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The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Maydale Nature Classroom – School Programs

Young child holding worm at Maydale Nature Classroom
Children looking at tadpoles
Children watching park naturalist holding owl puppet

School Programs

Maydale Nature Classroom provides a variety of programs and experiences for students of all ages. Our goal is to excite students through experiential programs, developing along the way a sense of responsibility towards our natural resources.

What is the cost?

In support of K-12 Environmental Literacy Graduation Requirements, Maydale Nature Classroom and other Montgomery County Parks Nature Centers will be waiving the student fee for all K-12 students in Montgomery County attending programs that meet these requirements. They are marked with an asterisk*.

For other programs, preschool groups, and out-of-county groups, students are charged a $6 program fee.

We can accommodate up to twenty-five participants in total including students, teachers, and chaperones per field trip. Groups that exceed this maximum will need to be split amongst multiple days.

Our Programs Environmental Literacy

*Changing Seasons

Fall, winter, spring, and summer—each season has its own blend of natural events and weather. Compare and contrast the characteristics of each season and on a hike to search for signs of the season. Learn about the many ways people, plants, and animals are affected by and adapt to seasonal change.

Grades: Pre-K- 1st. Available: year-round.

*Habitat Hike

All living things need food, water, shelter, and space. Students will investigate the elements of a healthy habitat by exploring different habitats and looking for signs of the animals that live there. $6

Grades: Pre-K – 2nd. Available: year-round.


Students become entomologists as they observe insects in different habitats throughout the park. Naturalists will discuss insect life cycles, basic needs, reproduction, and the effects of human activities on insect populations. $6

Grades: K-3rd. Available: September through October and April through June