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Brookside Nature Center

1400 Glenallen Avenue

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 bee hive, and wildlife exhibits. On the facility grounds, discover a wooded nature play area, native plant gardens, accessible interpretive boardwalks, 1870s pioneer cabin, and miles of hiking trails.


Larry R

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
This is a wonderful garden maintained by a staff of very dedicated volunteers. Worth the trip. Best to come on a weekday as weekends the lot is quite full. Parking at the first or third entrance is your best bet as parking near the greenhouse can be tough.

David Cook

Friday, May 25, 2018
Love this place. It has horse stables that offer riding lessons on beautiful trails. Butterfly exhibit from April to September. Beautiful and well maintained gardens. A cool nature center with loads of activities.. A real 5 🌟

Lydia Deere

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
I love this nature center, it is well-kept, clean and they change the exhibits occasionally so that if you haven't been there in awhile, it's like coming to a new place! Great educational tool to take your kids. Thank you!

Emily Weir

Sunday, June 10, 2018
A nice place to take young children. Has both good indoor and outdoor areas. Used to have more animals, but now the cages that are either empty or have models of animals look kinda pathetic. But some still have animals.

Britt Jacobsen

Saturday, June 30, 2018
Great place to walk for enjoying nature, walking your dog, exercise wtvr you like. It's well maintained and very pretty during the summer.

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