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  • Location:
    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

  • Contacts:
    Phone: 301-962-1480
    Fax: 301-962-8476



Have fun, contribute to your community and learn about nature while volunteering at Brookside Nature Center. 

We're currently looking for:

Apple Festival Volunteers -Press cider, help make caramel apples, help with apple crafts and everything APPLE! at our festival on Sunday, October 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Trail Groundskeepers - Help maintain and improve our woodland, meadow, and streamside trails and report on trail conditions.

Nature Exploration Area Stewards - Help keep our childrens' outdoor exploration area organized and create new nature artwork to enhance visitor experiences

Nature Center Puppeteers - Learn how to use our nature puppets and make important nature stories come to life for young visitors in our beautiful handpainted puppet theater.

Nature Center Intern - Help with programs, camps, interpretive displays or nature studies and earn your internship credits at the same time. Internships range from 1 to 5 days a week depending on project availability and your school requirements.

Maryland Master Naturalist Program

Do you care about Maryland's natural resources?  Learn more - and help others to care!  Montgomery Parks is hosting Maryland Master Naturalist (MMN) training at Brookside Nature Center.

Trainees complete a 60-hour hands-on course with expert instructors and fellow learners – studying natural Maryland Master Naturalist logohistory, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship. Training will take place at the nature center on alternating Fridays and Saturdays from 9am-4pm. Final certification comes with the completion of 40 hours of volunteer service at one of Montgomery Parks four nature centers. To be admitted to the training course, you must be at least 18 years old; submit an application; and be interviewed.

Download an application for the Fall session and submit to:
Geri Drymalski, MMN Coordinator
Brookside Nature Center
1400 Glenallan Ave.
Wheaton, MD 20902

Or, send by email to
Geri can also be reached at 301-962-1486

Once you have submitted your application, you will be contacted for an interview. You will be notified about your admissions status, after you have submitted the proper paperwork and completed an interview. Admitted candidates will register for the program through University of Maryland Extension. There is a fee of $250 due 2 weeks prior to the start of the course to cover the cost of materials. For more information about the MMN program, visit

Other Opportunites at Brookside:

Eagle Scouts
  • Nature Center Hostess or Host
    Do you enjoy working with the public? Help nature center visitors by providing basic information on our programs and trails.
  • Special Events
    Would you like to volunteer occasionally? Help at events such as the, Maple Sugar Festival (The last Sunday in February), Apple Festival (September or October), Forest Friends Festival (in April) and other special programs.
  • Invasive Plant Removal
    HELP! Invasive plants are taking over our parks — we need your help removing them from trails around the nature center.
  • Volunteers for Community Service and Eagle Scout Projects are also welcome.

Let us know if you have a particular skill, but no previous experience is needed — we provide on the job training. Volunteer training opportunities include: nature program assistance, campfire programs, seasonal nature topics, camp counselor skills, gardening and groundskeeping, and trail orientation.
Please contact Jenny Aley at 301-962-1483 or by email at or contact the Volunteer Services Office.

Last updated September 9,2013