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