CO-VID 19 Closures and program cancellations: Please check our main Recreation & Parks webpage for all updates related to closures and program cancellations as a result of CO-VID 19 precautions. 

Please note, the Robinson Nature Center facility is closed to the public beginning at midnight, Friday, March 13. Updates on when the facility will reopen can be found at the link above.


Robinson Nature Center is Hiring! We seek a qualified Buildings & Grounds Technician. Please email resume and cover letter to Brian Campbell at For summer camps, we seek two Nature Center Camp Leaders. Please email resume and cover letter to Ellen Reinecke at

Robinson Foundation Executive Director Search: The James & Anne Robinson Foundation, whose mission is to support the Robinson Nature Center, is seeking an Executive Director. Click here for more information on the position and how to apply.



6692 Cedar Lane

Columbia, MD 21044

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Wed- Sat, 9am-5pm 
Sun, Noon-5pm
The Center is closed Mondays & Tuesdays. Also closed Apr 21, Jul 4, Nov 28 & 29 and Dec 25.

Daily Admission to Trails/Building*:
Adults $5
Children (3-17 yrs) $3
Under 3 FREE
*Group visits must be booked in advance. 

Annual Pass Information:

Family, Individual, Senior and Friends-level annual passes are available. For more information, see the "Get Involved" section under "Plan Your Visit".

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Mission Statement
Our mission is to facilitate the enjoyment and understanding of our natural resources and to bridge the gap between people and nature. By inspiring sound environmental awareness, we promote responsible stewardship of all of our natural resources and strive to connect people of all ages with nature through experience-based education.
About Us

We are a unique nature education facility situated on 18 acres of land adjacent to the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area. Geothermal heating/air-conditioning, porous paving, solar panels, innovative water conservation methods and a host of other features make this building environmentally-friendly and have earned it the LEED Certified Platinum designation. Each year, the Center runs over 420 programs including field trips, public programs, birthday parties, home school and scout programs. This Center was made a reality through the foresight and generosity of James and Anne Robinson. The Center continues to be partially supported by the James & Anne Robinson Foundation and is owned and operated by the Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks. Download our Facility Guide and/or plan your visit below!

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