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  • Location:
    Black Hill Visitors Center
    20926 Lake Ridge Drive
    Boyds, Maryland 20841
    Directions and Map

  • Hours of Operation:
    Wed., Thurs. & Fri. 11 am – 4 pm
    Sat. & Sun. 11 am – 5 pm

  • Contacts:
    Naturalist Staff: 301-528-3493
    Nature and Group Programs
    Visitor Center Staff:

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Black Hill Nature Programs
in Black Hill Regional Park

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. The 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 & 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 & butterflies to their life lists as our expert guides point out wildlife hotspots.

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Winter Nature Programs

Spruce trees covered in snow at BHRP
For all our Nature Programing, please check the guide or click here to see our current offerings.

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Save the Date:

Waterfowl Festival ~  Sun., Feb.  8 ~ 12 – 4 pm

Male & female mergansers

Bring the whole family for a day filled with activities, demonstrations, and exhibits to celebrate the wondrous water birds that call Little Seneca Lake home during the winter. Try your hand at carving a decoy. Make a bird bonnet to look like a hooded merganser or a bufflehead. Learn from experts about waterfowl conservation and ways you can help. Join guided birding excursions to catch a glimpse of marine ducks, swans, and maybe even the Black Hill eagles!   Follow us on Facebook to see an up-to-date schedule of activities and presenters.   No registration required! Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Free for All Ages
The 2014 -2015 Federal and Junior Duck Stamp Contest winners are currently on display at Black Hill Visitor Center. It is the 80th anniversary for this competition, raising more than $750 million to buy or lease wetlands & uplands habitats for inclusion in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Refuge system. It is one of the most successful conservation programs in our country. This gorgeous artwork is worth a visit.

Male & female bald eagles in a pine tree               Trumpeter Swan

3/1, Sun. ~ "How Does Your Garden Grow?" ~ 12 - 4 pm

Both events are at the Visitor Center in Black Hill Regional Park.

What's New?

Little Seneca Lake is closed for the winter season. "Save the Date" for Mooring Site Sales 2015 ~
Saturday, 2/28 at the Visitor Center. Our pontoon programs and rental will return mid-April 2015.

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Summer Camps Registration Is Underway at Montgomery Parks!

Montgomery Parks offers fun-filled half- and whole-day summer camps throughout June, July and most of August. Camps are open to all children in Montgomery County, Frederick County, Howard County, Prince George's and beyond. Be sure to check out Camps that offer Early Bird Registration discounts! It's easy to find your favorite camps with our new search tool. Click to start your search!

Have you visited our newest addition to the Outdoor Classrooms? Our Bottle Brick Bench!

     Front of the Bottle Brick Bench Back of Bottle Brick Bench

We offer nature themed Birthday Programs!

Call 301-528-3492 for details.

Page updated January 26, 2015