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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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Vulture Enrichment Toys

Turkey Vuluture

Looking for a fun activity to do with your family and friends this summer? So are our resident birds of prey! Build a fun enrichment item with your family and friends to be given to our turkey vulture, Precious, to play with during our Saturday Vulture Enrichment Program! Build it at home, drop it off Tues. - Fri. 9am-5pm, then come back Saturday to see if Precious likes it!

Approved Items
Non-Approved Items

Untreated wood

Any material that could be swallowed


Perishable food items

Rope made with natural materials



Toxic paint

Nontoxic paint


Plastic bottles and containers

Any sharp or pointy objects

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


Thursday Night Campfires

Spend your Thursday evenings at our campfire roasting marshmallows and enjoying a movie or a naturalist-led program. A movie and marshmallows!

Register all participants; fee is for children only.
Ages: 3 & up; $5

Disney Double Feature:
The Litterbug/Sorcerer's Apprentice

July 30th, 7:30pm – 8:15pm -324743

August 6th, 7:00pm – 7:45pm - 324744