Croydon Creek Nature Center

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 live animal displays, 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.

The City of Rockville welcomes people of all ages and abilities. Please contact us via email at to find out more information about accessibility at our center and in our programs. 

Still have questions? Contact: 

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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Party on the Wild Side Social

Party on the Wild Side

Croydon Creek nature birthday parties are designed to educate and entertain with programming that highlights the wonders of nature.

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Public Programs Website

Public Programs

Each season Croydon Creek Nature Center offers a variety of fun and informative nature-based programs for kids, families and adults. Most programs require pre-registration through the Recreation Department’s registration system. Click the link below to be taken to the registration system to see our current offerings!

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School Programs

Croydon Creek Nature Center offers science education programs that engage students in meaningful nature-based learning experiences! 

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Scout Programs

Scouts have always had close ties with the natural world and learning to be good stewards of our planet. Croydon Creek Nature Center is happy to continue this tradition with nature-related badgework for scouts of all ages!

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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.