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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.

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Winter Festivals & Events in Montgomery Parks

Winter is right around the corner...and we have lots of festivals and events to help you enjoy the season! Check out for a list of major events happening in late November through February.

Nature Matters: What's New with Spotted Owls?
spotted owlSpotted owls have been a hot research topic in recent years due to the variety of environmental changes occurring in the owl's home range. Field researcher Kristina Motley will discuss the US Forest Service demographic study currently being conducted on the California Spotted Owl in the Sierra National Forest. Learn about the results of the study from past years and what it means for the future of this magnificent bird of prey.
- 10154
Wednesday, December 16th,
6:45pm – 8:15pm

14 & up, Fee:

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

New Year's Eve count down clock

Otus' Rockin New Year

Celebrate the New Year by making party hats, noise makers, and other fun seasonal crafts. A few minutes before noon, we'll begin our countdown and ring in the New Year with music, dancing, and a visit from our mascot Otus the Owl.
Registration encouraged; space is limited.

Thursday, December 31st
Ages: 2 - 12yrs, $6
10:30am - Noon
Click to register