Visit our many ongoing activities throughout the day or bring in your tools for a tune-up and lesson on garden tool maintenance with the Silver Spring TimeBank!

Also, don’t forget to follow the signs to Brookside Nature Center for more fun filled activities and learning opportunities.


Finished the Stream Maze!


LOCATION: Brookside Gardens

DATE: April 28, 2019

TIME: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm


Ongoing Activities  –

  • Repair Café
  • Water maze game – DEP
  • Pot up a plant (solidago) – Brookside Gardens
  • Recycled key windchimes – Brookside Gardens
  • Guided mindful forest walks for children – Brookside Gardens (outside instructor)
  • Face painting – Brookside Gardens


Garden Tool “Repair Cafe” hosted by the Silver Spring TimeBank

Location: Visitor Center Atrium at Brookside Gardens

Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Members of the Silver Spring TimeBank will be on-hand to help clean, sharpen, and repair garden hand tools such as pruners, hedge clippers, trowels, weeders, etc. (No electric or gas-powered tools.)

Bring in your tools for a tune-up and lesson on garden tool maintenance!


Brookside Nature Center – Fun Activities and Learning Opportunities

Location: Brookside Nature Center

Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm

Forest Bathing
Interested in Forest Bathing or Forest Mindfulness? Here’s your chance to take part in a forest bathing experience with certified Forest Therapy Guides. Guides will be here throughout the day to answer questions and several short walks will be offered at 1:00pm, 2:00pm and 3:00pm.

Bees & Other Pollinators
Montgomery County Beekeepers will be here to give tours of the apiary yards at the nature center and answer all questions about both honeybees and native pollinators at our observation hive.

Turtle Talks
Learn all about how to be good to our native box turtles by joining a naturalist on the ramp by the turtle observation area throughout the day.

Creature Feature
Come explore tables of “biofacts” to make you aware of the diverse community of animals found in and around Wheaton Regional Park. Learn about the truth in the tooth or discover the different adaptations of birds and mammals.

City Nature Challenge
Montgomery County Nature Centers are participating in the 2019 City Nature Challenge. It is a competition to see which city can make the most observations of nature, find the most species and engage the most people. There will be naturalists on hand to teach participants how to get started and make observations. Biodiversity exists and matters – not only in the wild but right here in Montgomery County! Download the iNaturalist app before GreenFest.

Location: Brookside Gardens Date: April 28, 2019 Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm