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 or email:

ALONG THE BLUEBIRD TRAIL - Saturday, June 22 or Sunday, June 23; 10 - 11:30 a.m. - Join a naturalist to learn about bluebirds and ways to attract and protect this beautiful feathery friend! We will walk the bluebird trail at Oregon Ridge Park to observe the birds in action. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair from us.This program is for adults and children 6+. The fee is $4 per person ($2 for ORNCC Members). Advanced registration is required.

BASIC PADDLING ON THE LAKE - Tuesday, June 25; 6 - 8 p.m. or Sunday, August 4; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Learn basic flatwater paddling techniques and practice them on the Lake at Oregon Ridge with an American Canoe Association certified instructor and naturalist. This program is for adults and children 8+, and the fee is $10 per person ($5 for ORNCC Members). Advance registration is required.

JOB AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - We are currently accepting applications for Seasonal Park Attendants, Naturalist Interns, and Ridge Runners. For additional information concerning volunteer opportunities please see our Volunteer page.



The Nature Center is open from 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday. We are closed on Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Also, the Park is open every day sunrise to sunset - March thru October, except In the winter (November - February) the Park is open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

NOTICE: If you are planning a group activity of 10 or more, you will need to call in advance. For details please review our Rules and Regulations. Also, please note that swimming, alcohol, crab feasts, glass containers, fires, and amplified music are prohibited in the Lake area. Grilling is only allowed when renting the lake pavilion.

Contact Information

facebookAddress: 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, MD 21030

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

Email: -- Send email

Oregon Ridge Lodge

The Lodge area is managed separately from the Nature Center area. For information concerning reservations at the Lodge area, and for questions about Fireworks, BSO Concerts, and wedding rentals; please contact the Oregon Ridge Lodge at 410-887-1818.