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Robinson Nature Center


 Robinson Nature Center building image for web 

6692 Cedar Lane
Columbia, MD 21044

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Wed.- Sat., 9 AM-5 PM
Sun., Noon-5 PM
The Center is closed Mondays & Tuesdays. Also closed Jan 1, Mar 27, Nov 24 & 25, and Dec 25, 2016. ***

Daily Admission to Trails/Building*:
Adults $5
Children (3-17 yrs) $3
Under 3 FREE
* Wednesdays are complimentary for families and individuals. Group visits are subject to admission fees and must be booked in advance. 

Annual Pass Information: 

Family, Individual, Senior and "Friends"-level annual passes are available. For more information, see Annual Passes.  


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SUMMER CAMP registration starts next week for Howard County residents! Check out our summer offerings at www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCsummercamps.htm  

Come meet the animals in our new touch tank! The touch tank is open:

Saturdays, 10:30AM-11:30AM and 2-3 PM
Sunday, 1-3 PM

For up-to-date announcements, promotions and nature tidbits, like us on facebook at  www.facebook.com/RobinsonNatureCenter .

General Information

The Robinson Nature Center is a unique nature education facility situated on 18 acres of land adjacent to the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area, which provides over 1,000 acres of forest, meadows and river valley to explore. Geothermal heating/air-conditioning, porous paving, solar panels which generate 15% of electric needs, innovative water conservation methods and a host of other features make this building environmentally friendly and one of only three LEED Certified Platinum buildings in the State. This project was made possible through the foresight and generosity of James and Anne Robinson and the James and Anne Robinson Foundation. Come see for yourself what the center offers:

- Interactive and multisensory exhibits for all ages
- NatureSphere, a digital planetarium and dome-style theater, with programs and movies
- Video alcove with ViewSpace, a self-updating multimedia astronomy display   
- Children’s Discovery Room with hands-on activities
- Nature trail with arboretum and views of the Middle Patuxent River
- Balcony and green rooftop for outdoor nature viewing
- Classrooms and auditorium with seating for 150 people 

Download our Facility Guide by clicking here. 

Inclement Weather

Inclement Weather Line: 410-313-4452 (choose option 6). Call to find out about closings/cancellations related to weather.
Inclement Weather Policy: If Howard County schools open two hours late, Robinson will open at 10:30 AM. If schools are closed due to inclement weather, every attempt will be made to open the center by 10:30 AM. Please call the inclement weather number to confirm the center's status when schools are closed.