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The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Meadowside Nature Center

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.

2023 Annual Accomplishment Report

connecting with our community in nature, Meadowside Nature Center Annual Accomplishment Report 2023 (accessible pdf)

We are excited to announce our Annual Accomplishment Report for 2023! Meadowside Nature Center remains committed to connecting with our community and over last year, we created new hiking trails, offered new programs, and reintroduced our popular school program.

Take a look at  look at our highlights from last year.