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Robinson Nature Center

The new Robin­son Nature Cen­ter fea­tures inter­ac­tive exhibits on local habi­tats, wildlife and the Chesa­peake Bay. There is also a Children’s Dis­cov­ery Room, class­rooms, a mul­ti­pur­pose audi­to­rium and a 50-seat “Nature Sphere” which is a state-of-the-art dig­i­tal plan­e­tar­ium that will fea­ture pro­grams on nature, sci­ence, art and high-tech top­ics. The cen­ter­piece of the nature cen­ter is the “Life of the For­est” exhibit, a two story explo­ration from tree canopy to for­est floor. Other inter­ac­tive exhibits include “Wel­come to Your Water­shed” and “Chang­ing Lives, Chang­ing Landscape.”

The nature cen­ter build­ing show­cases sus­tain­able tech­niques and mate­ri­als. The nature cen­ter received LEED Plat­inum Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, an internationally-recognized dis­tinc­tion that a build­ing is envi­ron­men­tally respon­si­ble. The nature center’s “green” fea­tures include per­vi­ous paving, a green roof, geot­her­mal heat­ing and cool­ing, water con­ser­va­tion, energy effi­ciency, nat­ural light, and sit­ing the build­ing to min­i­mize impact. The build­ing mate­ri­als them­selves were as green as pos­si­ble by includ­ing local sourc­ing, FSC-certified wood, recy­cled con­tent, reclaimed wood and stone, sustainably-grown mate­ri­als, and low-emitting materials.

The Robin­son Nature Cen­ter address is 6692 Cedar Lane, Colum­bia, 21044. Please visit the Robin­son Nature Cen­ter web­site for more details, admis­sion and hours infor­ma­tion, and vol­un­teer opportunities.

Green Tip

Buy local.It’s fresher: Produce shipped from outside the country travels up to two weeks before it arrives in grocery stores.