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“Nice escape from the daily grind and very informative” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Robinson Nature Center

Robinson Nature Center
6692 Cedar lane, Columbia, MD 21044
410-313-0400
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Columbia
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks
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Owner description: Interactive and multisensory exhibits for all ages NatureSphere, a digital planetarium and dome-style theater, with programs and movies Two-story “Life of the Forest” exhibit Children’s Discovery Room with hands-on activities classrooms.
Fulton, Maryland, United States
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“Nice escape from the daily grind and very informative”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

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.

Visited October 2013
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Columbia, MD
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“Eco-Gem in Columbia”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Small, but excellent venue to reinforce the value of conservation and nature preservation. Of particular interest are the "green" features of the center -water permeable parking pavement, wood from sustainable forests, conservation conscious bathrooms, "green," plant covered roof, and aspirations for platinum LEED status. Trails lead to an historical site. A very good spot for a quiet afternoon close to nature. Admission is free on Wednesdays.

Visited October 2012
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“Reaching for the stars”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

For a local/small place this has MUCH to offer. The setting/location is great/beautiful with the best of what nature has to offer(LOTS of walking trails) . And, it is very informative about nature) in a fun way. The observatory also puts on very professional shows.

Visited January 2013
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Columbia, Maryland
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“Small Sparkling Jewel of Design and Nature”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

My friend and I were enchanted by this nature center. The building is constructed of natural materials with lots of glass and light, yet the interior is intimate so you can focus on the exhibits which beckon the use of all your senses save taste. The walks could be better marked but I don't think you can get too lost in any case. The noises of the suburban surround didn't intrude so it offered a most pleasant respite.

Visited May 2013
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Columbia, Maryland
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“Beautiful building”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I loved the forest exhibit. Walking through the "forest", you learn about birds, animals and reptiles that inhabit central Maryland. There's also a children's discovery center where kids can play. Definitely take advantage of nice weather to walk along the Middle Patuxent river. It's really peaceful!

Visited August 2012
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