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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
Update: Meadowside Nature Center will be closed
Friday, July 4th,
in observance of
the Federal Holiday
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: Use caution when recreating on or near Lake Needwood located within Rock Creek Regional Park. Testing has shown there are elevated levels of microcystin, a toxic substance produced by some species of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), in the 75-acre lake. Pet owners urged to keep dogs out of the lake; boating and fishing remain open.
Rock Creek Regional Park - Partial Trail Closure: The portion of the Muncaster Mill Trail that goes under Muncaster Mill Road and up to the Kengla House is permanently closed due to excessive and cumulative storm damage.
Park visitors can no longer access the trails south of Muncaster Mill Road from the Kengla House trail head parking area. Those trails can be accessed by parking at the Meadowside Nature Center. Please call 301-495-2595 for more information.
Trails West of Lake Needwood: WSSC has started sewer repair work on the west side of Lake Needwood from Needwood Road to the dam. The estimated date for completion is December 31, 2014. The trail will remain open during construction. Please use caution when using this portion of the trail.
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, Summer Camps, and more things to do! Start planning summer fun for the entire family today.
Summer camps feature lively hands-on activities, games, nature walks, and crafts. Each week starts a new adventure.
Come be part of the fun!
For a list of ALL programs go to the Programs & Events tab.
Spend your Thursday evenings at our campfire ring, roasting marshmallows and enjoying a naturalist-led program or movie. Register all participants;
fee is for children only.
Ages: 3 & up, $5 per child
Thursday Night Campfires: Reptiles and Amphibians
Thu, July 17, 7:00pm – 7:45pm
Register at ParkPASS.org - 283850
Thursday Night Campfires: Old Fashioned Fun!
Thu, July 24, 7:00pm – 7:45pm
Register at ParkPASS.org - 283851
Thursday Night Campfires:Make Way for Ducklings!
Thu, July 31, 8:00pm – 8:45pm
Register at ParkPASS.org - 283852
Thursday Night Campfires: Frog Goes to Dinner
Thu, August 7, 7:45pm – 8:30pm
Register at ParkPASS.org - 283853