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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

    Hours Update:

    * MNC will be closed December 25th and January 1st

  • 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Our trails are always changing. For the most up-to-date information see our Trail Maps tab.


* MNC will be closed December 25th and January 1st

What's Happening?

A Day of Winter Fun

Turkey Spend a winter's day at Meadowside! We'll hike trails looking for signs of wildlife, cook lunch over an open fire, conduct a few icy experiments, and create a nifty New Year's noisemaker. We'll provide the fixin's for lunch and a snack. Please bring a water bottle and dress for the weather.
Monday, December 29th
9:30am – 3:00pm

Ages: 6-10yrs; $45
ParkPASS -# 301349

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

children eating apples

Otus Rockin' New Year

Celebrate the New Year by making party hats, noise makers, and other fun seasonal crafts. A few minutes before noon, we will begin our countdown and ring in the New Year with music, dancing, cider and a visit from our mascot, Otus the Owl.

Wed, December 31st, 10:00am - 12pm
Ages: 2-12yrs old, FEE: $5

ParkPASS# - 301949