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Schedule of Events 

Discovery Center/Deep Creek Lake State Park

The Discovery Center is Free and open to the public
Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Saturday, July 1 

 11:00 a.m. Hungry Critters  Meet us inside the Discovery Center as we feed the critters! You will be given a chance to touch a live reptile or amphibian!

 11:00 a.m.  Little Guard  For kids age 5-12.  Meet at the beach and learn some skills from the lifeguard.  Kids will run a relay, practice throwing a lifesaving device, learn how to recognize a troubled swimmer and more.  NO swimming required.

 8:00 p.m. Scales & Tales Campfire There’s nothing better than a holiday weekend, and a Scales & Tales Campfire.  Get the chance to meet some of our animal ambassadors while learning the story of how they came to be in our care.  Marshmallow roasting to follow.  

Sunday, July 2

 11:00 a.m. First Impressions  Some animals are born with a bad reputation.  This interactive program shows that even creepy crawlies have their own important role in nature.  Great for all ages.

2:00 p.m. Aviary Encounter Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat!

Monday, July 3

10:00 a.m. Fishing with the Naturalist Kids 7 and up join us on the shores of the Discovery Center for fishing basics. Poles, bait, and tackle are provided.  $4/person, adults (16+ must have a license). Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

2:00 p.m. Aquatic Adventures Join the Naturalist in the Discovery Room of the Center for this exciting adventure! We will head to the docks to use aqua scopes and dip nets to catch critters and fish that call Deep Creek home.

Tuesday, July 4

Science Room Fun Our Science Room will be staffed to guide people of all ages through the activities that this hands-on space has to offer.

2:00 p.m. Butterflies & Flowers Join the Naturalist for a walk around the Discovery Center grounds observing the butterflies that use our native plants.  Learn the difference between native and non-native plants and their effects on our environment.

Wednesday, July 5

11:00 a.m. Buzz into Pollination Bzzzzz, Bzzzz, come see what all the buzz is about! Did you know there are more pollinators than just bees? Did you know we wouldn’t have most of our crops or even tequila without these special critters? Join as we fly into the fun!  We will even have a sample of a sweet treat we can thank a pollinator for.

2:00 p.m. Aviary Encounter Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat!

Thursday, July 6

10:00 a.m. Brant Mine Hike Take a guided hike with the naturalist to the historic Brant Mine.  The hike begins in the center in our newly-designed mine room.  Once at the mine site you will see the remnants of a coal mine that was operated in the 1920’s.  Plus, you never know what wildlife we will see on the way. Approx. 1 3/4 hour. Moderate walking.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Meet Smokey Bear  Smokey Bear will be in the house! Stop by to learn the history of this iconic figure.

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Fire Tower Open Take a self-guided hike to the historic Thayerville Fire Tower and meet our knowledgeable staff to experience the view of a lifetime.

Friday, July 7

8:00 a.m. Birding at Deep Creek  You’ll learn how to bird by sight and by ear as we listen for distinctive songs on a stroll through the park.  Bring binoculars and meet at the Discovery Center.

11:00 a.m. Creating an Owl Join the Naturalist as we talk about the adaptations and secrets of owls. Meet one of our owls up close and then create your own.  Develop nature journaling skills through observation and drawing or just come for fun

2:00 p.m. What’s that Reptile? Come to the Discovery Center to learn about the reptiles and amphibians in the center and you may have a chance to touch these amazing cold-blooded creatures!

Saturday, July 8

11:00 a.m. Little Guard  For kids age 5-12.  Meet at the beach and learn some skills from the lifeguard.  Kids will run a relay, practice throwing a lifesaving device, learn how to recognize a troubled swimmer and more.  NO swimming required.

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Art in the Park!

Sunday, July 9

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Art in the Park!

Monday, July 10

10:00 a.m. Fishing with the Naturalist Kids 7 and up join us on the shores of the Discovery Center for fishing basics. Poles, bait, and tackle are provided.  $4/person, adults (16+ must have a license). Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

2:00 p.m. Aquatic Adventures Join the Naturalist in the Discovery Room of the Center for this exciting adventure! We will head to the docks to use aqua scopes and dip nets to catch critters and fish that call Deep Creek home.

Tuesday, July 11

Science Room Fun Our Science Room will be staffed to guide people of all ages through the activities that this hands-on space has to offer.

2:00 p.m.  Butterflies & Flowers Join the Naturalist for a walk around the Discovery Center grounds observing the butterflies that use our native plants.  Learn the difference between native and non-native plants and their effects on our environment.

Wednesday, July 12

11:00 a.m. Buzz into Pollination Bzzzzz, Bzzzz, come see what all the buzz is about! Did you know there are more pollinators than just bees? Did you know we wouldn’t have most of our crops or even tequila without these special critters? Join as we fly into the fun!  We will even have a sample of a sweet treat we can thank a pollinator for.

2:00 p.m. Aviary Encounter Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat!

Thursday, July 13

10:00 a.m. Brant Mine Hike Take a guided hike with the naturalist to the historic Brant Mine.  The hike begins in the center in our newly-designed mine room.  Once at the mine site you will see the remnants of a coal mine that was operated in the 1920’s.  Plus, you never know what wildlife we will see on the way. Approx. 1 3/4 hour. Moderate walking.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Meet Smokey Bear  Smokey Bear will be in the house! Stop by to learn the history of this iconic figure.

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Fire Tower Open Take a self-guided hike to the historic Thayerville Fire Tower and meet our knowledgeable staff to experience the view of a lifetime.

Friday, July 14

8:00 a.m. Birding at Deep Creek  You’ll learn how to bird by sight and by ear as we listen for distinctive songs on a stroll through the park.  Bring binoculars and meet at the Discovery Center

11:00 a.m. Creating an Owl Join the Naturalist as we talk about the adaptations and secrets of owls. Meet one of our owls up close and then create your own.  Develop nature journaling skills through observation and drawing or just come for fun.

2:00 p.m. What’s that Reptile Come to the Discovery Center to learn about the reptiles and amphibians in the center and you may have a chance to touch these amazing cold-blooded creatures!

Saturday, July 15

11:00 a.m. Hungry Critters  Meet us inside the Discovery Center as we feed the critters! You will be given a chance to touch a live reptile or amphibian

11:00 a.m.  Little Guard  For kids age 5-12.  Meet at the beach and learn some skills from the lifeguard.  Kids will run a relay, practice throwing a lifesaving device, learn how to recognize a troubled swimmer and more.  NO swimming required.

9:00 p.m.  Astronomy at the Discovery Center with Gus Johnson Join our knowledgeable staff at the Discovery Center parking lot for a night of star gazing. Don’t forget a chair and a blanket!

Sunday, July 16

11:00 a.m. First Impressions  Some animals are born with a bad reputation.  This interactive program shows that even creepy crawlies have their own important role in nature.  Great for all ages.

2:00 p.m. Aviary Encounter Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat!

 Monday, July 17

10:00 a.m. Fishing with the Naturalist Kids 7 and up join us on the shores of the Discovery Center for fishing basics. Poles, bait, and tackle are provided.  $4/person, adults (16+ must have a license). Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

2:00 p.m. Aquatic Adventures Join the Naturalist in the Discovery Room of the Center for this exciting adventure! We will head to the docks to use aqua scopes and dip nets to catch critters and fish that call Deep Creek home.

Tuesday, July 18

Science Room Fun Our Science Room will be staffed to guide people of all ages through the activities that this hands-on space has to offer.

2:00 p.m.  Butterflies & Flowers Join the Naturalist for a walk around the Discovery Center grounds observing the butterflies that use our native plants.  Learn the difference between native and non-native plants and their effects on our environment.

Wednesday, July 19

11:00 a.m. Buzz into Pollination Bzzzzz, Bzzzz, come see what all the buzz is about! Did you know there are more pollinators than just bees? Did you know we wouldn’t have most of our crops or even tequila without these special critters? Join as we fly into the fun!  We will even have a sample of a sweet treat we can thank a pollinator for

2:00 p.m. Aviary Encounter Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat!

Thursday, July 20

10:00 a.m. Brant Mine Hike Take a guided hike with the naturalist to the historic Brant Mine.  The hike begins in the center in our newly-designed mine room.  Once at the mine site you will see the remnants of a coal mine that was operated in the 1920’s.  Plus, you never know what wildlife we will see on the way. Approx. 1 3/4 hour. Moderate walking.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Meet Smokey Bear  Smokey Bear will be in the house! Stop by to learn the history of this iconic figure.

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Fire Tower Open Take a self-guided hike to the historic Thayerville Fire Tower and meet our knowledgeable staff to experience the view of a lifetime.

Friday, July 21

8:00 a.m. Birding at Deep Creek  You’ll learn how to bird by sight and by ear as we listen for distinctive songs on a stroll through the park.  Bring binoculars and meet at the Discovery Center.

11:00 a.m. Creating an Owl Join the Naturalist as we talk about the adaptations and secrets of owls. Meet one of our owls up close and then create your own.  Develop nature journaling skills through observation and drawing or just come for fun.

2:00 p.m. What’s that Reptile Come to the Discovery Center to learn about the reptiles and amphibians in the center and you may have a chance to touch these amazing cold-blooded creatures!

Saturday, July 22

11:00 a.m. Hungry Critters  Meet us inside the Discovery Center as we feed the critters! You will be given a chance to touch a live reptile or amphibian!

11:00 a.m.  Little Guard  For kids age 5-12.  Meet at the beach and learn some skills from the lifeguard.  Kids will run a relay, practice throwing a lifesaving device, learn how to recognize a troubled swimmer and more.  NO swimming required.

8:00 p.m.  Bats-Mammals of the Night Sky Campfire  Join us for an exciting look at an often misunderstood creature.  Get the opportunity to learn about bats and spend some time outside with a bat researcher and her equipment.

Sunday, July 23

11:00 a.m. First Impressions  Some animals are born with a bad reputation.  This interactive program shows that even creepy crawlies have their own important role in nature.  Great for all ages.

2:00 Aviary Encounter Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat!

Monday, July 24

10:00 a.m. Fishing with the Naturalist  Kids 7 and up join us on the shores of the Discovery Center for fishing basics. Poles, bait, and tackle are provided.  $4/person, adults (16+ must have a license). Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

2:00 p.m. Aquatic Adventures Join the Naturalist in the Discovery Room of the Center for this exciting adventure! We will head to the docks to use aqua scopes and dip nets to catch critters and fish that call Deep Creek home.

Tuesday, July 25

Science Room Fun all day

Our Science Room will be staffed to guide people of all ages through the activities that this hands-on space has to offer.

2:00 p.m. Butterflies & Flowers Join the Naturalist for a walk around the Discovery Center grounds observing the butterflies that use our native plants.  Learn the difference between native and non-native plants and their effects on our environment.

Wednesday, July 26

11:00 a.m. Buzz into Pollination Bzzzzz, Bzzzz, come see what all the buzz is about! Did you know there are more pollinators than just bees? Did you know we wouldn’t have most of our crops or even tequila without these special critters? Join as we fly into the fun!  We will even have a sample of a sweet treat we can thank a pollinator for.

2:00 p.m. Aviary Encounter Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat!

Thursday, July 27

10:00 p.m. Brant Mine Hike Take a guided hike with the naturalist to the historic Brant Mine.  The hike begins in the center in our newly-designed mine room.  Once at the mine site you will see the remnants of a coal mine that was operated in the 1920’s.  Plus, you never know what wildlife we will see on the way. Approx. 1 3/4 hour. Moderate walking.

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Fire Tower Open Take a self-guided hike to the historic Thayerville Fire Tower and meet our knowledgeable staff to experience the view of a lifetime. 

Friday, July 28

8:00 a.m. Birding at Deep Creek  You’ll learn how to bird by sight and by ear as we listen for distinctive songs on a stroll through the park.  Bring binoculars and meet at the Discovery Center.

11:00 a.m. Creating an Owl  Join the Naturalist as we talk about the adaptations and secrets of owls. Meet one of our owls up close and then create your own.  Develop nature journaling skills through observation and drawing or just come for fun.

2:00 p.m. What’s that Reptile  Come to the Discovery Center to learn about the reptiles and amphibians in the center and you may have a chance to touch these amazing cold-blooded creatures!

Saturday, July 29

11:00 a.m. Hungry Critters  Meet us inside the Discovery Center as we feed the critters! You will be given a chance to touch a live reptile or amphibian!

11:00 a.m.  Little Guard  For kids age 5-12.  Meet at the beach and learn some skills from the lifeguard.  Kids will run a relay, practice throwing a lifesaving device, learn how to recognize a troubled swimmer and more.  NO swimming required.

8:00 p.m. All About Black Bears  Join Maryland DNR Black Bear biologist, Clarissa Harris, to learn about one of the most iconic animals around Deep Creek Lake.

Sunday, July 30

11:00 a.m. First Impressions  Some animals are born with a bad reputation.  This interactive program shows that even creepy crawlies have their own important role in nature. 

2:00 p.m. Aviary Encounter  Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat!

Monday, July 31

10:00 a.m. Fishing with the Naturalist Kids 7 and up join us on the shores of the Discovery Center for fishing basics. Poles, bait, and tackle are provided.  $4/person, adults (16+ must have a license). Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

2:00 p.m. Aquatic Adventures Join the Naturalist in the Discovery Room of the Center for this exciting adventure! We will head to the docks to use aqua scopes and dip nets to catch critters and fish that call Deep Creek home.

 

Science Room Open!  Check out our new theater system and linked computer science stations.  Use our digital microscope to see snake skin, tree cookies, bird feathers and butterfly wings on our HD TV.  Use interactive kid friendly field guides to identify fish, aquatic insects and more.

Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center

“Bringing people and resources together”

Programs and Center hours are subject to change without notice.

All programs meet or begin at the Discovery Center unless otherwise noted.

For more information, call us at (301)387-7067

The facilities of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are available to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin or physical or mental disability.

Park Amenities

State Parks Big
Run
Cassel-
man
Deep
Creek
Herring-
ton
New
Germany
Swallow
Falls
Yough
River
Boats              
Launch *   * * *    
Canoe Rentals       *      
Paddle Boat Rentals       * *    
Rowboat Rentals       * *    
Boat Slips              
Camping              
Improved     * * * *  
Camper Cabins     2     3  
Unimproved *         *  
Drinking Water *   * * * *  
Reservations     * * * *  
Winterized *            
Maximum Sites 30   112   39 65  
RV Sites     26     3  
Play Area *   * * * *  
Fire Ring/Grill *   * * * *  
Tables              
Cabins              
Reservations     * * *    
Furnished Cabins     1 20 11    
Year-round Cabins       * *    
Concessions              
Snack Bar       * *    
Vending     * * * *  
Camp Store       *   *  
Interpretive              
Interpretive Center     * * * *  
Naturalist     * * * *  
Campfire Program     * * * *  
Guided Walks     * * *    
Trails              
Hiking *   * * * * *
X-country ski       * *   *
Horseback              
Nature *   * * * * *
Snowmobile     *        
General              
Picnicking * * * * * *  
Shelters *   * * * *  
Swimming     * * *    
Fishing * * * * * * *
Hunting     * *      
Archery Range              
Winter Activities     * * * *  
Attractions              
Historic   * * * * * *
Scenic * * * * * * *
Water * * * * * * *
  Big
Run
Cassel-
man
Deep
Creek
Herring-
ton
New
Germany
Swallow
Falls
Yough
River
 

 

State Forests Potomac Garrett Savage River
Camping    
Improved    
Camper Cabins    
Unimproved * *
Drinking Water    
Reservations    
Winterized    
Maximum Sites 35 53
RV Sites    
Play Area    
Fire Ring/Grill * *
Tables * *
Cabins    
Reservations    
Furnished Cabins    
Year-round Cabins    
Trails    
Hiking * *
X-country ski    
Horseback * *
Nature * *
Snowmobile * *
General    
Picnicking * *
Shelters *  
Swimming    
Fishing * *
Hunting * *
Archery Range *  
Winter Activities   *
Attractions    
Historic * *
Scenic * *
Water * *

 

 

Contact Information and Directions

Big Run State Park
Grantsville, MD
301-895-5453 or 301-746-8359
Directions: 14 miles south of Grantsville

Casselman River Bridge State Park
Grantsville, MD 
301-895-5453 or 301-746-8359
Directions:  1/4 mile east of Grantsville adjacent to Rt. 40


Deep Creek Lake State Park
Swanton, MD
(301) 387-5563
Directions:  Take Rt. 219 S. to Glendale Road.  Turn left on Glendale Road.  Immediately after crossing the Glendale Bridge, turn left onto State Park Road. Go over small State Park Bridge and you will see the campground office on your right. Continue a short distance and the Discovery Center is the first left past the office. The park entrance to beach, picnic and day-use area and public boat launch ramp is the second left. 


Herrington Manor State Park
Oakland, MD
(301) 334-9180 
DIRECTIONS: Take Rt. 219 south to Mayhew Inn Road. Take right and travel to the end of Mayhew Inn Road. Turn left onto Oakland Sang Run Rd. Follow signs and turn right onto Swallow Falls Road.  Park entrance is about 5 miles on right.


New Germany State Park
Grantsville, MD
(301) 895-5453
DIRECTIONS: Take Rt. 219 south to Glendale Rd.  Turn left onto Glendale Road, cross bridge and bear right and continue to the end of Glendale Rd. Turn left onto Rt. 495 N., then right onto New Germany Rd. Go about 8 miles and turn right into park entrance. Savage River State Forest encompasses much of the Park area. NOTE: Savage River Reservoir is at the bottom of Dry Run Road off 495.


Potomac-Garrett State Forest
301-334-2038
DIRECTIONS: Take Rt. 219 S and travel 4.7 miles to Sand Flat Rd. Turn left and travel 4.4 miles to MD Highway (135) at stop light.  Go straight across through Deer Park and continue onto Boiling Springs Rd. Follow signs. Bear right at Eagle Rock Rd. for about 2 miles and you will see signs for specific areas, such as Lostland Run.


Savage River State Forest
Grantsville, MD 
301-895-
5759

Directions:  MD Rt. 495 to New Germany Road. Follow signs.


Swallow Falls State Park
Oakland, MD
(301) 334-9180 
DIRECTIONS: Take Rt. 219 south to Mayhew Inn Road. Take right and travel to the end of Mayhew Inn Road. Turn left onto Oakland Sang Run Rd. Follow signs and turn right onto Swallow Falls Road.  Park entrance is about 1 mile on right.


Youghiogheny Wild & Scenic River
Swanton, MD
301-387-5563
Directions:  Between Miller's Run & town limits of Friendsville