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Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Park Hours: Open sunrise to sunset March through October. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. November through February.
Nature Center Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Naturalist II: Jessica Jeannetta
Naturalist I: Elizabeth Kadow
Administrative Aide: Kathy Kadow

Photo of the entrance to the Oregon Ridge Nature Center.

Office Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

13555 Beaver Dam Road
Cockeysville, Maryland 21030

Phone: 410-887-1815


The Nature Center is located within the 1,100-acre Oregon Ridge Park in Baltimore County. The park was an active iron-ore and marble mining operation during the mid-19th century. Visitors can enjoy learning about the past through mining town remains and several interpretive displays. In addition to the historical displays, several exhibits on natural history can be found along the trails. All groups of 10 or more must contact the Nature Center prior to their visit.

The Oregon Ridge Nature Center, the first nature center built by Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, features:

  • Exhibit hall
  • Living classroom containing native animals
  • Non-lending nature library
  • Nature observation areas
  • 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. Three pavilions are available for rent. 

Hikers will enjoy almost six miles of trails that vary in difficulty and pass through a variety of habitats including forests, meadows, lakes and streams. Bikes and horses are not permitted and dogs must be leashed at all times. Please be courteous and responsible by cleaning up after your pet.

Programs and Special Events

Learn more about the programs or view a calendar of events featured at Oregon Ridge Nature Center. Most programs require advance registration and walk-in guests cannot be accommodated unless stated in the registration information. Meetings of the Nature Center Council are held on the third Monday of the month. All are welcome.

Programming and Special Events

Most programs are free and open to the public. Some programs require advance registration. Call ahead to verify. 

  • Nature Programs
  • Native Species Programs
  • Seasonal and Holiday Programs
  • Guided Hikes
  • Campfires and Night Hikes
  • Scout Badge Workshops
  • Birthday Parties
  • Summer Camps

Featured Special Events

  • Maple Sugaring Weekends
  • Annual Pancake Breakfast
  • Music in the Woods: Traditional Music Fest
  • Honey Harvest Festival

Adult Evening Programs

The Oregon Ridge Nature Center Council evening adult programming includes a lecture series featuring authors, botanists, biologists, scientists and other environmental experts. Lectures are held at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of September, October, November, January, March, April and May. The Nature Book Club meets every other month on a Monday and the Dulcimer Workshop is a six-week session on Thursdays in the Spring and Fall each year. Contact the office for more details. 

Creation of the Oregon Ridge Master Plan

In order to improve the park's features and ensure that Oregon Ridge continues to serve residents, the Department has initiated a master planning process

Finding the Nature Center

From Beaver Dam Road:

  • Enter the park between the red shed and the Oregon Grill
  • Go across bridge
  • Fork right (following one-way signs)
  • Continue to the paved parking lot for the Nature Center
  • Nature Center is located at the top of the path
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