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“Excellent Facility”

Robinson Nature Center
Ranked #2 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: Stairs / elevator, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Columbia, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
176 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Excellent Facility”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Large number of well-done and fascinating environmental exhibits. Great for kids, but also much of interest to adults.

Visited October 2013
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Gambrills, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
157 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Birthday Party For Child With ASD”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

I went to a birthday party for a child with severe Autism and it was ok. I only liked the part with the trees and the darkness. The boy liked the educational experience. I would not return.

Visited April 2013
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Washington, DC
Level 6 Contributor
91 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Great place for an hour or so with the children.”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

Great place for an hour or so with children. I went there primarily to see an advertised photo exhibit and stayed to enjoy the nature exhibits. It is extremely convenient to reach, about half mile north of Rt 32 on Cedar Lane. Nicely done, warm, inviting, good parking - all in all a worthwhile stop.
And the photo exhibit, done by the Central Maryland Photographers Guild, was excellent also.

Visited October 2013
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Fulton, Maryland, United States
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Nice escape from the daily grind and very informative”
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
Level 6 Contributor
173 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 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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