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Robinson Nature Center

 Robinson Nature Center building image for web 

6692 Cedar Lane
Columbia, MD 21044

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Wed.- Sat., 9 AM-5 PM
Sun., Noon-5 PM
The Center is closed Mondays & Tuesdays. Also closed Nov 27-28 & Dec 25 of 2014 & Jan 1, 2015.

Daily Admission to Trails/Building*:
Adults $5
Children (3-17 yrs) $3
Under 3 FREE
* Wednesdays are complimentary for families and individuals. Group visits are subject to admission fees and must be booked in advance. 

Annual Pass Information: 

Family, Individual, Senior and "Friends"-level annual passes are available. For more information, see Annual Passes.  


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 TEACHERS: See our NEW field trip offerings by clicking here. Find out how to register for field trips or about our workshops for teachers for MSDE credit here.

Do you Home School? Click here for more information on new offerings for your family and children. 

Come meet the animals in our new touch tank! The touch tank is open:

Saturdays, 10:30AM-11:30AM and 2-3 PM
Sunday, 1-3 PM

For up-to-date announcements, promotions and nature tidbits, like us on facebook at  www.facebook.com/RobinsonNatureCenter .

General Information

The Robinson Nature Center is a unique nature education facility situated on 18 acres of land adjacent to the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area, which provides over 1,000 acres of forest, meadows and river valley to explore. Geothermal heating/air-conditioning, porous paving, solar panels which generate 15% of electric needs, innovative water conservation methods and a host of other features make this building environmentally friendly and one of only three LEED Certified Platinum buildings in the State. This project was made possible through the foresight and generosity of James and Anne Robinson and the James and Anne Robinson Foundation. Come see for yourself what the center offers:

- Interactive and multisensory exhibits for all ages
- NatureSphere, a digital planetarium and dome-style theater, with programs and movies
- Video alcove with ViewSpace, a self-updating multimedia astronomy display   
- Children’s Discovery Room with hands-on activities
- Nature trail with arboretum and views of the Middle Patuxent River
- Balcony and green rooftop for outdoor nature viewing
- Classrooms and auditorium with seating for 150 people 

Download our Facility Guide by clicking here. 




Inclement Weather

Inclement Weather Line: 410-313-4452 (choose option 6). Call to find out about closings/cancellations related to weather.
Inclement Weather Policy: If Howard County schools open two hours late, Robinson will open at 10:30 AM. If schools are closed due to inclement weather, every attempt will be made to open the center by 10:30 AM. Please call the inclement weather number to confirm the center's status when schools are closed.


The trail is approximately 1 mile of rugged, wooded terrain.  It includes a stream crossing, passes along the Middle Patuxent River and guides visitors to the old mill race and ruins of the Simpsonville Mill. Click here to download the Nature Center's trail brochure.

 Dog policy: Please note, other than service animals, we request patrons refrain from bringing dogs to the Robinson Nature Center facility and trails. Many visitors come to the Nature Center to see birds and other wildlife that dogs scare away. Additionally, the Nature Center serves a large number of children who may have a fear of dogs. We want children to feel safe and to have the chance to enjoy the wildlife. Please note that the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks maintain numerous trails on which leashed dogs are welcome. Unleashed dogs are not allowed in any park managed by the Howeard County Department of Recreation and Parks.


Professional Affiliations

In addition to being an award-winning facility with recognized excellence in programming, sustainable practices and school support, the Nature Center and its staff are part of the following professional associations:

NAAEE - North American Association for Environmental Education 

NAI - National Association for Interpretation 

ANCA - Association of Nature Center Administrators  

MRPA - Maryland Recreation and Parks Association 

MAEOE - Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Educators 

MAPS - Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society