The Robinson Nature Center (directions: PDF  or Google Maps) is located in Howard County, Maryland. The Center is James and Anne Robinson’s gift to the people of Howard County. The Middle Patuxent River, forests, a wildflower meadow and an historical grist mill site are here to explore.

 Highlights include:

• A two-story Life of the Forest exhibit and other interactive and multisensory exhibits on forest plants and animals, and the Chesapeake Bay. In addition there is an exhibit about the history of the local Simpsonville community.

• A Discovery Room where children are encouraged to explore nature through hands on play. The Discovery Room contains books, blocks, games, puzzles, a puppet theatre, touch-and-feel animal pelts, an interactive painted wall mural, live horseshoe crabs and magnifiers to view natural artifacts.

Coming soon, there will be a touch tank which will include live animals and many other exciting opportunities for fun and learning.

• The NatureSphere, a digital planetarium and  theater, with programs and movies about the night sky and the environment.

• Our ViewSpace Monitor is an internet fed, self-updating permanent exhibit from the Space Telescope Science Institute (STSI), home of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and it’s successor The James Webb Space Telescope. The Center is pleased to present high resolution images and informative captions created by NASA’s STSI

• A balcony and green rooftop for outdoor nature viewing.

• Classrooms and an auditorium with seating for 120 people.

• A talented staff of naturalists and educators who provide hands-on learning experiences about the environment, the rewards of being connected to nature and insights into sustainable living.

• Proximity to the  Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (directions: PDF or  Google Maps) with more than 1,000 acres of forest, meadows and river valley to explore.