Nature on Wheels, a mobile nature center and science field station that will bring programming to parks throughout Montgomery County, will make its debut at several locations this weekend. The Montgomery Parks rolling exhibition will have naturalists available to answer questions and share information related to natural areas throughout the park system. In addition, several nature centers are getting ready to open.
Nature on Wheels will be equipped with field research and presentation tools, mobile displays and program presentation activities. Park naturalists will lead various programs, science activities and games utilizing displays deployed around the vehicle and a mobile stage to ensure safe distancing. Some programs may include animal ambassadors.
Naturalists will share information on the City Nature Challenge and offer instructions on how to use the app iNaturalist. Nature on Wheels is scheduled to be at the following locations this weekend:
- Friday April 30: 3-8 p.m. at Acorn Urban Park in Silver Spring.
- Saturday May 1: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rachel Carson Conservation Park in Olney.
- Sunday, May 2: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Arora Hills Local Park in Clarksburg.
Nature on Wheels operates in accordance with County guidelines on group size and physical distancing. Face coverings must be worn.
Follow the Locust Grove Nature Center Facebook page for information on future Nature on Wheels dates and locations.
Montgomery Parks also is beginning to reopen nature center facilities. During opening hours, staff will be onsite and restrooms will be open. Indoor play areas, activities and exhibits may remain closed.
Beginning May 1:
- Brookside Nature Center will open Saturdays and Sundays, 1-5 p.m.
- Locust Grove Nature Center will open Saturdays and Sundays, 1-6 p.m.
- Black Hill Nature Programs will open Saturdays and Sunday, 1-4 p.m.