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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.



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 the 2020 class postponed to spring of 2021), 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