- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 19, 2000

SKYLINE DRIVE:

• LOCATION: Skyline Drive is part of Shenandoah National Park. The park's headquarters are in Luray, Va. The two northern entrances to the park are at Interstate 66 and Route 340.

• HOURS: The park is always open, but parts of Skyline Drive are closed from dusk to early morning during hunting season. The entire road may be closed during bad weather.

• FEE: The park charges $10 per car to use Skyline Drive, but the ticket is good for seven days.

• INFORMATION: Phone: 540/999-3500. Web site: www.nps.gov/shen/.

BELTSVILLE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH CENTER:

• LOCATION: The 6,700-acre research center is located off Powder Mill Road in Beltsville. The National Visitor Center is located on Powder Mill Road in Log Lodge, Building 302.

• HOURS: The National Visitor Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• INFORMATION: Phone: 301/504-9403. Web site: www.ars.usda.gov/is/.

ROCK CREEK PARK:

• LOCATION: The park is accessible from Beach Drive and Military Road in the District.

• HOURS: The park is open seven days a week during daylight hours.

• INFORMATION: Phone (Nature Center): 202/426-6829. Web site: www.nps.gov/rocr/.

BROOKSIDE GARDENS:

• LOCATION: The gardens are located at 1800 Glenallan Ave. in Wheaton.

• HOURS: The gardens are open seven days a week during daylight hours. The visitors center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the garden shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• INFORMATION: Phone: 301/949-8230.

PATUXENT WILDLIFE REFUGE CENTER:

• LOCATION: The center is located at the intersection of Powder Mill Road and Route 197 in Laurel.

• HOURS: The center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• INFORMATION: Phone: 301/497-5500. Web site: www.pwrc.nbs.gov.

NATIONAL ARBORETUM:

• LOCATION: The National Arboretum is located at 3501 New York Ave. NE in the District.

• HOURS: The arboretum grounds are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• INFORMATION: Phone: 202/245-2726. Web site: www.ars-grin.gov/na/.

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