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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
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.
Check out our new interpretive Tree Trail which uses Smart Phone qr code technology to learn about 12 common trees in the park.
For a list of ALL programs go to the Programs & Events tab.
June 18 - Family Geocaching Adventures - At the Ag Farm
Modern-day treasure hunting happens right here in our parks! Geocaches are hidden containers filled with interesting stuff that you track down using GPS units. Learn how to use a GPS unit, and spend the day on a geocaching adventure in search of local caches. Bring a snack, water, and be prepared to hike (long pants and sturdy shoes are strongly recommended). If you don’t have a GPS unit, we’ll lend you one. Please register and pay for all participants. - Meet at the Agricultural History Farm Park (18400 Muncaster Road, Derwood, MD 20855).
Ages: 8 & up, $10
June 19 - Raptors of Rock Creek LIVE!
Seeing live birds of prey just a few steps away is an exciting experience you won’t forget! Discover what makes raptors unique among birds, and learn the fantastic tools these predators have for hunting in the wild. Meet one of our resident raptors live and up close. Programs take place at Meadowside’s campfire ring. Please register and pay for all participants.
All ages, $3
June 20 - A Cricket in Times Square Campfire
Spend a summer evening around Meadowside’s campfire ring enjoying tasty roasted marshmallows, a craft, and a showing of the film A Cricket in Times Square (25 min). Bring your favorite chocolate for s’mores– we’ll supply the marshmallows and graham crackers! Please register all participants; fee is for children only.
Ages: 3 & up, $5