Meadowside Nature Center

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Welcome! Meadowside Nature Center is located within the 1800-acre Rock Creek Regional Park. It opened February 19, 1972, as the second nature center operated by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Montgomery County Department of Parks.

There are always things to see and do outside Meadowside Nature Center! The nature center offers outdoor and environmental education programming for families, schools, and scouts. We even offer Spanish language and a combination of Spanish and English bilingual programs. Visitors can also spend time hiking eight miles of nature trails down to Lake Frank or walk around Muncaster Mill and learn where grains like wheat and corn were ground into flour. When the Nature Center reopens, visit our resident owls, hawks, vulture, and American bald eagle in the Raptor Walkway.

Please note: The nature center building is currently closed due to COVID-19. Restroom facilities are not available; please plan accordingly. Outdoor park areas and trails are open to the public from dawn to dusk daily.


Want to hike around Meadowside Nature Center, but aren’t sure where to start? View our StoryMap below and check out some of the hidden gems located along the trails. Click here to view the StoryMap fullscreen.