Robinson Nature Center

Columbia, MD

Exhibits, classrooms, multipurpose auditorium, offices
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
Robinson Nature Center
Programming, Site Analysis, Community Involvement, Cost Estimating, Sustainable Design, Full Design Services, Construction Administration, Building Information Modeling

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.

“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


AIA Maryland Excellence in Design Citation Award
AIA Baltimore Design Award Honorable Mention
USGBC Maryland Wintergreen Sustainability Award
WoodWorks Institutional Wood Design Award
MD Office of Tourism Green/Sustainable Tourism Award