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  • Location:
    Meadowside Nature Center
    5100 Meadowside Lane
    (located in Rock Creek Regional Park)
    Rockville, Maryland 20855
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  • 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



About Meadowside Nature Center

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 8 miles of nature trails or visiting the resident owls, hawks, and American Bald Eagle in our Raptor Aviaries. Inside, visitors can explore the diverse habitats 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 (currently under renovation). 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 where they can try on clothes, play games, and touch animal skins.

Raptor Walkway SignWe're getting a face-lift!
Our Raptor Walkway is being renovated to increase accessibility for all of our visitors. Work will begin the first week in June and the Walkway will remain closed until construction is completed by the end of August. The Enrichment and Lunchtime Talks for the raptor swill be on hiatus until the Walkway re-opens. Although it will not be possible to view our birds during this time, please know that they will continue to receive our best care!

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Featured Programs & Events

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6/23 Thursday Night Campfires: Amphibians #18578
Spend your Thursday evening at our campfire roasting marshmallows and enjoying a naturalist-led program. Tonight we’ll take a look at some of our resident amphibians. Please register all participants; fee is for children only.
3 & up • $6 • Thursday, June 23 • 7:30-8:15pm

6/25 Alien Invaders #18576
Our park’s native plants are being choked and overgrown by alien invasive plants. Help us remove these non-natives! Bring leather work gloves or borrow ours; wear long pants and sleeves, and closed-toe shoes. SSL-approved. Registration required.
8 & up • Free • Saturday, June 25 • 10-11am

6/25 Explore a Stream #18577
What lives in the stream? We’ll wade into the water and use nets to look for crayfish, fish, and insects. Wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet (for your safety, don’t wear flip-flops or backless sandals). Registration required.
3-12yrs • $6 • Saturday, June 25 • 1-2pm

6/29 Storytime on Lake Needwood: Turtles #18535
Take a storytime cruise around the lake aboard the Needwood Queen pontoon boat. We’ll read a story onboard, then look for what’s swimming, soaring, and standing nearby. You must register and pay for all participants (no underage siblings, please). Meet at Lake Needwood Boathouse (15700 Needwood Lake Circle, Rockville, MD 20855).
3 & up • $3/adult, $7/child • Wed., June 29 • 11-11:45am