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-five years.

Hello, Easter Bunny!

Choose Spring treasures for Easter baskets that will delight all year round. Here are some of our favorites:

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.

Nesting Season is ON!!!

Get your wild bird houses up and out now!!!

From new whimsical hand painted styles to classic favorites, The Backyard Naturalist has a full variety of wild bird nesting boxes. Each one is "anatomically", a-hem, ornithologically, correct. We'll show you why this is the key to success.
Don't miss out on the fun!
Stop in for the area's best selection and, as always, free advice!


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

The Backyard Blog

  • Bluebirds Featured in The Gazette
    National Bluebird Conservation Success Started Local. We'd like to thank writer Terri Hogan and The Gazette for putting a spotlight on Bluebirds this week. The beginning of Bluebird ... Read More

  • Get Your Bluebird Nesting Boxes Ready NOW!
    Bluebirds are Pairing Up and Choosing Nesting Sites, NOW! Most people don't realize that our Eastern Bluebirds start choosing nesting sites now (end of February, beginning of ... Read More

  • WE WON!!!
    Thank you for voting us ( For the second year!!! ) 'Best Gift Shop' in Montgomery County, Maryland As a small, independent business, we are ... Read More

The Backyard Blog Archive

Voted Best Gift Shop

We WON!!!
2012 & 2013

Two years running!
Thank you for voting us 'Best Gift Shop' in Montgomery County, Maryland!!!

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

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but phone calls still work best!

Mon-Sat 10-6 | Sun 12-5

Convenient free parking directly behind the store.

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Debi Klein, Owner of The Backyard Naturalist, gives expert commentary in The Gazette on the local Bluebird population rebound. Read here.

For the second year running, The Backyard Naturalist is Voted 'Best Gift Shop' in Montgomery County by Gazette readers.

Columnist John Kelly features The Backyard Naturalist during Squirrel Week 2013 at The Washington Post .

The Backyard Naturalist is Voted 'Best Gift Shop' in Montgomery County by Gazette readers.

The Backyard Naturalist featured in "What's in Store - Olney" after a store visit from The Baltimore Sun reporter Sloane Brown.

Check out our television commercial that airs on Comcast affiliated stations region wide!

At 20, Backyard Naturalist one of oldest mom-and-pops in Olney 10/21/09 |