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Robinson Nature Center volunteer

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Robinson Nature Center (Howard County Rec

  • 61 people are interested

We have gardening opportunities every Thursday and Saturday morning, weather permitting.
We typically run gardening April - June and September - December.
You will need to apply to be a volunteer, complete a background check, and completed required online training that will take 1-1.5 hours before you can garden. We do not accept drop ins.

Additionally, we have many volunteer opportunities including; working with children aged 2-12 mainly, adult and family programs, photography, day camps, and animal care.

We are in need of some animal care volunteers who would be interested in heavy lifting, getting wet and grimy, doing water changes on our tanks, cleaning turtle tanks and our salt water touch tank. It is a great workout. You would need to be able to lift 50 pounds often and be comfortable in a wet environment.

Application can be found at:
We only accept volunteers aged 16 and older.

Groups are also able to volunteer for just one day or several times per year. If you are interested in group volunteering, email Monica at the address below.

Properly worn masks and physical distancing required. Criminal Background Checks are required for all individual volunteers.

Email Monica Horan at with questions!

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About Robinson Nature Center (Howard County Rec


6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to facilitate the enjoyment and understanding of our natural resources and to bridge the gap between people and nature. By inspiring sound environmental awareness, we promote responsible stewardship of all of our natural resources and strive to connect people of all ages with nature through experience-based education.


We are a unique nature education facility situated on 18 acres of land adjacent to the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area. Geothermal heating/air-conditioning, porous paving, solar panels, innovative water conservation methods and a host of other features make this building environmentally-friendly and have earned it the LEED Certified Platinum designation. Each year, the Center runs over 420 programs including field trips, public programs, birthday parties, home school and scout programs. This Center was made a reality through the foresight and generosity of James and Anne Robinson. The Center continues to be partially supported by the James & Anne Robinson Foundation and is owned and operated by the Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


6692 Cedar LaneColumbia, MD 21044



  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Environmental Education
  • Gardening
  • Special Needs
  • Animal Care / Handling


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • As many hours per week as you want. Schedule is flexible. You sign up for what interests you. We have a small hour requirement per year.
  • Must be responsible, mature, and able to be respectful. Must follow our policies at all times. Must complete online training as needed. Must be aged 16 or older.

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