7 nature centers kids will love in the Baltimore/Annapolis area

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Maryland nature center specifics

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian
410-741-9330, jugbay.org
Hours: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 9 am-5 pm. Closed Sundays Dec-Feb.
Glendening Preserve open to the public daily, 9 am-5 pm.
Admission: $6 per vehicle.

647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater
443-482-2200, serc.si.edu
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 am-4:30 pm. Closed federal holidays.
Admission: Free

Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
600 Discovery Lane, Grasonville
410-827-6694, bayrestoration.org
Hours: 9 am-5 pm daily
Admission: Free

Irvine Nature Center
11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills
443-738-9200, explorenature.org
Hours: Monday-Sunday, 9 am-5 pm
Admission: Free

Robinson Nature Center
6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia
410-313-0400, howardcountymd.gov/RobinsonNatureCenter.htm
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 9 am-5 pm; Sunday, noon-5 pm
Admission: Wednesdays are free; Thursday-Sunday,
adults $5;
children 3-17 $3;
under 3 free

Watkins Regional Park and Nature Center
301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro
Hours: Mondays-Saturdays, 8:30 am-5 pm; Sundays & holidays: 11 am.-4 p.m.
Admission: Free

Flag Ponds Nature Park
1525 Flag Ponds Pkwy.,
410-586-1477, calvertparks.org/fpp.html
Hours: before Memorial Day: closed Tuesdays and Thursdays, open Mondays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
After Memorial Day: Weekdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; weekends, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Admission: April – October, $4 for in-county residents; $6 nonresidents

Story updated May 2016

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