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Robinson Nature Center, Columbia

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The James and Anne Robinson Nature Center is a park and nature center operated by the Howard County, Maryland Department of Natural Resources.HistoryThe Nature Center was built on 18.3 of 22 acres of a 31-acre parcel that had been split from the Simpsonville Mill property by William and Rebecca Simpson and sold to Sophia Stern in 1891; subsequent sales were to Isaac Goldstein and Louis Abram in 1894, Eli Goldstein and family (Russian immigrants) in 1897, David and Agnes Johnson in 1902, Charles and Alice Baldwin in 1911, John Clifford and Martha Wall in 1914 (then 23.75 acres), and Harry and Rachel Saumenig in 1921. The property was purchased by James and Anne Robinson in 1957; it is adjacent to the modern Middle Patuxent Environmental Area and the core properties on Cedar Lane that were assembled to start the Rouse development of Columbia, Maryland. After decades of offers to sell the property for dense development, Anne Robinson approached the county in 2002 about passing the land to them for operation of a nature center. The purchase was settled on February 18, 2005, with funding from $1.7 million in county development excise taxes and $300,000 of Program Open Space money. The Robinson Foundation, which Anne and her accountant created in 2003 to hold the property, returned $1 million of the proceeds of the sale as a contribution toward construction of the facility. The Robinson's mid-to-late 19th century frame house adjacent to the Simpsonville Mill, in which Anne had lived until 2004, was immediately demolished. Anne Robinson died days later at age 89; her husband James had died in 1977. (In 2014, the Robinson Estate also sold a 640-acre farm in Goldsboro, Maryland for $2.25 million that had been placed into agricultural preservation.)
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  • Took my grandaughter there for a visit. So much to do and see. Many activities for her to do. Plus it has a great walking trail.  more »
  • We love to go here with our 3 year old. On sunny days, he loves to play outside in the playground and walk through the woods, and on rainy days he loves to explore inside in the dark forest and hands ...  more »
  • My kids and I love visiting this place. They enjoy the indoor exhibits and activities and it is a great place to spend a few hours after school and on the weekends all winter. Today we had my sons bir...  more »
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  • My fiance and I attended a space-themed adult exhibit and were pleasantly surprised by the overall quality of the presentation. Payment and ticket pick-up were stress-free and simple and the presentation started on time with no delays. We are very excited to visit again!
  • Wow , loved it very refreshing view I wonder if I can host my daughters 1st birthday on August 2017 🤔😘
  • Great nature center! This place is perfect for children to learn and be immersed in our surroundings. There is a walking trail, which is nice. Also, there are many activities hosted for adults and children.
  • The building is gorgeous and the exhibit halls and activities are really well done. The grounds and paths are fantastic and the staff is also excellent. We love the special events they host, like the trick or treat in the woods for Halloween, and bugfest in the summer.
  • Very fun place for kids. I love the room for small children, alot to do. Also a nice outside play area perfect for the warm days.