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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.


PLEASE NOTE: Muncaster Mill Trail at Lake Frank: The Muncaster Mill Trail is closed for bridge replacement and trail maintenance south of the Nature Center. Please refer to detour signs posted in the park to guide you through alternative options. The expected re-opening date will be posted here as soon as possible. - posted 12-31-14

Inclement Weather Cancellation Policy: If Montgomery County Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, programs that day are canceled. If schools open late, morning programs will be canceled but afternoon programs will go on as scheduled. If schools close early, programs after the closing time will be canceled. Cancellation of Adult programs is determined on a case-by-case basis. Please call the nature facility to check on adult program status.

What's Happening?

Tyke Hike: Wind and Weather

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

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


Decorated Eggs
Annual Egg Hunt

Friday, 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.

10:00am – 10:30am
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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

Reservations are required.
Children must be accompanied by an adult