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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.

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.  

What's Happening?

Spring Registration is Underway at Montgomery Parks
Spring Registration is Underway at Montgomery Parks!

From ice skating and tennis to nature programs and summer camps, you’ll find fun, convenient and affordable ways to entertain your entire family in Montgomery Parks! Check out information on sports and athletic classes, nature and outdoors programs, ways to explore History in the Parks, spring and summer camps, or more things to do! Start planning spring fun for the entire family today.

Summer Camps

Girls with nets in streamSummer camps feature lively hands-on activities, games, nature walks, and crafts. Each week starts a new adventure.

Come be part of the fun!

Annual Egg Hunt

Girls with nets in stream April, 18th
Ages: 2 -12 yrs old
$8 per participant- Reservations required!
Search for real eggs through our meadows, then dye and decorate the eggs you find. Event includes other on-going Spring-related activities throughout the day. Egg Hunt Times

Homeschool Extravaganza

Meadowside Nature Center invites homeschoolers to experience bugs, birds, butterflies and more! During this special two-day event homeschoolers can explore one or more topics through outdoor discoveries, live animals, games, and pellet dissections. Come be part of the fun!

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

Raptors Rule Festival

Hawk with wings out

Sunday, May 4th
12pm – 4pm

Ages: 2 & up, $5

Experience the thrill of viewing some of Maryland’s premier predators live & up close! Join us for an afternoon of raptor-filled fun and facts as we celebrate Maryland’s amazing birds of prey. Explore the world of owls, hawks and eagles through games, crafts and talks by local experts. Our resident birds of prey will be on display and our mascot, Otus the Owl will be waiting to greet you! No registration required. All festival attendees must pay. No dogs allowed at festival site. Children must be accompanied by an adult.