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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:

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:  

  • We begin accepting requests for Fall and Winter field trips (September - February) the day after Memorial Day (May 29, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year).
  • We begin accepting requests for Spring and Summer field trips (March - August) on the 4th Monday in August (August 27, 2018 for the 2018-2019 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

**Download the flyer for 2018-2019. Registration for school year 2018-2019 classes and workshops opens June 1st 2018 for Howard County residents and June 8th 2018 for all other participants. **

Pre-Home School Classes 2018-2019

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. Dates of class sessions listed below. Sign up for one session (3 classes) on your preferred day of the week for each season in which you have interest. We offer a session on the first and second Thursday of the month, as well as a session 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.  
Fall Topics (Earth Science): Oceans, Life Underground, Weather
Winter Topics (STEAM): What is Science?, Let's Build, Outdoor Art
Spring Topics (Food Web): Animals, Plants, Nature's Recyclers

1st Thursday 2018-2019 class dates: Sep 6, Oct 4, Nov 1 & Dec 6, 2018; Jan 3, Feb 7, Mar 7, Apr 4 & May 2, 2019

1st Friday 2018-2019 class dates: Sep 7, Oct 5, Nov 2 & Dec 7, 2018; Jan 4, Feb 8*, Mar 8*, Apr 5 & May 3, 2019
*These classes are on the second Friday of the month rather than the first Friday

2nd Thursday 2018-2019 class dates: Sep 13, Oct 11, Nov 8 & Dec 13, 2018; Jan 10, Feb 14, Mar 14, Apr 11 & May 9, 2019

 

Home School Classes 2018-2019

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. Dates of class sessions listed below. Sign up for one session (3 classes) on your preferred day of the week for each season in which you have interest. Students are divided by age (6-9 yrs & 9-13 yrs). We offer a session on the first and second Thursday of the month, as well as a session on the first Friday of the month for 6-9 year olds and on the first Thursday and Friday of the month for 9-13 year olds. 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.  
Fall Topics (Earth Science): Oceans & Rivers, Soil, Weather & Climate
Winter Topics (STEAM): Science Investigations, Engineering, Outdoor Art
Spring Topics (Food Web): Consumers, Producers, Decomposers

1st Thursday 2018-2019 class dates: Sep 6, Oct 4, Nov 1 & Dec 6, 2018; Jan 3, Feb 7, Mar 7, Apr 4 & May 2, 2019

1st Friday 2018-2019 class dates: Sep 7, Oct 5, Nov 2 & Dec 7, 2018; Jan 4, Feb 8*, Mar 8*, Apr 5 & May 3, 2019
*These classes are on the second Friday of the month rather than the first Friday

2nd Thursday 2018-2019 class dates (no 9-13 year old class these dates): Sep 13, Oct 11, Nov 8 & Dec 13, 2018; Jan 10, Feb 14, Mar 14, Apr 11 & May 9, 2019

 

NEW! Home School Seasonal Workshops 2018-2019

4-13 yrs w/ registered adult / dates listed below 
$7 per person per workshop, Howard County resident; 
$10 per person per workshop, non-resident; 
Free, siblings under 4 yrs

At the end of each season of home school classes, join us for a culminating workshop and celebration! You and your children can tie together each season's learning through interactive activities. Gauge your child's recollection of lessons learned and 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. 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 2018-2019 dates are: Fall culminating workshop - November 15th, 2018; Winter culminating workshop - February 21, 2019 and Spring culminating workshop - May 16, 2019

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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