. Bring your binoculars and learn all about these two mascots of our home state and county. $5 per person. You must preregister for this program. Meet at the South Wind Circle entrance to the MPEA. Please note, there are no restroom facilities at the MPEA.

 

Nature Discovery Days - 11:30 AM to Noon. Ages 3-10 years with an adult. Learn about native plants and animals through games, stories and crafts. Themes vary each week. 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.

 

Wednesday, June 17

Astronomy Summer Wednesday Full-Dome Movies - 10 to 10:30 AM and 2 to 2:30 PM. See film schedules, recommended ages and online registration links at www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCsummermovies.htm. Tickets are $2 if you pre-register or $3 on the day of the show. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated.

 

Friday, June 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 "Astronaut" 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, June 20

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

Astronomy Sensory-friendly NatureSphere Movie - 1 to 1:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up with an adult. This program features the full-dome movie "Earth, Moon & Sun" with perimeter lights turned up and sound turned down. Tickets are $3 with daily admission or Robinson annual pass. 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.

 

Wednesday, June 24

Astronomy Summer Wednesday Full-Dome Movies - 10 to 10:30 AM and 2 to 2:30 PM. See film schedules, recommended ages and online registration links at www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCsummermovies.htm. Tickets are $2 if you pre-register or $3 on the day of the show. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated.

Nature History NEW! "Nano" Small Wonder Experience - between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM. All ages. Stop by the new "Nano" exhibit on the Mezzanine level, and join staff from the Port Discovery Children's Museum for hands-on activities that explore science, engineering and technology on a nanoscale (at the level of individual atoms and molecules). No pre-registration necessary. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCrotatingexhibits.htm for more information about the Nano exhibit on loan from Port Discovery through August.

 

Saturday, June 27

Nature Discovery Days - 11:30 AM to Noon. Ages 3-10 years with an adult. Learn about native plants and animals through games, stories and crafts. Themes vary each week. 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.

NatureNEW! Bats, Banjos and Bonfires - 8 to 9:30 PM. Ages 7 years and up with an adult. Come explore the river edges and forest depths with Nature Center guides in search of bats using echolocators. Get up close with one of our favorite nocturnal animals. Afterwards, get cozy while roasting marshmallows over the campfire to the accompaniment of live banjo music.

 

Sunday, June 28

Nature NEW! My Nature Quest summer - 2 to 3:30 PM. Ages 6 to 12 years. Start your summer adventure at Robinson and receive a guidebook to exploring your world this summer. Explore the Center grounds using a journal that challenges you to "Nature it up." $12. Price includes program and "Nature Up This Journal" guidebook for you to take home and use to continue exploring.

 

Wednesday, July 1

Astronomy Summer Wednesday Full-Dome Movies - 10 to 10:30 AM and 2 to 2:30 PM. See film schedules, recommended ages and online registration links at www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCsummermovies.htm. Tickets are $2 if you pre-register or $3 on the day of the show. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated.

 

Friday, July 3

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 "We Are Aliens" 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 "Stars" 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.

 

Sunday, July 5

Nature NEW! River Romp - 12:30 to 2:30 PM. All ages. Celebrate July 4th weekend by cooling off at the Middle Patuxent River. BYOP (bring your own picnic) and enjoy lunch at the river followed by fun, family-friendly river games, mini-boat races and stream exploration. Dress to get wet. We recommend close-toed water shoes. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and all participants must check in at the front desk. $5 per person; $20 per family (up to 5 people).  
 

Wednesday, July 8

Astronomy Summer Wednesday Full-Dome Movies - 10 to 10:30 AM and 2 to 2:30 PM. See film schedules, recommended ages and online registration links at www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCsummermovies.htm. Tickets are $2 if you pre-register or $3 on the day of the show. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated.

Nature History NEW! "Nano" Small Wonder Experience - between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM. All ages. Stop by the new "Nano" exhibit on the Mezzanine level, and join staff from the Port Discovery Children's Museum for hands-on activities that explore science, engineering and technology on a nanoscale (at the level of individual atoms and molecules). No pre-registration necessary. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCrotatingexhibits.htm for more information about the Nano exhibit on loan from Port Discovery through August.

 

Saturday, July 11

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

Nature Discovery Days - 11:30 AM to Noon. Ages 3-10 years with an adult. Learn about native plants and animals through games, stories and crafts. Themes vary each week. 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.

 

Sunday, July 12

Nature Special Events Insect Extravaganza. All ages. Bring your family out for an incredible afternoon of activities including a guided walk through nature center trails and gardens, face-painting, crafts, games and more. Preregister for a time slot, and arrive promptly as your group will leave on the guided portion of the program at the time indicated. $8 Robinson annual pass holders; $10 general admission; Free under 3 years of age. Click on one of the times below to register for that time.
12:30 PM 
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1:30 PM 
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2:30 PM 

 

Wednesday, July 15

Astronomy Summer Wednesday Full-Dome Movies - 10 to 10:30 AM and 2 to 2:30 PM. See film schedules, recommended ages and online registration links at www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCsummermovies.htm. Tickets are $2 if you pre-register or $3 on the day of the show. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated.

 

Friday, July 17

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 "We Are Aliens" 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, July 18

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

Astronomy Sensory-friendly NatureSphere Movie - 1 to 1:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up with an adult. This program features the full-dome movie "We Are Aliens" with perimeter lights turned up and sound turned down. Tickets are $3 with daily admission or Robinson annual pass. 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.

 

Sunday, July 19

Nature NEW! Bees Knees Summer Tea Party - 2 to 4 PM. Ages 3 years and up with an adult. Enjoy a fantastic morning with your little one including a guided nature walk through forest and gardens, creating a summer planter to take home and an impeccably catered tea service. $45 for parent & child; $20 each additional person.

 

Wednesday, July 22

Astronomy Summer Wednesday Full-Dome Movies - 10 to 10:30 AM and 2 to 2:30 PM. See film schedules, recommended ages and online registration links at www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCsummermovies.htm. Tickets are $2 if you pre-register or $3 on the day of the show. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated.

Nature History NEW! "Nano" Small Wonder Experience - between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM. All ages. Stop by the new "Nano" exhibit on the Mezzanine level, and join staff from the Port Discovery Children's Museum for hands-on activities that explore science, engineering and technology on a nanoscale (at the level of individual atoms and molecules). No pre-registration necessary. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCrotatingexhibits.htm for more information about the Nano exhibit on loan from Port Discovery through August.

 

Saturday, July 25

Nature Discovery Days - 11:30 AM to Noon. Ages 3-10 years with an adult. Learn about native plants and animals through games, stories and crafts. Themes vary each week. 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.

 

Sunday, July 26

Nature NEW! Yoga Hike & Social for Adults - 8:30 to 10 AM. Ages 21 years and up. Grab a friend or your partner and join us for a unique Sunday morning excursion including a nature walk and yoga class inspired by the spring season and natural phenomenon. After the program, we'll have a table reserved at the Hickory Ridge Grill and participants are welcome to join for their infamous Sunday brunch. Bring yoga mats or towels and wear loose, comfortable clothes and shoes. $20 per person. Please note, the price of the brunch for those who choose to join is not included. You must preregister by July 24. Class size is limited to 20 participants.

NatureNEW! Yoga Hike for Families - 10:30 AM to Noon. Ages 8 years and up with a parent. A unique Sunday morning excursion including a nature walk and yoga class inspired by the spring season and natural phenomenon Bring yoga mats or towels and wear loose, comfortable clothes and shoes. $30 for parent & child; $5 per additional members. You must preregister by July 24. Class size is limited to 20 participants.

 

Wednesday, July 29

Astronomy Summer Wednesday Full-Dome Movies - 10 to 10:30 AM and 2 to 2:30 PM. See film schedules, recommended ages and online registration links at www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCsummermovies.htm. Tickets are $2 if you pre-register or $3 on the day of the show. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated.

 

Thursday, July 30

History Trivia Night Social at the Nature Center - Rockin' Rocks - Geology - doors open at 7:30 PM; Trivia from 8 to 10 PM. Ages 21 and up. Test your smarts while raising money for a good cause! Our trivia night MC's are experts in their field and keep you entertained. Light snacks provided with cash bar. $10 per person. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCtrivianights.htm for more info about our hosts, local brews served and the scholarship fund for which the event raises money.

 

Saturday, August 1

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 Summer Triangle". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass.

 

Sunday, August 2

Nature Special Events NEW! Family Picnic Day - Noon to 3:30 PM. All ages. BYOP (Bring your own picnic) and we provide the entertainment! Enjoy nature games, live animal presentations and live music on the lawn. $20 per car. To pay with a credit card, please register in advance. Cash-only is accepted on the day of the event. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. In the event of inclement weather, a rain date is scheduled for Sunday, August 9th.

 

Wednesday, August 5

Astronomy Summer Wednesday Full-Dome Movies - 10 to 10:30 AM and 2 to 2:30 PM. See film schedules, recommended ages and online registration links at www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCsummermovies.htm. Tickets are $2 if you pre-register or $3 on the day of the show. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated.

 

Thursday, August 6

Nature History NEW! Brew Local Lecture and Beer Tasting - 7 to 8:45 PM. Ages 21 years and up. Come join Maureen O'Prey - brew historian - to celebrate National IPA Day and find out more about Maryland's microbrewing industry. Discover how grain rationing in the past impacted Maryland's beer production, and find out about the current movement to convert cropland so Maryland's breweries can source locally. Enjoy sampling brews from Jailbreak Brewery, the first local brewery to open in Howard County. $15 per person. Please bring photo ID with you.

 

Friday, August 7

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 "Passport to the Universe" 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, August 8

Nature Discovery Days - 11:30 AM to Noon. Ages 3-10 years with an adult. Learn about native plants and animals through games, stories and crafts. Themes vary each week. 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.

 

Wednesday, August 12

Astronomy Summer Wednesday Full-Dome Movies - 10 to 10:30 AM and 2 to 2:30 PM. See film schedules, recommended ages and online registration links at www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCsummermovies.htm. Tickets are $2 if you pre-register or $3 on the day of the show. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated.

Nature History NEW! "Nano" Small Wonder Experience - between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM. All ages. Stop by the new "Nano" exhibit on the Mezzanine level, and join staff from the Port Discovery Children's Museum for hands-on activities that explore science, engineering and technology on a nanoscale (at the level of individual atoms and molecules). No pre-registration necessary. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCrotatingexhibits.htm for more information about the Nano exhibit on loan from Port Discovery through August.

 

Saturday, August 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 "The Summer Triangle". Tickets are $3 per person with Robinson daily admission or annual pass.

Astronomy Sensory-friendly NatureSphere Movie - 1 to 1:30 PM. Ages 5 years and up with an adult. This program features the full-dome movie "Stars" with perimeter lights turned up and sound turned down. Tickets are $3 with daily admission or Robinson annual pass. 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.

 

Wednesday, August 19

Astronomy Summer Wednesday Full-Dome Movies - 10 to 10:30 AM and 2 to 2:30 PM. See film schedules, recommended ages and online registration links at www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCsummermovies.htm. Tickets are $2 if you pre-register or $3 on the day of the show. Due to dark conditions, we cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated.

 

Friday, August 21

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 "Passport to the Universe" 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, August 22

Nature Discovery Days - 11:30 AM to Noon. Ages 3-10 years with an adult. Learn about native plants and animals through games, stories and crafts. Themes vary each week. 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.

 

Wednesday, August 26

Nature History NEW! "Nano" Small Wonder Experience - between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM. All ages. Stop by the new "Nano" exhibit on the Mezzanine level, and join staff from the Port Discovery Children's Museum for hands-on activities that explore science, engineering and technology on a nanoscale (at the level of individual atoms and molecules). No pre-registration necessary. See www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCrotatingexhibits.htm for more information about the Nano exhibit on loan from Port Discovery through August.