Shop Small

Please support your favorite small businesses with your patronage this holiday season. (And throughout the year, too!)

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

We’re Your One Stop Holiday Shop

The Backyard Naturalist has nature-themed gifts for all ages in every budget. Stop in and see what's new!

Area’s Best Rocks & Mineral Selection

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

Fair Trade from Around the World

For Local Sports Fans

Redskins, Ravens, Capitals, Nationals and Orioles!!! We have officially licensed flags, mini-flags and doormats.

Celebrating Our 30th 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 metro area for thirty 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:

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From The Backyard Blog

  • Winter is coming! Is your backyard habitat ready?
    Autumn tried to tip-toe away without us noticing this year! This cold and blustery wind, while a little unsettling, is a vivid reminder that winter is officially just weeks away. It’s time to make sure our backyard habitats are ready to provide a safe winter haven for our wild birds. …

The Backyard Blog Archive

‘Best Of’ Montgomery

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

Special Holiday Hours

Thursday, Dec. 20th
Friday,Dec. 21st
Saturday, Dec. 22nd
Open 10 - 8:30 pm.

Sunday, Dec. 23rd
Open 11 - 6 pm.

Monday, Dec. 24th
Open 10 - 5 pm.

Tuesday, Dec. 25th

Wed. Dec. 26th
Reopen 10am.

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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Our emails are rare birds and fly in as seasonal reminders carrying noteworthy information. We promise their chicks will never hatch in your InBox.

Our mailing list NEVER migrates, so your info stays private.

Our Mission

For almost 30 years, we've had the same mission:
To inspire our community to appreciate and nurture the nature found in all our backyards by providing a sanctuary of food, water and shelter for wild birds.

Each of our backyard habitats contributes to the health and well-being of not only the individual visitors to our feeders and baths, but is also one more piece of habitat restored and connected to Migratory Flyways. As green space increasingly disappears due to development, our backyard micro habitats link together, backyard by backyard, across our county – our state – our country.