Charlotte's Quest Nature Center is a hidden treasure within the Town of Manchester, Maryland. Charlotte's Quest is located adjacent to Manchester Elementary School and lies within Manchester's Pine Valley Park, one of the town's 3 park systems. Pine Valley Park has more than 80 acres of land with over 4 ½ miles of trails, a stream, natural springs, a pond, pine and hardwood forests and abundant wildlife.
The Manchester Parks Foundation, INC., a 501(C)3 non-profit organization, oversees the day-to-day operations of the center. Funding of the center is done through the generosity of memberships, donations and help from dedicated volunteers, and through our monthly programs. An occasional grant aids this process. Volunteers and our naturalist administer most of the maintenance and the running of Charlotte's Quest's programs, activities and events. No federal government funding is received.
The Manchester Parks Foundation is the overseeing organization of Charlotte's Quest Nature Center and Pine Valley Park with help from the Town of Manchester, the owners of the land. The Town of Manchester provides some funding for maintenance of our facility and the equipment needed and pays the Naturalist's salary. The Town employees also help with the mowing of our larger fields. If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact us via email through our Contact Us page.
Charlotte's Quest Nature Center's Interpretive Building is open during special events and nature center programming. Please see our calendar
Our 4 ½ 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