As of March 1, 2017, admission fees apply to all visitors Weds – Sun. This change is being implemented to ensure the quality of visitor’s experiences and to reduce parking, overcrowding and safety concerns.

Robinson Nature Center
6692 Cedar Lane

Columbia, MD 21044

Directions:
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Phone:
410-313-0400 

Hours:
Wed.- Sat., 9 AM-5 PM
Sun., Noon-5 PM
The Center is closed Mondays & Tuesdays. Also closed Apr 16, Nov 23 & 24, 2017. 

Daily Admission to Trails/Building*:
Adults $5
Children (3-17 yrs) $3
Under 3 FREE
*Group visits must be booked in advance. 

Annual Pass Information:

Family, Individual, Senior and "Friends"-level annual passes are available. For more information, see the "Get Involved" section under "Plan Your Visit".

Do you have questions or comments about our new website? Contact us!

Mission Statement
Our mission is to facilitate the enjoyment and understanding of our natural resources and to bridge the gap between people and nature. By inspiring sound environmental awareness, we promote responsible stewardship of all of our natural resources and strive to connect people of all ages with nature through experience-based education.
About Us

We are a unique nature education facility situated on 18 acres of land adjacent to the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area. Geothermal heating/air-conditioning, porous paving, solar panels, innovative water conservation methods and a host of other features make this building environmentally-friendly and have earned it the LEED Certified Platinum designation. Each year, the Center runs over 420 programs including field trips, public programs, birthday parties, home school and scout programs. This Center was made a reality through the foresight and generosity of James and Anne Robinson. The Center continues to be partially supported by the James & Anne Robinson Foundation and is owned and operated by the Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks. Download our Facility Guide and/or plan your visit below!

 

Inclement Weather

Inclement Weather Line: 410-313-4452 (choose option 6). Call to find out about closings/cancellations related to weather.

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Indoor Features

 

 

 

Permanent Exhibits

Rotating Exhibits

Discovery Room

Animal Wall

Touch Tank

NatureSphere Planetarium

LEED Green Building Features

Gift Shop

 

 

 

Permanent Exhibits

 Permanent Exhibits at Robinson Nature Center

Our indoor permanent exhibits provide locally-relevant information and
interactive interpretation.

Experience the Chesapeake Bay Watershed exhibit:
  • Navigate a hand-painted floor map of the Bay.
  • “Fly” through the Chesapeake watershed on a digital, tilting table display.
Discover the Changing Lives, Changing Landscapes exhibit:
  • View artifacts and a historical timeline of local land use.
  • Turn the wheel of our model grist mill and watch it transform grain into flour.
Wind your way through the Life of the Forest exhibit:
  • Delight in the sights and sounds of life through the seasons in an Eastern North American deciduous forest.
  • See what’s “out-of-sight” in logs and seasonal vernal pools on the forest floor.
  • Experience the mystery and darkness of the nighttime forest.
Travel to outer space and back:
  • The audio-visual alcove hosts ViewSpace, streaming a live feed of video and text from NASA’s Space Telescope Science Institute.
  • The Backyard Habitat exhibit features a demonstration honey bee hive and bird feeders.

 

 

 

Rotating Exhibits

Here We Grow Exhibit

Here We Grow Exhibit

January 25 - July 23, 2017

With 335 active farms in Howard County, farming is part of the fabric of this county. Come “ride” a model tractor, invent a new farming tool and guess where crops grow across Maryland. The Nature Center is proud to host this interactive “Here We Grow” exhibit, on loan from Port Discovery Children’s Museum through July 2017. Family audiences will delight in learning about farming in today’s world. Discover connections to where products are grown; meet the farmer as scientist, businessman and problem solver; and learn about healthy eating and the conservation of natural resources. 


Christine Chavis swallowtail photo

Christine Chavis’ Wildlife Paintings 

June 30 – September 30, 2017

Robinson Nature Center is pleased to host the art created by Baltimore-native, Christine Chavis. Christine is a self-taught artist, her natural talent and passion is clearly evident in the vivid and colorful depictions of wildlife she puts to canvas. After capturing images by photograph, Christine paints, translating the images she’s seen in parks and landscapes around Maryland through the brush. Christine’s work is offered for sale with a portion of the proceeds supporting the programs at Robinson Nature Center.
See all of Christine’s work at: http://christinechavis8.wixsite.com/mysite .


 Chapel Oak exhibit by Foon Sham

"Chapel Oak" - Foon Sham

On extended loan

Foon Sham, a sculpture professor at the University of Maryland College Park, sculpted the "Chapel Oak" to memorialize a large White oak tree that had been a landmark on the university’s campus. The sculpture is comprised of more than 1,500 individual pieces of wood and weighs approximately 5,000 pounds. The piece was originally put on display on the front lawn of the Nature Center as part of Howard County Art Council's "2014 ARTsites" program that seeks to make art more accessible by placing it in public spaces throughout the community.

Looking to display your art or to extend the reach of your exhibit?

Local artists are welcome and encouraged to apply to display their art work in the Robinson gallery space.  Please download the Artist Exhibit Guidelines and Application for more information. 

Organizations that loan exhibits temporarily and are seeking to engage new audiences are encouraged to contact us at 410-313-0400. 

Eco-Art Residency

Robinson Nature Center is currently seeking applications for a one-year pilot sustainability project. With art as the medium for communication and creative solutions, Robinson seeks an artist interested in exploring issues of ecological sustainability on the Robinson campus. The goal of the residency is to advance ecological sustainable-thinking and action through artistic expression. Click here for the application and more information.
Interested artists - attend an information session!
Meet Robinson Nature Center staff and get a tour of our facility and grounds during one of our information sessions for the Eco-Art Residency: Saturday, July 15th, 9 AM or 3 PM. 


 

Discovery Room

 Children's Discovery room

  • Try out scientific skills at our field station or open a themed Discovery Bin to investigate local plants, animals and ecology.
  • Release your inner-artist and create a masterpiece on the chalk board within the hand-painted seasonal wall mural.
  • Read to your little one from our large, rotating collection of children’s nature books while overlooking the forest below.
  • Get an up-close view of some wonders of the aquatic world in our saltwater Discovery Tank.

 

 

Animal Wall

Animal Wall

Many of our programs include live animal presentations. When the animals are not out and about, you can visit them in the Discovery Room where our animal wall provides you a view of their tanks. 

 

 

Touch Tank

 Touch Tank

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

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

* Please note, touch tank open hours are contingent upon volunteer availability. 

 

NatureSphere Planetarium

NatureSphere Planetarium and Full-Dome Movie Theater

The NatureSphere is a digital planetarium and full-dome movie theater located on the mezzanine level of the Nature Center. The NatureSphere seats up to 50 people. Public programs are scheduled throughout the year (see our Public Programs tab for a schedule), and private parties can be booked in the space (see our Parties & Rentals tab for details).

 

 

LEED Green Building Features

 

Green Construction for Green Education brochure

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized, consensus-based green building certification system. Buildings are evaluated and awarded LEED certification at one of four levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The higher the level, the more aspects of green design and construction must be addressed and documented. Very few buildings reach the Platinum level. Robinson Nature Center was certified as LEED Platinum in February 2012.

Click on the links below to read more about the LEED features in Robinson's Green Construction for Green Education brochure.

 

 

Gift Shop

Robinson Nature Center gift shop products

 

The Robinson Nature Center gift shop is open Weds - Sat; 9 AM - 5 PM and Sun; Noon - 5 PM or during special programs and events. Access to the gift shop does not require admission.

We carry a variety of sustainable goods including local honey, science kits, field guides, books, children's toys, puppets, astronomy items and much more. Here's a sample of what you can find:

  • award-winning toys interactive science kits
  • local, hand-crafted ceramics
  • a wide selection of books for children and adults
  • artistically designed "Blue Q" bags and pouches made from 95% recycled post consumer materials
  • plush, award-winning specialty puppets from Folkmanis
  • hand-crafted, nature-inspired jewelry
  • vegan, faux-leather wallets from Lavishy
  • local, hand-crafted therapeutic heat pillows from Cherapy
  • locally-turned wooden bowls
  • natural bee products, including Bee's Wrap

Outdoor Features

 

 

 

Trails

Nature Place

Improvements

 

 

Trails

 

Robinson Nature Center Walking Trails brochure

Robinson Nature Center has approximately 1 mile of trails. Portions of the trail are paved, while the majority of the trails traverse rugged, wooded terrain.

Click on the links below to download or browse Robinson's Walking Trails brochure and a map of the trails.

Accessing the Trails

Our trails are accessible to pedestrian traffic when the building is closed. However, if you are driving to the Center, please note that the parking lot gates are only open during the building's hours of operation. For safety reasons, the trail may be closed if there is maintenance scheduled or if there are high winds.

What You Can Expect

Along our trails, you will encounter a stream crossing and views of the Middle Patuxent River. Currently, the section of the trail with access to the ruins of the Simpsonville Mill is closed due to construction. The trails are non-surfaced and take approximately 20-30 minutes to hike. Along the trails, you can enjoy a variety of trees marked by arboretum signage generously donated by the Howard County Forestry Board.

Please pay admission or purchase an annual pass if you plan to use our trail so that we may continue to maintain the trail.

Trail Rules

 walking trail marker tag

Please stay on our trail, marked with the yellow trail hiker symbol. Do not make your own trail.

Bikes are not allowed on our trails as the trails are narrow and we do not want our walking patrons to be disturbed.

Sycamore Stroll Trail at Mill Race

Dog Policy

Keep the Nature Center Wild! We request that you refrain from bringing a dog to the Nature Center or the Nature Center trail. Many visitors come to the Nature Center to see birds and other wildlife that dogs scare away. Additionally, the Nature Center serves a large number of children who may be scared of dogs. We want children to feel safe and to have the chance to enjoy the wildlife. Please note that the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks maintains numerous trails on which leashed dogs are welcome. Service animals trained to assist patrons with disabilities are welcome in the building and on the trails when harnessed.

 

 

 

Nature Place

Nature Place play elements

Have you ever spent time in our Children's Discovery Room and wished your child could take that same opportunity for inquisitive play outdoors? Your wish is now a reality with the Nature Place at Robinson!

Developed in consultation with a design team from the nationally-recognized Nature Explore group, this space provides opportunities for children to explore nature with their imagination, creativity and energy. See a video of the ribbon-cutting here.

We hope you enjoy the new space. You can also be a part of making this space for connecting children with nature at Robinson even better. Check out the opportunities below.

How You Can Help:

DONATE
Small, large and in-kind donations are welcome. Click here to see all of the exciting play elements that you can contribute towards.

VOLUNTEER
Would you like to be one of our Play Naturalists facilitating activity and orienting families to the space? Contact us (410-313-0400) and let us know of your interest.

JOIN
By becoming a Friend of the Robinson Nature Center, or by purchasing an annual pass, you can support the upkeep of the Nature Place in addition to other membership benefits!

 

 

 

Improvements

Currently, the Nature Center has no improvement projects underway.

Completed Projects:

Robinson Conservation Office – The new Robinson Conservation Office was completed in Spring 2016. The office houses staff involved in conservation stewardship efforts along the Robinson trails as well as additional equipment needed to maintain trails

Robinson Conservation Office

Education

 

 

 

Field Trips

Home School Programs

Trainings & Teacher Resources

Scout Programs

 

 

Field Trips

Please note, we are unable to accommodate summer field trips this year. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Robinson Nature Center Field Trip brochure

Please use the following links for more information about field trips or to request a field trip: 

Helpful hints for your field trip planning:  

  • We begin accepting requests for Fall and Winter field trips (September - February) the day after Memorial Day (May 30, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year).
  • We begin accepting requests for Spring and Summer field trips (March - August) on the 4th Monday in August (August 28, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year).
  • Please submit your request form at least one month in advance of the field trip date you are requesting. You should receive an email confirmation once your form has been submitted.
  • All field trip communication (confirmation forms, teachers' packets, schedules and invoices) will be provided via email. Please add kcostin@howardcountymd.gov to your email safe list to ensure that you receive these documents.
  • If you see any changes that need to be made to the schedule or the number of students and adults that will be attending the field trip, please call Kevin Costin at 410-313-0410 at least one week in advance of your trip so that the nature center can accommodate any changes. The nature center cannot guarantee accommodations for groups that fail to make requested changes known prior to the day of their trip.
  • We recognize that you may wish to cancel for a variety of reasons, but our policy encourages early decisions as to not affect other schools. All cancellation requests must be submitted to the Nature Center in writing at least 30 days prior to the field trip. If a field trip is cancelled less than 30 days prior to the scheduled date, the cancellation will be subject to a 20% administrative fee. The fee is calculated based on the total cost of the scheduled field trip. This policy also applies to schools that are considered a ‘no-show’ for their confirmed field trip. 

 

 

Home School Programs

 Home School Program

**Registration for school year 2017-2018 classes and workshops opens June 1, 2017 for Howard County Residents, and June 8,2017 for all other participants. **

Pre-Home School Classes 2017-2018

4-5 yrs / $30 per child per season (includes 3 classes)
Give your young homeschooler a chance to learn skills and gain exposure to nature and science topics at an age-appropriate pace. We offer three seasons of classes (fall, winter, and spring) focusing on different themes (listed below). Sign up to attend classes on the first Thursday of the month or to attend on the first Friday of the month. Classes are held between 2:30 and 4 PM. Parents may attend class with their children. Siblings younger than 4 years old are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent at all times.  Click here for online registration.
Fall Topics: Maps & Directions, Native Americans, Farming Fun
Winter Topics: Solar System, Meteorites & the Moon, Rocks, Mud & More
Spring Topics: Mammals, Creepy, Crawly Critters, Taking Care of the Earth

Thursday 2017-2018 class dates: Sep 7, Oct 5, Nov 2 & Dec 7, 2017; Jan 4, Feb 1, Mar 1, Apr 5 & May 3, 2018

Friday 2017-2018 class dates: Sep 8*, Oct 6, Nov 3 & Dec 8*, 2017; Jan 5, Feb 2, Mar 2, Apr 6 & May 4, 2018
*These classes are on the second Friday of the month rather than the first Friday

 

Home School Classes 2017-2018

6-13 yrs / $30 per child per season (includes 3 classes)
Give your home-schooled student hands-on, immersive experiences in nature and science topics. We offer three seasons of classes (fall, winter, and spring) focusing on different themes (listed below). Students are divided by age (6-9 yrs & 9-13 yrs). Children ages 6 to 9 can sign up to attend classes on the first Thursday of the month or to attend on the first Friday of the month. Classes for children ages 9 to 13 are offered on the first Thursday of the month. Parents may attend class with their children. Siblings younger than 4 years old are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent at all times. Click here for online registration.
Fall Topics: Navigation, Native Americans, Milling Era
Winter Topics: Solar System, Comets & Meteors, Geology
Spring Topics: Vertebrates, Invertebrates, Living Green

Thursday 2017-2018 class dates: Sep 7, Oct 5, Nov 2 & Dec 7, 2017; Jan 4, Feb 1, Mar 1, Apr 5 & May 3, 2018

Friday 2017-2018 class dates: Sep 8*, Oct 6, Nov 3 & Dec 8*, 2017; Jan 5, Feb 2, Mar 2, Apr 6 & May 4, 2018
*These classes are on the second Friday of the month rather than the first Friday

 

Home School Parent-Guided Workshop 2017-2018

All ages / dates listed below 
$15 per season (includes 3 workshops), Howard County resident; 
$18 per season (includes 3 workshops), non-resident; 
Free, siblings under 4 yrs

Join us for monthly opportunities to connect with other home-school families in an informal learning environment. Children socialize and collaborate with one another on parent-assisted educational projects and imaginative play opportunities. By joining, gain special access to a private, collaborative classroom space reserved specifically for home school families,special equipment, a tailored student project and social play opportunities. Register for one, two or all three seasons of workshops. Each adult and child that plans on attending must register individually for the workshop. Price is per person/per season. You must call 410-313-0400 to register. There is no online registration for these workshops.

Workshops are held on Thursdays. Workshop 2017-2018 dates are: Sep 14, Oct 12, Nov 9 & Dec 14, 2017, and Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 8, Apr 12 & May 8, 2018

Participant Forms and Code of Conduct

To attend the home school program, each child 4 years and older must register and bring in a Participant Information Form. Siblings under the age of 4 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

All participants must agree to abide by the Code of Conduct during the program and at all times in the facility and on the grounds of the Robinson Nature Center. Repeated infractions of the Code of Conduct, or severe infractions that jeopardize the safety of other participants and patrons, may result in dismissal from the program.

Click here to download the Participant Information Form and the attached Code of Conduct.   

 

 

Trainings & Teacher Resources

Robinson Nature Center periodically offers environmental education and natural history training programs throughout the year to teachers, educators and interested members of the general public. Some workshops offered may count towards professional development for schools certifying or re-certifying as Maryland Green Schools.

Workshops offered in the winter season may include:

Growing Up WILD
Project WILD
Project WET
Project Learning Tree
Flying Wild

Currently accepting registration for:

None at this time. More workshops will be offered in school year 2017-2018.

Private and custom trainings can be scheduled for groups of 10 or more. For more information, or to schedule a custom training, contact Kelly Vogelpohl at 410-313-0408 or kvogelpohl@howardcountymd.gov.

Maryland Master Naturalist Certification Training

Certified Maryland Master Naturalists engage citizens as stewards of Maryland's natural ecosystem and resources. Individuals apply, and if accepted into the training course, receive over 60 hours of instruction from experts in diverse fields. Class topic range from insects, mammals and stream ecology to interpretation, astronomy and geology and include hands-on experience outdoors. In order to receive certification, participants in the program must give 40 hours of volunteer service to host sites and pay the certification fee to UMD Extension.

Robinson Nature Center will host a Maryland Master Naturalist Training in Spring 2018.  Please see the information below. 

Maryland Master Naturalist Certification Training
18 yrs + / 9 classes starting Mar 13, 2018 (Tuesdays) / $250  
Apply now to become a Certified Maryland Master Naturalist! Applications are only accepted between Nov 1 and Dec 1, 2017 for the 2018 class. Classes are held each Tuesday (Mar 13- May 15, 2018, No class 4/3) with two additional field trip dates.  Certification requires attendance at classes and 40 hours of volunteer service to the Robinson Nature Center in 2018.  Payment goes to the University of Maryland Extension and is due if an applicant is accepted into the program.

To apply, go to the link below and download the Master Naturalist Application from the right-hand menu:

https://extension.umd.edu/masternaturalist/become-master-naturalist/training-courses-piedmont-region

 

 

 

Scout Programs

Browse our Scout Program brochure below for information on our current offerings.

Robinson Nature Center Scout Program Brochure

Scout programs at Robinson Nature Center include admission to the nature center and a naturalist-led program of your choice that allows your scout troop to complete requirements necessary for selected badges or achievements. At the end of each program, scouts receive a certificate of program completion. Please note that scout leaders are responsible for securing badges once their troop completes all requirements. 

Click on the links below to read more about program options in Robinson's Scout Programming brochure.

 

Additional Scout Opportunities

Planetarium Programs - These programs are designed to help fulfill requirements for the Senior “Sky” badge, Cadette “Night Owl” badge, Tiger “Sky is the Limit” elective and Boy Scout “Astronomy” merit badge. Each program can be tailored to meet the needs of your group.

LEED Tour - Learn how engineers build “green!” LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification system that promotes sustainable development and environmental health. LEED tours can be tailored to any level of scout.

Scout Volunteer Work Days - Get to know other scouts in your community while working together to help the environment! Potential projects include forest and stream clean up, tree plantings, invasive plant removal, trail maintenance and garden work. All groups must sign up in advance and maintain a ratio of 1 leader per 12 scouts. Scout work days are free to attend and open to scouts of all ages. Tools, gloves and snacks will be provided. If you are interested in participating in our next Scout Work Day, please contact the Nature Center’s Volunteer Coordinator at 410-313-0406. 

 

Book a Scout Program

If you are interested in a scout program, call our front desk for information at 410-313-0400. You can also submit an online request for a program by clicking here. Please note that programs are run during the operating hours of the Nature Center (Weds-Sat from 9AM to 5PM and Sunday from Noon to 5 PM). The latest start time for a scout program is between 2 and 3 PM (depending on the length of the program.)

Public Programs

 

 

 

Check out each season's program brochure, or find online registration links for upcoming programs by date below.

See our Camps menu for Camp programs.

 

Robinson Nature Center Spring_Summer 2017 supplemental

  • Click here to read as a PDF
  • Click here to read as an E-Publication
  • Robinson Nature Center Fall 2017 program supplemental

  • Click here to read as a PDF
  • Click here to read as an E-Publication
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    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. 

    Registration for FALL programs is OPEN!

    **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 at least 2 weeks in advance so that we may accommodate your needs.

    Upcoming Programs


    August Programs

    September Programs

    October Programs

     

     

    August Programs

    Saturday, August 26

    Lil' Stars - 10 - 10:30 AM. Ages 3-10 years with an adult. Give your child a special nighttime experience during the day by letting them discover outer space through interactive activities! Each month focuses on a different theme. August's theme is "Autumn Equinox". Preregister to secure your spots. Fee is per person. $3 per ticket with daily admission or annual pass. 

     

     

    September Programs

    Friday, September 1

    NEW! Family Fridays Under the Dome- 6:30-7:30 PM. Ages 7 years and up with an adult. $6 per person. Our show's theme tonight is "Fall Stars". Discover the fall constellations that appear in our night sky during a planetarium presentation, and enjoy the full-dome movie, “We Are Stars”. Feel free to get cozy, and join us in your PJ’s! 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

    Friday Late Nights in the NatureSphere- 8 to 9 PM Ages 18 years and up. $6 per person. This program is for adults and features the full-dome movie "Passport to the Universe" preceded by a planetarium presentation about current happenings in our night sky and space science. 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, September 2

    First Saturday Stories - 11:30 AM. Ages 3-10 years. Join us as we introduce a nature theme each month through an engaging story. September's theme is "Fall Leaves." This program is first-come, first-served for the first 24 people. Pick up your ticket at the front desk. Free with general admission or Robinson annual pass. Stay after the program for a chance to create and submit artwork for the Center's A to Z nature trail.

    Saturday, September 9

    NatureSphere at Noon - Noon to 12:30 PMFilm: Zula Patrol: Down to Earth. Ages 3 years and up. Explore Robinson Nature Center’s trails, Discovery Room and Nature Place, and before you leave for lunch, join us for a short, family-friendly, full-dome film! This program is held in the NatureSphere planetarium. Click here to preview the film. No late seating. $3 per ticket with daily admission or annual pass. 

    Saturday, September 16

    Lil' Stars - 10 - 10:30 AM. Ages 3-10 years with an adult. Give your child a special nighttime experience during the day by letting them discover outer space through interactive activities! Each month focuses on a different theme. September's theme is "Galaxies". Preregister to secure your spots. Fee is per person. $3 per ticket with daily admission or annual pass.

    Sunday, September 17

    Anniversary Open House - Noon - 5 PM. All ages. Celebrate Robinson Nature Center’s 6th birthday. See what’s new, including our telescope-lending program and “Birdzels” Howard County ARTsites installation. Take part in live animal presentations, guided nature walks, face-painting, crafts and shows in our planetarium. Enjoy music by the New Southern Cow Tippers, activities with our partners, food vendors, the Nature Place, the Discovery Room and an outdoor picnic area. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. (No registration for this event.) Parking Info: www.howardcountymd.gov/RobinsonAnniversary.

    Friday, September 22

    School's Out - Living Off the Land Camp - 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM and After Care 3:30 - 5 PM. Ages 6-12 years. While school is out, join us for an incredible day learning about, and using, natural materials for survival skills and well-being. Explore the great outdoors and create hands-on, historic crafts using beeswax, native plants and other natural resources. During live animal presentations, explore how humans have copied and adapted survival strategies of animals for our own use. Take a short nature hike and practice building your own shelter! Optional after-care is offered between 3:30 and 5 PM. Pack a snack and a non-perishable lunch (no nut products). Camp forms are required for this program and will be emailed to participants.

    Saturday, September 23

    NEW! Hawk Watch - 10 AM to 1 PM. Ages 7 years and up. Join Mike Kerwin, of the Howard County Bird Club, and a Robinson Nature Center naturalist during the peak of Broad-winged Hawk migration to search the skies for Bald Eagles, Hawks, Vultures, Kestrels, Merlins and Falcons. Bring a lawn chair, and spend a relaxing morning learning about raptor ID and behavior while enjoying bird-sightings and each other's company. All children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Meet at Robinson and caravan to Meadowbrook Park. This program is weather-dependent (cancelled in case of rain or high winds).

    Lil' Acorns Dinosaur Dash - 10 AM to 11:30 AM. Ages 2-3 years with an adult. Hold your lil' acorn's hand through an unforgettable morning discovering dinosaurs through tot-friendly investigations! Look for dinosaur eggs in the woods, use your senses to explore a mini-dinosaur marsh and dig for bones in the sand. This parent/child, interactive program focuses on one-on-one interaction with your child, and includes song, sensory activities, a puppet show and a short walk through the woods.

    Sunday, September 24

    NEW! Hungry Caterpillar Tea Party - 2 to 4 PM. Ages 3 years and up with an adult. Discover how caterpillars transform themselves into beautiful butterflies and enjoy photo ops as your little one dons his/her own pair of wings and journeys through the nature Center. Make a plush, cuddly caterpillar companion to take home. Afterwards, sit and savor a full tea service by Sweet Simplici-Tea tea room. Tea service includes tea, lemonade and delightful treats just right for little fingers. Fee includes program, all materials, full tea service and gratuity for service. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. As this is a catered event, you must register no later than September 17th to attend.

    Thursday, September 28

    NEW! Fall Geocaching at Robinson Nature Center - 2:30 to 4 PM. Ages 55 years and up. Explore the grounds of the Robinson Nature Center during a crisp fall afternoon as you navigate through the woods using GPS technology. Enjoy a brief presentation on the history behind GPS technology and how it works. Then, learn how to use a handheld GPS unit to navigate along the Center's trails as you search for hidden caches. Please wear close-toed, sturdy shoes. Trails include both paved pathways and unsurfaced paths.

    Saturday, September 30

    NEW! Take Your Child Birding (Parent/Child) - 9 to 10:15 AM. 4-9 years with an adult. Take your child and/or grandchild on a fun, bird-watching walk. John Harris, of the Howard County Bird Club, and a Robinson Nature Center Naturalist leads the group along the Robinson Nature Center trails to search for migrant birds including hawks, doves, woodpeckers, flycatchers, vireos, warblers, sparrows, blackbirds, orioles, and other species. Enjoy kid-friendly activities along the way including searching for feathers, building nests and more. This program is weather-dependent (cancelled in case of heavy rain). Bring binoculars, sun screen, hat, sun glasses and insect repellent.Children must be accompanied by a registered adult at all times.

    NatureSphere at Noon - Noon to 12:30 PMFilm: Zula Patrol: Down to Earth. Ages 3 years and up. Explore Robinson Nature Center’s trails, Discovery Room and Nature Place, and before you leave for lunch, join us for a short, family-friendly, full-dome film! This program is held in the NatureSphere planetarium. Click here to preview the film. No late seating. $3 per ticket with daily admission or annual pass. 

     

     

     

    October Programs

    Friday, October 6

    NEW! Finding the Way to Freedom- 6:30-7:30 PMAges 7 years and up with an adult. $8 per person. Discover how enslaved individuals found their way to freedom through Howard County, MD. Hear how cases heard in Ellicott City's courthouses challenged the institution of slavery. Take a hike and learn about the different human-created and natural signals that served as guides along the Underground Railroad for those using it to escape to freedom. End the evening in the planetarium discovering the stars that served as their nightly beacons.

    Friday Late Nights in the NatureSphere- 8 to 9 PM Ages 18 years and up. $6 per person. 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. 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, October 7

    NEW! First Saturday Stories - 11:30 AM. Ages 3-10 years. Join us as we introduce a nature theme each month through an engaging story. October's theme is Bats. This program is first-come, first-served for the first 24 people. Pick up your ticket at the front desk. Free with general admission or Robinson annual pass. Stay after the program for a chance to create and submit artwork for the Center's A to Z nature trail.

    Sunday, October 8

    Animals, Animals, Animals, "What Am I" - 1:30 to 2:15 PMAges 3-10 years. Families, come explore nature in an engaging, play-to-learn platform with staff from the Port Discovery Children’s Museum. Today's program, "What Am I?" explores Earth's living creature through the rhythm of Japanese poetry. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Free with daily admission or Robinson annual pass.

    Friday, October 13

    Kid's Night Out at Robinson Nature Center - 6 to 9 PM. Ages 5-10 years. Kids spend a Friday night out at the Nature Center after-hours! We provide a pizza dinner and tons of fun activities including nature games, a sunset hike, live animal presentations and a full-dome movie in our NatureSphere planetarium. This program is a drop-off program and requires a participant information form for each child enrolled. $30, Member (1st child); $15, Member (additional sibling); $40, Non-member (1st child); $20, Non-member (additional sibling).

    Ladies Night Hike Out! - 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Join other nature-loving gals on this unique, Friday night adventure! Immerse yourself in the nocturnal wonders of the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA). Knowledgeable Robinson Nature Center naturalist are guides for this hour and a half-long wonders of the night hike. Meet at the Robinson Nature Center to caravan to the MPEA. See our “Kid’s Night Out” program (above) as a childcare option for your evening out. The hike covers approximately 2 miles on unpaved terrain. Bring a flashlight. $10.

    Saturday, October 14

    NatureSphere at Noon - Noon to 12:30 PMFilm: Impact! Ages 7 years and up. Explore Robinson Nature Center’s trails, Discovery Room and Nature Place, and before you leave for lunch, join us for a short, family-friendly, full-dome film! This program is held in the NatureSphere planetarium. Click here to preview the film. No late seating. $3 per ticket with daily admission or annual pass. 

    NEW! Sippin’, Strollin’ & Succulents - 7 to 9 PMAges 21 years and up. Join us for a relaxed evening out at the Robinson Nature Center. Sip wine from Linganore winery, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and small desserts. Take a guided tour of, or stroll at your leisure through, the Nature Center’s gardens, green roof and portions of the trail in the evening light of autumn. Create a succulent garden terrarium in a beautiful glass display bowl to take home while learning the amazing properties of succulents and how to maintain them in both outdoor, native plantings and indoor displays. Photo ID required for consumption of alcoholic beverages. All food, wine, plants and materials for terrarium included in price. $68 per person.

    Friday, October 20

    School's Out - Can You Dig It? Camp - 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM and After Care 3:30 - 5 PM. Ages 7-12 years. While school is out, unearth a day of fun! Discover how to piece together proof of how an animal lived using clues from skulls, bones and other natural signs you find along a short nature hike. Enjoy the full-dome feature, “Dinosaurs Alive.” Get your hands dirty as you learn about archaeology (how humans used to live) and about different cultures who lived in the Columbia area. Pack a snack and a non-perishable lunch (no nut products). Camp forms are required for this program and will be emailed to participants.

    Saturday, October 21

    Lil' Stars - 10 - 10:30 AM. Ages 3-10 years with an adult. Give your child a special nighttime experience during the day by letting them discover outer space through interactive activities! Each month focuses on a different theme. October's theme is "Monstrous Moons". Preregister to secure your spots. Fee is per person. $3 per ticket with daily admission or annual pass.

    Sunday, October 22

    Animals, Animals, Animals, "Creatures of the Night"- 1:30 to 2:15 PMAges 3-10 years. Families, come explore nature in an engaging, play-to-learn platform with staff from the Port Discovery Children’s Museum. Today's program, "Creatures of the Night" uses multimedia tools and games to investigate how bats navigate, and teaches about other creatures with whom bats share the night. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Free with daily admission or Robinson annual pass.

    Saturday, October 28

    NEW! Howling Halloween Hullabaloo - 4 to 6:45 PM. Ages 5 years and up. This guided trick-or-treating adventure takes you through the Robinson Nature Center and along portions of its paved and wooded trails. Each stop offers fun, live interpretation on topics ranging from creepy, crawly critters to constellations, to howling and hooting creatures. Healthy treats from our sponsors (MOM’s Organic Market and David’s Natural Market) accompany each stop. Preregister for one of the program times to secure your spot, and arrive promptly so your guided adventure can begin on time. Please note, some trails used in this program are sloped and unsurfaced. All children must be registered and accompanied by a registered adult. Register by calling 410-313-0400. No online registration. Info: 410-313-0400 or www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCtrickortreat. $10, child; $5, adult.

    Sunday, October 29

    Trick or Treat for Tots - 9:30 AM to 12:15 PM. Ages 2-6 years. Enjoy a friendly, self-guided trick-or-treating adventure through Robinson’s indoor exhibits and paved trail. Delight in Halloween-inspired music, crafts and tyke-friendly challenges along with live animals and healthy treats from our sponsors (MOM’s Organic Market and David’s Natural Market). Participants, including siblings, must register by calling 410-313-0400. No online registration. Info: 410-313-0400 or www.howardcountymd.gov/RNCtrickortreat. 2-6 yrs $10, child; $5, adult; Free, siblings under 2 yrs.

     

    Parties & Rentals

     

     

     

    Birthday Parties

    Rentals

     

     

     

    Birthday Parties

     

    Robinson Nature Center Birthday Party brochure

    Robinson Nature Center offers birthday party room rentals and birthday party packages. 

    Click on the links below to read more about options available in Robinson's Birthday Party brochure.

    Scheduling Birthday Parties

    Birthday parties are scheduled on the weekends during the following time slots.
    Saturdays  10AM – 12PM or 2PM – 4PM
    Sundays  2PM – 4PM

    *All options include a $200 security deposit.

    Birthday Party FAQ's

    By when do I need to sign the permit for my birthday party?
    We request that you sign and return your permit one week from the date you book the party. You MUST sign and return your permit no later than 30 days in advance of the party. If we do not receive the signed permit 30 days in advance, the permit will be cancelled. If booking a party less than 30 days in advance of the event, your permit will need to be signed at the time you book the party. You may drop off, fax, mail or scan & email your signed permit. Fax to 410-313-0409 and call 410-313-0400 to confirm the fax was received.

    What is your rescheduling policy?
    You may reschedule one time prior to 30 days in advance of the event with no penalty. Rescheduling less than 30 days in advance of the event is considered a cancellation.

    What is your cancellation policy?
    If you cancel your party more than 30 days in advance of the event, you will be refunded your deposit and payment minus a 20% administrative fee. If you cancel your party or need to reschedule the party less than 30 days in advance of the event, no refunds will be issued. If you are rescheduling the party, Robinson can transfer your deposit to the new date. You will be responsible for paying the price of the birthday party package or room rental for the new date.

    Can I arrive early to set-up? 
    Birthday party packages provide a complimentary half-hour prior to the rental time listed on the permit. You may arrive a half-hour early to set-up, but please do not arrive earlier as we will not be able to accommodate your set-up any earlier. If you are renting a room only, your set-up time must be included in your rental time.

    Can I stay later than the time listed on my permit to clean up?
    Time for cleanup is included in your 2 hour birthday party package. If you must stay later than the time listed on your permit, you will need to pay for the additional time or it will be taken out of your deposit. If you are renting a room only, your clean-up time must be included in your rental time.

    If I have more than 40 guests, what do I do?
    Please note that maximum occupancy of the birthday rooms (40 people) is set and enforced by the Office of the Fire Marshal. Any violations could result in fines. If you would like to invite more than 40 guests, please speak to the Rental Coordinator about renting a larger space. If more than 40 guests arrive on the day of your party, only 40 will be permitted to enter the birthday party room.

    What types of decorations are allowed and who decorates the room? 
    For birthday party packages, we decorate the room with non-helium balloons and a birthday banner before you arrive. If you would like additional decorations, you are welcome to set them up during your complimentary half-hour set-up time. However, hanging decorations from the walls or ceiling is not permitted. No helium balloons.

    Why can't I bring helium balloons?
    Please do not bring helium balloons as our ceilings are high and helium balloons are difficult to rescue once they escape. 

    Why can't I hang things on the walls or from the ceiling?
    Please do not hang things on the wall or from the ceilings. Tape from decorations can strip paint and the ceiling tiles can be easily damaged.

    What am I required to do for clean-up? 
    You must complete your clean-up by the end time listed on your permit. Before you leave, you must ensure all trash from the party is in the trash or recycling bin, the floors have been swept and the tables have been wiped down. Broom and paper towels are provided. We will take the trash out to the dumpsters.

     

     

    Rentals

     

    Robinson Rental Guide

    The Nature Center offers room rentals and facility package rentals for large events and weddings. Rental requests can be made by calling, 410-313-0400, or visiting the nature center.

    Click on the links below to read more about rental options in Robinson's Rental Guide.

    Rental Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Q: When is the nature center open for event rentals?
    A:
    Event rentals are permissible Wednesday through Sunday. The nature center is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday 12 PM to 5 PM. Rentals may not begin earlier than 8 AM or end later than 11 PM.

    Q: Are there additional fees for after-hours events?
    A:
    Yes, any rental occurring outside our regular operating hours (Wednesday through Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday 12 PM to 5 PM) will incur a $ 50 per hour administrative fee.

    Q: Do I need to include setup and cleanup time in my rental?
    A:
    Yes, you are allowed access to your rental space only during the hours you have paid for as indicated on your permit. All materials may only be brought in and removed during that time. The schedule for setup and take down of tent rentals for the Mezzanine Patio must be coordinated in advance. We can provide contacts for local tent rental companies at your request.

    Q: Is alcohol permitted during event rentals?
    A:
    Alcohol is permitted to be served within the rental spaces at the Robinson Nature Center with regulation of its service and consumption covered in the facility rental permit. Alcohol may only be sold if a temporary liquor license is obtained from the Howard County Liquor Board.

    Q: Is a security deposit required?
    A:
    A $ 200 refundable security deposit is required for each rental space. Large event and wedding package rentals have a flat $800 refundable security deposit. Security deposits will be returned upon acceptable condition of the rental space at the conclusion of the permitted event.

    Q: What is the cancellation policy for rentals?
    A: Written notice of cancellation is due at least 30 days prior to the event. Additional notice may be required for larger events, as determined by the Rental Coordinator. If the reservation is cancelled more than 30 days before event, a 20% administrative fee will be retained. If the event is cancelled less than 30 days prior to the event, the security deposit and rental fee will be retained.

    Get Involved

     

     

     

    Memberships

    Jobs, Internships & Residency

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Sponsor An Animal

    Community Partnerships

     

     

     

    Memberships

    Memberships to the Nature Center help support and enhance our programs, and allow members to access special benefits. Membership benefits are listed below in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. 

     

    Annual Pass

    Annual Passes are sold in the following categories. Prices listed are (R) for Residents of Howard County/ (NR) for Non-Residents of Howard County.

    Senior or Student - $20 (R)/ $40 (NR)
    Students must present valid school identification. Senior rate for individuals age 50 and up. 
    Individual - $25 (R)/ $50 (NR)
    Family - $50 (R)/ $100 (NR)
     Includes family members of the immediate household. 

     

    Friends Membership

    Add $50 to any of the membership levels above, or become a Friend through the membership levels below, to support exciting new projects at Robinson.

    Patron - $175 
    Includes two complimentary tickets into the NatureSphere. 
    Supporter - $250
    Includes two complimentary tickets for the NatureSphere and two complimentary guest passes into the nature center. 
    Sustainer - $500
    Includes four complimentary tickets for the NatureSphere and two complimentary guest passes into the nature center. 
    Lifetime - $1,000
    Includes lifetime complimentary admission for an individual;  four complimentary tickets for the NatureSphere and four complimentary guest passes into the nature center. 
     

    **Please note the Friends of the Robinson Nature Center website is experiencing technical difficulties. If you are looking to renew your membership or become a new member, please call 410-313-0400 or renew at the front desk of the Robinson Nature Center. If you would like to make a donation to the Friends, visit: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/MRLAPF26R3EDWNWVYNPE

    Select "Robinson Nature Center Dedicated Fund" for your donation. Thank you for your support!**

     

    Annual Pass and Friends Membership FAQs

    How long do memberships last?  

    Memberships are valid for 1 year from the date of purchase. 

    What are the benefits of my Annual Pass?  

    • Complimentary general admission to the Center & trails
    • Member-discount pricing on select programs
    • 10% Member discount on purchases from the gift shop
    • Optional member e-newsletter updates (center projects, upcoming programs and special offers)
    • The ANCA reciprocal membership program allows Robinson Nature Center annual pass holders free or reduced admission at other nature centers that participate in the program. For a list of nature centers that participate in the ANCA reciprocal membership program, click here.

    What are the benefits of my Friends Membership?  

    • All the same benefits of an annual pass, plus
    • Friends-only benefits (listed next to each Friends level above)
    • Financial support for Title 1 school scholarships
    • Friends-only activities and events

    Does my Family pass include my Grandchildren/Grandparents?  

    Family passes cover everyone in the immediate household. Below are two exceptions:
    • Grandparents may purchase a Family pass to include their grandchildren, however the children’s parents are not included under this pass.
    • A Family pass issued to parents can cover grandparents bringing the children to the center, but not when parents and grandparents are visiting together.

     

     

    Jobs, Internships & Residency

    Eco-Art Residency

    Robinson Nature Center is currently seeking applications for a one-year pilot sustainability project. With art as the medium for communication and creative solutions, Robinson seeks an artist interested in exploring issues of ecological sustainability on the Robinson campus. The goal of the residency is to advance ecological sustainable-thinking and action through artistic expression. Click here for the application and more information.
    Interested artists - attend an information session!
    Meet Robinson Nature Center staff and get a tour of our facility and grounds during one of our information sessions for the Eco-Art Residency: Saturday, July 15th, 9 AM or 3 PM. 

     

     

    Volunteer Opportunities

    If you would like to volunteer at the Robinson Nature Center please complete the Robinson Nature Center Volunteer Application

    If you would like additional information about volunteer opportunities at the Robinson Nature Center please contact Brian Campbell, Volunteer Coordinator at 410-313-0406 or bcampbell@howardcountymd.gov

    The Robinson Nature Volunteer Manual is available online.

    Scout Volunteer Work Days - If you are in a scout group, this volunteer opportunity allows you to get to know other scouts in your community while working together to help the environment! Potential projects include forest and stream clean up, tree plantings, invasive plant removal, trail maintenance and garden work. All groups must sign up in advance and maintain a ratio of 1 leader per 12 scouts. Scout work days are free to attend and open to scouts of all ages. Tools, gloves and snacks will be provided. If you are interested in participating in our next Scout Work Day, please contact the Nature Center’s Volunteer Coordinator at 410-313-0406. 

    In addition to the volunteer opportunities available at the Robinson Nature Center, the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks has numerous other volunteer opportunities. To find out more about these opportunities, click here.

     

     

     

    Sponsor An Animal

    Sponsor An Animal
    Photo credit: Vic Gladstone

    Caring for live animals is a big job and requires many resources. The animals at Robinson Nature Center serve as educational ambassadors, providing numerous learning opportunities for the public and helping us spread a message of awareness and conservation. 

    You can support the animals residing at Robinson Nature Center with an annual sponsorship. Each sponsorship comes with a package of benefits and make great gifts! Download our sponsorship flyer by clicking here.


    An annual amphibian or reptile sponsorship is $60 and includes the following:

    • Get your name on digital signage at the nature center celebrating your partnership with our animal care program for one year.
    • Receive a certificate of sponsorship, a fact sheet about the animal, and a special gift. 
    • Get the opportunity to experience a private, behind-the-scenes encounter with all of our animals.
    • Receive a “letter from camp,” mid-year update from your sponsored animal.
    • Have your photo with your sponsored animal added to our sponsors album on Facebook (optional).

    An annual touch tank sponsorship is $25 and includes the following:

    • Get your name on digital signage at the nature center celebrating your partnership with our touch tank program for one year.
    • Receive a certificate of sponsorship and a special gift celebrating aquatic animals.

    Contact the front desk at 410-313-0400 for details.

     

    Community Partnerships

    Robinson Nature Center strives to connect adults and children to the world around them through offering exciting experiences and programs that focus on natural and cultural history relevant to our local area and region. We are honored to recognize the critical role that partners play in helping to achieve this mission.

    What is a Community Partner?

    Robinson Nature Center partners with groups and organizations that donate their time and resources to the Center. In return, the Center acts as a venue and resource where these groups and organizations can achieve their goals, improve their visibility and reach their constituents. Each organization is unique in its involvement with the nature center. If your organization is interested in finding out more about community partnerships with the center, contact Pam Reese, Community Liaison, at 410-313-0673 or pareese@howardcountymd.gov

    Click on the logos to connect with some of our Community Partners and read about the contributions they make to the Center below:

    Support for outdoor nature play space at Robinson, professional development, field trip assistance and environmental activities; coordinates Robinson's Friends group.


    Field trip scholarships to Robinson for Title 1 schools.

    Robinson partner logo_HoCo Offices

    Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) - Partner area for nature programming

    Bureau of Environmental Services - Recycling programs at Robinson and free compost bins for County Residents

    Office of Sustainability - Support for sustainability initiatives at Robinson.

     

    Click here for Port Discovery's website

    Animals, Animals, Animals Program Series at Robinson, appearances at special events, and loan of rotating exhibits. 

    Celestial Searchers does not have a website

    Planetarium programming in Robinson's NatureSphere and appearances at special events.

    Click here for STScI's website

    Permanent exhibits, loan of traveling exhibits, and content for the Robinson's "ViewSpace" exhibit.

    Click here for Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center's website

    Live animal programs at Robinson and appearances at special events.

    Click here for HAL's website

    Safe solar-viewing and telescope viewing on Robinson's green roof.

    Click here for APL's website

    Collaborative programs with Robinson and loan of temporary exhibits.

    Click here for Central MD Photographers Guild website

     

    Photographs programming at Robinson and provides photos for use in marketing materials.

    Click here for Howard County Bird Club's website

    Donation of Robinson bird mounts, birding programs at Robinson, professional development for staff and appearances at special events.

    Click here for Howard County Beekeepers' website

     

    Maintenance of Robinson beehives and appearances at special events.

    Click here for Howard County Woodworkers Guild website

    Robinson Legacy room barn-siding carvings and bird trail carvings.

    Click here for MD Master Naturalist's website

    Volunteer naturalist training curriculum for Robinson volunteers.

    Click here for Howard County Master Gardeners' website

    Compost demonstrations at Robinson and appearances at special events.

    Click here for the Conservancy's website

    Co-facilitate teacher training workshops with Robinson.

    Click here for MD DNR's website

    Professional development for Robinson staff and appearances at special events.

    Click here for the College's website

    Facilitate archaeological study and excavation of Robinson's land.

    Howard County Forestry Board

    Sponsor Robinson's arboretum and donate trees for events.

    Click here for Salerno's website

    Cater and provide generous donations of food for special programs at Robinson.

    Click here for Giant Food's website

    Provides generous "treat" donations for Robinson's Trick or Treat programs.

    Patuxent Valley Nurseries, LLC

     

    Provide tree and shrub donations for Robinson native plant gardens and trail plantings.

    Click here for David's Natural Market's website
               

    Provides generous "treat" donations for Robinson's Trick or Treat programs.

    Click here for Dance Exchange's website
               

    Lead "Moving Field Guides" (interactive, intergenerational outdoor movement experiences) at Robinson.

    Click here for the Audubon Society of Central Maryland's website

    Provide support for native plantings on Robinson grounds.

    Click here for USDA's Agricultural Research Service's website

    Members of the USDA's Agricultural Research Service conduct insect surveys and entomology research on Robinson's land.

    Click here for UMBC's website

    Conduct research on Baltimore Oriole and Orchard Oriole migration on orioles that breed around Robinson.

    Click here for the Oyster Recovery Partnership's website

    Chesapeake Bay oyster reef restoration efforts, educational opportunities and oyster shell recycling at Robinson and other sites across the Bay watershed.

    Click here for WYPR's website

    Promotes Robinson Nature Center and special programs through a Media Underwriting Partnership.

    Click here for Wegman's website

    Donates prizes for Robinson's annual Adult Easter Egg hunt.

    Click here for Whole Foods' website

    Participates in corporate volunteer projects at Robinson. Promotes Robinson through partnership. Provides donations for various programs.

    Click here for Digital Magic's website

    Graphic design assistance and photography at Robinson events.

    Click here for Howard County Tourism's website

    Assist with outreach events, publicity, promotion/advertising of Robinson.

    Click here for Maryland Science Center's website

    Collaborates to offer professional development and joint-programming with Robinson. Supplies temporary exhibits.

    Click here for National Aquarium's website

    Collaborates to offer professional development and joint-programming with Robinson.

    Click here for Jailbreak brewing company's website

    Sponsors Nature Center trivia nights through brew donations; These nights raise money for field trip scholarships for Title 1 school children.

    Click here for Home Depot's website

    Sponsors the HCPSS Pumpkin' Chunkin' competition hosted by Robinson providing competing teams with in-kind donations of materials to build their machines

     

    Linganore Wineries

    Partners for the Valentine's Day Wine-Tasting and Truffle Making classes at Robinson; provides prizes for the Adult Egg Hunt at Robinson

    Terrapin Adventures

    Provides prizes for the Adult Egg Hunt at Robinson

    Chick-fil-a Johns Hopkins Road

    Provides prizes for the Adult Egg Hunt at Robinson

    Turf Valley

    Provides prizes for the Adult Egg Hunt at Robinson

    MOMs Organic Market
    Provides treats for Halloween programs and past-prime produce for the Center's live animals
     Drama Learning Center logo
    Provides characters for Robinson's public programs
     Grace logo
    Supports Robinson's "A to Z" Artwork Trail
     MD Zoo logo
    Contributes work service days at Robinson and provides professional development and idea-sharing 
     Baltimore Museum of Industry logo
    Provides prizes for Robinson's Spring Egg Hunts
     Friscos Taphouse logo
    Provides prizes for Robinson's Spring Egg Hunts
     Lost Ark Distillery logo
    Provides prizes for Robinson's Spring Egg Hunts

    Awards & Press

     

     

     

    Awards

    Press

     

     

    Awards

  • Trip Advisor - Certificate of Excellence (Awarded in 2017)
  • MRPA Landscape Site/ ASLA Award (Awarded in 2017)
  • MAEOE Green Center Certification (4 year Green Center Re-certification awarded by Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Educators in 2017)