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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
Scout programs are available by appointment. To schedule a program call 301-962-1480. The cost is $5/hour for Girl Scout and CUb Scout Programs unless noted otherwise.
For each Girl Scout Program, all requirements for the adancement point will be covered.
For each Cub Scout program, most or all requirements for badges will be covered. Programs are generally 1.5 hours long unless noted.
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.
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
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
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