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Robinson Nature Center

Permanent Exhibits

Rotating Exhibits

Discovery Room

Animal Wall

Touch Tank

Nature Sphere 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. Exhibits span two stories and are wheel chair and stroller accessible.
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

Chelsea Bork Art Exhibit

Chelsea Bork - Backed by Love

mid-August to end of November 2018

Chelsea Bork is local painter and mother of two who lives in Columbia, MD. Born and raised in Colorado, she is inspired by the beauty of the world around her, and creates using acrylic paint on wood and canvas. Her work is custom, original and backed by love. Chelsea's art is offered for sale with a portion of proceeds benefiting Robinson. Prices for her work range from $20 - $250.

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 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. 
 

Eco-Art Residency

Eco Art Bins being painted

Our pilot eco-art residency is currently underway. Look around our grounds for nature-related murals on our outdoor waste receptacles. Our eco-artist-in-residence, Sarah Causey, has been designing and hand painting beautiful visual artwork on the receptacles. For the project kick-off in March 2018, Sarah designed a receptacle in a paint-by-numbers format and we invited the public to help us complete the mural. Continue to watch for new designs to be completed and added throughout the coming year.

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.  

 

 

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. 

 

 

Nature Sphere Planetarium

Nature Sphere Planetarium and Full-Dome Movie Theater

The Nature Sphere is a digital planetarium and full-dome movie theater located on the mezzanine level of the Nature Center. The Nature Sphere seats up to 50 people. Public programs are scheduled throughout the year (see our Public Programs page for a schedule), and private parties can be booked in the space (see our Parties & Rentals page 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
  • Cooperative learning games suitable for the whole family
  • local, hand-crafted therapeutic heat pillows from Cherapy
  • locally-turned wooden bowls
  • natural bee products, including Bee's Wrap


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