header_get involved

Robinson Nature Center



Jobs & Internships


Volunteer Opportunities


Sponsor An Animal


Community Partnerships




Memberships to the Nature Center help support and enhance our programs, and allow members to access special benefits. Membership benefits are listed below in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. 

Due to the nature center's reduced hours with coronavirus, membership sales are temporarily suspended.

Annual Pass

Annual Passes are sold in the following categories. Prices listed are (R) for Residents of Howard County/ (NR) for Non-Residents of Howard County.

Senior or Student - $20 (R)/ $40 (NR)
Students must present valid school identification. Senior rate for individuals age 50 and up. 
Individual - $25 (R)/ $50 (NR)
Family - $50 (R)/ $100 (NR)
 Includes family members of the immediate household. 


Friends Membership

Add $50 to any of the membership levels above, or become a Friend through the membership levels below, to support exciting new projects at Robinson.

Patron - $175 
Includes two complimentary tickets into the NatureSphere. 
Supporter - $250
Includes two complimentary tickets for the NatureSphere and two complimentary guest passes into the nature center. 
Sustainer - $500
Includes four complimentary tickets for the NatureSphere and two complimentary guest passes into the nature center. 
Lifetime - $1,000
Includes lifetime complimentary admission for an individual;  four complimentary tickets for the NatureSphere and four complimentary guest passes into the nature center. 



Annual Pass and Friends Membership FAQs

How long do memberships last?  

Memberships are valid for 1 year from the date of purchase. 

What are the benefits of my Annual Pass?  

  • Complimentary general admission to the Center & trails
  • Member-discount pricing on select programs
  • 10% Member discount on purchases from the gift shop
  • Optional member e-newsletter updates (center projects, upcoming programs and special offers)
  • The ANCA reciprocal membership program allows Robinson Nature Center annual pass holders free or reduced admission at other nature centers that participate in the program. For a list of nature centers that participate in the ANCA reciprocal membership program, click here.

What are the benefits of my Friends Membership?  

  • All the same benefits of an annual pass, plus
  • Friends-only benefits (listed next to each Friends level above)
  • Financial support for Title 1 school scholarships
  • Friends-only activities and events

Does my Family pass include my Grandchildren/Grandparents?  

Family passes cover everyone in the immediate household. Below are two exceptions:

  • Grandparents may purchase a Family pass to include their grandchildren, however the children’s parents are not included under this pass.
  • A Family pass issued to parents can cover grandparents bringing the children to the center, but not when parents and grandparents are visiting together.



Jobs & Residency

The Robinson Nature Center is currently looking to hire an environmental educator.  Please click here to view the complete job description.  Any questions and resumes should be sent directly to Ellen Reinecke at ereinecke@howardcountymd.gov.


Volunteer Opportunities

Robinson Nature Center is grateful for its active and skilled volunteer corps. At this time, we are not accepting any new individual volunteer applicants. 

If you would like to become a volunteer at the Robinson Nature Center please complete the Robinson Nature Center Volunteer Application. Volunteers must also interview and complete a background check.  If you would like to become a volunteer that is only involved with outdoor gardening and trail maintenance you will not need an interview, but you will need to complete a background check. 

If you would like to find out more about our Master Naturalist Volunteer Training (held every other year with applications for the 2020 class accepted beginning in November 2019), see information on our Education Page.

If you would like additional information about volunteer opportunities at the Robinson Nature Center please contact:
Brian Campbell, Volunteer Coordinator at 410-313-0406 or bcampbell@howardcountymd.gov
Monica Horan, Assistant Volunteer Coordinator at 410-313-0674 or mhoran@howardcountymd.gov 

The Robinson Nature Volunteer Handbook is available online.

Scout Volunteer Work Days - If you are in a scout group, this volunteer opportunity allows you to get to know other scouts in your community while working together to help the environment! Potential projects include forest and stream clean up, tree plantings, invasive plant removal, trail maintenance and garden work. All groups must sign up in advance and maintain a ratio of 1 leader per 12 scouts. Scout work days are free to attend and open to scouts of all ages. Tools, gloves and snacks will be provided. If you are interested in participating in our next Scout Work Day, please contact the Nature Center’s Volunteer Coordinator at 410-313-0406. 

Group Conservation Projects - Would you like to bring your corporate, school or other group to Robinson Nature Center for conservation activities? We run various programs allowing groups to participate in tree plantings and invasive weed removal throughout the year. Please submit this form and we will contact you to schedule a project appropriate for your group.

In addition to the volunteer opportunities available at the Robinson Nature Center, the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks has numerous other volunteer opportunities. To find out more about these opportunities, click here.



Sponsor An Animal

Sponsor An Animal
Photo credit: Vic Gladstone

Caring for live animals is a big job and requires many resources. The animals at Robinson Nature Center serve as educational ambassadors, providing numerous learning opportunities for the public and helping us spread a message of awareness and conservation. 

You can support the animals residing at Robinson Nature Center with an annual sponsorship. Each sponsorship comes with a package of benefits and make great gifts! Download our sponsorship flyer by clicking here.


An annual amphibian or reptile sponsorship is $60 and includes the following:

  • Get your name on digital signage at the nature center celebrating your partnership with our animal care program for one year.
  • Receive a certificate of sponsorship, a fact sheet about the animal, and a special gift. 
  • Get the opportunity to experience a private, behind-the-scenes encounter with all of our animals.
  • Receive a “letter from camp,” mid-year update from your sponsored animal.
  • Have your photo with your sponsored animal added to our sponsors album on Facebook (optional).

An annual touch tank sponsorship is $25 and includes the following:

  • Get your name on digital signage at the nature center celebrating your partnership with our touch tank program for one year.
  • Receive a certificate of sponsorship and a special gift celebrating aquatic animals.


Contact the front desk at 410-313-0400 for details.


Community Partnerships

Robinson Nature Center strives to connect adults and children to the world around them through offering exciting experiences and programs that focus on natural and cultural history relevant to our local area and region. We are honored to recognize the critical role that partners play in helping to achieve this mission.

What is a Community Partner?

Robinson Nature Center partners with groups and organizations that donate their time and resources to the Center. In return, the Center acts as a venue and resource where these groups and organizations can achieve their goals, improve their visibility and reach their constituents. Each organization is unique in its involvement with the nature center. If your organization is interested in finding out more about community partnerships with the center, contact Pam Reese, Community Liaison, at 410-313-0673 or pareese@howardcountymd.gov

Click on the logos to connect with some of our Community Partners and read about the contributions they make to the Center below:

Support for outdoor nature play space at Robinson, professional development, field trip assistance and environmental activities; coordinates Robinson's Friends group.

Field trip scholarships to Robinson for Title 1 schools.

Robinson partner logo_HoCo Offices

Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) - Partner area for nature programming

Bureau of Environmental Services - Recycling programs at Robinson and free compost bins for County Residents

Environmental Sustainability Board - Support for sustainability initiatives at Robinson.


Click here for Port Discovery's website

Animals, Animals, Animals Program Series at Robinson, appearances at special events, and loan of rotating exhibits. 

Celestial Searchers does not have a website

Planetarium programming in Robinson's NatureSphere and appearances at special events.

Click here for STScI's website

Permanent exhibits, loan of traveling exhibits, and content for the Robinson's "ViewSpace" exhibit.

Click here for Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center's website

Live animal programs at Robinson and appearances at special events.

Click here for HAL's website

Safe solar-viewing and telescope viewing on Robinson's green roof.

Click here for APL's website

Collaborative programs with Robinson and loan of temporary exhibits.

Click here for Central MD Photographers Guild website


Photographs programming at Robinson and provides photos for use in marketing materials.

Click here for Howard County Bird Club's website

Donation of Robinson bird mounts, birding programs at Robinson, professional development for staff and appearances at special events.

Click here for Howard County Beekeepers' website


Maintenance of Robinson beehives and appearances at special events.

Click here for Howard County Woodworkers Guild website

Robinson Legacy room barn-siding carvings and bird trail carvings.

Click here for MD Master Naturalist's website

Volunteer naturalist training curriculum for Robinson volunteers.

Click here for Howard County Master Gardeners' website

Compost demonstrations at Robinson and appearances at special events.

Click here for the Conservancy's website

Co-facilitate teacher training workshops with Robinson.

Click here for MD DNR's website

Professional development for Robinson staff and appearances at special events.

Click here for the College's website

Facilitate archaeological study and excavation of Robinson's land.

Howard County Forestry Board

Sponsor Robinson's arboretum and donate trees for events.

Click here for Salerno's website

Cater and provide generous donations of food for special programs at Robinson.

Click here for Giant Food's website

Provides generous "treat" donations for Robinson's Trick or Treat programs.

Patuxent Valley Nurseries, LLC


Provide tree and shrub donations for Robinson native plant gardens and trail plantings.