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  • Location:
    Locust Grove Nature Center
    7777 Democracy Boulevard.
    Bethesda, Maryland 20817
    Directions and Map

  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Weekends
    Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    Closed major holidays

  • Contacts:
    Phone: 301-765-8660

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Locust Grove Nature Center | Cabin John Regional Park

Locust Grove Nature Center buildingConveniently located in Cabin John Regional Park, Locust Grove Nature Center provides a natural sanctuary from the surrounding urban bustle. While designated the outreach center for area schools, Locust Grove continues to offer quality public programs for all ages. We offer specialty, two hour school programs, programs for tots/preK, campfire nature walks, and special events to name a few. You're also welcome to come and wander our trails, enjoy our observation deck, explore our exhibits indoors and out, or discover the wonder of the Center's natural playground.


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Winter Solstice Campfire & Smores

Winter Solstice Celebration
Sunday, 12/21 - 4 to 6pm
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The winter solstice marks the first day of winter, the year's longest night, and return of the sun.. and eventually, spring.  In ancient cultures, it was cause for great fires, revelry and feasts.  Our celebration will be family-friendly, but just as fun!  Make New Year's wishes, light candles, make treats to share with animals, and roast chestnuts on an open fire! Please register and pay for both children and adults. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
3 & up; $5 

Winter Adventure Camp
Monday, 12/29-Friday, 1/2 (No Camp on 1/1)
9am to 3:30pm
Course #
School's out for the week, so come to Locust Grove Nature Center for four days of solid fun!  We'll go on a scavenger hunt, build a shelter, build campfires, meet live animals, and investigate ice and snow.  You'll learn how animals survive winter, discover who's making nests already, practice nature sketching, and hear guest speakers talk about all kinds of cool wildlife topics.  No camp on Thursday, January 1.
5-11yrs; $232  

Winter Adventure CampExtended Care
Available 3:30 to 5:30pm - Course #304050

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