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Robinson Nature Center, Columbia

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The James and Anne Robinson Nature Center is a nature education facility situated on 18 acres of park land adjacent to the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area. Geothermal heating/air-conditioning, porous paving, solar panels, water conservation methods and other features make this building environmentally-friendly and have earned it the LEED Certified Platinum designation. Each year, the Center runs over 450 programs including field trips, public programs, birthday parties, home school and scout programs. James and Anne Robinson cared for the property for decades and kept it from being used by developers, ultimately arranging transfer to Howard County, Maryland for enjoyment by the general public. The Center continues to be partially supported by the James & Anne Robinson Foundation and is owned and operated by the Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks.
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  • Great place for families! The center is sparkling clean, interactive, and had some live animals (frog, turtles, and snake (we didn't get to see them this time around). Our visit was short since we... 
    Great place for families! The center is sparkling clean, interactive, and had some live animals (frog, turtles, and snake (we didn't get to see them this time around). Our visit was short since we...  more »
  • Searching for something to do when grandchildren were visiting in December, I came upon Robinson. What a delight! The girls really liked the hands on room with dress ups, puzzles, and the touch... 
    Searching for something to do when grandchildren were visiting in December, I came upon Robinson. What a delight! The girls really liked the hands on room with dress ups, puzzles, and the touch...  more »
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  • We've been visiting for years. It is always a nice experience. The permanent exhibits are fun for the kids. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable. Special programs are educational and fun. Wild for Water Day is a family favorite!
  • We recently had my son’s birthday party at Robinson Nature Center and it was great! First, the staff was incredibly nice, accommodating and knowledgeable! Next, my 5-year old son is very interested in dinosaurs so we opted for the excavation option which entailed of a (brief) hike through the woods, followed by digging in a raised bed for dino bones and toys. After that, we had a whole classroom to ourselves for lunch and cake, followed by a brief self-guided tour through the nature maze on the property. There was also another room where they had fish and turtles on display that was open to the paying customers. A great trip for little ones!

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