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Robinson Nature Center

Field Trips

Home School Programs

Trainings & Teacher Resources

Scout Programs

 

 

Field Trips

Robinson Nature Center Field Trip brochure

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

Sponsorships for Howard County Title 1 Schools the Friends of the Robinson Nature Center provide sponsorships for field trips to the Robinson Nature Center for Howard County’s Title 1 Schoolwide and Title 1 TAS schools. This request form must be completed for Howard County Title 1 Schools seeking funding for their field trip. (Please read eligibility criteria before submitting.)

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 in June of each year. **

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
Getting Little Feet WET
Project WET
Project Learning Tree
Flying Wild

Currently accepting registration for:

Outdoors with Young Children - Growing Up WILD
Saturday, January 27 from 9am to 12:30 PM (Must register by Wednesday, January 24th). Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education curriculum for ages 3-7 that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Attend this training to receive 27 field-tested, hands-on, nature-based, ready-made thematic units and over 400 experiences in an activity guide that can be used to teach young children outdoors. Participants must register by Wednesday, January 24. This training is for adults 18 years and older. The training fee is $15. Click here to register.

Teaching Children Outdoors - Project WILD
Thursday, February 22nd and Friday, February 23rd from 3:30 to 6:45 PM each evening (Must register by Saturday, February 17) Project WILD provides K-12 educators with wildlife-based conservation lessons that encourage students to foster responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources. The curriculum is only provided at trainings facilitated by certified instructors. All participants must attend both days of this workshop to receive the Project WILD curriculum guide. Register by February 17. This training is for adults 18 years and older. The training fee is $25. Click here to register.

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.

Please note, applications are closed for the Maryland Master Naturalist Training at Robinson Nature Center in Spring 2018 and accepted candidates will be notified by mid-December 2017.  

 

 

 

 

Scout Programs

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.)


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