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Oregon Ridge Nature Center Programs

The Oregon Ridge Nature Center, the first nature center built by Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, houses an exhibit hall, a living classroom containing native animals, a non-lending nature library, an auditorium for school visitations and other audio-visual presentations, various nature observation areas, and a staff working area. After exploring the Center, visitors can hike on a network of trails and experience firsthand three diverse habitats – the forest, the field, and the stream. Additionally, the meadow contains picnic tables, several outdoor exhibits and a wildlife management pond. Visit for detailed information on the program offerings at Oregon Ridge Nature Center.

Weekend Programs

Weekend public programs give visitors the opportunity to enjoy and learn about the changing seasons and diverse wildlife in one of Baltimore County’s largest tracts of pristine deciduous forest, which also encompasses field and stream habitats.

  • Nature Hikes
  • Holiday Wreath Making
  • Holiday Crafts for Kids
  • Halloween Programs
  • Night Hikes
  • Canoe and Tubing Adventures
  • Summer Camps for children ages 4 to 12

Monthly Lecture Series

The Oregon Ridge Nature Center Council lecture series features authors, botanists, biologists, scientists and other environmental experts. Lectures are held at 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, except for February, June, July and August. In place of a lecture in June, the council sponsors an annual picnic.

Special Events

  • Maple Sugar Days
  • Annual Pancake Breakfast
  • Primitive Technology Weekend
  • Music in the Woods: Traditional Music Fest
  • Honey Harvest Festival

Contact Information

13555 Beaver Dam Road
Cockeysville, MD 21030
410-887-1815  T.D.D./Deaf 410-887-5319
Council website:

The Nature Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday and the park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Revised September 24, 2015

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