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Welcome! Meadowside Nature Center is located within the 1800-acre Rock Creek Regional Park. It opened February 19,1972 as the second nature center operated by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Montgomery County Department of Parks.

There are always things to see and do outside Meadowside Nature Center! The nature center offers outdoor and environmental education programming for families, schools, and scouts. Visitors can spend time hiking eight miles of nature trails down to Lake Frank or walk around Muncaster Mill and learn where grains like wheat and corn were ground into flour. Visit our resident owls, hawks, and vulture on the Raptor Deck during a Raptor Caretaker Chat.

A Message from Meadowside

Alert: Our Nature Play Space will be closed for improvements starting March 4 at 4pm and ending on March 7 at 6pm. 

Please avoid the area during this time. Our trails and other outside exhibits will remain open from dawn until dusk.


Recent News about Meadowside Nature Center

Montgomery Parks March Nature Center Programs

Visit a nature center this month and enjoy one of our programs.

Montgomery Parks mourns the death of Meadowside Nature Center's Orion, the bald eagle

Meadowside Nature Center's resident bald eagle, Orion was estimated to be 30…
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