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Meadowside Nature Center Renovations

Legacy of the People exhibit with a hut made of straw and branches and a handmade canoe.
Legacy of the People exhibit.

Project Description

This project renovates and replaces the existing interpretive exhibits inside and outside Meadowside Nature Center, located at 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville, MD. 


The existing Legacy of the Land and Legacy of the People exhibits will be removed. In its place, completely new, 2,400+ square foot immersive and interpretive exhibits will be installed. Taking inspiration from the environment and natural resources located around the nature center, these exhibits will draw on the human senses of taste, touch, smell, sight, and sound, and incorporate the senses throughout the entire Nature Center. 

The main exhibit will consist of a fully interactive and accessible journey through some of the habitats found in our area, including pond, forest, and meadow with displays such as a large birds’ nest and musical lily pads. The lobby will include visuals on the ceiling, interactive nature-themed tables, and an area to sit with large groups. The hallway and classrooms will each be refurbished to include a community science project, new animal displays, an updated infant and toddler corner, and classrooms to accommodate nature programs. 

Each exhibit will include equipment to meet the needs of children from ages two to adult and will incorporate universally accessible equipment to include children of all abilities. 

Status/Project Update

Construction has begun with the complete demolition of the Legacy of the Land exhibit in order to prepare the space for the new installation. Over the next several months, new flooring will be installed, restrooms will be updated, and exciting new content via new construction will be added. 

*Please be advised that the Raptor Deck and portions of the trails will be closed during construction. The park property and parking lot will remain open from dawn to dusk daily. 

* Date and time subject to change. Please contact Meadowside Nature Center for updates.


Date/TimeDiscussion/Meeting Notes
Fall 2020Design Development Phase
Winter 2020Construction Design Phase
Spring 2021Construction Begins
Late Fall 2021Exhibit Installation
New Date Coming Soon!Meadowside Nature Center Reopens

Last Updated: April 8, 2024