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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
Meadowside Nature Center provides an environment which is conducive to both learning and having fun. Our staff of Park Naturalists, with over 30 years of combined experience, will take your scouts to new heights, from learning about the stars and planets for the Astronomy merit badge; to the ground we walk on with the Geology merit badge. To achieve our goal of maximizing advancement opportunities we offer an array of merit badges.
Chemistry Merit Badge #225449 - FULL!!!
Tuesday, July 9, 10am- 2:30pm
Learn how chemistry is used to improve our lives and the planet’s health with hands-on experiments. Don't forget your lunch!
Ages 10-17yrs, $45
Environmental Science Merit Badge #225450 - FULL!!!
Wdnesday, July 10, 10am- 2:30pm
To earn this badge, we'll study people’s impact on the environment, examine different forms of pollution, and learn what we can do to reduce our impact on the planet. Don't forget your lunch!
Ages 10-17yrs, $45
Geology Merit Badge: Wild Cave Excursion #225451 - FULL!!!
Thurs. and Fri., July 11 &12, 10am- 5pm
Come learn about cave formations, cave life, and cave complexities! On Thursday, we’ll explore geology in the classroom through hands-on activities and experiments. And on Friday, we’ll head underground with a field trip to a wild cave in Shepherdstown West Virginia, where we’ll climb, crawl, and twist through passages that few others dare to explore! Don't forget your lunch!
Ages 10-17yrs, $120
Meadowside Nature Center has been working hand-in-hand with the scouts in achieving the ultimate goal of earning the rank of Eagle. The Nature Center with its 2,700 non-contiguous acres of parkland lends itself to constant usage by the community. We always have a wide array of projects for which we are looking for some assistance, from trail maintenance/restoration to exhibit design. Each year we work with multiple Eagle Scout candidates in designing, coordinating, and completing a pre-approved project at our center. Some of the past projects have been deer exclosures (to regain some native woodland understory), wildlife observation areas, retaining walls, a brick raptor walkway (for visitors to view our raptors), bluebird trails, fern gardens, bank and pond restoration, and more.
NOTE: Meadowside Nature Center does not have any Eagle Scout projects at this time. Call us for more information 301-258-4032.
Earn your Webelo activity pins at Meadowside Nature Center with real-life, hands-on field experiences and fun!
Webelos Forester Activity Badge #232753
Saturday, May 4, 9:30am-12:00pm
Learn what it takes to be a forester as we take to the trails to learn how to identify different trees and why wildfires can play a beneficial role in a forest ecosystem. Please dress to be outdoors.
Ages 6-10 yrs, $25
Girl Scout Brownies: Senses Badge #233202
Tuesday, May 14, 4:00pm-5:30pm
Explore your five senses, and compare them with those in the animal world. Test your sense of smell to a turkey vulture's. How does your eyesight compare to an owl? Learn how animals use their keen senses to survive, explore your own senses, and participate in fun activities and crafts as you earn your Senses badge!
Ages 6-10yrs, $15
Call us for more information at 301-258-4030.