*Construction Notice- we have construction closures and trail detours in place as we get improvements for safety and drainage to the pathways around the Nature Center. The Center remains open, though check-in procedures may change and you will be given instructions to share with your group for how to get to their location.
The footbridge to the Nature Center will be closed until approximately May 15th- so access will be by walking up to Democracy Blvd. and following trails to the picnic pavilion, Oak Grove fire ring, NEA fire ring or the building OR by taking the gravel road behind the tennis center and coming up the stairs to the building or the pathway to Sycamore Fire ring or the building. As soon as this phase is complete, the stairs behind the building will be closed through June 18th, reopening regular access to the building but using the gravel road access to Sycamore Fire Ring.
We have a new registration and reservation system, still linked at ActiveMontgomery.org and you should have received an email with login info if your account was rolled over or instructions to create a new account. The new system is now live for March reservations (14 days ahead). All February dates are either full or being held for reschedules of current reservations due to weather. The new system will be easier to view availability (check out the Display option: calendar) and create reservations while checking out all on one receipt and will be an improvement in service!
*Please note temporary changes to rental facilities below* All reservations should be done online- see below.
Imagine sitting around a cozy campfire roasting marshmallows and sharing stories with friends and family… then come to Locust Grove and make it happen! Private groups may reserve fire rings in 3-hour blocks with varied hours for winter and summer (hours availability is shown by date). Your fire must be wrapping up to clean up in the last half hour of your reservation and fire must be fully out within 15 minutes of the end of your rental.
You will be accepting responsibility for your group complying with physical distancing and masking requirements while using the fire ring. See instructions below for reservations. You will create your reservation on ActiveMontgomery.com and all reservations must be made more than 2 weeks in advance.
NEW! Cabin Patio and Fire Cooking Hearth- open
The new cooking hearth at the Cabin Patio is part of a level flagstone patio with a fence surrounding. It includes 4 picnic tables with umbrellas for shade and a hearth for a fire or hearth with grill grates. Limited to 30 guests. You can access this hearth easily from the parking lot and have the ability to pull up to unload or load decorations or food. The fee is $175 for 3 hours for this space with accessible cooking access. It does not include the cabin indoor space and is not available during birthday party time slots when the cabin is in use.
We have three campfire rings available to rent: The fee for any of these campfire only rings is listed below for each 3 hours rental. Reservations must be made via Active Montgomery at least 2 weeks ahead of time. There is a $50 Cancellation fee (see policy below). We anticipate that Security/Damage/Cleaning Deposits and potential add on items will be available soon in the new system to help make your event a success.
The N.E.A. Fire Ring is located in the Natural Exploration Area just outside the front door of the Nature Center. It provides convenient access to the building and features of the park. It is within the outdoor exhibit, but partially separated with new landscaping. All children must still be supervised in the exhibit area at all times. It’s open and sunny. It comfortably seats about 30 people. The Rental Rate is $150 for 3 hours. The hours are limited to when the NEA is not open to the public and gates will be closed to keep the area limited to your group. Please be aware that after dark rentals are just for the fire ring and the exhibit space is not visible or to be used after dark.
The Oak Grove Fire Ring is shaded and private. It is at the top of the hill and provides convenient access to the Picnic Shelter, which can be rented in conjunction with the fire ring. Limited to 40 guests. You can access this fire ring via a short trail from the top of the hill, or from the sidewalk along Democracy Boulevard (no stairs but steep slope). The Rental Rate is $150 for 3 hours.
The Sycamore Fire Ring is our largest and most distinctive. It is situated under the beautiful arching branches of our 200 year old sycamore tree. The murmuring sounds of adjacent Cabin John Creek can be heard. Ideal for ceremonies of any kind. It also offers two picnic tables. The Sycamore is furthest from the parking lot and the Nature Center, and requires walking down either a long staircase or a steep gravel trail to access. Limited to 60 guests. The Rental Rate is $175 for 3 hours.
Included in All Fire Ring Rentals:
You Must Provide:
Would you like to host an event with some shade or rain backup? The picnic pavilion is available sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. The pavilion is covered and includes six picnic tables; the capacity is approximately 40 people. This is an exclusive rental and is based on first come, first serve. If you would like to book with a fire ring the Oak Grove ring is close to the pavilion.
Fee: $25 per hour.
Groups may rent our Exhibit Room for private functions (dependent on staff availability and nature center scheduling).
Fee: $75 per hour. Full payment is due two weeks prior to the event. Call the center to reserve.
Online Booking– Use the details here to choose your facility then follow this link Active Montgomery (link opens to our facilities list) to pick your site and date, read the rules and initial then you can purchase and confirm your reservation. Please Note reservations must be made 14 days in advance. The page says to call the facility but that does not mean we can accommodate late requests.