Meadowside Nature Center Renovations

Division: Park Development
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Project Description

This project renovates and replaces the existing interpretive exhibits inside Meadowside Nature Center, located at 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville, MD. 

Background

The existing Legacy of the Land and Legacy of the People exhibits will be removed. In its place, completely new, 2,400+ square foot immersive and interpretive exhibits will be installed. Taking inspiration from the environment and natural resources located around the nature center, these exhibits will draw on the human senses of taste, touch, smell, sight, and sound, and incorporate the senses throughout the entire Nature Center. 

The main exhibit will consist of a fully interactive and accessible journey through some of the habitats found in our area, including pond, forest, and meadow with displays such as a large birds’ nest and musical lily pads. The lobby will include visuals on the ceiling, interactive nature-themed tables, and an area to sit with large groups. The hallway and classrooms will each be refurbished to include a community science project, new animal displays, an updated infant and toddler corner, and classrooms to accommodate nature programs. 

Each exhibit will include equipment to meet the needs of children from ages two to adult and will incorporate universally accessible equipment to include children of all abilities. 

Status/Project Update

Construction has already begun with the complete demolition of the Legacy of the Land exhibit in order to prepare the space for the new installation. Over the next several months, new flooring will be installed, restrooms will be updated, and exciting new content via new construction will be added. The anticipated date of re-opening is the end of Summer 2021, but please continue to visit our webpage for the most up-to-date information.

*Please be advised that the parking lot, nature play space, and trails will be accessible during construction. The park property will remain open from dawn to dusk daily. 

Calendar and Meeting Notes

Links to review meeting notes and presentation materials will be attached to each applicable calendar event as it is scheduled and completed. 

DATE/TIME DISCUSSION AND MEETING NOTES
Fall 2020 Design Development Phase
Winter 2020 Construction Design Phase
Spring 2021 Construction Begins
Early Summer 2021 Exhibit Installation
Late Summer 2021 Meadowside Nature Center Reopens


M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Susan Cook, Exhibits Specialist
Susan.Cook@MontgomeryParks.org
301-670-8138

Last Updated: February 18, 2021