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Robinson Nature Center Anniversary Open House


September 22, 2019


Celebrate Robinson Nature Center’s 8th birthday! Enjoy complimentary admission and come see what’s new, including our replanted green roof, 2019 ARTsites installation, sensory-friendly accommodations, Nature Place additions and a new indoor exhibit. Enjoy innovative presentations, live animals, guided nature walks, face-painting and shows in our planetarium. Delight in hands-on 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 our 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 eight 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.

Adkins Arboretum
4-H Bug Patrol*
An Extraordinar Limousine Service
Anacostia Watershed Society
Atholton High School Eco-Club
Audubon Society of Central Maryland
Autobahn Indoor Speedway
Baltimore Improv Group
Baltimore Museum of Industry
Baywood Hotels
Beef Brothers Deli
Belmont Manor & Historic Park
Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum
Bennett Five Star Grill
Best Western Plus BWI
Black Ankle Vineyards
B&O Railroad Museum
Brick N Fire Pizza Co
Brookside Gardens
Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center
Candlelight Concert Society
Candlelight Kids
Celestial Searchers
Central Maryland Photographer’s Guild
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Chesapeake Natives
Chick-fil-A Maple Lawn
Columbia's Village Centers
Community Action Council of Howard County
Confederate Military Forces Society
Corner Bakery Cafe
David's Natural Market
Decanter Fine Wines
Drama Learning Center
Evergreen Heritage Center
Food Plenty
Friends of Rabbits*
Friends of Robinson Nature Center
Frisco's Tap House
GEPPI's Entertainment Museum
G.R.O.W. By Networking
Giant Foods
Glory Days
Go Native Tree Farm
Greenway Farms
Harkins Builders
Haven on the Lake
Heavy Seas Brewing Company
Hickory Ridge Village Center
Historic Ships of Baltimore
Holiday Inn Express Elkridge
Home Depot
Howard Astronomical League*
Howard Community College
Howard County Active Aging Programs*
Howard County Arts Council
Howard County Autism Society
Howard County Beekeepers*
Howard County Bird Club*
Howard County Bureau of Environmental Services*
Howard County Commission on Aging
Howard County Community College*
Howard County Conservancy
Howard County Forestry Board*
Howard County Heritage Initiative
Howard County Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment
Howard County Library System
Howard County Master Gardeners*
Howard County Master Naturalists
Howard County Division of Natural & Historical Resources*
Howard County Office of Children and Families
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 Storm Water Management Division
Howard County Tourism & Promotion
Howard County Woodworkers Guild
Howard Eco-Works
Iron Bridge Wine Company
Irvine Nature Center
James & Anne Robinson Foundation
Jailbreak Brewing Company
Jersey Mike’s Subs
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Kendall Hardware, Inc.
Keystone Wildflowers
Knob Hall Winery
Ladew Topiary Gardens
La Palapa Too
Launch Trampoline Park
Lauren's Garden Service
Leadership Howard County
Linganore Wine Cellars
Lost Ark Distilling
MAEOE, Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education
Mad City Coffee
Main Event
Manor Hill Brewing Company
Maryland Department of the Environment
Maryland DNR
Maryland Live Casino
Maryland Office of Tourism
Maryland Park Service
Maryland Science Center
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Massage Envy
Meadows Frozen Custard
Meadowsweet Native Plant Farm
Medieval Times
Merion Club Apartments
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Mid-Atlantic Turtle & Tortoise Society
Middle Patuxent Environmental Area*
The Mighty Keltones
Mike's Gelato
Miss Shirley’s Café
MOD Pizza
MOM's Organic Market
The National Aquarium
Nora’s Kabob
On the Border
Other World Exotics, (hedgehogs)
Oregon Ridge
Oyster Recovery Partnership
Patapsco Heritage Greenway
Patapsco Valley State Park
Pathfinders for Autism
Patuxent River Commission
Patuxent Valley Nursey, LLC
Pfefferkorn’s Coffee
Por Eco Films
Port Discovery children's Museum*
REI Columbia
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum
Roots Market
Safe Skies
Sandy Springs Friends School
Sarubin Family Dental
Savage Mill
Season’s 52
Shannon’s Saloon
Silver Diner
Space Telescope Science Institute
Subway Hickory Ridge
Sweet Simplici-tea
Trader Joe’s
The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum
The Green Bowl
The Melting Pot
Terrapin Adventures
T & J Waffles
Toby's Dinner Theater
Trout Unlimited, Potomac-Patuxent Chapter
Turf Valley
US Department of Agriculture
Union Jack’s
University of Maryland Extension/Master Naturalist/Master Gardeners
Victoria Gastro Pub/Victoria Restaurant Group
W.R. Grace
Walter's Art Museum
Wakefield Valley Nursery
Watermark Cruises
Watershed Stewards Academy of Howard County MD
Wecker Hospitality
Whole Foods Market
Willard Packaging Co.
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