We're Hiring!: We are currently hiring for an Environmental Educator position. For more information about the position, see the posting under our Jobs section.

Building staining: Please note, the exterior of the Robinson Nature Center will be undergoing cleaning and restaining beginning Monday, May 13. The facility will remain open during its normal hours of operation, but certain areas close to the building will be off-limits/taped off where lifts are needed to complete the work.


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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Robinson Nature Center

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