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

  • Hours of Operation:
    April 1st through October 31st
    11a.m. - 6 p.m. (7 days a week)

  • Contacts:
    Naturalist Staff: 301-528-3493
    Nature Programs: 301-528-3492
    Group Program Scheduling:
    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. 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.

Have your checked out our Live Web Cam! watch here








Last "Storytime on the Lake" for the season.

Not Too Scary Halloween Story Time on the Lake   - #292750
Sunday, October 26 1 - 2 pm
Join us for a special edition of Story Time on the Lake. Wear your costume and board the pontoon boat for a spirited ride! A naturalist will read aloud some Halloween stories that are sure to make you smile, not scream. We'll keep our eyes peeled for mysterious lake creatures. Be sure to dress warmly as it is often cooler on the lake. All participants must register.  FOBH $4/$5

Bottle Brick Bench Update

Bottle Brick Bench                Close up of butterfly on the bench.

We had another fabulous work day on the Bottle Brick Bench project. With the help of 54 volunteers and their 252 hours of service we were able to apply the mosaic design to the back of our bench. A special "Thank You" to Sue Stockman & Bobby Perone for their moasic & artistic guidance, to The Harvest Collective's David Waters, Davey Rogner, Jane Matt, Kim Alexander, Zee Kong, & Eric Leonard for their building expertise, and to So What Else... David Silbert, Bob Schless and Daphane Clark for their lunch donations and support of this project. The bench needs to cure and dry, with a few finishing touches over the next few weeks. Then it'll be ready for us all to enjoy the fabulous view of the meadow, the lake and gorgeous sunsets. Check our facebook page for lots of photos.

Programs Not To Miss!

Hike to the Ancient Trees  Wed. October 22, 9 am – 3 pm
For details & to Register at (292399) 18 & up; $25/FOBH $20

Theodore Roosevelt Island Hike  Tue, October 28, 10 am – 3 pm
For details & to Register at (292751) 18 & up; $20/FOBH $18

Green Halloween Costume Party  Fri, October 31, 1pm – 3pm
School's out, so join us for a spook-tacular time of showing off your 'green' imagination. Make your best Halloween costume from reused or recyclable materials and join us for a party at the Visitor Center. There will be prizes for the best costumes and use of reused or recycled materials. We'll end the party with a campfire and S'mores. If you need ideas for costumes we will be posting some on Facebook, so don't forget to 'Like' us! Register at (292752)

What's New?

Black Hill has a new Little Free 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

Fall Nature Programming

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

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: October 21, 2014