This place is tingling with magic. You can’t help but feel it hovering under the dense canopy of wise old evergreens – especially when the first dinosaur comes into view. Five spectacular dinosaurs and a whole village of stick huts created by artist Robin Ruggiero shelter in this special patch of woods affectionately named “Robinwood.” Using twigs and string, Robin has rendered dinosaur skeletons that match our textbook. We’re eager to come back on a less freezing day to sketch each one. My son is planning to start with the Stegosaurus (because he wants to draw the spikes) and I’m enamored with the glorious Pterodactyl mother feeding her little one.
Imagination, education, art, and adventure come to life in Robinwood.
Read more about the dinosaurs and their creator here.
From the parking spot by the road, you can either follow the dirt road toward the campsite and then veer right through the Mountain Laurel corridor and past Robin’s latest, in-progress sculpture of a Monarch butterfly – or you can take the alternate trail that heads into the woods just off the parking spot and past a mountain biking track. Both are marked on the trail map below.
Dinosaur Dream, by Dennis Nolan, follows a boy and a dinosaur back through time, past the woolly mammoths and saber-toothed tigers of the Ice Age, through the Cretaceous period and finally “home,” to the Jurassic. Intended for 3- to 8-year olds (but not afraid to get accurate).