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Nature Summer Camps

Robinson Nature Center Camps

Kinder Tykes, Snails & Tales Camp

  

Robinson Nature Center 2020 Summer Camps

Have fun exploring your world at our nature summer camps:

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

AND more....

Robinson Nature Center summer camps & programs brochure

Check out the camps we offer by perusing the brochure above, or the list below! Click on the blue hyperlinks to find out more about each camp and/or to register*.
Past Summers Camp Photos

*Summer Camp registration opens online Feb 5 at 6 PM for Howard County residents and online Feb 12 at 6 PM for the general public!

 

Overnight Family Camp for all ages(by start date)

NEW! Lil' Campers - Overnight Family Camp - Jun 20-21 6pm-10:30am next day, overnight camp

 

Parent/Child Mini-Camps for 2-3 year olds (by start date)

Lil' Acorns Dynamic Dinosaurs - Jun 3-5 from 9:30-11:30am, 3-day camp
Lil' Acorns Life Underground - Jun 3-5 from 9:30-11:30am, 3-day camp
NEW! Lil' Acorns How Does this Garden Grow? - Jun 10-12 9:30-11:30 am, 3-day camp
Lil' Acorns Dynamic Dinosaurs - Jun 17-19, 9:30-11:30 am, 3-day camp
Lil' Acorns Life Underground - Jul 29-31 9:30-11:30am, 3-day camp
Lil' Acorns Dynamic Dinosaurs - Aug 26-28 9:30-11:30am, 3-day camp
NEW! Lil' Acorns How Does this Garden Grow? - Aug 26-28 9:30-11:30am, 3-day camp

 

Mini-Camps for 4-5 year olds (by start date)

Lil' Pine Cones Water Wonders - Jun 10-12 from 9am-noon, 3-day camp
Lil' Pine Cones Magic of the Forest - Jun 10-12 from 9am-noon, 3-day camp
NEW! Lil' Pine Cones My Maryland - Jun 17-19 from 9am-noon, 3-day camp
Lil' Pine Cones Water Wonders - Jun 17-19 from 9am-noon, 3-day camp
Lil' Pine Cones Magic of the Forest - Jun 24-26 from 9am-noon, 3-day camp
NEW! Lil' Pine Cones My Maryland - Jul 8-10 9am-noon, 3-day camp
Lil' Pine Cones Water Wonders - Aug 19-21 9am-noon, 3-day camp

 

Camps for School-Age Children 6-11 years (by start date)

River Explorers (6-8 year olds) - Jun 24-26 from 1pm-4:30pm, 3-day camp
NEW! Awesome Magnified (7-10 year olds) - Jun 24-26 from 9am-4:30pm, 3-day camp
NEW! Animal Heroes (6-9 year olds) - Jun 30-Jul 3 from 9am-3pm, 4-day camp with optional aftercare at additional fee
Nature Makers (8-11 year olds) - Jun 30-Jul 3 from 9am-3pm, 4-day camp with optional aftercare at additional fee
River Explorers (6-8 year olds) - Jul 8-10 from 1-4:30pm, 3-day camp
NEW! Nature's Got Talent (7-10 year olds) - Jul 8-10 from 9am-4:30pm, 3-day camp
NEW! Nature Extravaganza (6-8 year olds) - Jul 15-17 from 9am-4:30pm, 3-day camp
NEW! Awesome Magnified (7-10 year olds) - Jul 15-17 from 9am-4:30pm, 3-day camp
NEW! Animal Heroes (6-9 year olds) - Jul 21-24 from 9am-3pm, 4-day camp with optional aftercare at additional fee
Nature Makers (8-11 year olds) Jul 21-24 from 9am-3pm, 4-day camp with optional aftercare at additional fee
River Explorers (6-8 year olds) - Jul 29-31 from 1-4:30pm, 3-day camp
NEW! Nature's Got Talent (7-10 year olds) - Jul 29-31 from 9am-4:30pm, 3-day camp
NEW! Nature Extravaganza (6-8 year olds) - Aug 3-7 from 9am-3pm, 5-day camp
NEW! Expedition Challenge (8-11 year olds) - Aug 3-7 from 9am-3pm, 5-day camp
NEW! 5-Day Sensory-Friendly Nature Explorers (6-11 year olds) - Aug 10-14 from 9:30am-12:30pm, 5-day camp
* This camp is for children who require a one-on-one companion or need special accommodations
NEW! Nature Extravaganza (6-8 year olds) - Aug 10-14 from 9am-3pm, 5-day camp
NEW! Expedition Challenge (8-11 year olds) - Aug 10-14 from 9am-3pm, 5-day camp
River Explorers (6-8 year olds) - Aug 19-21 from 1-4:30pm, 3-day camp 3-day camp

NEW! Nature Extravaganza (6-8 year olds) - Aug 19-21 from 9am-4:30pm, 3-day camp

 

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. 

Past Summers Camp Photo Album

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

Robinson Nature Center Summer Camps 2017

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

 

 

Kinder Tykes, Snails & Tales

4-5 yrs / 1 week starting June 3 / $125
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 dthomas@howardcountymd.gov.
Cedar Lane Park-West Area

RP9946.401     June 3       9:15am-12:15pm     M-F

Click the RP numbers above to sign up online!

Daily Routine:
The camp will run 9:15am until 12:15pm 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!

Directions:
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 & Outdoor unit at 410-313-1754 (for Kinder Tykes Camp and more Adventure Camps!). For a complete list of Howard County Recreation & Parks camps, click here.