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  • Location:
    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

  • Contacts:
    Phone: 301-258-4030

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Meadowside Nature Center |
Rock Creek Regional Park


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.

PLEASE NOTE: Our trails are always changing. For the most up-to-date information see our Trail Maps tab.

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Montgomery Parks Fall Program Registration!

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Fall Registration Is Underway at Montgomery Parks!

From ice skating and tennis to nature programs and Fall special events and festivals, 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, Special Events , and more things to do! Start planning fall fun for the entire family today.

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Otus the Owl Halloween Storytime

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We will read stories about owls, and meet our masot Otus the Owl, so bring your camers!! #294257

For a list of ALL programs go to the Programs & Events tab.

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Nature Matters Lecture Series Ospreys on the Patuxent

Spend the evening with naturalist and Osprey expert Greg Kearns to learn about the fish hawk of local rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. Greg has studied Osprey biology on the Patuxent River for over 30 years, providing nesting platforms, spearheading re-introduction efforts, banding birds, and following their migration via satellite tracking. He promises that, You will be on the edge of your seat as you learn more about this unique species of raptor.

Wednesday, November 5th, 6:45pm - 8pm
Ages: 14 & up, FREE

Register at -#293529