Nature Center Programs

Nature Centers

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Black Hill

Black Hill Visitor Center, located in Boyds, Maryland, is the site for Black Hill Nature Programs. The Center sits atop a hill overlooking Little Seneca Lake in the 2,000+ acre Black Hill Regional Park. Park naturalists have explored the area in and around the lake and have incorporated the best the region has to offer into a wide range of programs, for all ages, in all seasons. Program participants can kayak Lake Seneca’s many nooks and crannies looking for beaver, waterfowl and turtles; or, they may learn how ancient peoples survived the changing Piedmont seasons. Along with all the above, the center offers school programs, scout adventures and summer camps — many exciting ways to bring the wonder of nature to you!

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Brookside

Since 1961, Brookside Nature Center has engaged visitors in fun and meaningful ways, connecting to both the natural and cultural resources of Montgomery County. Nestled within 536-acre Wheaton Regional Park, the nature center provides interpretation of the surrounding ecosystems – forest, pond, stream and meadow. The nature center building is accessible to all and features live animal exhibits (reptiles/amphibians/fish), the Children’s Discovery Room, observation beehive, and wildlife exhibits. On the facility grounds, visitors will discover a wooded nature play area, native plant gardens, accessible interpretive boardwalks, 1870s pioneer cabin, and miles of hiking trails.

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Locust grove

Conveniently located in Cabin John Regional Park, Locust Grove Nature Center provides a natural sanctuary from the surrounding urban bustle. While designated as an outreach center for area schools, Locust Grove continues to offer quality public programs for all ages. From story time under the giant sycamore to adult Friday Forays around the County, programs will delight and inform visitors of all ages. Visitors are also welcome to come and wander trails, enjoy the observation deck, explore the exhibits indoors and out, or discover the wonder of the center’s natural playground.

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Meadowside

Located in Rock Creek Regional Park, Meadowside Nature Center offers hands-on natural and cultural history programs for families, schools, and scouts. The outdoor area offers 8 miles of nature trails, the Raptor Aviaries, and a nature place space. Inside visitors can explore the diverse habits found in Maryland and the Curiosity Corner Discovery Room containing books, games, puzzles, and more. Visitors can also experience the lives of the Maryland pioneer and Eastern Woodland Indian families in othe Legacy of the People exhibit where they can try on clothes, play games, and touch animal skins.

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