Many area parks periodically hold guided nighttime nature outings. Contact your local parks department for a schedule. Bring a flashlight, as well as insect repellent and a hat to help prevent bug bites. Here are some parks with upcoming events. Unless otherwise noted, all programs require reservations and adults must accompany children.


BLACK HILL REGIONAL PARK -- July 28 and Aug. 24. 20926 Lake Ridge Dr., Boyds. 301-916-0220. Register at or 301-962-1477.

BROOKSIDE NATURE CENTER -- Aug. 18. Wheaton Regional Park, 1400 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-946-9071. Register at or call 301-962-1477.

LOCUST GROVE NATURE CENTER -- July 29. Cabin John Regional Park, 7777 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda. 301-299-1990. Web site under construction. Register at or call 301-962-1477.

MEADOWSIDE NATURE CENTER -- July 28 and Aug. 26. Rock Creek Regional Park, 5100 Meadowside Lane, Rockville. 301-924-4141. Register at or call 301-962-1477.


HIDDEN OAKS NATURE CENTER -- Aug. 13. Annandale Community Park, 7701 Royce St., Annandale. 703-941-1065.

HIDDEN POND NATURE CENTER -- Aug. 12 and 26. 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield. 703-451-9588.