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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

    Update: Meadowside Nature Center will be closed
    Friday, July 4th,
    in observance of
    the Federal Holiday

  • 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.

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.

What's Happening?

summer registration link.

Summer Registration Is Underway at Montgomery Parks!

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

Girls with nets in streamSummer 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.

Thursday Night Campfires


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 - 283850

Thursday Night Campfires: Old Fashioned Fun!
Thu, July 24, 7:00pm – 7:45pm
Register at - 283851

Thursday Night Campfires:Make Way for Ducklings!
Thu, July 31, 8:00pm – 8:45pm
Register at - 283852

Thursday Night Campfires: Frog Goes to Dinner
Thu, August 7, 7:45pm – 8:30pm
Register at - 283853