I've been to several nature centers/zoos, mostly in the big cities. But in 2011 the Robinson family in coordination with Howard County opened this museum as a way to understand not just the natural history of the area but also to provide some educational and natural experiences. In addition to the museum itself, there are also some nature trails around the building, free of charge. And for those who don't like long walking, the total distance of all the trails is only around three quarters of a mile. But there is lots to see, from identifying the trees of the forest, to a wildflower garden, to the ruins of a historic 18th century mill with a small beach alongside a river located under a modern bridge. Inside, although small in comparison to big city science centers, you'll find several interesting exhibits ranging from conservation to the history of the region to how the local forest operates to a small theater that shows various views of Earth, some of it provided by NASA. There is also a cafe, gift shop, some classrooms, and a lounge that provides that a suburban setting can provide a nice day escape The people were friendly and its easy to get around and there is plenty of information available. Note that as described above that there is no fee on Wednesdays, there is an extra fee to see a show in the theater on the lower level.
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