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

  • Hours of Operation:
    Wed. through 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 Visitor Center, located in Boyds, Maryland, is the home of 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 Little Seneca Lake’s many nooks and crannies looking for beaver, waterfowl and 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 different birds and butterflies to their life lists as our expert guides point out wildlife hotspots.

Classes, Programs & Events


Mark your Calendars for these Upcoming Events:

Waterfowl Festival ~ Sat. Feb. 13 ~ 12 - 4 pm
Garden Day ~ "How Does Your Garden Grow" ~ Sun. March 6 ~ 12 - 4 pm
All activities are free and there is something for everyone!

Teacher/Naturalist Position Available

Black Hill Nature Programs is now accepting applications for
our Teacher ~ Naturalist position available for the summer 2016,
For details please read our application packet. and
Open the application here.

Summer 2016 Nature Camp Registration


Yes winter has finally arrived..... and registration for our Summer Nature Camps has begun too. Open to see our 2016 Black Hill offerings.

Winter 2016 Offerings at Black Hill

For upcoming Nature Center programs, check out these resources:

Fall 2015 Nature News Winter 2015-2016  Montgomery County GUIDE
Winter 2015-2016 Nature News
Winter 2015-2016
Program GUIDE

or click here to see current offerings specifically at Black Hill .

Visit to set up your new account!Remember, use ActiveMONTGOMERY (not ParkPASS) to register for both Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Recreation programs. Set up your new account at today!

Winter Festivals & Events in Montgomery Parks

snow flakes        Winter has finally arrived and we have lots of festivals
and events to help you enjoy the season!
Check out for a list of major events taking place late now through February 2016.

FREE Nature Programs for Montgomery County Schools!

Beginning this past fall, Black Hill Nature Programs as well as our sister Nature Centers will offer free curriculum-based environmental education programs to all Montgomery County schools: public, independent and homeschools; grades K through 12. Check here 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 January 28, 2016