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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.

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Montgomery Parks Fall Program Registration!

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Fall Registration Is Underway at Montgomery Parks!

From ice skating and tennis to nature programs and Fall special events and festivals, 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, Special Events , and more things to do! Start planning fall fun for the entire family today.

What's Happening?

Apple Festival and Campfire

Friday, September 19th, 6pm - 8pm
Ages: 3 & up, $8 per participant
Children and adults must pay

children eating applesIt's apple harvest time! Join us for apple cider pressing, apple lore, and hands-on activities. We'll end the evening at our campfire ring for s'mores and more. Children and adults must pay.
Registration required! - #294253


  • Fresh cider
  • Live music
  • Caramel apple treats
  • Johnny Appleseed hats
  • And much more!

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

Nature Explorers


Every Tuesday this fall, budding nature explorers will experience the seasonal changes while discovering the woodlands, fields, pond, and stream at Meadowside. Go on a nature treasure hunt, help feed the birds, search for wriggly woolly bear caterpillars, and learn about the animals that are busy getting ready for winter! Participating in a variety of activities, games, and crafts will enhance children's learning experiences. After each program, expand your visit by bringing a bag lunch to enjoy at our picnic tables under the trees. This program series meets every Tuesday from September 16 - November 25 (no class November 11); the fee covers your registration for all 4 sessions.
Adults must accompany children.

September 16th - November 25th
Tuesdays 10-11:30am
Ages: 3 - 5, $80
Course Number - 293349