6692 Cedar Lane
Columbia, MD 21042
Wednesday - Saturday9 AM - 5 PM
Sunday12 PM - 5 PM
Daily Passes:
$5, Adult (18+)
$3, Children (3-17)
Free for Children under 3
Free admission for indiviuals and families on Wednesday
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Marisa Olszewski, Facility Leader
phone: 410-313-0400


The Robinson Nature Center is a unique nature education facility situated on 18 acres of land adjacent to the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area, which provides over 1,000 acres of forest, meadows and river valley to explore. The three-story center is nestled into a hillside and was designed from the very beginning with energy conservation and sustainability in mind.

It uses the newest proven technologies designed to maximize energy conservation and the use of renewable resources. Geothermal heating/air-conditioning, porous paving, solar panels which will generate 15% of electric needs, innovative water conservation methods, and a host of other features make this building environmentally friendly and, upon certification, one of only three LEED Certified Platinum buildings in the State. This project was made possible through the foresight and generosity of James and Anne Robinson and the James and Anne Robinson Foundation.

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 and auditorium with seating for 150 people
Natural and cultural history exhibits
Wildlife viewing area
Balcony and green rooftop for outdoor nature viewing


The trail is approximately 1 mile of rugged, wooded terrain. It includes a stream crossing, passes along the Middle Patuxent River and guides visitors to the old mill race and ruins of the Simpsonville Mill

Rental Information available.



Lecture Halls

Performance Areas


Wheelchair Accessible


Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Group Tours