Columbia Open Space and Parks

Columbia Association (CA) maintains more than 3,600 acres of open space, including more than 114 miles of pathways; 165 tot lots; 41 ponds; 34 miles of stream valleys; and three lakes. CFIN frequently visits and collaborates with CA to enhance Wilde Lake ParkLake Elkhorn Park, and Lake Kittamaqundi.​​ We have also planted a Monarch Waystation at the Faulkner Ridge tot lot!

Maryland State Parks

There are 52 state parks in Maryland that span the entire state from mountains to ocean and so much in between. The park CFIN frequents most often is Patapsco Valley State Park, which has more than six distinct areas spanning Howard and Baltimore counties. Learn more about how to enjoy Patapsco through the seasons here! We have also enjoyed visits to Sandy Point and Calvert Cliffs.

Columbia Families in Nature is a program of the Community Ecology Institute.

Howard County Parks 

Howard County is home to more than 40 lovely parks and nature centers! CFIN has had awesome outings to: Font Hill Wetlands; the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area; ​Rockburn Branch Park; Wincopin Trail; Centennial Park; Savage Park, and the Robinson Nature Center.