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  • Location:
    Brookside Nature Center
    Wheaton Regional Park
    1400 Glenallen 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

Indoor Exhibits

Indoor exhibitsChildren's Discovery Room

The youngest naturalists will find plenty of ways to sharpen their nature knowledge in the Children's Discovery Room. Our young visitors will use all their senses (except taste!) to learn about the outside world – they can try our secret scent boxes to identify plants; feel and see the impressions animal tracks make; touch animal skulls and pelts; and, use our kid-friendly microscope for close-up discoveries.

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 even our own backyards.

Urban Wildlife Exhibit Live Animals

Our live animals on display include three Box turtles, a Red-eared slider (turtle), a Gray tree frog, two snales - a Black rat and Corn snake,  a chubby American toad, a shy Spotted salamander and a few Bluegills (fish). You can visit these animals during Visitor Center hours and sometimes they even come to our programs and Birthday parties! These are all animals that live in Montgomery County.