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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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Summer Camps

Brookside Nature Center summer camp 2012Brookside Nature Center's camps are designed to fit a parent's busy schedule and keep a camper excited about being outside all summer long. All camps include Naturalist-lead activities, hikes, crafts, and games designed to inspire and foster a love for nature. Register for up to seven weeks of concurrent camp sessions for children entering grades 1-3 and/or grades 4-6. Camp sessions run Monday through Friday from 9 – 3:30, and extended care in the morning and afternoon is available for an additional fee.

Brookside Nature Center believes in sharing a passion for the natural world with others and modeling that passion through respect for all living things. Our camps are well known for high quality nature education delivered by professional teachers and naturalists.

Summer Camp registration begins January 9 for Montgomery County residents; January 10 open to all.

Here is a list of the 2016 summer's offerings at Brookside Nature Center:

Trail Buddies Camp

Ages 3-5 yrs
June 20-24, 2016 9:00 am-12:00pm, $155

Survivor Camp

Ages 8-11 yrs
June 27- July 1, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm $290

Naturally Creative

Ages 6-11yrs
July 5-8, , 9am-3:30pm, $232
Extended Care: 8-9am; $32
Extended Care: 3:30pm-5:30pm; $64

Things with Wings

Ages 6-11yrs
July 11- 15, 9am-3:30pm, $290
Extended Care: 8-9am; $40
Extended Care: 3:30pm-5:30pm; $80

Look to the skies for birds, butterflies, dragonflies, bees and more! Learn about animal adaptations for flight, and amazing facts about our native flyers. We will catch flying insects, try bird migration, make crafts that fly, visit the Wings of Fancy live butterfly show and more. Come join the flying fun!

Take to the Air Camp

Ages 6-11yrs
July 18-22, 9am-3:30pm, $290
Extended Care: 8-9am; $40
Extended Care: 3:30pm-5:30pm; $80

Little House in the Big Woods Camp

Ages 6-11yrs
July 25 - 29, 9am-3:30pm, $290
Extended Care: 8-9am; $40 308701
Extended Care: 3:30pm-5:30pm; $80 308852

Nature's Laboratory Camp

Ages 6-11yrs
August 1-5, 9am-3:30pm, $290
Extended Care: 8-9am; $40 308799
Extended Care: 3:30pm-5:30pm; $80 308851

Do your kids question everything, love nature and enjoy experiments? Get them into Nature’s Laboratory! Our “lab” will be the meadows, trails and woodlands of Brookside Nature Center, where kid scientists will explore, observe and collect data, and try to solve some of nature’s many mysteries. They’ll dabble in botany, herpetology, ornithology and more, using specialized tools and real scientific equipment.

Wheaton Wildlife Camp

Ages 6-11yrs
August 7-12, 9am-3:30pm, $290
Extended Care: 8-9am; $40 308801
Extended Care: 3:30pm-5:30pm; $80 308850

You might be surprised by the variety of animals in Wheaton Regional Park! Learn about common mammals, birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians in our park as we explore the meadow, ponds, stream and woods in search of wildlife.



A typical day at camp!

8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Early Birds: morning early drop off care
8:45 – 9:30 Morning Assembly: Sign – in, free time
9:30 First Activity Period: Craft, Recreation, or Naturalist Program
10:00 Morning Snack Break
10:30 Second Activity Period: Craft, Recreation, or Naturalist Program
12:00 Lunch (Friday is a campfire lunch so pack something to cook over the fire!)
12:45 Hiking out and about in the park
2:00 Third Activity Period: Craft, Recreation, or Naturalist Program
3:00 Meet for snack and story under the great sycamore
3:30 Time to go home!
3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Night Owls: late care
Staff/child Ratio: 1:5

Summer Employment Opportunities!

  • Brookside Nature Center is looking for energetic, naturalist minded teachers to make the summer memorable for campers. Call 301-962-1482 for more information.

Date of last page update: October 15, 2015