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Nature Summer Camps

Robinson Nature Center Camps

Kinder Tykes, Snails & Tales Camp


Robinson Nature Center 2019 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 NatureSphere planetarium 

AND more....

Check out the camps we are offering in Summer 2019 and click on the links to find out more and to register

2019 Robinson Nature Center Camp Descriptions (with links to on-line registration)
2019 Week-by-Week Robinson Nature Center Camp Chart
2018 Camp Photos

Summer Camp registration opens online Feb 6 at 6pm for Howard County residents and online Feb 13 at 6pm for the general public!

Parent/Child mini-camps for 2-3 year olds (by start date)

Lil' Acorns High in the Sky - Jun 5-7 from 9:30-11:30am
NEW! Lil' Acorns Winter in Summer - Jun 5-7 from 9:30-11:30am
Lil' Acorns In, Around & Under the Water - Jun 12-14 from 9:30-11:30am
NEW! Lil' Acorns Stars & Stories - Jun 19-21 from 9:30-11:30am
NEW! Lil' Acorns Winter in Summer - Jul 10-12 from 9:30-11:30am
NEW! Lil' Acorns Stars & Stories - Aug 28-30 from 9:30-11:30am

Half-day camps for 4-5 year olds (by start date)

Lil' Pine Cones Amazing Animals - Jun 12-14 from 9am-noon
NEW! Lil' Pine Cones Dinosaur Explorers- Jun 19-21 from 9am-noon
NEW! Lil' Pine Cones Outer Space Adventures - Jun 26-28 from 9am-noon
Lil' Pine Cones Amazing Animals - Jul 24-26 from 9am-noon
NEW! Lil' Pine Cones Dinosaur Explorers - Aug 21-23 from 9am-noon
NEW! Lil' Pine Cones Outer Space Adventures - Aug 28-30 from 9am-noon

Half- and Full-Day Camps for School-age children ages 6-11 yrs (by start date)

Nature Extravaganza (6-8 year olds) - Jun 26-28 from 9am-3pm
River Explorers (6-8 year olds) - Jun 26-28 from 1-4:30pm
Trailblazers (8-11 year olds) - Jul 10-12 from 9am-3pm
River Explorers (6-8 year olds) - Jul 10-12 from 1-4:30pm
NEW! Nature Makers (7-11 year olds) - Jul 17-19 from 9am-4pm
Forces of Nature (8-10 year olds) - Jul 17-19 from 9am-3pm
Nature Extravaganza (6-8 year olds) - Jul 24-26 from 9am-3pm
Nature Go! (6-8 year olds) - Jul 24-26 from 1-4:30pm
Forces of Nature (8-10 year olds) - Jul 31-Aug 2 from 9am-3pm
NEW! Nature Makers (7-11 year olds) - Jul 31-Aug 2 from 9am-4pm
NEW! Extended Experience Sensory-Friendly Nature Explorers* (6-10 year olds) - Aug 7-9 & Aug 14-16 from 9am-noon
* This camp is for children who require a one-on-one companion or need special accommodations
Nature Extravaganza (6-8 year olds) - Aug 7-9 from 9am-3pm
Nature Go (6-8 year olds) - Aug 7-9 from 1-4:30pm
Trailblazers (8-11 year olds) - Aug 14-16 from 9am-3pm
River Explorers (morning) (6-8 year olds) - Aug 14-16 from 9am-12:30pm
River Explorers (6-8 year olds) - Aug 14-16 from 1-4:30pm
Nature Extravaganza (6-8 year olds) - Aug 21-23 from 9am-3pm
River Explorers (6-8 year olds) - Aug 21-23 from 1-4:30pm

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 2018 photo album

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

Robinson Nature Center Summer Camps 2017


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
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!

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.