Black Hill


Black Hill Visitor Center, located in Boyds, Maryland, is the site for Black Hill Nature Programs. The Center sits atop a hill overlooking Little Seneca Lake in the 2,000+ acre Black Hill Regional Park. Park Naturalists have explored the area in and around the Lake and have incorporated the best the region has to offer into a wide range of programs, for all ages, in all seasons.

Program participants can kayak Lake Seneca’s many nooks and crannies looking for beaver, waterfowl and turtles; or, they may learn how ancient peoples survived the changing Piedmont seasons. The littlest ‘naturalists’ can hear stories as they take a ride on the Kingfisher pontoon boat; adults can add birds and butterflies to their life lists as the expert guides point out wildlife hotspots.

Everyone will enjoy Black Hill’s special annual events, the Bluebirds Forever Festival in May and the wildly popular Monarch Fiesta Day in fall. Along with all the above, Black Hill offers school programs, Scout adventures and Summer Camps — many exciting ways to bring the wonder of nature to you!


Indoor Exhibits: Bald Eagle Display, Claudia Wilds Library, Children’s Corner

Outdoor Exhibits / Activities: Little Seneca Lake, Wildflower Meadow, Classroom Stations, Pond, Waterfall


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Volunteer Opportunities

The volunteer force at Black Hill Visitor Center is a diverse group of individuals and families who support the center’s interpretive programs in a number of ways. Volunteers may also work alone on projects such as wildlife photography, artwork for brochures and exhibits, biological inventories, and office/computer support. Every volunteer position is tailored to meet the needs and expertise of the individual. Training is provided for volunteers seeking new skills.

Volunteers hold positions as:

  • – Bluebird nest box monitors
  • – Native plant gardeners
  • – Naturalist aides. Naturalist aides assist staff naturalists with a variety of programs including: kayaking, fishing, hiking, canoeing, stargazing, pontoon boat rides, nature crafts, storytimes, van trips, and special events.


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Black Hill Visitors Center, 20926 Lake Ridge Drive, Boyds, Maryland 20841

Hours: 11 am – 6 pm daily


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For more information, check out Black Hill Nature Center’s website: http://www.montgomeryparks.org/nature_centers/blackhill

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