The auditorium room and adjacent kitchenette at Watkins Nature Center is available for rental for meetings, workshops/training, and baby showers. The auditorium room seats 70 people comfortably with tables and chairs, or 90 people with chairs, but no tables. The maximum capacity permitted is 90 people. There is a retractable wall-mounted projector screen located at the end of the room and it is available for use with all rentals (projection equipment must be provided by the renter). The room dimension is 32’ x 42’, and it comes equipped with 90 chairs and 14 tables (6'x30").
The adjacent kitchenette features ample counter space, a double sink, refrigerator/freezer, and microwave (no stove or oven). Renters are permitted to use chafing dishes with canned gel fuel (sternos) in order to keep food warm.
The room is available for rent seven days a week, from the hours of 8:30 am – 10:00 pm. Room rental is subject to availability and must be reserved at least 2 weeks prior to the date of the event. Set up and cleanup time must occur within the reserved time frame.
*No children's activities are permitted in the auditorium room, i.e. parties with food, crafts, etc. All rental activities must be approved by the facility director.
HOURLY RATES: (Minimum 3 Hours per Rental)
Prince George's & Montgomery County Residents
Residents of all other jurisdictions
Refundable damage deposit
To make a reservation, please call 301-218-6702 Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. A deposit is required to hold your reservation.
To make a deposit, you must have a PARKS DIRECT account or provide your driver’s license at the time payment is made.