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Robinson Nature Center Anniversary Open House

September 23, 2018


We can’t wait to celebrate Robinson Nature Center’s 7th birthday with you! Enjoy complimentary admission and come see what’s new, including our A to Z trail exhibit, new ARTsites installation and outdoor receptacles painted during our first Eco-Art residency. We’ll showcase VR habitat tours and a new “Magic Planet” we’ll be taking into schools as part of Robinson’s new outreach programs. Take part in live animal presentations, guided nature walks, face-painting, crafts and shows in our planetarium. Enjoy activities with our partners, food vendors, the Nature Place, the Discovery Room and an outdoor picnic area. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Limited parking on-site. Off-site parking with complimentary shuttle available. (No registration for this event.) Check out the Schedule of Activities to help plan your visit!

Parking and Transportation Options

Please note that parking at the Robinson Nature Center is limited. We highly recommend carpooling to this event, biking or taking public transportation.  Persons with handicap parking needs will be given preference for on-site parking. 

To get driving directions to the nature center, click here.

The Orange Howard County Transit bus route stops at the Nature Center. To see scheduled departures of buses in real time, click here.

Overflow parking is located at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, 1 mile down the road from the Nature Center. A complimentary shuttle will be running to and from the Nature Center. Click here for directions from the Center to the overflow parking at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab.  

Thanks to the following organizations and many individuals not listed here for their help making our past five years a great success! 

Look for many of these  friends and partners at this year's Anniversary Open House.

* Indicate partners that will be at the open house with activities and information for you and your family.

An Extraordinar Limousine Service
Atholton High School Eco-Club
Audubon Society of Central Maryland

Baltimore Improv Group
Belmont Manor & Historic Park
Bennett Five Star Grill
Black Ankle Vineyards
B&O Railroad Museum
BricknFire Pizza Co*
Brookside Gardens
Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center
Candlelight Concert Society 
Celestial Searchers
Central Maryland Photographer’s Guild*
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Chesapeake Natives
Columbia's Village Centers
Community Action Council of Howard County
David's Natural Market
Decanter Fine Wines
Drama Learning Center
Friends of Rabbits*
Friends of Robinson Nature Center
Frisco's Taphouse
GEPPI's Entertainment Museum
Giant Foods
Go Native Tree Farm
Heavy Seas Brewing Company
Hickory Ridge Village Center
Home Depot
Howard Astronomical League*
Howard Community College
Howard County Active Aging Programs*
Howard County Arts Council
Howard County Beekeepers*
Howard County Bird Club*
Howard County Bureau of Environmental Services 
Howard County Conservancy 
Howard County Forestry Board*
Howard County Heritage Initiative
Howard County Library System
Howard County Master Gardeners* 
Howard County Office of Community Sustainability*
Howard County Office of Transportation 
Howard County Park Rangers*
Howard County Public School System 
Howard County Recreational Licensed Childcare
Howard County Soil Conservation District
Howard County Stormwater Management Division
Howard County Tourism & Promotion
Howard County Woodworkers Guild  
Howard County Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment
Howard County Office of Children and Families
Iron Bridge Wine Company
Irvine Nature Center
James & Anne Robinson Foundation
Jailbreak Brewing Company
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Keystone Wildflowers
Kloby's Smokehouse
Knob Hall Winery
LaLa's Hotdogs
La Palapa Too
Lauren's Garden Service
Leadership Howard County
Linganore Wine Cellars
Manor Hill Brewing Company
Maryland DNR*
Maryland Live Casino 
Maryland Office of Tourism
Maryland Science Center
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Meadows Frozen Custard
Meadowsweet Native Plant Farm
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Mid-Atlantic Turtle & Tortoise Society
Middle Patuxent Environmental Area*
The Might Keltones
Mike's Gelato
Miss Shirley’s Café
MOM's Organic Market
The National Aquarium
Oyster Recovery Partnership
Patapsco Heritage Greenway
Patuxent Valley Nursey, LLC
Port Discovery*
REI Columbia
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum 
Sandy Springs Friends School
Savage Mill
Space Telescope Science Institute 
Sweet Simplici-tea
The Green Bowl*
Terrapin Adventures*
T & J Waffles*
Toby's Dinner Theater
Trout Unlimited, Potomac-Patuxent Chapter*
Turf Valley
US Department of Agriculture
Victoria Gastro Pub
Walter's Art Museum
Wakefield Valley Nursery 
Watershed Stewards Academy of Howard County MD*
Whole Foods Market
Wildlife Society, MD-DE Chapter

Photos & Videos from Previous Events




In 2015, Robinson Nature Center opened its Nature Place outdoor discovery zone for kids. Check out pictures from the ribbon cutting at the 4th Anniversary Open House!


The ribbon cutting of the Nature Place at Robinson Nature Center on Sunday, September 20, 2015. Open year round to...

Posted by Howard County Recreation and Parks on Sunday, September 20, 2015


In 2014, Robinson Nature Center began construction on a new outdoor exploration area for kids, the Nature Place, that would include various opportunities for dramatic, artistic, physical and intellectual play inspired by elements in nature. Local carver, Eveyln Mogren, was asked to create several nature-inspired chainsaw carvings to outfit the space. 

At the 3rd Anniversary Open House, Evelyn demonstrated her technique for visitors. Check out the video below.

Evelyn Mogren is carving away! Come check out carvings she brought for display and watch her great work in progress at our Anniversary Open House today! #Robinsonturns3

Posted by Robinson Nature Center on Sunday, September 21, 2014


In 2013, Robinson Nature Center's many community partners showcased everything from safe solar viewing, to live animal presentations to great music. Check out photos from the 2nd anniversary event by clicking on the photo below. 

Robinson Nature Center Anniversary Open House