Bear Branch Nature Center

Westminster, MD

Where are we going?

Bear Branch Nature Center
Bear Branch Nature Center
300 John Owings Rd
MD 21158


What is there to do?

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?

Adults: Free

Children: Free


Need a little extra help?

Speak to staff when you arrive if you have special needs, and see how they can help


When can we go?

11am - 5pm Wed to Sun / Noon - 5pm Sun

All year round.


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!

I’m Hungry!

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 - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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