Exploring Nature

Featured Gardens & Nature Centers

Adkins Arboretum

Experience native plants in a natural setting, as well as in ecological restoration projects and in cultivated gardens. 12610 Eveland Road, Ridgely, MD 21660. Tel: 410-634-2847. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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Audubon Naturalist Society

8940 Jones Mill Rd. Chevy Chase, MD. 301-652-9188. Forty-acre nature preserve and headquarters of organization founded in 1897. Fee/Free.

Deep Creek Discovery Center

At the Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center campers can put their hands in a black bear paw print, touch fossils from times long gone, and sneak a peek under a microscope to learn about Deep Creek Lake's under-water ecology, and much more. Address: 898 State Park Road, Swanton, MD 21561. Tel: 301-387-7067. Cost: Free.

Discovery Village

4800 Atwell Road. Shady Side, MD. 410-867-2100. An educational facility showcasing the beauty, majesty and eco-system of the Chesapeake Bay. Call for more information.

Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center

The Alice Ferguson Foundation formed as a non-profit to unite youth and environmental educators to promote the sustainability of the Potomac River watershed, and provides many different options for groups to visit and learn. 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, MD 20607. Prince George’s County. Tel: 301-292-5665. Fee.

Howard County Conservancy

Engage, explore, and explain observations as groups meet the resident barn owl and learn about their survival from egg to adult. 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock, MD 21163. Howard County. Tel: 410-465-8877. Fee.

Irvine Nature Center

Founded in 1975, Irvine Nature Center has earned a reputation for providing quality environmental education for campers of all ages. 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owing Mills, MD 21117. Baltimore County. Tel: 443-738-9200. Fee.

Jug Bay Wetlands Nature Center

The sanctuary offers custom-designed field experiences, introducing groups to many facets of ecology and scientific research. 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian, MD 20711. Tel: 410-741-9330. Cost: Fee.

Marshy Point Center

Situated on the Upper Chesapeake Bay along Dundee and Saltpeter Creeks, Marshy Point offers stands of old and young forest, open meadows, freshwater wetlands, and a web of tidal creeks and marshes for visitors to enjoy and explore. Address: 7130 Marshy Point Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21220. Tel: 410-887-2817. Cost: Fee.

Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary & Visitor Center

11704 Fenno Rd., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772. 301-888-1410. See red fox, a groundhog, a white-tailed deer, and more. Free.

National Wildlife Visitor Center

Peer into the worlds of many endangered species, see dramatic dioramas of gray wolves, and observe wildlife in a natural habitat. 10901 Scarlett Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708. Tel: 301-497-5763. Cost: Free.

Oregon Ridge Nature Center

The Nature Center offers a variety of exhibits explaining the history, wildlife, and natural environment of the Park. 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030. Baltimore County. Tel: 410-887-1815. Fee.

Watkins Nature Center

Watkins Nature Center offers close up wildlife investigation with its resident live animals, hands on exhibits, interpretive programs, and special events. Live animal displays include insects, amphibians, reptiles, and birds of prey. Address: 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774. Tel: 301-218-6702. Cost: Free.