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Robinson Nature Center Anniversary Open House


Robinson Nature Center Open House Banner 2013 

Celebrate Robinson Nature Center’s second birthday through this special open house event!

Come out and experience complimentary admission, live animal presentations, nature crafts and movies in our planetarium. Walk the trails with our naturalists, explore the exhibits, take a LEED tour of the building's sustainability features and play in the Discovery Room.

Come see our new additions since our last open house including a demonstration beehive, aquatic animal "touch tank", temporary ManneqART display and ViewSpace with self-updating astronomy news. 

This year, we'll unveil the first art tiles created by children during the "Leave Your Mark Art Tile Project" and announce the winner of our stream-naming contest. 

Buy a raffle ticket for a basket full of products from our Nature Gift shop. Purchase your 2014 family pass and get access to Robinson for the last months of 2013 and all of 2014. Or, participate in the Leave Your Mark Art Tile Project during which your child can create unique artwork that will be turned into an art tile and permanently installed in the Nature Center. Proceeds from the art tile project, run by the Friends of the Robinson Nature Center, support scholarships for Title 1 school field trips. 

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. No registration is necessary for the event, though you can pre-register for one of two Leave Your Mark Art Tile project sessions by clicking here to secure your child's spot.

Click here to download a schedule of activities.


Parking and Transportation Options

Please note that parking at the Robinson Nature Center is limited. We highly recommend carpooling to this event, biking or taking public transportation.  Persons with handicap parking needs will be given preference for on-site parking. 

To get driving directions to the naure center, click here.

The Orange Howard County Transit bus route stops at the Nature Center. To see schedules and fairs, click here or, to see scheduled departures of buses in real time, click here.

Overflow parking is located at the Hickory Ridge Village Center directly down the road from the Nature Center. Complimentary shuttles will be available every 20 minutes to and from the Nature Center. To download the shuttle schedule, click here


Thanks to the following organizations and many individuals not listed here for their help making this second year a great success!

* Indicate partners that will be at the open house with activities and information for you and your family.

Audubon Society of Central Maryland
Carrie Murray Nature Center 
Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center*
Celestial Searchers*
Central Maryland Photographer’s Guild*
Columbia's Village Centers
Friends of Robinson Nature Center*
Hickory Ridge Village Center
Howard Astronomical League*
Howard Community College 
Howard County Beekeepers*
Howard County Bird Club*
Howard County Bureau of Environmental Services*
Howard County Conservancy 
Howard County Forestry Board*
Howard County Master Gardeners 
Howard County Office of Sustainability
 Howard County Office of Transportation  
Howard County Park Rangers*
Howard County Public School System 
Howard County Soil Conservation Service*
Howard County Storm Water Management Division
Howard County Tourism & Promotion*
Howard County Woodworkers Guild
Howard County Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment 
James & Anne Robinson Foundation*
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Maryland Chapter - US Green Building Council 
Maryland DNR*
Maryland Herp Atlas*
Maryland Master Naturalists 
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Mid-Atlantic Turtle & Tortoise Society*
Middle Patuxent Environmental Area*
Oyster Recovery Partnership
Patapsco Heritage Greenway
Patuxent Valley Nursey, LLC
Port Discovery*
Sierra Club, Maryland Chapter*
Space Telescope Science Institute
Trout Unlimited, Potomac-Patuxent Chapter*
US Department of Agriculture*
US Army Field Band*
Watershed Stewards Academy of Howard County MD
Wildlife Society, MD-DE Chapter*