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.

Notice: The "End of Summer Campout and Canoeing" program is full.

HUNGRY, HUNGRY CATERPILLARS - August 19 or 20; 10 - 11:30 a.m. - Munch, munch, munch! Hear the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Then, explore the park to find real live caterpillars! Families with children 2+. $2 per child (FREE for members).

ECLIPSE WATCHING AT THE LAKE - August 21; 1 - 3:30 p.m. - Come experience the Great American Solar Eclipse at Oregon Ridge Lake as the moon blocks 80% of the sun this afternoon. Bring your lawn chairs, water bottle and snacks and enjoy a low key afternoon learning about this phenomenon as you watch the eclipse progress. We'll have children's activities, demonstrations and eclipse viewing glasses you can borrow. If you bring a cereal box we'll show you how to make a pin hole camera to safely view the event. A representative of the Westminster Astronomical League will be on hand with equipment to help us learn about and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. (Remember! Never view the sun with your naked eye. Regular sunglasses will not prevent damage). This is a fair weather program that won't take place if we have rain or heavy cloud cover. All ages FREE drop-in event. No registration required.

ADOPT-A-BENCH - Click here to learn about our new Adopt-a-Bench program.

JOB AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - We are currently accepting applications for Naturalist Interns. Also, please see our Volunteer page.



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

Email: info@oregonridgenaturecenter.org -- Send email

Oregon Ridge Lodge

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