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Robinson Nature Center, Columbia

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Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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...  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...  more »
  • Robinson Nature Center is great for kids and adults alike. With a (free!) natural outdoor play area (think logs, rocks, dirt), paths, and a river, you can't go wrong outside. Inside there are rooms to learn about different wildlife and kids can even have hands-on time with some of the animals. There has often been an adult reading books to children when we've been there. Highly recommend!
  • This is our favorite nature center. Great location and never too crowded. They usually have something fun going on. The kids always enjoy the "discovery" room on the entry level and we enjoy the hiking trails. Also, be on the lookout for a number of fun event days and camps that they do throughout the year.

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