The Robins Nature & Visitor Center at Maymont is dedicated to native Virginia wildlife. Rather than displaying a host of exotic creatures from distant seas, the Nature Center interprets the natural environment of the James River. Guests are astonished to discover the staggering variety of species living in Richmond's own backyard.
A 20-foot waterfall cascades into the first of 13 giant, linked aquariums that are home to playful river otters, turtles and fish of all shapes and sizes. Interactive galleries, including a replica of Richmond's floodwall and several aquatic-based displays add to this memorable river experience. Guests learn even more by chatting with animal keepers and aquarists during feeding and otter training demonstrations.
While many guests enjoy self-guided visits through the exhibits, a variety of staff-led educational programs are offered throughout the year. In addition to behind-the-scenes tours, night hikes and many other public programs, the Nature Center is visited annually by nearly 25,000 school children attending classes which reinforce Virginia's Standards of Learning.
To help generate revenue for the continued care of Maymont's animals, there is a fee to enter the Nature Center exhibits: $3 youth and adults ages 13-59; $2 kids ages 4-12 and seniors ages 60+; free for Maymont members and kids under 4 years old. Remember, all groups of 10 or more require a reservation (even for self-guided visits).
Thousands of area families salute the importance of Maymont with their annual membership. Others (including children, families, grandparents, schools, organizations, religious institutions, clubs and businesses) choose to "Adopt an Animal" and provide the funds to feed one particular animal for an entire year.
NATURE CENTER HOURS
Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Also located in the Robins Nature & Visitor Center:
The Visitor Center offers displays and a large topographical map to help guests plan their day, and souvenirs are available for purchase.
The Robin's Nest offers light lunch options, snacks, souvenirs, and indoor and outdoor seating with outstanding views of the grounds.