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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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WeatherAlertWEATHER ALERT:In the event of inclement weather, please or call 301-495-2595 for updates on closures, cancellations, and delays and other weather-related updates from Montgomery Parks.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016: Meadowside Nature Center is closed and all programs are cancelled today due to inclement weather.

About Meadowside Nature Center

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 Cancellation Policy: If Montgomery County Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, children's programs that day are canceled. If schools open late, morning children's programs will be canceled but afternoon programs will go on as scheduled. If schools close early, children's programs after the closing time will be canceled. Cancellation of Adult programs is determined on a case-by-case basis. Please call the nature facility to check on adult program status

What's Happening?

Winter Festivals & Events in Montgomery Parks

Winter is right around the corner...and we have lots of festivals and events to help you enjoy the season! Check out for a list of major events happening in late November through February.

Tyke Hike: Little Owl in Winter - 10487
Take a nature mini-hike and make a craft to take home.
Registration required; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday, February 10th
Time: 10:30am-11:15am
Ages: 2-3yrs old, Fee: $5

Two Owls prenningOwl Be Your Valentine! - 10336

Discover which species of owl has a heart-shaped face, and learn how owls bring their sweethearts valentine treats! We'll be visiting one of Meadowside's owls, then share the love by making some owl valentines for friends and family.
Thursday, February 11th
11am - 12pm
Ages: 3-5yrs old
, Fee: $6

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

Short earmed owl on branch

Owls and Hawks at Oaks Landfill

Saturday, February 13th
Time: 4pm - 6pm
Ages: 14 & up, Fee: $12
Course# -10160

Oaks Landfill has been re-purposed as a birding hotspot! Join us as we search for winter birds throughout this unique landscape. We hope to catch the "shift change" of the Northern Harriers seeking their night roosts just as Short-eared Owls gear up for hunting. Meet at Meadowside; we'll take a van up to the site. Dress warmly!