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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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Brookside Nature Center offers quality programs featuring the natural and cultural history of Montgomery County and the surrounding region. We have programs for people of all ages, interests and abilities.

If you have registered for a program and need to withdraw, please email us at

NEW Programs!

Someone taking a picture out in nature

Introduction to Digital Photography

Do you have a new, fancy camera that’s still sitting in its box because you’re afraid to use it?

This one-day introductory course is designed for those who may have been intimidated by instruction manuals that span hundreds of pages, but still yearn to get "out there" and capture great images of the natural world.

You will discover the fundamentals of camera operation, controls, composition and the concepts at the heart of all good photography: exposure and light quality. Brookside Nature Center will provide you the perfect canvas to get outside and capture images of nature.

The course will be led by Dennis O'Keefe, a local Maryland photographer with over ten years’ experience in digital photography. Mr. O'Keefe's landscape and nature photography has been exhibited in art galleries in Maryland, Virginia, New Hampshire and the District of Columbia.

For ages 16 and up.

If you missed your chance for the June 4th course - put Saturday: September 24th, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on your calendar!

Fee: $25



Camp Inn at Brookside Nature Center!

Looking for a great overnight adventure for your scouts, Green Team, church, birthday party or neighborhood group? Come to Brookside Nature Center for a Camp Inn!

Come to Brookside Nature Center for a Camp Inn! Your overnight package of nature fun includes:

  • Overnight lodging in the nature center (bring your sleeping gear).
  • Evening campfire with marshmallow roasting and an activity.
  • Nocturnal wildlife walk with one of our experienced naturalists.
  • Tailor-made naturalist program for your group.

Camp Inn begins Saturday night at 5:30pm and end Sunday at 9am. The fee is just $30 per person, with one adult for every five children. For more details, call 301-962-1492.

Current Programs at Brookside Nature Center

To see all Montgomery Parks' Nature Center programs, check out  Nature News (click on cover below) . Or take a look at the complete list of programs offered by both Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Recreation in the Montgomery County GUIDE to Parks and Recreation Programs.

Spring 2016 Nature News Spring 2016 Montgomery County GUIDE
Spring 2016 Nature News
Spring 2016
Program GUIDE


Visit to set up your new account!Remember, use ActiveMONTGOMERY (not ParkPASS) to register for both Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Recreation programs! Set up your new account at today!


Inclement Weather Policy: Brookside Nature Center follows Montgomery County Public School closures, delayed openings and early releases. If MCPS are closed due to inclement weather, all Nature Center children’s programs are cancelled. Adult programs cancellations will be decided on a case by case basis; please call the Nature Center to check on the status of your adult class.

Last updated:May 10, 2016 pt