Field Trip to Robinson Nature Center
A two-story “tree” depicting the seasons of the year and what you’ll find in nature during that time. Follow the boardwalk around & down and you’ll hear audio of critters and birds & play with interactive media. At the bottom is a forest-understory diorama and a beaver home display. Continue and walk through a nocturnal exhibit.
Those are a few of the spectacular exhibits at the Robinson Nature Center in Howard County. Others include a display about the Chesapeake Bay with suggestions on how you can protect it – ranging from why it’s important to pick up your pet poop to explaining why “steamed crabs” are so expensive.
There’s also a “discovery” / play room for children with tall windows overlooking the forest. (Can I move my office there?)
I didn’t get to see the NatureSphere auditorium area where programs will be held.
Outdoors will be spectacular when nature crawls out of hibernation. Right outside the front door is a seating area which actually is the roof of the auditorium – it’s planted as a “green roof”. Other gardens have been planted; and a butterfly garden and greenhouse are planned. There’s also a Nature Trail taking you through the woods and along the Middle Patuxent River – I’ve visited portions several times.