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.

The Marye Wells-Harley Dream Camp Scholarship

The mission of the Montgomery Parks’ Marye Wells-Harley Dream Camp Scholarship is to provide camp scholarships to young people, ages 6 – 14, from diverse backgrounds within Montgomery County. We believe camp is a place that changes lives, and we want every child to have the opportunity to experience the joys of summer camp (Learn how to donate). M-NCPPC recognizes that many residents are financially unable to participate in Summer Camp Programs and remains committed to serving the needs of all residents of Montgomery County. Learn more and download the application.

Teachers, did you know?

Meadowside Nature Center is a certified Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education Green Center. Is your school looking to become a Maryland Green School

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