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  • Location:
    Locust Grove Nature Center
    7777 Democracy Boulevard.
    Bethesda, Maryland 20817
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  • 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. From storytime under the giant Sycamore to adult Friday Forays around the County, our programs will delight and inform visitors of all ages. 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.

Spring Registration is underway at Montgomery Parks

Spring Registration is Underway at Montgomery Parks!

From ice skating and tennis to nature programs and summer camps, you’ll find fun, convenient and affordable ways to entertain your entire family in Montgomery Parks! Check out information on sports and athletic classes, nature and outdoors programs, ways to explore History in the Parks, spring and summer camps, or more things to do! Start planning spring fun for the entire family today.

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Check out our exciting NEW school programs!

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Please register and pay for both children and adults. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Chesapeake Bay - two youth with a crab

Spring Break Camp Hooray for the Bay
(Course #270399)
Monday-Friday, April 14-18 │ 9am-3:30pm
The Chesapeake Bay is a Maryland treasure, and a great place to play and explore. Come learn all about the Bay, the watershed that feeds it, the critters that live in it, and the people that use it—and find out how you can help take care of this important estuary. Ages 6-10yrs; $290   
Extended Care Available │ 3:30-5:30pm
(Course #270449)

Save the Frogs Day
(Course #268499)
Saturday, April 26 │ 12-4pm
It’s International Save the Frogs Day. Come learn all about our vanishing amphibians and why these good natured bouncers need our help. We’ll explore the pond to wonder at tadpoles, sing in our own frog chorus, and try our hand at drawing frogs for fun. Please register and pay for all attendees. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 1 & up; $3

Betsy Dotson Memorial Garden - Native Plants
Growing Native Plant Seminar
(Course #268449)
Friday, May 2 │ 6-7pm
Visit the Betsy Dotson Memorial Garden at Locust Grove Nature Center to view local native plants that can beautify your home while supplying critical support for all wildlife. Learn why native plants are essential to our environment and how to attract more birds, insects and small animals to your yard. Learn the benefits of specific local eco-types that you can see in our garden. Find resources for purchasing plants and planning your native garden. Discuss growing conditions such as soil, water, and sun. Consider bloom times and height. Think about how you can start the process of making your home environment a small nature refuge, and take home a native perennial plant. Please register and pay for all attendees.  Ages 18 & up; $5

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