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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

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

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.

Spotted Salamandar on leafNature Matters:
Probiotic Therapy
for Salamanders -

The Eastern US has more salamander species than anywhere else in the world --- it's a hotspot of salamander biodiversity, and the focus of research seeking to protect this national treasure. Good microbes may protect salamanders from two deadly fungal pathogens: Bd (which already exists in the US) and, Bsal (not in North America yet, but posing a major potential threat). Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute researcher and PhD candidate Carly Muletz Wolz will discuss salamander natural history, the discovery of good microbes on salamanders, the threat of wildlife pathogens, and how research contributes to using good microbes to fight bad microbes in conservation strategies. Check-in and refreshments, including beer and wine, begin at 6:45pm, and the
one-hour lecture followed by Q & A begins at 7 pm
Wednesday, February 17th
6:45pm - 8:15pm
Ages: 14 & up
, Fee: Free

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!