Croydon Creek Nature Center

Monday, January 17, 2022
Monday, February 21, 2022

Help keep everyone safe. Do not visit any City of Rockville property if you are feeling ill or have COVID-19 symptoms. Due to the new city mask mandate, face coverings are mandatory for all visitors to Rockville facilities. The requirement applies to all staff and visitors aged 2 and older, regardless of one's COVID-19 vaccination status or negative PCR test.

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.

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

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
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School Programs

Croydon Creek Nature Center is excited to offer both online and in-person science education programs that bring our center into your classroom, where ever it is! 

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Party on the Wild Side Social

Party on the Wild Side

Croydon Creek nature parties are designed to educate and entertain with either virtual or in-person programming that highlight the wonders of nature.

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What's at Croydon Creek

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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