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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.

What's Happening?

Coyote Chorus Campfire

Saturday, October 11th, 7pm – 8pm
Ages: 2 & up; $5

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Be a part of a coyote chorus and howl at the moon! Gather around the campfire and learn all about these elusive canines living among us. We'll finish the evening with s'mores!
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For a list of ALL programs go to the Programs & Events tab.

Owl-O-Ween Campfire

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Join us around the campfire for owl facts, folklore, and fun. Meet our mascot Otus the Owl and visit with one of Meadowside's resident owls. We will have marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate for s'mores. Children and adults must register and pay.

Friday, October 24th, 6pm - 7:30pm
Ages: 3 & up, $7 per participant
Children and adults must pay

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