• Please note that the Robinson Nature Center will be closed to the general public on October 24th and 25th between 9am-3pm for our Halloween program.  Please also note that sections of our trail system will be used for this program and may therefore be inaccessible to the public during this time frame.
  • Please check our main Recreation & Parks webpage for all updates. 
  • Please call our inclement weather lines about the status of camps, programs, events, facilities, and parks: www.howardcountymd.gov/inclementweatherlines
  • Fall Program Registration is OPEN. For a full list of Howard County Recreation & Parks offerings, see: https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Recreation-and-Parks. For Robinson Nature Center's Home school Classes, Take Nature Home Kits, Kid's Wednesdays Out Program and Lil Pine Cones Outdoor Explorers Programs, please see https://www.howardcountymd.gov/RNC/education.
  • The Robinson Nature Center is hiring an environmental educator. The job description can be viewed here. Please submit questions and resumes to Ellen Reinecke at ereinecke@howardcountymd.gov.  


Robinson Reopening Updates

We have missed you and are excited to begin reopening! During the closure we have been actively preparing to open and have adjusted our operations and amenities. We have trained staff, added signage, temporarily closed high touch areas, and cleaned and moved equipment and furniture to promote physical distancing. 

Our gates and grounds are open again and we welcome you to come walk the trails, play at the Nature Place or enjoy the gardens. Please note that our gates will be open Wednesday – Saturday between 9am and 5pm and on Sunday between Noon and 5pm.

The Nature Center is scheduled to reopen on the weekends for visitors beginning Saturday, July 11. During the week, the Center will be hosting programs and will not be open for visitors. We understand that this affects your membership, and as the Nature Center works to reopen, your membership will remain frozen until further notice. Additionally, since certain areas of the Center are currently not accessible admission has been temporarily reduced to $2.00 per person.


Closures and Changes:

  • Nature Center traffic will be one way. All public guests must enter through the front doors. Guests that only need to speak with the front desk or shop the gift shop should exit through the green roof door. All other guests will exit through the mezzanine level. Our front desk will be happy to point you in the right direction!
  • All books, puppets and play objects have been removed from the Discovery Room. We invite visitors to walk through and see our live animals but ask that children not stay and play in the room.
  • The View Space and Backyard Viewing areas of the Center are currently closed.
  • Nature Place and trails remain open to the public. Please also be aware that the wooden blocks and kitchen materials from the mud kitchen area of Nature Place have been removed.
  • Seating areas in the Legacy Room and throughout the mezzanine level of the Center have been removed.
  • Bathrooms and refillable water bottle stations are available. Water fountains have been turned off.


Guest Expectations:

Visitors that do not meet the facilities expectations may be asked to leave.

  • Please stay home if you have a fever (100.4 or above) or are experiencing symptoms of illness.
  • Upon entering the building, you must complete a health screening.
  • Adhere to all physical distancing guidelines and posted signage.
  • All guests are required to wear a facial covering while inside the Nature Center.
  • Practice good personal hygiene (wash hands, cover sneeze/coughs).
  • If safe physical distancing cannot be achieved, guests may be asked to wait out front until building congestion has cleared.

6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044

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Hours (closed Mondays & Tuesdays):
Grounds Only - Wednesday/Thursday/Friday: 9am - 5pm
Nature Center - Saturday: 9am - 5pm
                          Sunday: Noon - 5pm

The center will close to observe the following holidays: 
New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving (Thursday & Friday) and Christmas Day.

The center and a portion of the trails will be open to program participants only on the following dates and times:

  • Oct 24 and 25 between 9am-3pm for Halloween Trick or Treat Among the Trees
  • Dec 12 between 9am-2pm for Deer Santa

Daily Admission to Trails/Building*:
Adults & Children (3-17 yrs) $2
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".

Do you have questions or comments about our new website? Contact us!


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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6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044