As of March 1, 2017, admission fees apply to all visitors Weds – Sun. This change is being implemented to ensure the quality of visitor’s experiences and to reduce parking, overcrowding and safety concerns.

Robinson Nature Center
6692 Cedar Lane

Columbia, MD 21044

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Wed.- Sat., 9 AM-5 PM
Sun., Noon-5 PM
The Center is closed Mondays & Tuesdays. Also closed Apr 1, Jul 4, Nov 22 & 23, 2018.

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!


Inclement Weather

Inclement Weather Line: 410-313-4452 (choose option 6). Call to find out about closings/cancellations related to weather.