Willow Grove
Nature Education Center

Connecting People with Nature

Nature Center Hours
Most weekdays: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Saturdays: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sundays: Closed

Hours may change depending on outdoor programs and staffing.
Call ahead to make sure we are open!

Located in a 150-year-old renovated farm house on the former Willow Grove Farm, our Nature Education Center offers plenty of opportunities for visitors to learn about nature, farming, local history, and conservation awareness. Come enjoy our collection of native turtles, frogs, toads, and snakes. Come explore the hands-on exhibits in our Discovery Room. Come learn while you play!

In 2013, the Nature Education Center was recognized as a Green Center by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education. This was awarded based on the excellence of our environmental programs. Read more.

In spring and fall, school groups can experience naturalist-led field trips related to Spring Planting, Fall Harvest, Sensing Nature, Discovering Insects, Habitat Explorers, and Stream Strollers – just to name a few! For more information about our School Programs, click HERE.

In a variety of weekend programs and after-school clubs, children, families, and adults can enjoy a wide range of natural and cultural history topics – from birds to trees to butterflies to rocks to rhubarb to history to creating habitats with native plants. For more information about our Weekend and After-School Programs, click HERE.

Children's Garden sign   John at the garden

Our half-acre Children's Garden is next to the Willow Grove Nature Education Center. This beautiful garden supports our educational, interpretive, and recreational programs relating to agriculture and nature. We took a half-acre of fertile Baltimore County parkland; added a pond, a shed, and compost bins; built the essential deer-proof fence; and mixed in hundreds of hours of volunteer time. What do we have? A beautiful and bountiful focal point for learning and recreation. School groups come to plant in the spring and to harvest in the fall. Families come all season long to learn how to grow vegetables and how to support native wildlife with plants. Summer camp kids monitor the butterflies and birds attracted to the native plant beds and the frogs that live in the pond. Casual visitors learn from and enjoy the interpretive signs, gorgeous views, and the peaceful atmosphere of the garden. Come see for yourself!


The Willow Grove Nature Education Center and Children’s Garden offer a variety of volunteer opportunities for teens and adults: