Locust Grove Nature Center

Locust Grove Nature Center

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Locust Grove Nature Center provides a natural sanctuary from the surrounding urban bustle in Bethesda, Maryland and offers many things to do, including environmental interpretation and education programs for all ages. 

Locust Grove Nature Center’s specialties include Native Plant Education, Traveling Naturalist school programs, programs for tots/pre-K, Nature Explorers pre-school program, campfire nature walks, and special events to name a few. You’re also welcome to come and wander our trails, enjoy our observation deck, explore our exhibits indoors and out, or discover the wonder of the self-guided theme month activities.


February Programsregister by Feb 10!

Hike & Seek: I (heart) Nature:

Sunday, February 13 from 2-5 pm

Register by February 10 for your 15-minute time slot to start the Scavenger hunt hike. All ages. REGISTER

Photo of Cardinal at Locust Grove Nature Center

Great Backyard Bird Count

Friday, February 18 from 3-5 pm

Register by February 10 for your 30-minute time slot for safely distanced birding with a naturalist guide. Ages 8 and up. REGISTER



Directions

Go Green & Take Transit: We have a stop on the Bus Route 42 and 47 for Montgomery County DOT and transfer or walk from Westfield Mall from Metrobus J2

The entrance to Locust Grove Nature Center’s parking lot is on Democracy Blvd. We share the same parking lot as the Pauline Addie Betz Tennis Center (it’s a big blue building that looks like a warehouse). As soon as you pull into the parking lot, you’ll see a pedestrian bridge over the creek on the right side. Park in any space and then walk over the bridge. The Nature Center is the building right in front of you.

The bus stop drops you off on Democracy, less than a quarter-mile walk from the Tennis Center / Nature Center entrance.

Rent a campfire ring at Locust Grove Nature Center!

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You must have a permit to have a campfire at Locust Grove Nature Center:

  • Campfire Ring Permits available 7 days a week, 3 hours/permit fee. Firewood and fire starter materials are included.
  • Reserve via Active Montgomery or Call Locust Grove Nature Center 301-765-8668

Photo of young girl walking on wood stumps at Locust Grove Nature Center

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Locust Grove Nature Center’s Marianne talks about lepidoptera, the insect order for butterflies, skippers, and moths. And, she explains about host and super host plants and their importance to the insects and their larvae.