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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
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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. 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

For all our Nature Programing, please check the guide or
click here to see our offerings.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours
The Visitor Center will be closed, Wednesday – Friday, Nov. 26 – 28,
but open as usual, Saturday & Sunday ~  11 am – 5 pm.

Happy Thanksgiving
We wish you & yours a wonderful and safe holiday!

Upcoming Programs You'll Not Want To Miss!

Fall Birding at Black Hill
Sat, November 29, 9:00am – 11:30am
Join us for a relaxed morning of birding, looking for birds that come to Little Seneca Lake to spend the winter. If we're lucky, we may see tundra swans from Canada and bald eagles! After viewing the lake from the Visitor Center, we'll carpool to other good viewing locations. Beginning birders are welcome. Spotting scope provided, but please bring binoculars. Ages: 16 & up; $10/FOBH $9
Register at (#292860)

Eagle Watching at Conowingo Dam
Wed, December 10, 8:30am – 4:00pm
 Conowingo Dam in Harford County is a terrific area to observe bald eagles feeding. Travel by van with a Park Naturalist to enjoy a day of eagle watching on the Susquehanna River. Dress in layers for the weather, and bring a bagged lunch. Ages 18 & up; $30/FOBH $25
Register at (#302249)

Druid Hill Park Hike
Wed, December 17, 8:30am – 3:00pm
We'll travel by van to Baltimore City to hike a portion of the Jones Falls Trail that winds 2.75 miles through historic Druid Hill Park. We'll hike the 1.5-mile Reservoir Loop to look for winter waterfowl and pass the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of Baltimore where we'll stop to warm up a bit. We'll continue along the trails around the Maryland Zoo and past the Three Sisters Ponds. Dress for the weather and wear good walking shoes. Bring some money for a lunch stop nearby. Ages 18 & up; $35/FOBH $30
Register at (#303149)

What's New?

Our Pontoon, the "Kingfisher" has been taken off the lake for the winter.
Our pontoon programs and rental will return mid-April 2015.

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

Have you used our Little Library? What is a Little Free Library?
 It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and
pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too!

Little Free Library LFL

We offer nature themed Birthday Programs!

Call 301-528-3492 for details.

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.

Page updated: November 24, 2014