Robinson Nature Center
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  • Hours

    Wed-Sat 9am to 5pm Sun 12pm to 5pm

  • Cost

    Daily admission is $5 for adults 18 and older and $3 for children ages 3 through 17. Children under age 3 will be let in for free. Annual passes also will be available.

  • Children Ages

    2 years to Adult

Robinson Nature Center

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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 1000 acres of forest meadows and river valley to explore. The three-story center is nestled into a hillside and was designed from the very beginning with energy conservation and sustainability in mind. It uses the newest proven technologies designed to maximize energy conservation and the use of renewable resources. Geothermal heating/air-conditioning porous paving solar panels which will generate 15% of electric needs innovative water conservation methods and a host of other features make this building environmentally friendly and upon certification 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.

- Interactive and multisensory exhibits for all ages
- Planetarium programs & movies
- Two-story “Life of the Forest” exhibit
- Children’s Discovery Room with hands-on activities
- Classrooms and auditorium with seating for 150 people
- Natural and cultural history exhibits
- Wildlife viewing area
- Balcony and green rooftop for outdoor nature viewing

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Comments (2)
beautiful but not a lot of educational stuff


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"Love the aesthetics of the new nature center. My husband and I are huge believer. When you go into this center, it is really lovely.But unfortunately, it doesnt have a lot of educational material beyond the asthetics. There should be more educational exhibits and people talking about different exotic plants/birds. The kids space is okay. They are planning to bring in animals but right now, there is just a bunch of coloring and few educational pieces. I dont think my kids understood what the importance of the center was because there is no focus on it. They should take a note from Irvine."

Wonderful addition to Columbia


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"I have been meaning to check out the new nature center and finally took my 3yo daughter today. What an awesome facility! The displays are top-notch and engaging for the kids. The "tree" is fun to explore, and the kids discovery room is a nice place to get down and play. I understand that they will be adding live animal displays to the discovery room at some point. I recommend a visit to anyone. We went on a Wednesday and were luck that admission was free. Not sure how long that will go on for."