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Locust Grove Nature Center – Current Programs

Current Program Highlights

Join our Family Nature Hikes, for those seeking tranquility and wellness, indulge in our Mindfulness & Wellness programs, and celebrate the marvels of migration with our Migratory Bird Watch, tailored for both families and adults.

Family Nature Hikes

Join a Park Naturalist for a weekly hike exploring the changing of the seasons in Cabin John Regional Park. Children will also be introduced to our Nature Center’s resident animal ambassadors and engage in nature-based play and exploration. Program is intended for children 3 to 5 ½ years old and requires the accompaniment of an adult to ensure safety.

Register for Family Nature Hikes – Wednesdays

Mindfulness & Wellness

Forest bathing promotes wellness through deepening our connection to natural environments. Based on the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which translates as “taking in the atmosphere of the forest,”. This 2-hour session, led by certified forest therapy guide Adria S. Zeldin.

Register for Forest Bathing – Saturdays

Migratory Bird Watch

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day here in Cabin John Regional Park. Join us as we keep track of the different migratory birds that pass through the park this time of year.

Register for Migratory Bird Watch 55+

Register for Migratory Bird Watch – Families 8-year-old +

Register for Classes & Programs

Registration is required for all program attendees who fall within the program’s age range. This includes adults. All children must be accompanied by an adult unless noted otherwise.

Cancellation Information

Locust Grove follows Montgomery County Public Schools guidance for weather-related closings. If schools are closed, nature center programs that day are canceled. If schools open late, morning programs are canceled, and afternoon programs will be held as scheduled. If schools close early, programs starting after school closing will be canceled. When in doubt, call the nature center or check our Facebook page.

How to register

Each program needs a minimum number of participants. All programs will have a 48hr registration cutoff.

Questions? Please call 301-765-8660.

You will need to register through ActiveMONTGOMERY for classes and programs. This system allows you to register for classes and programs hosted by both Montgomery Parks and Montgomery County Recreation!

  1. Visit ActiveMontgomery
  2. Create an account at ActiveMONTGOMERY
  3. You will receive a welcome email confirming your account.
  4. Click on the confirmation link included in the message to complete the registration process.
  5. Now you are ready to register for programs at Montgomery Parks

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