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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.
May 10-Celebrate Mother’s Day
Come celebrate Mother’s Day a little early with a fun nature hike and craft that you can make together!
Ages 3-6yrs; $5;
May 11-Mother’s Day Geocache Hunt
Spend a fun morning outside with Mom and the family! Hide a Mother’s Day surprise for your mom to find, and then enjoy searching for another hidden geocache near Meadowside. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes for hiking.
Ages 8yrs&up; $10;
May 11-Owls, Hawks and Eagle Lunchtime
Observe and ask questions about Meadowside’s hawks, owls, vulture, and bald eagle during their feeding time! Get a chance to speak with a Naturalist about our birds of prey, and learn some of the stories about Meadowside’s own raptors on exhibit. Meet at the Raptor Walkway behind the nature center.
Ages 2yrs&up; FREE;