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“Eco-Gem in Columbia”

Robinson Nature Center
Ranked #3 of 25 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: Stroller parking, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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.

Thank carolegth
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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.

Thank Theodora K
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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.

Thank pearleco
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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!

Thank kcoombs1209
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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.

Thank leon l
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