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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

Survey: How are Nature Centers doing?

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

Spring Festivals & Events in Montgomery Parks

NEW Program!

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: Feb. 26, 2016 cfh