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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.

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Summer 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, Summer Camps, and more things to do! Start planning summer fun for the entire family today.

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Wild in the woods camp - Camper holds up a bug

Wild in the Woods
(Course #261149)
Monday-Friday, July 21-25 │ 9am-3:30pm
Come to a camp where it's okay to act like wild animals! W'll prowl, growl, swim and slither to learn about the lives of our wild neighbors. With a focus on native wildlife, we'll explore why animals do what they do and where in the forest they might be found. Ages 6-10yrs; $290
Extended Care Available │ 3:30-5:30pm
(Courese #261150)

Campers explore the streamCabin John Park Safari
(Course #259478)
Monday-Friday, July 28-August 1│ 9am-3:30pm
You won't see lions on our safari, but you may find tiger beetles and tiger swallowtails! Search each day for a different group of common animals in Cabin John Park, learning about habitat, field identification and animal signs. Sharpen your animal observation skills and see how many animal species you can find in one week! Ages 6-10yrs; $290
Extended Care Available │ 3:30-5:30pm
(Courese #273999)

Nature's Summer Theatre
(Course #283300)
Spend a special summer evening with us as we watch birds and bats dance in the sky, hear a cancert performed by insects and frogs, and explore a dazzling sunset light show. The evening ends with an outdoor film in our sild theater. Young performers can try out interpretive dance moves, shadow puppets, and frog songs, among other fun activities. All adults and children must register and pay fee. Ages 2+; $5

See a complete list of programs under the Programs & Events tab.

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