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Meadowside Nature Center
5100 Meadowside Lane
(located in Rock Creek Regional Park)
Rockville, Maryland 20855
Directions and Map
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Closed Sundays and Mondays
Park and Trails open: sunrise to sunset
Update: Meadowside Nature Center will be closed Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Located in Rock Creek Regional Park, Meadowside Nature Center offers hands-on natural and cultural history programs for families, schools, and scouts. Visitors can spend their time hiking our 8 miles of Nature Trails or visiting our owls, hawks, and American Bald Eagle in our Raptor Aviaries. Inside visitors can explore the diverse habits found in Maryland as they crawl through a cave or look at the world from a fish's point of view in our Legacy of the Land Exhibit. Our Curiosity Corner discovery room contains books, games, puzzles, and more live animals for young naturalists to explore nature in child-friendly environment. Visitors can also experience the lives of the Maryland pioneer and Eastern Woodland Indian families in our Legacy of the People exhibit were they can try on clothes, play games, and touch animal skins.
Meadowside has had a very busy, exciting fall festival and program season. Our raptors have worked hard in the past months and rumors around the aviaries are that they need a little break. We agreed to let them take weekends off in Winter to rest and relax.
At this time, the Raptors of Rock Creek LIVE! Saturday shows will not take place. Though, Saturday morning vulture enrichment at 10:00 am and lunchtime feedings at Noon will continue as scheduled.
For a list of ALL programs go to the Programs & Events tab.
December 21st - Campfire: Winter Solstice
On this longest night of the year come share the light and warmth of the campfire ring at Meadowside. We’ll tell tales of winter, make lanterns to light our way and enjoy a toasty marshmallow treat. please register all participants; fee is for children only.
Ages:3 & up,$5,7:00pm-8:00pm- #254812
December 30th - A Day of Winter Fun
Spend a winter’s day at Meadowside! We’ll hike trails looking for signs of wildlife, cook lunch over an open fire, conduct a few icy experiments, and create a nifty New Year’s noisemaker. We’ll provide the fixin’s for lunch and a snack, but please bring a water bottle. Dress for the weather!
January 15th - Nature Matters Lecture Series: Rehabbing Raptors at Owl Moon Raptor Center
Meadowside is pleased to have master Wildlife Rehabilitator Suzanne Shoemaker share her experiences and stories from working with raptors at the Owl Moon Raptor Center (OMRC), in Boyds, MD. Suzanne is the founder and operator of OMRC and an expert on animal behavior, animal adaptations, and ecology. Two of Meadowside's’s birds will be present at the lecture – both rehabilitated by Suzanne!
Ages: 14 & up,Free, 6:45pm-8:30pm- #254815
February 1st - Valentines Geocaching Adventure
Couples that play together stay together, so come to Meadowside for a pre-Valentine’s Day date.
Geocaching is a modern-day treasure hunt using GPS technology to hide and seek hidden containers or caches. Hide your own homemade valentine for your sweetheart to find, then enjoy searching for another hidden geocache near Meadowside.
Ages:18 & up,$10,10:00am-11:30am -#254827
February 12th - Nature Matters Lecture Series: Project Owlnet and Tracking the Elusive Saw-Whet Owl
Project Owlnet serves as an information clearinghouse for the rapidly growing network
of owl-migration researchers in North America and abroad. Cofounder and director Steve Huy will discuss the goals and success of project owlnet as the program enters its 20th year. Northern saw-whet owls have long been a primary focus of the Project, and Steve will share information about this little-known owl’s natural history and migratory journey through Maryland.
Ages:14 & up,Free, 6:45pm-8:30pm -#254818
February 15th - Owls in Love Campfire
We’ll hike along Rock Creek stream valley calling for barred, barn and screech owls, then end our evening with hot cocoa, and roasted marshmallows. Please register and pay for all attendees.
Ages:6 & up,$5, 5:30pm-7:30pm -#254754