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Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Posted by on January 30, 2012

Field Trip: Oregon Ridge Nature Center
Location: 13555 Beaver Dam Road
Cockeysville, MD 21030
Contact: 410-887-1815
Grades: PreK and up

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About the Museum:

On land that is now Oregon Ridge Nature Center, there was a very active iron ore and marble mining operation during the mid-19th century. In order to process the iron ore efficiently and profitably, entrepreneurs built an iron-smelting furnace along Oregon Branch stream. The furnace operated from 1844 to 1858, and produced at its peak production 4,500 tons of pig iron annually.

Constructed in 1983, the Nature Center structure houses wildlife and nature displays to delight all ages, as well as the library, gift shop, and an auditorium for classes, meetings and colloquia. The Nature Center offers a variety of exhibits explaining the history, wildlife, and natural environment of the Park. There are exhibits of the local fauna and flora and displays of our archaeological findings inside the Nature Center. Our wildlife exhibits include live snakes, fish, amphibians, honeybees, and other creatures. The new aquatic turtle exhibit is the latest addition.

Check the website for information about Oregon Ridge’s Natural Science Club (ages 10-14), Homeschool Nature Day (ages 5+), Junior Explorers Club (ages 6-10), and more.

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One Response to Oregon Ridge Nature Center

  1. Erin B.

    Oregon Ridge is one of our all time favorite places to go. The nature center has lots of stuffed (dead) animals to look at. The live animals like snakes and honeybees and those big roaches are in a different room so you can skip them or keep the real little ones out who might not like them as much. The rangers and volunteers who run the educational programs treat the homeschool kids with a lot of respect and don’t talk down to them. If you go for a hike definitely pack plenty of water and wear good hiking shoes. Some of the trails like the one to Ivy Pond are steep and can take a while to walk. Oh and definitely go for the honey festival. The ranger program where you track the honeybees is a lot of fun for young kids.

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