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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
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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 Little Seneca Lake’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.

Have your checked out our Live Web Cam! watch here

For all our Spring Nature Programing,
spring blooming shrub
please check the guide or click here to see our current offerings.

snowflakes Weather Advisories: For the latest information on weather related cancellations, please call ahead or visit our facebook page prior to your visit. If you'd like to receive free alerts (in event of a major crisis, emergency, or severe weather event) for Montgomery County, sign up for Alert Montgomery.

Please Note:

The lake will open to the public boating on Saturday, March 28.
This has been delayed due to safety issues and the ice on the lake.

This Weekend's Programs

Saturday,  March 28

Natural Yogis: Movements of the Weather  ~ 10 – 11 am
Nature and yoga provide essential therapeutic benefits to children of all ages. Join certified Child Light yoga instructor Lanie Lile and a Park Naturalist monthly as they explore varying themes in nature that will help children become more at ease in their world. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please register and pay for all attendees.   Ages: 2-5yrs;  Fee:$10/FOBH $9  Register at (#314301)

Sunday, March 29

Hike Club: Magruder Branch ~ 10 am – 1:30 pm
The first rule of Hike Club is to have fun! Get some fresh air and exercise, make new friends, and immerse yourself in trails and scenery we don't often make time to experience. Explore wetlands, lush woodlands, and open fields through the Seneca Creek and Magruder Branch Stream Valleys. Hike will be approximately four miles long (we'll provide a shuttle back to the parking area). Be sure to bring along water and some snacks. The hike leader will contact registrants with the meeting place. Ages: 18 & up; Fee: $10/FOBH $9 Register at (#314351)

Mole Salamander Search ~ 12:00pm – 3:30pm
Little Bennett Campground, 23705 Frederick Road, Clarksburg, MD 20871,
Join salamander enthusiast and guest herpetologist Elmore Brown to observe huge spotted and marble salamanders!  Meet at Hawk's Reach Nature Center for a brief orientation before heading into the field. Then we'll travel by van to their secret habitats. Wear waterproof boots or shoes you don't mind getting wet! Meet at Hawk's Reach Nature Center in Little Bennett Campground, 23705 Frederick Road, Clarksburg, MD 20871. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please register and pay for all attendees. Ages: 6 & up;   Fee:$15/FOBH $14  Register at (#314350)

A History of Black Hill's Bald Eagles ~ 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Black Hill Regional Park is honored to be a home to our national bird, the bald eagle. Learn the local history behind our resident eagles. We'll also visit a few of their favorite perches and try to catch a glimpse of one of these magnificent birds. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please register and pay for all attendees. Ages:  6 & up; Fee: $5/FOBH $4  Register at (#314349)

Mark your Calendars
for these Upcoming Events!

Saturday, April 18th ~ The Visitor Center "Grand Reopening" from 12 - 3 pm

Butterfly on Butterfly Weed         April 24 - 26 ~ Fri. - Sun. the annual "Native Plant Sale",
sponsored by the Friends of Black Hill Nature Programs
see our Friends page for details

Sunday, May 17th ~ "Bluebirds Forever Festival" ~ 1 - 4 pm    


Black Hill Teacher-Naturalist Position

Black Hill Nature Programs is currently accepting applications for teachers interested in it's 2015 Teacher-Naturalist program. The application deadline is May 1st. 2015. In the application packet below, you will filnd relavant information that you would need to apply for these professional development opportunities. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Katrina Fauss at or call 301-528-3482.

Click here for our Educators Resourse Page & the application


Nature Camp Scholarships available

Marv Kahn Memorial Nature Camp Scholarship
The Friends of Black Hill Nature Programs (FOBH) are pleased to offer three Nature Camp Scholarships, named for a camp volunteer that loved Black Hill & the outdoors. 
If interested, please download the application & upon completion return to Jen Miller 20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds, Md. 20841.
Please note the April 24th deadline!
Marv Kahn Scholarship


child with a butterfly & a netWe offer nature themed Birthday Party Programs!

Call 301-528-3492 for details.

Page updated March 24, 2015