Croydon Creek Nature Center

Following Montgomery County's updated COVID-19-related guidelines, the Department of Recreation and Parks will lift many of its restrictions and expand services and operating hours at Croydon Creek Nature Center.

Effective Saturday, May 29, 2021:
• Advanced reservations are no longer required. 
Drop-in visitation is allowed for Rockville residents and non-residents.
• Ability to contract rental space is allowed.
• Open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (May 29 to June 20, 2021).

Effective Monday, June 21, 2021:
Expanded hours of operation:

• Monday: Closed
• Tuesday – Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  Sunday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Important Reminders:
Do not come to any City of Rockville property if you are sick or came into to contact with someone with any COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms, or are otherwise instructed to remain at home.

Following the latest federal, state and county guidance, employees of and visitors to most City of Rockville facilities who have received full COVID-19 vaccinations will no longer be required to wear masks. Unvaccinated individuals will still be encouraged to wear face coverings to protect themselves.

Regardless of vaccination status, city staff and students will still wear face coverings at the Montrose Discovery Preschool. Masks and face coverings will still need to be worn by staff and riders on Rockville Senior Center buses, or by staff and participants in summer camps and youth recreation programs.

The Croydon Creek Nature Center is just a short distance from vibrant downtown Rockville. The center is nestled on 120 acres of forest preserve, open meadow areas and a winding creek bustling with a variety of wildlife.

The Nature Center presents a world of discovery through interpretive exhibits, informative programs and the exploration of an urban forest. There is no cost to visit the nature center however there are fees associated with many of our programs.

Virtual Programs

Even though we are closed, you can still enjoy Croydon Creek Nature Center programs! Check out our new virtual and socially distant outdoor programming.

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 Still have questions? Contact: 

Croydon Creek Nature Center
852 Avery Road
Rockville, MD 20851
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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CC Virtual School Programs

Virtual School Programs

In response to the virtual school formats that many schools have temporarily adopted, Croydon Creek Nature Center is excited to offer these online science education programs that bring our center into your virtual classroom! 

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Croydon Creek Nature Center Virtual Birthday Parties

Party on the Wild Side

We've moved our themed birthday parties online to accommodate safe social distancing. 

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Diamondback Terrapin sitting on a rock


As part of our conservation efforts and education, we have a variety of animals. You can find reptiles, amphibians and our very own owl named Cricket.

Lush view of the John G. Hayes Forest Preserve

Hiking Trails 

Adjacent to the John G. Hayes Forest Preserve, we have just over 3 miles of marked trails with historic relics, a meandering tributary of Rock Creek and a variety of wildlife.

Exhibit room at Croydon Creek Nature Center


A watershed exhibit in our lower level gives visitors a tour of our local watershed as well as ways they can make a positive impact on it. Additionally, there are temporary exhibits that highlight seasonal themes.

Discovery Room at Croydon Creek Nature Center

Discovery Room 

Our Discovery room includes a large selection of books, games, puzzles and activities for all to enjoy.

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