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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. 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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Fall & Winter Nature Programs

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

Programs Not To Miss!

Traditional Outdoor Living & Survival Skills Demonstration
survival skills program  Sunday, Nov. 23 ~ Noon – 4 pm

This is an informal gathering where practitioners may perform & share their skills with the general public. 
There is no set schedule and activities will vary with the weather & whims.
Location: the fire circle near the Black Hill Visitor Center


Hiking with Max ~ Sun, Nov. 23, 1pm – 2pm
 Are you a dog lover? Does your dog love to hike? Then join us for a dog friendly hike. This will be an easy hike for pooches and people alike. Please be sure that your dog is well socialized and leashed for the hike. Bring water for you and your dog. Park and meet by the brown contact station on Lake Ridge Dr. Park on either side of the median. Register at (#292859) Ages:16 & up; $5/FOBH $4


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 17, 2014