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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



Scout programs are available by appointment. To schedule a program call 301-962-1480. The cost is $5/hour/scout with a minimum payment of $50/program for Girl Scout and CUb Scout Programs unless noted otherwise.


For each Girl Scout Program, all requirements for the adancement point will be covered.

Daisy - programs 1 hour

  • Using Your Resources Wisely - Clover Petal: Enjoy an hour of fun with a hike around the nature center as you learn what resources are available and how to use them wisely!
  • Make the World a Better Place - Rose Petal: With simple crafts, nature games, and a hike around the nature center you'll enjoy an hour of fun and learning about how to make the world a better place.

Brownie - programs 1.5 hours

  • Bugs - We'll explore the homes of insects in the forest, meadow, and stream making careful observations as they go about their business.

Junior - programs 1.5 hours

  • Flowers - We'll investigate how flowers are put together, how they interact with various pollinators and learn about how they are important to us and the plants they grow on.


Cub Scouts:

For each Cub Scout program, most or all requirements for badges will be covered. Programs are generally 1.5 hours long unless noted.

  • Tigers: LET'S GO OUTDOORS! We'll use snses on a nature hike to experience the great woods around the nature center. We'll makie leaf rubbings and explore the meadow, creek and pond looking for wildlife. This program is just 1 hour long.
  • Wolf: BIRDS (Elective 13) What birds live in the woods and around the pond? We'll start a bird list and learn about nests and nesting materials as we take a hike to the large bird nest in the Nature Exploration Area!
  • Bear: SHARING YOUR WORLD WITH WILDLIFE: Learn what a conservationist does and why their work is so important. We'll explore the different habitats around the nature center and meet some local animals who call the nature center home.
  • Webelos: FORESTER What better place to learn about how trees work than in the woods surrounding the nature center! You'll be introduced to the trees who call Wheaton Regional Park home and learn the important role they play in the world.
  • Webelos: NATURALIST Are you a naturalist? A Conservationist? An Explorer? Learn about the living things in the park from under your feet to over your head to learn different roles plants and animals play in nature.

Boy Scout Merit Badges at Brookside Nature Center

Earn your Boy Scout Badges at Brookside Nature Center! Some badges require assignments you’ll need to do before or after we meet. When that’s the case, we’ll sign off on the badge once the necessary requirements are documented by the Scout and reviewed by the Park Naturalist. Please bring a bag lunch and dress for the weather.

Forestry Merit Badge

July 1, 9:30am – 3:30pm
Here are some of the exciting and interesting things we'll do together to help you earn your Forestry badge:
• Explore the woods and learn to identify common trees and plants.
• Find out how forests help humans, nature, and the economy.
• Learn how to help sustain forest health, different approaches to forest management, and how BNC manages its forests.
• Find out what to do if you discover a forest fire, and how professional firefighters put them out.
• Collect forest plant specimens and learn to describe characteristics and habitats, detect and determine causes of damage, etc.
You'll need to write two one-page reports before camp begins; print out your ParkPASS receipt or call us for more details.
Ages 10-17yrs, $50, #225958

Reptiles and Amphibians Merit Badge

July 2, 9:30am – 3:30pm
Begin your study and love of reptiles and amphibians with us while working toward your merit badge. We'll learn to identify and recognize characteristics of several species indigenous to the U.S. and Maryland, including venomous varieties. By the end of class you'll be able to describe subtle differences between familiar reptiles and amphibians, and to identify the mysterious calls of frog and toads.
Ages 10-17yrs, $50, #225950

Indian Lore Merit Badge

July 3, 9:30am – 3:30pm
To earn your Indian Lore badge, we'll make a model wigwam, fashion a bow and arrow, try to start a fire with friction, make a leather pouch, and tell stories that would have been familiar to the Piscataway people who inhabited Maryland long ago.
Ages 12-18yrs, $55 7/3, #223699

Updated April 8, 2013