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Robinson Nature Center Camps

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Robinson Nature Center Camps


Robinson Nature Center 2017 Summer Camp brochure

Have fun exploring your world at our nature summer camps! We have camps for children and youth ages 2 to 12. At nature camp you can:

  • Play and explore in the river 
  • Meet live animals 
  • Make new friends while having fun both indoors and outdoors 
  • Create nature-inspired crafts 
  • Learn survival skills 
  • Take part in team nature and astronomy challenges 
  • Watch full-dome movies in our NatureSphere planetarium 

AND more....

Click on the links below to discover more in Robinson's Summer Nature Camp brochure, or to see pictures from last year's camps.


Below are nature summer camps held at the Robinson Nature Center. Camps are listed in order by date with links to more information on each camp. When camps fill, it will be noted below. You can call 410-313-0400 to be added to the wait list for full camps. We are often able to accommodate wait-listed participants.  

Already attending camp at Robinson? Click here for required forms. See the table below for camp letters (posted two weeks prior to each camp).

Robinson Nature Center Summer Camps  






Camp letter

Lil' Pine Cones Mini-Camp - Magnificent Meadows (FULL)

6/7 - 6/9

4-5 yrs

Lil' Acorns Mini-Camp - High in the Sky (FULL)
6/7 - 6/9  2-3 yrs Letter
Lil' Pine Cones Mini-Camp - Magnificent Meadows (6 spots left!)
6/7 - 6/9
4-5 yrs Letter
NEW! Lil' Pine Cones Mini-Camp - Magic of the Forest (1 spot left!)
6/14 - 6/16

4-5 yrs


Lil' Acorns Mini-Camp - Low Down Below (FULL)

6/14 - 6/16
2-3 yrs  Letter

NEW! Lil' Pine Cones Mini-Camp - Magic of the Forest (FULL)

6/14 - 6/16
4-5 yrs  Letter
Nature Extravaganza Camp (FULL) 6/21 - 6/23 6-8yrs  Letter
Lil' Acorns Mini-Camp - In, Around and Under Water (FULL)
6/21 - 6/23 2-3 yrs  Letter
Lil' Pine Cones Mini-Camp - Nature at Night  (FULL) 6/28 - 6/30  4-5 yrs  Letter
Lil' Acorns Mini-Camp - High in the Sky (FULL)
6/28 - 6/30  2-3 yrs   Letter
River Explorers Mini-Camp (FULL)
6/28 - 6/30 6-8 yrs  Letter
Lil' Pine Cones Mini-Camp - Nature at Night (FULL)
7/5 - 7/7 4-5 yrs  Letter
Nature Extravaganza Camp (FULL)
7/5 - 7/7 6-8 yrs  Letter
NEW! Trailblazers Camp (FULL)
7/12 - 7/14  8-11 yrs   Letter
Lil' Acorns Mini-Camp - Low Down Below (FULL)
7/12 - 7/14 2-3 yrs  Letter
River Explorers Mini-Camp (FULL) 7/12 - 7/14 6-8 yrs   Letter
Epic Water Ventures Mini-Camp (2 spots left!) 7/19 - 7/21 8-11 yrs  Letter
NEW! Woodland Witches and Wizards Camp (FULL) 7/19 - 7/21 7-9 yrs   Letter
NEW! Trailblazers Camp (FULL) 7/26 - 7/28 8-11 yrs  Letter
Lil' Acorns Mini-Camp - In, Around and Under Water (FULL)
7/26 - 7/28 2-3 yrs  Letter
River Explorers Mini-Camp (1 spot left!)
7/26 - 7/28 6-8 yrs   Letter
NEW! Lil' Pine Cones Mini-Camp - Magic of the Forest (2 spots left!) 8/2 - 8/4 4-5 yrs  Letter
NEW! Woodland Witches and Wizards Camp (FULL) 8/2 - 8/4 7-9 yrs   Letter
Lil' Pine Cones Mini-Camp - Magnificent Meadows (2 spots left!)
8/9 - 8/11 4-5 yrs  
River Explorers Mini-Camp (1 spot left!) 8/9 - 8/11 6-8 yrs   
Sensory-Friendly Lil' Nature Explorers Mini-Camp (1 spot left!)
8/16 - 8/18  4-6 yrs  
River Explorers Mini-Camp  (FULL) 8/16 - 8/18 6-8 yrs  
Sensory Friendly Nature Explorers Mini-Camp (4 spots left!) 8/16 - 8/18 6-8 yrs  
Lil' Acorns Mini-Camp - High in the Sky (FULL)
8/23 - 8/25 2-3 yrs   
Lil' Acorns Mini-Camp - In, Around and Under Water (FULL)
8/23 - 8/25  2-3 yrs   
Lil' Pine Cones Mini-Camp - Magic of the Forest  (NEW section! 11 spots left!)  8/30 - 9/1 4-5 yrs   
Nature Extravaganza Camp (NEW section! 1 spot left!)  8/30 - 9/1 6-8 yrs   



Camper Reminders and Important Info

Required Forms

  • Participant Information Form 
  • Medication Authorization Form - required if bringing epi-pens, inhalers or other medication to camp. Please note that a Physician's signature is required on the medication form. We cannot accept any medications without this signature. School medication forms are not accepted. 

Photo ID Requirement

In order to ensure the safety of children enrolled in camps, any adult picking up a child from camp must be listed on the camper's Participant Information Form as authorized to pick up the participant. This year, all camp staff are required to have you show a government issued photo ID (driver's license, passport, U.S. military ID, or permanent resident card) at pick up before they release campers to you. 

Nut-free Camps

When packing your child's lunch or snack for camp, please note that all camps are nut-free. Do not pack your child items with peanut butter or other nut-butters, or with nuts listed in the ingredients. 

Summer Camp 2016 photo album

 Click on the photo below to view pictures from last year's camps!

Robinson Nature Center Summer Camps 2016


Kinder Tykes, Snails & Tales

4-5 yrs / 1 week, start dates below / $115
Enjoy wildlife and water wonders while doing hands-on science and nature activities. Create rainbows and gigantic bubbles. Learn about park wildlife and caring for the park. Fee includes special take-home surprise on Friday. Bring a snack and beverage (no nut products). Detailed info and camp participant forms are mailed to registrants approximately two weeks prior the start of each camp session.  Information: Dawn Thomas 410-313-1754, or
Cedar Lane Park-West Area

RP9946.401     June 12       9:15 AM-12:15 PM     M-F

RP9946.402     June 26       9:15 AM-12:15 PM     M-F

RP9946.403     July 24         9:15 AM-12:15 PM     M-F

Click the RP numbers above to sign up online!

Daily Routine:
The camp will run 9:15 AM until 12:15 PM each day.  Registration verification and camper check-in will take place on Monday morning as campers arrive.  Each day a parent must sign in their child in the morning and sign them out at the end of the camp day.

What to Bring:
On the first day of camp, please bring a light colored t-shirt for your child to paint.  Also send a nature picture (animal, flower, tree, etc.).  The campers will talk about their pictures during circle time.
The recommended attire for camp is a t-shirt, shorts, LONG white socks and old sturdy sneakers.  These clothes will sometimes become muddied and wet during the activities.  Billed caps and sunscreen are advised (Please apply sunscreen and/or bug spray prior to camp).  We will go out on a hike each day, rain or shine. Shoes should be securely closed (laced or Velcro) and must be worn at all times during the camp program.  NO SANDALS PLEASE!  On creek day, Thursday (rain date Friday), you may pack old shoes or boots for your child to wear.
Send a water bottle and a snack for your child each day.  Please do not bring any snacks that contain peanut or nut products (other children may be allergic).  Avoid apple juice and apples as they attract BEES!

Cedar Lane Park West: 5081 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044
Take Route 29 to Route 108 West.  Follow Route 108 for about 3 miles.  You will go past Centennial Park (on your right), past Centennial Lane, past the entrance to Cedar Lane Park East (on your left), to Cedar Lane.  Turn left on Cedar Lane and follow to the park entrance on the left.  The camp will meet around the right side of the building near the playground.

Can't find what you're looking for? Call Robinson at 410-313-0400 during business hours (Weds-Sat from 9AM-5PM and Sun from Noon-5PM) or the Adventure & Outdoors unit at 410-313-1754 (for Kinder Tykes Camp). For more camps through Howard County Rec & Parks, click here.