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Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium
5200 Glover Road, NW
Open 9:00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Closed most federal holidays.
The facility includes a children's Discovery Room offering environmental education books and games and a "Discover Rock Creek" bilingual (Spanish and English) exhibit geared for middle school audiences. The Nature Center also includes live turtles, fish, snakes, an active beehive, a bird observation deck, and "water-wise" garden.
A one-half mile self-guiding interpretive trail, the Woodland Trail, begins behind the Nature Center, while a one-fourth mile wheelchair-accessible Edge of the Woods trail begins right out the front door. The Nature Center is wheelchair-accessible.
If you are an educator and would like to schedule a curriculum-based environmental education program at the Nature Center, click on the "For Teachers" link.
For planetarium information, click on the "planetarium" link at left.
Did You Know?
When the National Park Service bought the Old Stone House in the 1950's it was occupied by the Parkway Motors used car lot.