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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
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.
Meadowside has had a very busy, exciting fall festival and program season. Our raptors have worked hard in the past months and rumors around the aviaries are that they need a little break. We agreed to let them take weekends off in Winter to rest and relax.
At this time, the Raptors of Rock Creek LIVE! Saturday shows will not take place. Though, Saturday morning vulture enrichment at 10:00 am and lunchtime feedings at Noon will continue as scheduled.
For a list of ALL programs go to the Programs & Events tab.
December 14th - Pine and Apple Decoration
An easy-to-make craft that you can take home! using an apple and evergreens, make a fun winter table decoration that smells like the woods and looks great, too! Registration required.
Ages: 3 & up, $5, 2:00pm-3:00pm - #254804
December 17th - Edible Ornaments for Wildlife
Make some fun ornaments you can hang on a tree outside your home, and see what wildlife comes to enjoy them. You can enjoy looking at your beautifully decorated tree, and the wildlife will enjoy the delicious decorations!
Ages: 3-5yrs, $5, 1:30pm-2:30pm - #254823
December 18th - Tyke Hike - Nutty Hike
We’ll learn about and look for nuts that have fallen from the trees.
Ages: 2-3yrs, $5, 10:30-11:15am - #254820