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Brookside Nature Center

Brookside Nature Center, located in Wheaton, Maryland, is surrounded by natural open areas and wooded trails, open from dawn to dusk.

Discover a wooded nature play area or learn about the forest habitat on accessible, interpretive boardwalks. Gaze at a great blue heron at the pond while exploring our natural habitats. Step back in time and visit the 1870s Harper Homestead.

Nestled within 536 acres of Wheaton Regional Park, Brookside Nature Center provides quality programs for people of all ages, interests, and abilities.

Rent a Campfire Ring at Brookside Nature Center!

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You must have a permit to have a campfire at Brookside Nature Center:

  • Campfire Ring Permits available 7 days a week, 3 hours/$100 permit fee. Firewood and fire starter materials are included.
  • Picnic Pavilion rental also available for outdoor events. $25/hour.
  • Call Brookside Nature Center 301.962.1480 or email requests to: MCP-BrooksideNC@montgomeryparks.org
  • Montgomery County Guidelines must be strictly followed for all Shelter and Campfire Ring Rentals. Visit: http://mocoparks.org/CountyGuidelines
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Enjoy the sweetness of pure maple syrup and sugar. 

A map showing where bathrooms are available in Wheaton Regional Park
Brookside Nature Center’s restrooms are currently closed. Please visit the public restrooms next to the Adventure Playground in Wheaton Regional Park.

Recent Brookside Nature Center Videos

What Are Animal Adaptations?

Naturalist Geri Drymalski teaches about animal adaptations and survival with the help of a box turtle, an educational animal from Brookside Nature Center, Montgomery Parks.

Mason Bees

Alex, a volunteer Master Naturalist, introduces the Mason Bee, their importance, and their solitary nature.

SilverLens: All That Buzz

SilverLens is a student-produced documentary TV series produced by staff in Montgomery Blair High School’s student-run media production program, Blair Network Communications. Celebrate National Pollinator Week!  Are honeybees your favorite pollinator? Enjoy a visit to the Brookside Nature Center bee yard in this video courtesy Montgomery Blair High School students.