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Schedule of Events 
Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center & Sang Run

 

Friday, December 5

All Day Scavenger Hunts  Choices available are Trackin’ Through the Discovery Center (all about animal tracks), Life in a Cave (critters you might see in a cave appear when using a black light), Fall Scavenger Hunt, Beginner Scavenger Hunt and Challenging Scavenger Hunt.

Saturday, December 6

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Holiday Open House   Create holiday ornaments from natural materials, take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy refreshments.

Sunday, December 7

11:00 a.m.  Pine Cone Bird Feeder Making   Join the Naturalist as we watch the bird feeder to spot our flying friends eating a snack!  You will also make your own bird feeder so you can watch the birds at home!

2:00 p.m.  Aviary Feeding!  Come to the aviary to get up close and personal with our birds of prey. Learn some interesting facts and watch them eat!

Friday, December 12

All Day Scavenger Hunts  Choices available are Trackin’ Through the Discovery Center (all about animal tracks), Life in a Cave (critters you might see in a cave appear when using a black light), Fall Scavenger Hunt, Beginner Scavenger Hunt and Challenging Scavenger Hunt.

Saturday, December 13

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.

2:00 p.m.  Pine Cone Bird Feeder Making   Join the Naturalist as we watch the bird feeder to spot our flying friends eating a snack!  You will also make your own bird feeder so you can watch the birds at home!

Sunday, December 14

All Day Ornament Making   Create holiday ornaments from natural materials.

2:00 p.m.  Aviary Feeding   Come to the aviary to get up close and personal with our birds of prey. Learn some interesting facts and watch them eat!

Friday, December 19

All Day Scavenger Hunts  Choices available are Trackin’ Through the Discovery Center (all about animal tracks), Life in a Cave (critters you might see in a cave appear when using a black light), Fall Scavenger Hunt, Beginner Scavenger Hunt and Challenging Scavenger Hunt.

Saturday, December 20

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

2:00 p.m.  Lake Fish Creations!  Join us in the Discovery Room as we color or paint a native fish species to take home!   

Sunday, December 21

All Day Ornament Making   Create ornaments from natural materials.

2:00 p.m.  Aviary Feeding!  Come to the aviary to get up close and personal with our birds of prey. Learn some interesting facts and watch them eat!

Friday, December 26

11:00 a.m.  Winter Wonderland!  Dress warmly as we will take a brief look at the winter wonderland outside of the Discovery Center!  We will catch snowflakes to examine them and then make our own snowflake creations!

2:00 p.m.  Lake Fish Creations!  Join us in the Discovery Room as we color or paint a native fish species to take home!   

Saturday, December 27

10:30 a.m.  “Snakes Give Me a Freak Out!”  Local author Deborah Wagner-Brenneman and illustrator Elizabeth Friend will be signing and selling their new children’s book “Snakes Give Me a Freak Out.”  We will also have a live snake on display and a slithery craft!

2:00 p.m.  Aviary Feeding!  Come to the aviary to get up close and personal with our birds of prey. Learn some interesting facts and watch them eat!

Sunday, December 28

11:00 a.m.  Pine Cone Bird Feeder Making   Join the Naturalist as we watch the bird feeder to spot our flying friends eating a snack!  You will also make your own bird feeder so you can watch the birds at home!

2:00 p.m.  Critter Encounter!  Meet us inside the Discovery Center as we feed the critters! You will be given a chance to touch a live reptile or amphibian.

Monday, December 29

11:00 a.m.  Creativity, Recycling and Crafts!  Meet us in the Discovery Room to learn some facts about recycling and how to keep our earth GREEN!  We will use recycled material to make a beautiful and unique craft!  Great for all ages.

2:00 p.m.  Aviary Feeding!  Come to the aviary to get up close and personal with our birds of prey. Learn some interesting facts and watch them eat!

Tuesday, December 30

11:00 a.m.  Winter Wonderland!  Dress warmly as we will take a brief look at the winter wonderland outside of the Discovery Center!  We will catch snowflakes to examine them and then make our own snowflake creations!

2:00 p.m.  New Year’s Eve Craft  Join us in the Discovery Room to create a unique craft to take home.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

10:00 a.m.  First Day Hike   Join naturalist’s Sam Dixon and Alana Morgan as we “Hike the Discovery Center.”  Tour our displays, discover fossils on our building, tracks in our walls, tour the indoor mine, meet animals up close, venture outside to our aviary.  If the weather permits, we will walk to the beach and back discovering the uniqueness of nature in winter.  Return to the Center for hot chocolate.  1.5 – 2 hr

All Day Scavenger Hunts  Choices available are Trackin’ Through the Discovery Center (all about animal tracks), Life in a Cave (critters you might see in a cave appear when using a black light), Fall Scavenger Hunt, Beginner Scavenger Hunt and Challenging Scavenger Hunt.

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.

NEW! Discovery Hands On Science Room!

Interactive, educational and fun!

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