Robinson Nature Center

  • 6692 Cedar Lane
  • Columbia, MD 21044

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The Robinson Nature Center, opened in September 2011, is a unique, multi-award-winning nature education facility situated on 18 acres of land adjacent to the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area. Development of the facility and grounds was made possible through the foresight and generosity of James and Anne Robinson and the James & Anne Robinson Foundation, along with the Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks. Features include nature trails, an outdoor "Nature Place" discovery zone, a Children's Garden, an arboretum, access to the Middle Patuxent River, and historical ruins of the Simpsonville Mill. Inside the LEED platinum facility, enjoy two stories of interactive exhibits, a Discovery Room for children, the NatureSphere digital planetarium, and a full-dome movie theater (offering programs on a scheduled basis).

The mission of the Robinson Nature Center is to facilitate the enjoyment and understanding of our natural resources and to bridge the gap between people and nature. By inspiring sound environmental awareness, we promote responsible stewardship of all of our natural resources and strive to connect people of all ages with nature through experience-based education.

Wildlife: Robinson Nature Center is an official "Monarch Waystation". By creating and maintaining a Monarch Waystation we are contributing to monarch conservation, an effort that will help assure the preservation of the species and the continuation of the spectacular monarch migration phenomenon. To learn more click here

Attractions - General Info
  • Credit Cards Accepted:
  • Days & Hours of Operation: 9AM-5PM, Wednesday-Saturday & Noon-5PM, Sunday
  • Handicap Accessible:
  • Wi-Fi Access:
  • Gift Shop/Shopping On Site:
  • Tours Offered: Group visits of 10 or more people must be booked in advance.
  • Public Restrooms:
  • Admission/Ticket Cost: $5 per adult; $3 per child (3-17 years old); Free under 3 years old
  • Off-Premise Catering Available:
Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Description Banquet capacity varies indoor 120, use of entire building 250-300 for outdoor, Restaurant/bar on property ? No Catering SErvice providing? No Shuttle Service? NO
  • Largest Room 1540
  • Total Sq. Ft. 25000
  • Space Notes Robinson Nature Center has 3 indoor spaces available for rentals and an outdoor patio space that may be rented in conjunction with the auditorium. Packages are available for large events that require use of public spaces of the facility. For more details, see the Rental Brochure:
  • Theatre Capacity 50
  • Banquet Capacity 120
  • Number of Rooms 3
  • Classroom Capacity 40
Classrooms 1
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 720
  • Width: 30
  • Length: 24
  • Theater Capacity: 40
  • Classroom Capacity: 30
Classrooms 2
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 720
  • Width: 30
  • Length: 24
  • Theater Capacity: 40
  • Classroom Capacity: 30
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1456
  • Width: 28
  • Length: 52
  • Theater Capacity: 120
  • Classroom Capacity: 80
  • Banquet Capacity: 78
  • Reception Capacity: 120