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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

  • Contacts:
    Phone: 301-258-4030
    Meadowside@montgomeryparks.org

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Rock Creek Regional Park




 

About Meadowside Nature Center

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 8 miles of nature trails or visiting the resident owls, hawks, and American Bald Eagle in our Raptor Aviaries. Inside, visitors can explore the diverse habitats 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 (currently under renovation). 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 where they can try on clothes, play games, and touch animal skins.

Raptor Walkway SignWe're getting a face-lift!
Our Raptor Walkway is being renovated to increase accessibility for all of our visitors. Work will begin the first week in June and the Walkway will remain closed until construction is completed by the end of August. The Enrichment and Lunchtime Talks for the raptor swill be on hiatus until the Walkway re-opens. Although it will not be possible to view our birds during this time, please know that they will continue to receive our best care!

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Spring Festivals & Events in Montgomery Parks

Spring is right around the corner...and there are lots of festivals and events to help you enjoy the season! For a list of events happening March through May in Montgomery Parks, visit MontgomeryParks.org/festivals. 

Featured Programs & Events

For a list of all programs, click on the "Programs & Events" tab above.

7/20 Tyke Hike: Birds #18542
Take a nature mini-hike and make a craft to take home.
Registration required; children must be accompanied
by an adult.
2-3yrs • $5 • Wednesday, July 20 • 10:30-11:15am

7/21 Thursday Night Campfires: Paul Bunyan #18373
Spend your Thursday evening at our campfire roasting
marshmallows and enjoying Walt Disney’s 1958 cartoon
Paul Bunyan. Please register all participants; fee is for
children only.
3 & up • $6 • Thursday, July 21 • 8-8:45pm

7/22 Storytime on Lake Needwood: Turtles #18536
Take a storytime cruise around the lake aboard the Needwood Queen pontoon boat. We’ll read a story onboard, then look for what’s swimming, soaring, and standing nearby. You must register and pay for all participants (no underage siblings, please). Meet at Lake Needwood Boathouse (15700 Needwood Lake Circle, Rockville, MD 20855).
3 & up • $3/adult, $7/child • Fri., July 22 • 11-11:45am

7/22 Splish-Splash, Drip, Plop #18530
Wade in the water to see what’s swimming, diving, and
living in the stream. Wear shoes you don’t mind getting
wet (for your safety, don’t wear flip-flops or backless
sandals). Registration required.
3-12yrs • $6 • Friday, July 22 • 1-2pm

7/27 Storytime on Lake Needwood: Fish #18539
Take a storytime cruise around the lake aboard the Needwood Queen pontoon boat. We’ll read a story onboard, then look for what’s swimming, soaring, and standing nearby. You must register and pay for all participants (no underage siblings, please). Meet at Lake Needwood Boathouse (15700 Needwood Lake Circle, Rockville, MD 20855).
3 & up • $3/adult, $7/child • Wed., July 27 • 11-11:45am

7/28 Thursday Night Campfires: Insects #18366
Spend your Thursday evening at our campfire roasting
marshmallows and enjoying a naturalist-led program.
Tonight we’ll take a look at some of our resident insects.
Please register all participants; fee is for children.
3 & up • $6 • Thursday, July 28 • 7-7:45pm

7/29 Splish-Splash, Drip, Plop #18531
Wade in the water to see what’s swimming, diving, and
living in the stream. Wear shoes you don’t mind getting
wet (for your safety, don’t wear flip-flops or backless
sandals). Registration required.
3-12yrs • $6 • Friday, July 29 • 1-2pm