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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 11/27 and 11/28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
    * MNC will be opening at 1pm
    on Dec. 11th and 12th

  • 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 Nov. 27th & 28th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
* MNC will be opening at 1pm on Dec. 11th & 12th

What's Happening?

Tyke Hike: Nutty Hike

Turkey Come and discover the bustling world around the Nature Center. Take a nature mini-hike and make a craft to take home.
Wed, December 10th
10:30am – 11:15am

Ages: 2-3yrs; $5
ParkPASS -# 304084

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

children eating apples

Nature Matters Lecture Series: They said it couldn’t be done, but look at us now

The animal training field has evolved from a world of force and coercion into a kinder, gentler place where animals are empowered to participate in their own medical and husbandry care and perform species appropriate behaviors that help inspire caring and conservation action in guests to zoological facilities. Animal Trainer, Steve Martin, will explore the journey, best practices, and the future opportunities of animal training in the zoological field.
Light refreshments provided.

Thursday, December 11th, 6:30pm - 8pm
Ages: 18 & up, FEE: $5

Call 301-258-4030 to register