Did you know that we have a nature center in Mount Rainier, Maryland? Tis true! Mount Rainier Nature/Recreation Center is a FREE, kid-friendly, pint-sized nature center full of lizards, turtles, fish and other six-legged-creatures-who-shall-remain-nameless for all to explore!
Mount Rainier Nature Center
We first discovered this place when we stopped by for their Thursday morning “Toddler Time” complete with storytime and hands-on nature activities (see Route One Fun’s Weekday Activities Guide for more details).
I didn’t realize at the time that the Nature Center is also open for folks to explore during non-program hours. I don’t know why this never occurred to me but let’s file it under the category of toomanythingsonmymind and better late than never….
Good Ole’ Unstructured Fun
Being able to visit the nature center and its activity stations outside of any structured program is great, especially on days when you want to get yourself and the young’ns out of the house and busy exploring nature without breaking the bank.
- Activity Center – Full of paper and crayons just waiting for little hands to explore as well as some animals skins for them to get a sense of what XYZ might feel like.
- Play Area full of puzzles, blocks, books, pretend play toys, etc.
- Goldfish Pond – If you go during warmer weather, you can check out their cute goldfish pond.
- Playground – If you happen to go on a nice day, know that there’s a playground right around back.
So go. Enjoy this compact, fun, local and free resource. You might even learn a thing or two about charming chameleons and the Anacostia River while you’re at it! 😋
Mount Rainier Nature and Recreation Center is located at 4701 31st Place, Mt. Rainier
Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays, 8:30am-5pm
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