Watkins Nature Center

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Watkins Nature Center offers close-up wildlife investigation with its resident live animals, hands-on exhibits, interpretive programs, and special events. Live animal displays include insects, amphibians, reptiles, and birds of prey.

The nature center also features indoor and outdoor ponds, a songbird feeding area, a butterfly/hummingbird garden, composting area, an outdoor nest box exhibit, and a squirrel gym that showcases the parks squirrel population. 

Nature hikes, campfires, animal shows, puppet shows, crafts, summer day camps, and other programs attract over 50,000 visitors each year.

Specialty programs are offered for school groups, Scout groups, homeschool students, and adults. Volunteer opportunities are offered year round for teens and adults ages 14 and over.

Admission is free, but nominal fees apply for programs.

Please click one of the links below to learn about our programs!

Trash to Treasure Green Craft Fair

Join us on Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 10 am - 4 pm for our 10th annual Trash To Treasure Green Craft Fair. Explore local crafters and artists who create treasures made from at least 50% recycled, organic, fair trade or sustainably-harvested materials. There will be food vendors, face-painting, a kids craft table and more! Admission is free! We will be accepting vendors starting in May 2018.

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Location/Directions

Located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, in Watkins Regional Park, one mile west of the Six Flags America amusement park.

From the Capital Beltway (I-495), take Exit 15A (Central Avenue) east. Continue for approximately three miles. Turn right onto Watkins Park Drive (Route 193) and follow the park signs to the facility.

From Route 301, turn onto Central Avenue (Route 214) west. Continue for approximately three miles (past Six Flags America). Turn left onto Watkins Park Drive and follow to the park entrance on the right.