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Brookside Nature Center at Wheaton Regional Park

Nature Programs and Museum


The cozy building that houses Brookside Nature Center was originally a residence and was converted to a nature center in 1960. It serves as a complement to the nearby Brookside Gardens and provides a hands-on discovery area for children. Displays include live reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, mammals and an observation beehive. Self-guided nature trails take you along interpretive boardwalks, wildlife viewing areas and bird, butterfly, and native plant gardens.

The center is conveniently located within walking distance to the 50-acre gardens, which provide extensive opportunities for all ages to explore hundreds of varieties of plants and flowers. The nearby park has picnic areas, a train, a carousel, an ice rink, indoor/outdoor tennis courts, lighted ball fields, hiking trails and horse stables.

Brookside Nature Center offers unique programs featuring flying squirrels. Special boxes with feeding stations help the center maintain a plentiful population of flying squirrels. The squirrels usually come out to the feeding stations at night and programs are scheduled at times that people are likely to catch a glimpse of the squirrels scurrying from tree to tree.

Find out about upcoming events by viewing the Montgomery County Guide.

Brookside Nature Center is located at Wheaton Regional Park, 1400 Glenallen Ave., Wheaton, MD 20902 (301) 946-9071

Tuesdays - Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sundays: 1 - 5 p.m.
Closed on Mondays and all major holidays.
Trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.

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