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  • Location:
    Meadowside Nature Center
    5100 Meadowside Lane
    (located in Rock Creek Regional Park)
    Rockville, Maryland 20855
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  • 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.

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.

What's Happening?

Nature Matters:
The Impact of Buildings on Birds

otus the owl

Building 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. - ParkPASS #315553
Wednesday, April 22nd
6:45pm - 8pm
Ages: 14 & up

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


Homeschool Extravaganza

Thursday, April 23rd

Calling all homeschoolers! Experience bugs, birds, butterflies and more through outdoor discoveries, live animals and games.

Reptiles and Amphibians
9:30am-10:30, Ages 5-7yrs old
ParkPASS #315601

Food, Flight, and Feathers
9:30am-10:30, Ages 8-10yrs old
ParkPASS #315602

10:30am-11:30, Ages 8-10yrs old
ParkPASS #315603

All about Owls
10:30am-11:30, Ages 5-7yrs old
ParkPASS #315604