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The four nature centers of Montgomery County Parks offer a variety of interesting, educational and fun programs for individuals (adults and children) and families all year round. Hike with an interpretive naturalist and learn more about nature's hidden treasures. View special exhibits and displays in our visitors' centers. In addition, group programs are offered for schools, scouts and other organized groups. Now available Nature News Summer 2015!


Muncaster Mill Trail at Lake Frank: The Muncaster Mill Trail is closed for bridge replacement and trail maintenance south of Meadowside Nature Center. Please refer to detour signs posted in the park to guide you through alternative options. The expected re-opening date will be posted here as soon as possible. - posted 12-31-14

Rock Creek Regional Park - Partial Trail Closure: The portion of the Muncaster Mill Trail that goes under Muncaster Mill Road and up to the Kengla House is permanently closed due to excessive and cumulative storm damage.

Park visitors can no longer access the trails south of Muncaster Mill Road from the Kengla House trail head parking area. Those trails can be accessed by parking at the Meadowside Nature Center. Please call 301-495-2595 for more information.

Trails West of Lake Needwood: WSSC has started sewer repair work on the west side of Lake Needwood from Needwood Road to the dam. The estimated date for completion is December 31, 2014. The trail will remain open during construction. Please use caution when using this portion of the trail.

Black Hill Visitor Center

Black Hill Visitor Center

Black Hill Visitor Center, located in Boyds, Maryland, offers a wide variety of special events and programs. See beaver lodges in the park, take a discovery walk to identify and gain an appreciation of native plants. more

Brookside Nature Center

Nestled within Wheaton Regional Park, Brookside Nature Center offers hands-on, naturalist-led educational experiences for organized groups and the general public. The Harper 1870s Homestead, wildlife viewing areas, accessible interpretive boardwalk, and native landscape gardens add to the center's uniqueness. On-site exhibits showcase local natural and cultural history. more

Locust Grove Nature Center

Locust Grove Nature Center is located in Bethesda. Come to explore a young hardwood forest, Cabin John Creek, and two different meadows, which host butterflies, beetles, bats and bluebirds. Hike the Cabin John Trail or shorter loop hikes around the center or explore the Nature Play area. Participate in our varied nature programs offered to children, adults and organized groups. more

Meadowside Nature Center

Meadowside Nature Center, located in Rockville, offers a wide variety of interesting programs and special camps, including the popular earth science, merit badge and extreme nature camps. While you're there, visit Meadowside's displays and self-guided exhibits such as "Legacy of the People," "Legacy of the Land" and "Curiosity Corner."

Agricultural History Farm Park

The Agricultural History Farm Park located in Derwood is a 410-acre complex with a farmhouse, barn and other farm buildings, and an activity center. A portion of the farm has been set aside to depict historic life on a farm. The Farm Park hosts seasonal festivals depicting farm life, both past and present. more

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