Charlotte's Quest Nature Center is a hidden treasure within the Town of Manchester, Maryland's Pine Valley Park. Facilities consist of a one-room interpretive building surrounded by nearly 80 acres of land with over 4½ miles of trails, streams, natural springs, a pond, pine and hardwood forests and abundant wildlife. Charlotte's Quest is operated as a partnership between The Manchester Parks Foundation, responsible for day-to-day operations of the center and special events, and the Town of Manchester, owners of the property.
The interpretive building opened in 1995 as Charlotte's Quest for the Outside World Nature Center, named in honor of local teacher and Town Councilwoman Charlotte B. Collett. It was Mrs. Collett's vision to create a place where community members and students of Manchester Elementary, located adjacent to Pine Valley Park, could connect with nature. Over the years Charlotte's Quest has stayed true to this vision, providing naturalist-led programs for community members, field trips for local schools, and annual events that the town has come to cherish. Charlotte's Quest is an asset to all of Manchester's area schools as a local, accessible place to learn about the outdoor world and the importance of protecting our natural resources.
The Manchester Parks Foundation, INC., is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization. It is the mission of the Manchester Parks Foundation to be stewards of the environment by protecting the watershed area and our precious natural resources, by teaching environmental education to the public, by the restoring of the native plants and animals, and by maintaining a diverse natural world.
Charlotte's Quest Nature Center is a grassroots operation, and relies on generous donations of both volunteer time and financial resources. Follow these links to learn more about how you can volunteer, donate, or become a member.
Charlotte's Quest Nature Center's Interpretive Building is open during special events and nature center programming. Please see our calendar
Our 4½ miles of trails, Walnut Pond, the Stream of Life, the natural springs and forests are open everyday from dawn until dusk. You are welcome to park and walk in.
Feel free to park at the gate and walk in during the hours that the Interpretive Building is not open.
3400 Wilhelm Lane
PO Box 864
Manchester, Maryland 21102