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About Oregon Ridge Nature Center:
Once home to an active iron ore and marble mining operation during the mid-19th century the Oregon Ridge Nature Center is now a Maryland Green Center, supporting community environmental learning and modeling sustainability practices.
The nature center houses live animal exhibits, including snakes, honeybees, amphibians, and fish, and features displays about local plant life. Outdoor animal exhibits feature birds, rabbits, and gypsy moths.
Seven-miles of trails fan out from the nature center and offer a variety of hiking challenge. Along different loops you’ll find exhibits relating to Oregon Ridge’s history as an iron furnace and the reforestation of the American chestnut tree. A small loop of trail near the nature center is wheelchair accessible.
Self-guided field trips to the nature center are free, but groups must notify staff that they will be coming. Ranger-led field trip programs are rain or shine events and require closed-toe shoes for everyone. Hands-on classes range from water quality testing to rock identification to maple sugaring and more.
Oregon Ridge does not sell food on-site. While you can picnic outside, no eating is allowed inside the nature center.
Oregon Ridge Nature Center offer a number of weekly and monthly, weekday and weekend programs for kids. Some are free and others are low-cost. Most require no reservation.