Shop Local, Shop Small

Shopping local, small businesses in your own backyard, benefits your entire community.

The Backyard Naturalist has gifts for all ages and within any budget.

Come browse through our Gift-Boxed, One-Of-A-Kind Rock, Mineral, Crystal & Fossil Specimens. . .we have the area's best selection outside the Smithsonian Gift Shop!

A sample of our unique gifts:
Made by Local Artisans:
Sligo Creek Hand-Glazed Tiles
Alice's Cottage Textiles
Corinthian Bells Chimes

Made in the USA
Gary Starr Bird Ornaments
Yardbirds Junkyard Dogs & Cats
Adagio & Sienna Sky Earrings
Pottery Earring Holders
Clocks, Nightlights and Magnets
Swarovski Crystal Sun Catchers

Fair Trade from Around the World:
Seaglass & Driftwood Wind Chimes from Bali
Fair Trade Folk Art from Peru
Haitian Metal Folk Art
And so many more!.

And NEW! for local sports fans:
Redskins, Ravens, Capitals, Nationals and Orioles!!! We have officially licensed flags, mini-flags, doormats and tree faces.

Celebrating Our 26th Year

The Backyard Naturalist is the area's largest and oldest independent retailer of wild bird products and gifts for nature lovers of all ages! Proudly serving the Washington, DC metropolitan area for twenty-six years.

We are Maryland's first and only store to be awarded Droll Yankees' Five Feather Platinum Premier dealer status.

We take care of our feathered friends' needs year-round:

The BYN on Facebook

The Backyard Blog

The Backyard Blog Archive

Just in!

Maryland State Crab Decal in Oval. Crab-shaped Maryland State Flag.We have Maryland Crab Decals & Magnets!!!!

‘Best Of’ Montgomery

2012, 2013 and 2014!!!

Thank you for voting us 'Best Of' Montgomery County, Maryland!!!

Visit Us or Call

The Backyard Naturalist
17910 Georgia Avenue
Olney MD 20832
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Contact Us:
(301) 924-0024

Email us at
but phone calls still work best!

Mon-Sat 10-6 | Sun 12-5

Convenient free parking directly behind the store.

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