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Robinson Nature Center

Field Trips

 

Robinson on the Road

 

Home School Programs

 

Trainings & Teacher Resources

 

Master Naturalist Certification

 

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:

Sponsorship for Howard County Title 1 Schools the Friends of the Robinson Nature Center provide sponsorship 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:  

  • Please note: Due to upgrading our planetarium, field trips that normally utilize the planetarium will not be able available during the month of January 2019. 
  • We begin accepting requests for Fall and Winter field trips (September - February) the Wednesday after Memorial Day (May 29, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year).
  • We begin accepting requests for Spring and Summer field trips (March - August) on the 4th Monday in August (August 26, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year).
  • Because our field trips are first-come, first-served, we cannot "hold" dates. To secure your desired date, you must complete and submit a field trip request form. Please submit the form prior to submitting your requested date to your school admin for approval. If you wait to submit a field trip request form until admin approves your date, you may lose your date due to someone else booking it before you. If your administration does not approve your date, you may always re-schedule or cancel 30 days prior to the field trip without penalty.
  • 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. 

 

 

Robinson on the Road

Robinson on the Road flyer

We now offer programs that can travel to your school, library or day care center. To see our offerings, click here. To book, please fill out the in-school program request form. For booking questions, call 410-313-0410.

 

 

Home School Programs

 Home School Program

**Download the flyer for 2019-2020. Registration for school year 2019-2020 classes opens June 5th 2019 for Howard County residents and June 12th 2019 for all other participants. **

Pre-Home School Classes 2019-2020

4-5 yrs / $30 per child per season (includes 3 classes)
Give your young home schoolers a chance to discover nature and science topics at an age-appropriate pace. Activities are designed to introduce concepts and to increase comfort with and foster excitement about the natural world. Classes are held once a month. We offer a session on the first Thursday and 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 to choose a session and register.
Fall Topics: Habitats, Seasons, First Impressions
Winter Topics: Nature at Night, Dinosaurs, Animal Signs
Spring Topics: Birds, Snakes & Turtles, Bugs & Butterflies

1st Thursday 2019-2020 class dates: Sep 5, Oct 3, Nov 7, & Dec 5, 2019; Jan 2, Feb 6, Mar 5, Apr 2, May 7, 2020

1st Friday 2019-2020 class dates:Sep 6, Oct 4, Nov 8* & Dec 6, 2019; Jan 3, Feb 7, Mar 6, Apr 3, May 8*, 2020
*These classes are on the second Friday of the month rather than the first Friday

Home School Classes 2019-2020

6-8 yrs / $30 per child per season (includes 3 classes)
Give your 6 to 8-year-old home school students hands-on, immersive experiences in nature and science. Activities focus on increasing content knowledge and fostering excitement about the natural world. Classes are held once a month. We offer a session on the first Thursday and 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 to choose a session and register.
Fall Topics: River Ecology, Meadow Ecology, Forest Ecology
Winter Topics: Stars & Constellations, Fossils & Dinosaurs, Tracking Animals
Spring Topics: Ornithology (Birds), Herpetology (Reptiles & Amphibians), Entomology (Insects)

1st Thursday 2019-2020 class dates: Sep 5, Oct 3, Nov 7, & Dec 5, 2019; Jan 2, Feb 6, Mar 5, Apr 2, May 7, 2020

1st Friday 2019-2020 class dates:Sep 6, Oct 4, Nov 8* & Dec 6, 2019; Jan 3, Feb 7, Mar 6, Apr 3, May 8*, 2020
*These classes are on the second Friday of the month rather than the first Friday

NEW! Home School In-Depth Study 2019-2020

9-12 yrs / $30 per child per season (includes 3 classes)  
9 to 12-year-old home school students use each season for in-depth exploration of nature and science topics. Monthly lessons build on one another and allow for investigations over time. Students focus on ecology in the Fall and investigate the way abiotic and biotic factors work together in our world. In Winter, we’ll explore zoology and how animals behave, adapt and have structures that allow them to survive. Spring classes use ornithology, the study of birds, to introduce citizen science and look at patterns such as migration. Classes are held once a month. We offer a session on the first Thursday and 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 to choose a session and register.

1st Thursday 2019-2020 class dates: Sep 5, Oct 3, Nov 7, & Dec 5, 2019; Jan 2, Feb 6, Mar 5, Apr 2, May 7, 2020

1st Friday 2019-2020 class dates:Sep 6, Oct 4, Nov 8* & Dec 6, 2019; Jan 3, Feb 7, Mar 6, Apr 3, May 8*, 2020
*These classes are on the second Friday of the month rather than the first Friday

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 that will be emailed prior to the start of each season. 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.

 

 

 

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 include:

Growing Up WILD
Project WILD
Getting Little Feet WET
Project WET
Project Learning Tree
Flying Wild

There are currently no scheduled trainings at this time.

Private and custom training 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 & Volunteer Training Program

The Maryland Master Naturalist Certification and volunteer training program is a special opportunity for volunteers who want to learn about and share knowledge of the natural world in Maryland. Individuals accepted into the program receive 60 hrs + of instruction and participate in field study with natural history experts. Master Naturalists give back 40 hours of volunteer service. Upon completion of the program's requirements, participants are awarded their Certification as a Maryland Master Naturalist. The fee for the certification is $250 and is due to the University of Maryland upon acceptance into the program. 

Master Naturalist Requirements:  

  • Complete 60 hours of classroom and field training
  • Give back, within one year, 40 hours of approved volunteer service to your training site
  • For continued certification, perform 40 hours of approved volunteer service and 8 hours of advanced training annually

For more information about the program, visit the Maryland Master Naturalist Website at: https://extension.umd.edu/masternaturalist

2020 Robinson Training Dates: Weekly on Tuesdays from March 17 – May 19, 2020 (No class April 7th)

Day of week:  Tuesdays (+ two field trip days TBD)

Time:  9am to 4 pm

Application Period:  Applications for our spring 2020 class will be accepted between Nov 1 and Dec 1, 2019. Interviews will follow.

To fill out a an application for the Master Naturalist Program, click here.

Applications can be sent via email, mail and walk-in.  Please email completed applications to kvogelpohl@howardcountymd.gov. If you prefer to deliver a printed copy of your application, please mail or hand-deliver to Robinson Nature Center, c/o Kelly Vogelpohl, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044. Please do NOT send a check with your application.  The certification fee will not be collected until after you are accepted into the program.     

If you have questions about the Master Naturalist Volunteer Training, please contact Kelly Vogelpohl at 410-313-0408, kvogelpohl@howardcountymd.gov.  

 

 

 

 

 

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.)