Robinson Nature Center


Gift Shop & Curbside Pick-Up

Permanent Exhibits

Rotating Exhibits

Discovery Room

Animal Wall

Touch Tank

Full-Dome Planetarium

LEED Green Building Features




Gift Shop & Curbside Pick-Up

Our gift shop is now offering curbside pick-up of themed gift packs that are great for nature lovers of all ages!  Submit your order through email to Emily Sizemore (esizemore@howardcountymd.gov), and staff will reach out to you for payment and to schedule a day for you to pick-up your purchase.  Substitutions are not available for themed packs, and all payments must be made using a credit card.  If you're looking for something in particular that isn't listed, let us know and we'll do our best to find you the perfect gift.  Please browse our current offerings - updated frequently with new items - using the PDF.

Curbside Pick-Up - Click here to view a PDF of the gift shop's packs

Robinson Nature Center gift shop products

The Robinson Nature Center gift shop is open Weds - Sat; 9am- 5pm and Sun; Noon-5pm 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



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 wheelchair 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


Jen Eidson  


Artist Jen Eidson has graced our gallery walls with her oil paintings of landscapes. View her original paintings in-person or through her online gallery.

Please meet Jen Eidson for an informal reception on Sunday, September 27th between 3-5pm.
 Jen will also be on-site at Robinson for a live painting on Thursday, October 1st between 1-3pm.



Eco-Art Residency

Eco Art Bins being painted

Launched in March 2018 with a public painting event and a theme of recycling, our Eco-Artist in Residence, Sarah Causey, has completed her term. Around our building, you will now find a half dozen intricately painted scenes of native wildlife. Can you find them all? Look for the wetland scene, bats and moths, opossums, vultures, honey bees, raccoons, freshwater fish, and fungi.  


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.
  • Open a themed Discovery Bin to investigate local plants, animals and ecology. Or try out our rotating collection of nature-themed games and puzzles. 
  • Perform your own puppet show starring animals of your choosing or imagine yourself as a bee, an owl or some other animal, dressed up as something from our costume closet. 
  • Observe our residents animals – of the reptile, amphibian, and insect variety in their tanks. 
  • Enjoy a nature storybook 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