Walk, look, touch, and find inspiration from the every-day to the extraordinary. Experience time and season through light, temperature, weather, leaves, animals, birds, and insects.

Unplug and take it outside! In addition to our own projects using technology to bridge inside and outside, we’re exploring programs like iNaturalist and Project Noah. Email us your favorite apps for exploring!



Inspiration from an organically evolving nature collection. The collection forms the point of departure for projects from drawing to modeling to hands-on exploration.

insects and pinecone


We are always adding to our collection. The NatureLab is currently interested in:

  • Native Maryland plants, leaves, rocks, sands, and soils
  • Seeds – if you have extras!
  • Reproduction skeletons
  • Prepared microscope slides

We would also love a digital, 3D microscope or two.

Please send us an email or call 301-814-9213 if you’re interested in donating to our collection.
Membership helps us grow the collection and add programs – please consider joining! More info here.