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Meadowside Nature Center, Rockville

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Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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Located in Rock Creek Regional Park, Meadowside Nature Center offers hands-on natural and cultural history programs for families, schools, and scouts. Visitors can spend their time hiking our 8 miles of Nature Trails or visiting our owls, hawks, and American Bald Eagle in our Raptor Aviaries.

Inside visitors can explore the diverse habits found in Maryland as they crawl through a cave or look at the world from a fish's point of view in our Legacy of the Land Exhibit. Our Curiosity Corner discovery room contains books, games, puzzles, and more live animals for young naturalists to explore nature in child-friendly environment.

Visitors can also experience the lives of the Maryland pioneer and Eastern Woodland Indian families in our Legacy of the People exhibit were they can try on clothes, play games, and touch animal skins.
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  • I learned about this attraction from a poster I saw at the bulletin board of Lake Frank. One could walk/hike from Lake Frank using the trails or drive for 5-7 minutes to reach this attraction. There....  more
    I learned about this attraction from a poster I saw at the bulletin board of Lake Frank. One could walk/hike from Lake Frank using the trails or drive for 5-7 minutes to reach this attraction. There....  more »
  • Many animals to see and learn about during our visit to the Meadowside Nature Center. Two grandsons (ages 14 and 11) found the center interesting and informative. The guide answered questions and... 
    Many animals to see and learn about during our visit to the Meadowside Nature Center. Two grandsons (ages 14 and 11) found the center interesting and informative. The guide answered questions and...  more »
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  • Although the nature center was closed due to COVID, there were very nice areas for kids to play nearby. The trails were well shaded and very scenic along the creeks and around the lake. Not too many bugs either. Well maintained, but still lots of roots and slight elevation changes.
  • Hands on Fun! This Nature Center feels more like a museum. The rooms and exhibits make you feel a part of the history of Montgomery County, Maryland. The kids can interact with the displays including the two cave areas. The animals on display are remarkable inside turtles, snakes, frogs and more in the colorful reading and discovery room. The Raptor area outside with beautiful birds of prey. There are hiking trails down to the water, an outside classroom, and recycling/compost learning area. The bird feeders bring many small colorful birds. The play space out front has climbing logs, a bamboo teepee and some other assorted touch & learn items. We also enjoyed the main look by to relax as well as listen to the bird call box and learn about the indigenous people that once called this area home. Definitely a gem and would recommend anyone to come visit.

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