Nestled into its sloped site and largely below grade, the new Robinson Nature Center immerses visitors in a rich environmental education experience from the moment they enter the site and throughout their visit.

Descending through the center’s main “Life of the Forest” exhibit, visitors go from the level of tree canopy to forest floor, both inside and out. Expanses of glass enhance the interpretive experience by offering on-going connections to nature, while also providing natural lighting for the interiors in support of the center’s sustainable mission. Exterior balconies and an inviting terrace off the center's multipurpose and classroom wing further merge indoor and outdoor space.

2014 AIA Baltimore Design Award Winner

2014 WoodWorks Institutional Wood Design Award Winner

2012 AIA Maryland Design Award Winner

2011 USGBC Maryland Wintergreen Sustainability Award Winner

“Each time I visit the Robinson Nature Center, I am reminded of the tremendous amount of thought, precision, and hard work that went into creating this true community treasure. We believe that [it] will quickly become a destination for nature lovers up and down the East Coast.” – Ken Ulman, former County Executive, Howard County, Maryland


  • Exhibits, classrooms, multipurpose auditorium, office
  • 50-seat “Naturesphere” state-of-the-art digital planetarium
  • LEED Platinum Certified 
  • Designated a Maryland Green Center by the Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education