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  • Location:
    Brookside Nature Center
    Wheaton Regional Park
    1400 Glenallan Ave.
    Wheaton, Maryland 20902
    Directions and Map

  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday through Saturday
    9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    Closed Mondays and major

  • Contacts:
    Phone: 301-962-1480
    Fax: 301-962-8476

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Indoor Exhibits


Wildlife Observation Area

If you want to get up close and personal to a large variety of birds come have a seat in our wildlife Observation Area. Large windows, comfortable rocking chairs and a bentwood bench provide a quiet spot to enjoy watching wildlife in any season. We keep our feeders full to entice our wild neighbors and provide visitors with close up views of our feathery friends.


Indoor exhibitsChildren's Discovery Room

The youngest naturalists will find plenty of ways to sharpen their nature knowledge and find ways to be engaged with the outdoor world in the Children's Discovery Room. Our young visitors will use their senses to learn about the outside world – they can try our secret scent boxes to identify plants,; and stretch their imaginations with different nature games and toys. It is a wonderful world - what will you do outdoors with your children before they grow up to help them become stewards of this beautiful planet?

Urban Wildlife ExhibitUrban Wildlife

We bring nature indoors with our urban wildlife  display showcasing mounts of many bird and animal species  that frequent the natural areas around our homes — and often our own backyards.

Honey Bees in the hiveLive Animals

Our live animals on display include a variety of rescued injured local animals that cannot be released to the wild. We also have an observation bee hive that is abuzz with activity when the weather is right! You can visit these animals during Nature Center hours and sometimes they even come to our programs and Birthday parties!