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. This project was made possible through the foresight and generosity of James and Anne Robinson and the James and Anne Robinson Foundation. 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.
The nature center includes interactive and multisensory exhibits for all ages such as NatureSphere, a digital planetarium and dome-style theater, with programs and movies, a Children’s Discovery Room with hands-on activities, a balcony and green rooftop for outdoor nature viewing and also classrooms and auditorium with seating for 150 people. There is also a nature trail that 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.
In July, the Robinson Nature Center is offering activities for all ages. For more information on any of these events, please go to their website http://www.howardcountymd.gov/robinsonnaturecenter.htm or call 410-313-0400.
“Black Holes” Full-Dome Feature
1st, 3rd & 5th Saturdays from 1:30 – 2 p.m.
Witness the birth of a black hole, journey past the event horizon, experience the formation of the Milky Way and learn about the monstrous black hole that lurks at its core. This feature film will play in the NatureSphere digital planetarium. No registration is required. 10 yrs +
Bugs and Bats Night Out – 7+ years
July 28, 7:45 – 9:15 p.m.
The night is alive in the summer with the sounds of insects and the flight of bats. Come
explore the forest depths and river edges at the Robinson Nature Center in search of
moths, bats and other amazing insects. Let RNC naturalists guide you under the light of
the moon in this nocturnal adventure. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
July 8, various times
Bring your family out for an incredible afternoon of fun-filled activities that highlight our six-legged friends. Pre-registration for this event is highly recommended as space in this program is limited.
Wildlife Photography Workshop
Saturdays, July 14 – 28 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Learn techniques for composing pictures quickly, knowing when and where to look, and how to capture moving objects so that you can take wonderful wildlife photography. This program is for adults and youth over the age of 16. You must pre-register for this activity.