Croydon Creek Nature Center

We are pleased to announce Croydon Creek Nature Center will reopen on Saturday, April 24 with limited hours of service and amenities, following COVID-19-related executive orders and regulations.

The center is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11a.m. to 4p.m.

Advanced reservations are required and only available to City of Rockville residents. 

Available activities are no-contact animal viewings with Naturalist interpretation. 

Touch displays and exhibits are prohibited under current orders which means that all games, puzzles, and other manipulatives have been temporarily removed from the center’s exhibit areas. 

Learn about important COVID-19 information to help plan your visit.  

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
Tuesday - Saturday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

1 - 5 p.m.
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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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