The Oregon Ridge Nature Center is a facility of the Baltimore County Department of Recreation & Parks, supported and assisted by the Oregon Ridge Nature Center Council, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. This web site is managed by the Council. -- Please support us.-- Click here to find membership information.

News and Events

For information and reservations call 410-887-1815.

Inclement weather? ORNC follows Baltimore County Recreation and Parks weather policy. Click here to check for closings or delays.

WEEKEND ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS - January 31st and February 1st, 1-2 PM - Join us on Saturdays and Sundays in January for a Naturalist’s choice animal encounter and activity. Activities may be a story, craft or outdoor exploration. FREE!

TRAIL GUIDE TRAINING - February 3 - 6, 10AM-1PM - Do you enjoy nature and educating youth? The Nature Center is in need of volunteers to help lead free field trips to both public and private schools, 10AM-12PM - Tuesdays thru Friday, year round. Volunteers lead small groups of field trip students around the park for a hands-on nature experience to remember for a lifetime! No minimum time commitment. This season’s training topics include maple sugaring, reptiles and amphibians, birding, and plant I.D. Cost is $20 (refunded after you lead a field trip walk).

BLUEBIRD WORKSHOP - Rescheduled for February 15, 1-3 PM - Join Paul Kilduff, long time bluebird monitor, to learn about successful nest box and trail design for eastern bluebirds, tree swallows and other cavity-nesting songbirds. Workshop will conclude with a nestbox building session. Bring your own cordless hand drill, all other materials and tools provided. Ages 16+, Cost is $20/ person ($15/ members).

MARYLAND MASTER NATURALIST TRAINING - Applications are now being accepted for the spring session. Visit our Volunteer page for more information.



The Nature Center is open from 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday.
We are closed on Mondays. The park grounds are open dawn to dusk everyday.

Contact Information

facebookAddress: 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030

Phone: 410-887-1815 • TDD/Deaf 410-887-5319

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Oregon Ridge Lodge

Concerning reservations for picnics and meetings, and for questions about Fireworks, BSO Concerts, the Lake and Swimming at Oregon Ridge; please contact the Oregon Ridge Lodge at 410-887-1818.