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.

Jazz Up Your Backyard!

Get ready for the hot days of summer with something cool from The Backyard Naturalist.

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 Update

First wild bird broods are out now! On to the second... and third !!!
So, be sure to clean out your nest boxes between each brood. Remember, it's not too late to add bird houses.
Juveniles are starting to show up at your feeders. They're not baby-sized –– just a little clumsy and disheveled. And they don't eat like babies either!
Food will disappear from your feeders, so you'll need to refill more often.
Don't miss out on the fun!
Visit The Backyard Naturalist for the area's best selections of wild bird houses, feeders and high quality wild bird seeds and suets.


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

The Backyard Blog

The Backyard Blog Archive

BRT Project Info

See our new Info & Contact List page. Check back! We'll update as we find out more.

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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In The Gazette: "Concerns intensify over BRT’s effect on Olney businesses" As a member of the Olney business community for 25 years, The Backyard Naturalist's owner Debi Klein speaks up about the potential threat to local small businesses.

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 |