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“Eco-Gem in Columbia”

Robinson Nature Center
Ranked #4 of 24 things to do in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Robinson Nature Center is a unique nature education facility with fun for the whole family. The Center is a LEED platinum certified green building situated on 18 acres of land. Attractions include: - Solar panels, green roof, and a host of other sustainable technologies - 2 stories of interactive, multi-sensory exhibits - A "NatureSphere" digital planetarium and full-dome movie theater - A Children's Discovery Room with hands-on activities - An outdoor Nature Place play area for kids - Numerous demonstration gardens featuring native plants - A mile of walking trails with views of the Middle Patuxent River - Access to the historical Simpsonville Mill Ruins Each year, the Center runs over 450 programs including field trips, public programs, birthday parties, home school and scout programs.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Columbia, MD
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173 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Eco-Gem in Columbia”
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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Columbia
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39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Reaching for the 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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44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Small Sparkling Jewel of Design and Nature”
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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124 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Beautiful building”
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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Columbia, Maryland
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159 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Excellent Nature center”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Excellent facility exploring all kinds of displays about the natural world, specially Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay. Great for kids with all kinds of interactive displays. Includes great native plant gardens and a nature walk.

Visited June 2013
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