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  • Location:
    Brookside Nature Center
    Wheaton Regional Park
    1400 Glenallan Ave.
    Wheaton, Maryland 20902
    Directions and Map

  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday through Saturday
    9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    Closed Mondays and major

  • Contacts:
    Phone: 301-962-1480
    Fax: 301-962-8476

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Brookside Nature Center

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Inclement Weather TypesWEATHER ALERT:In the event of inclement weather, please check or call 301-495-2595 for updates on closures, cancellations, and delays and other weather-related updates from Montgomery Parks.


Black Hill Nature Center buildingSince 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 the 536 acres of 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 and fish), the Children's Discovery Room, an observation bee hive, and wildlife exhibits. On the nature center grounds, discover a wooded nature play area, native plant gardens, accessible interpretive boardwalks, the Harper 1870s Homestead Cabin, and miles of hiking trails.


Free School Programs for Montgomery County K-12 Students!

Brookside Nature Center has programs to support Montgomery County k-12 students meet Environmental Education requirements. Please learn more by clicking on Programs & Events.



Inclement Weather Policy

Brookside Nature Center follows Montgomery County Public School closures, delayed openings and early releases. If MCPS are closed due to inclement weather, all Nature Center children’s programs are cancelled. Adult programs cancellations will be decided on a case by case basis; please call the Nature Center to check on the status of your adult class. 




Updated: April 2016