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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.

Special Event

Annual Egg Hunt

Dyed EggsFriday, April 3rd
Ages: 2 - 12yrs, $8

Search for real eggs through our meadows, then dye and decorate the eggs you find. Event includes other on-going Spring-related activities throughout the day. Fun for the entire family! Don't forget to bring a basket to collect your eggs. Reservations required!

Egg Hunt Times

10:00am – 10:30am - FULL!!!
10:30am – 11:00am - #315606
11:00am – 11:30am - #315607
11:30am – 12:00pm - #315608
12:00pm – 12:30pm - #315609
12:30pm – 1:00pm - #315610
1:00pm – 1:30pm - #315611
1:30pm – 2:00pm - #315612
2:00pm – 2:30pm - #315613

What's Happening?

Tyke Hike: April Fools Hike

Child playing Come and discover the bustling world around the nature center. Take a mini-nature hike and make a craft to take home.
Wed, April 1st, 10:30 – 11:15am
Ages: 2-3yrs; $5
ParkPASS #314600

Nature Matters:
The Impact of Buildings on Birds

birds in skylingBuilding collisions kill up to a billion birds per year and there are some simple solutions to mitigate this situation. Speaker Lindsay Jacks is an Avian Keeper at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and the coordinator for Lights Out Baltimore, a non-profit that strives to make that city safe for migratory birds. Her presentation will highlight building design problems, solutions, and how supporting lights out programs in cities can save birds.
Wed, April 22nd, 6:45 – 8:00am
Ages: 14 & up; FREE
ParkPASS #315553

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



Raptor Festival

Sunday, May 3rd
Noon - 4pm

Experience the thrill of viewing some of Maryland's premier predators live and up close! Explore the world of owls, hawks and eagles through games, crafts and talks by local experts. Our resident birds of prey will be on display and our mascot, Otus the Owl, will be waiting to greet you! Join a tour of our new habitat gardens and receive a free native plant (first 200 families)!

No registration required.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
No dogs allowed at festival site.