Shop Small November 25th Small Business Saturday

Please support your favorite small businesses with your patronage.

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

The Backyard Naturalist has gifts for all ages in every budget.

Rock, Mineral, Crystal & Fossil Specimens. . . we have the area's best selection outside the Smithsonian Gift Shop!
And we've just added more.

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

Along with almost ALL of our wild bird feeders, bird houses and bird baths, here are more of our products 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 Around the World:
Seaglass & Driftwood Wind Chimes from Bali
Haitian Metal Folk Art
Handmade Baskets and Trivets from Rwanda & Uganda
And so many more!

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

Celebrating Our 28th Year

The Backyard Naturalist is the area’s largest and oldest independent retailer of products for wild birds and gifts for nature lovers of all ages! Proudly serving Maryland and the Washington, DC metropolitan area for over twenty-eight 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:

From The Backyard Blog

  • Baltimore Orioles, and many other species of our backyard migratory birds, are struggling to find food in devastated Caribbean winter habitats.Birds struggle to find food in devastated Caribbean habitats
    Our wild birds need help. Birds that were feasting at our backyard feeders just weeks ago have migrated to seasonal habitats where their natural food sources have been decimated. As 150 species of migratory wild birds join the 500 native species in Caribbean habitats devastated by hurricanes, all …

The Backyard Blog Archive

‘Best Of’ Montgomery

Thank you for voting us ‘Best Of’
MoCo’s Best Gift Shop
Montgomery County, Maryland!!!

Visit Us or Call

The Backyard Naturalist
17910 Georgia Avenue
Olney MD 20832
See the map.

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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