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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

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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.

What's Happening?

Nature Matters: Rails & Raice, a Restoration Story
Wednesday, October 7th
Ages: 14 & up, 6:45pm – 8:15pm


Sora Rail Eating Meadowside is pleased to welcome back naturalist Greg Kearns! Greg will lead us the through the intricacies of wetland ecology as he describes the critical connection between Sora rails (a small waterbird) and wild rice.
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For a list of ALL programs go to the Programs & Events tab.

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Owl-O-Ween Campfire

Join us around the campfire for owl facts, folklore and fun and meet our mascot Otus the Owl. We'll have marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate to make s'mores. Wear a costume if you want! Children and adults must register and pay.
Friday, October 30th
Ages: 3 & up; $5
6:00pm - 6:45pm
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