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Black Hill Visitors Center
20926 Lake Ridge Drive
Boyds, Maryland 20841
Directions and Map
Hours of Operation:
Beginning Nov. 1st:
11a.m. - 5 p.m. weekends
Our hours will change again
March 1, 2014
Naturalist Staff: 301-528-3493
Nature Programs: 301-528-3492
Group Program Scheduling:
Visitor Center Staff:
Black Hill Visitor Center, located in Boyds, Maryland, is the site for Black Hill Nature Programs. The Center sits atop a hill overlooking Little Seneca Lake in the 2,000+ acre Black Hill Regional Park. Park Naturalists have explored the area in and around the Lake and have incorporated the best the region has to offer into a wide range of programs, for all ages, in all seasons.
Program participants can kayak Lake Seneca’s many nooks and crannies looking for beaver, waterfowl and turtles; or, they may learn how ancient peoples survived the changing Piedmont seasons. The littlest ‘naturalists’ can hear stories as they take a ride on the Kingfisher pontoon boat; adults can add birds and butterflies to their life lists as our expert guides point out wildlife hotspots.
Everyone will enjoy our special annual events ,Waterfowl Festival in February, How Does Your Garden Grow? in March, the Bluebirds Forever Festival in May and the wildly popular Monarch Fiesta Day in fall. Along with all the above, we offer school programs, Scout adventures and Summer Camps — many exciting ways to bring the wonder of nature to you!
Beginning November 1st the Visitor Center will only be open on weekends 11 am - 5 pm through the last weekend in February. Nature Programing will continue, please check the guide or click here to see our offerings.
NOTICE: For the latest information on weather related cancellations, please call ahead or visit our facebook page prior to your visit.
We have Birthday Programs! Call 301-528-3492 to find out more!
Though our hours have shortened over these holiday and winter months we are still offering nature programs, please check below.
12/7 Stranger in the Woods Story time # 256749
The birds, deer, and other wildlife all want to know who has been in their woods! Come listen to the classic “Stranger in the Woods” story read aloud. If we are lucky we will make our own “Stranger” outside in the snow. If not, we’ll make our own winter magic inside. FOBH $4/$5 Saturday, December 7, 10-11 am, ages 1-5yrs
12/8 Winter Tree ID Hike # 256799
A tree's uniqueness is deeper than its leaves! Take a winter walk and learn how to identify different tree species by bark and branching. Take home a handmade id book of tree bark rubbings. FOBH $4/$5
Sunday, December 8, 11 am - 12 pm, ages 4 – 11yrs
12/11 Eagle Watching at Conowingo Dam # 256853
Conowingo Dam in Hartford County is a terrific area to observe bald eagles feeding in the warmed waters below the dam. Travel by van to enjoy a day of eagle watching on the Susquehanna River. Dress in layers for the weather and bring a bagged lunch. We will provide viewing scopes. FOBH/ $25/$30
Wed., Dec. 11, 8 am – 4:30 pm, Ages: 18 & up
12/14 Make it Take it –Nature’s Gifts # 256899
Nature gives us many wonderful gifts. Drop by the Visitors Center and make a nature inspired gift or ornament for that special someone. We will supply the needed materials and you supply the inspiration. No registration required; drop-in anytime during program hours! Fee is per craft; exact change is appreciated $2
Saturday, December 14, 10 am-12 pm, All Ages
12/14 Snowman Celebration # 256900Come celebrate all things snowman! We will go on a hunt around the Visitors Center for “snow” balls, make a “snow” man and read a snowman story. If there is wintery precipitation on the ground, we will make a real snowman together! FOBH $5/$6 Saturday, December 14, 2 -3:30 pm, Ages 4-10
12/15 Gifts for the Birds # 257049Give a gift to the birds! Make a bird feeder or bird cake that will help wildlife and bring beauty to your backyard. FOBH $4/$5
Sunday, December 15, 12-1 pm, All Ages
12/15 Family Scavenger Hunt # 257100Bring the family to Black Hill Visitor Center to hunt for natural treasures! Drop by the Visitor Center to pick up your scavenger hunt sheet, receive some helpful hints, and then head outside to start looking. When you've finished, come back inside to get your prize. No registration required - drop in any time during program hours! Free program!Sunday December 15, 1:30-3:30 pm, All Ages
Comet ISON # 257112
Since its discovery last year, astronomers have been closely watching Comet ISON as it races toward the inner solar system later this year. Because it was discovered so far out, and seems unusually bright, hopes have been high that this comet might put on a truly memorable sight….or it may not. It is still too soon to know for sure.If this comet does put on the show as some have predicted, we hope to schedule a spur-of-the-moment program. Black Hill Regional Park is one of the best places in Montgomery County to view the night sky. Sign up now to join us on a late November or early December date (TBD). We will call or email you as a possible date gets closer. Free program but you need to register..
Page updated:Dec.3, 2013