Skip to Navigation | Skip to Content
  • 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

Find more about Weather in Rockville, MD

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?

Maryland Master Naturalist Program

Master Naturalist LogoStarting in March, 2015, Brookside Nature Center will serve as the host site for the 11 week MN training program which offers approximately 60 hours of broad-based, regional natural history instruction taught by local experts.

For more information please go to or,
contact Geri Drymalski, MN program facilitator -

Summer Camp Registration Promo

Montgomery Parks Summer Camps Registration!

fall registration banner

Summer Camps Registration Is Underway at Montgomery Parks!

Montgomery Parks offers fun-filled half- and whole-day summer camps throughout June, July and most of August. Camps are open to all children in Montgomery County, Frederick County, Howard County, Prince George's and beyond. Be sure to check out Camps that offer Early Bird Registration discounts! It's easy to find your favorite camps with our new search tool. Click to start your search!

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


children eating apples

Nature Matters Lecture Series:
Bears in the Backyard

Wednesday, February 4th

6:45pm - 8pm
Ages: 14 & up, FREE
ParkPASS - #301351

Spend an evening with researchers and conservationist​s for an intriguing lecture series focused on local nature and conservation topics. The black bear has made a comeback! Join Harry Spiker, the Department of Natural Resources' top bear guy, to learn about the black bear's natural history and DNR's management efforts to monitor and control bear populations in Maryland