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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.

PLEASE NOTE: Our trails are always changing. For the most up-to-date information see our Trail Maps tab.

What's Happening?

Pawpaw Festival

Sunday, September 7th, 12-4pm
Ages: 2 & up, $5 per participant
Children and adults must pay

Pawpaw FruitIt's time to get your paws on some pawpaws! We will be celebrating this delightful native fruit with live music, crafts, games, raptor talks, expert advice on pawpaw cultivation, and most importantly...a pawpaw tasting station.
No registration required.

Featuring:

  • Area pawpaw expert and breeder, Neal Peterson will open (12:15) the festival with a special talk, “Cultivation and Popularization of the Pawpaw.” Peterson has devoted 25 years to perfecting the fruit by raising over 1500 pollinated seedlings in his orchards. He will be available throughout the festival to answer questions.
  • Toe-tapping music by the Flower Hill String Band
  • Fly Away Home Studios – nature photographers
  • Pawpaw tasting station and pawpaw fruit for sale
  • Pawpaw tree raffle
  • Live bird of prey presentations
  • Whimsical face painting with Pixie Dust
  • Put the “paw” in pawpaw with Greyt Expectations, a greyhound adoption organization, and the Canine Section of Park Police.
  • FREE root beer float samples
  • The American Chestnut Foundation
  • Master Gardeners – advice on native plants for pollinators
  • And, lots of games and crafts…….and, of course, Otus the Owl!


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

Pawpaw Festival

Campfire

It's time to get your paws on some pawpaws! Meadowside will be celebrating this delightful native fruit with live music, crafts, games, raptor talks, expert advice on pawpaw cultivation, and most importantly...a pawpaw tasting station. This year, we will have pawpaw fruit for purchase!
No registration required.

Sunday, September 7th, 12-4pm
Ages: 2 & up, $5 per participant
Children and adults must pay.