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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.
Inclement Weather Policy: Meadowside Nature Center follows Montgomery County Public School closures, delayed openings and early releases. If MCPS are closed due to inclement weather, all Nature Center children’s programs are cancelled. Adult programs cancellations will be decided on a case by case basis; please call the Nature Center to check on the status of your adult class.
Summer camps feature lively hands-on activities, games, nature walks, and crafts. Each week starts a new adventure.
Come be part of the fun!
March, 12th - Invasive Plant Harvest: Art from alien weeds
Restoring native plant communities often begins with the removal of exotic invasive vegetation, which yields an abundance of material that can be processed into paper, pigments, cordage, lumber, fuel, food, chemicals and medicines. Patterson Clark, well-known for writing and illustrating the Washington Post's natural history column Urban Jungle, describes how he taps this bounty and reassembles it into art that refers to its botanical origins
Ages: 14 & up, FREE, 6:45pm-8:00pm - #267899
For a list of ALL programs go to the Programs & Events tab.
March 15th - Alien Invaders
Our park’s native plants are being choked and overgrown by alien invasive plants. Help us give the park’s native plants room to grow by removing the invasive non-natives. Bring yourself, your family, or your group (call us if you’re bringing a group). Bring leather gloves if you have them or borrow ours. This is an SSL-approved project. Registration required.
Ages: 8 & up, FREE, 9:30am-10:30am -#271651
March 15th - Amphibians at Maydale
We’ll hike about a mile along a dirt trail searching woodland vernal pools for salamander and frog eggs. Dress to get muddy! Meet at Maydale Park (1638 Maydale Drive, Silver Spring 20905, off Briggs Chaney Rd. and Claude Lane). Registration required for all, adults free.
Ages: 3 & up, $5, 3:30pm-4:30pm - #271699