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Clearwater Nature Center

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11000 Thrift Road, Clinton, MD 20735
301-297-4575; TTY: 301-699-2544

Hours of Operation

Monday-Saturday:  8:30 am-5 pm 
Sunday:  11 am-4 pm 

Holidays Open

11 am-4 pm
  • Martin Luther King's Birthday
  • Presidents' Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Employee Appreciation Day

Holidays Closed

  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
Located within Cosca Regional Park, Clearwater Nature Center offers a variety of interpretive programs hosted by park naturalists. Environmental education is strongly supported at this facility through interesting exhibits, displays, programs, special events, clubs, trips, and volunteer opportunities. The nature center features a small indoor pond, live animal exhibits, a lapidary workshop, and seasonal gardens. Walk in on your own or visit the facility as part of a group to meet the live mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds of prey (including a Bald Eagle) that reside at the center. Admission is free; nominal fees apply for programs.

Location/Directions

Located within Cosca Regional Park, in Clinton, Maryland.

From the Capital Beltway (I-495), take Exit 7A, Branch Ave. (Rt. 5) South toward Waldorf for 5.4 miles. At traffic light, turn right onto Surratts Road. At next traffic light, turn left onto Brandywine Road. At next traffic light, turn right onto Thrift Road. Remain on Thrift Road 1.5 miles until you see the sign for Clearwater Nature Center (it will be on your right).

From Upper Marlboro, take Rt. 301 south toward Waldorf. At light (right before the merge onto Rt. 5), turn right onto Brandywine Rd. At 2nd light, turn left onto Thrift Rd. Remain on Thrift Road 1.5 miles until you see the sign for Clearwater Nature Center (it will be on your right).

From Waldorf, take Rt. 301 north. At the Rt. 301/Rt.5 split, bear left onto Rt. 5 (Branch Ave.). At 2nd light, turn left onto Brandywine Rd. At next light, turn left onto Thrift Rd. Remain on Thrift Road 1.5 miles until you see the sign for Clearwater Nature Center (it will be on your right).


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