National Parks / Natural World
Bear Branch Nature Center Westminster
Where are we going today?
The USA has incredible nature to explore, and sometimes it's on your very own doorstep! If you're in Maryland, you might want to make a visit to Bear Branch Nature Center - because there is 320 acres waiting for you!
Bear Branch Nature Center can be found within the Hashawha Environmental Center, which is a 320 acres park filled with activities and exploring - perfect for the family day out!
There are 5 miles of multi-use trails to explore, so make sure you bring those walking shoes, as well as news, orchards, and a host of wildlife to look out for!
Did you know there is also history in the area? The Martin Cabin Homestead was built in the early 1800s, and is a fascinating glimpse into pre-Civil War era life.
Today, the cabin is great for kids to learn about the lifestyles of the past, and they also offer programs about mid-19th century life too!
Lake Hashawha is right in the park too, and this small, restored wetland area is right at the beginning of the Steam Trail (there's a steam train!)
It's the perfect spot to spend some time fishing, and spot that local wildlife.
Then, of course, you have the Bear Branch Nature Center. This is a great facility with a planetarium, as well as informative exhibits perfect to stop by and enjoy.
They also love hosting field trips and birthday parties!
So why not visit the Bear Branch Nature Center, and all that comes with the Hashawha Environmental Center - the beautiful Maryland nature is waiting for you!
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
11am - 5pm Wed to Sun / Noon - 5pm Sun
All year round.
They offer programs in the nature center, as well as at the cabin. There are also great programs for kids, such as nature trail clean ups.
Why not bring a picnic or some snacks and enjoy your family lunch out in nature? A great way to really make a day of it.
Any Top Tips?
If you want to support the nature center, you can obtain membership which offers discounts in the shop, and advance notices to programs just to name a few!.
Doing our bit
The nature center is there to educate all on the environment that is surrounding you, as well as conservation. They love looking after the environment!.
Need a little extra help?
Speak to staff when you arrive if you have special needs, and see how they can help.
Can I get one of those?
There is a nature shop where you can pick up educational and fun items and gifts to take home!.
There is tent camping available for groups of 15 or more..