For more than 50 years, Brookside Nature Center has provided hands-on educational opportunities that connect the natural and cultural assets of Montgomery County. Nestled within 536 acres of Wheaton Regional Park, our facility offers quality programs for people of all ages, interests, and abilities. Learn about the forest habitat on accessible interpretive boardwalks, gaze at a great blue heron at the ponds on the nature grounds, discover a wooded nature play area, and even step back in time atthe 1870s at the Harper Homestead.
After exploring our miles of hiking trails, be sure to stop by the nature center building to visit our feathery and scaly residents. The exhibits feature live animals (reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods) and an observation beehive that is abuzz with activity. They are sure to inspire questions and will teach naturalists of all ages how to be engaged with the outside world.