Bear Branch Nature Center / Hashawha Environmental Center


Bear Branch Nature Center / Hashawha Environmental Center
300 John Owings Rd.
Westminster, MD 21158
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Bear Branch Nature Center is located in the rolling hills of northern Carroll County next to Hashawha Environmental Center. The Nature Center provides nature study and environmental education to all visitors, programs for school groups, youth groups, and for all ages focusing on native plant and animal life. The Nature Center features a Library Resource Room, Bird Observation Room, Discovery Room, Exhibit Hall with insect, deer, Native American, and conservation exhibits, a forty seat planetarium, reptiles and amphibians, raptors, recycling and conservation, and a nature gift shop. Outside the center you can enjoy the native plant landscaping, the “Bear Path”- a wheel chair accessible trail, and a large deck overlooking the country vista. Hashawha Environmental Center’s trails surround Bear Branch Nature Center. Be sure to pick up a trail map upon arrival if you plan on hiking.