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Schedule of Events 
Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center

 

Friday, August 1

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.

1:30 p.m. Tie Dye on the Beach! Meet us at the beach to make your own tie dye shirt and create your own conservation message for your shirt!  “Give a Hoot Don’t Pollute” wait that one is taken. You get the idea! $12.00 per shirt. Approx. 1 hour.

Saturday, August 2

 

11:00 a.m. Discovery Room Crafts  Meet us inside the Discovery Room to participate in a variety of crafts and recycled projects! Great for all ages!

11:00 a.m. Little Guard For kids age 5-7. Meet at the beach and learn the skills of a lifeguard.  Kids will run a relay, practice throwing a lifesaving device, learn how to recognize a troubled swimmer and more.  NO swimming required. Free

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Hayride at Friend’s Store  Hayrides approximately every half hour at the Sang Run park.

8:00 p.m. Scales & Tales Campfire Program Meet us at the amphitheater to meet some of our resident critters both scaly and feathered. Marshmallows will be provided.

 

Sunday, August 3

11:00 a.m. Aquatic Adventures Join the Naturalist on the docks of the Discovery Center for this exciting adventure! Check out our fish traps, aqua scopes and learn about the critters that call Deep Creek home.  Approx. ½ hour, Free.           

11:00 a.m. Butterflies and Flowers at Friend’s Store Join the Naturalist for a walk around the farm at Friend’s Store on Sang Run Road observing the butterflies that inhabit our native plants.  Learn the difference between native and non-native plants and their effects on our environment. Approx. 1 hour.

 2:00 p.m. Aviary Encounter  Come to the aviary to get up close and personal with our birds of prey. Learn some interesting facts and watch them eat! Bring a camera because they will be perched for a great photo opportunity!  Free.

Monday, August 4

 

8:00 a.m.  Birding at Sang Run  You’ll learn tips to birding by ear and listen for distinctive songs as we stroll through Friend’s Delight.  Meet at the Kayak launch. Bring binoculars and wear waterproof hiking boots.  Walk is of medium difficulty and will last approx. 2 hours.

 

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-register required as space is limited.                                                                                                  

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!

Tuesday, August 5

“Life in a Cave” It’s time to explore! Put on your head lamp and take a self-guided trip to the Discovery Center’s cave to search for cave dwelling creatures. Free.

2:00 p.m. Butterflies and Flowers Join the Naturalist for a walk around the Discovery Center grounds observing the butterflies that inhabit our native plants.  Learn the difference between native and non-native plants and their effects on our environment. Approx. 1 hour.

Wednesday, August 6

 

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

11:00 a.m.  Aviary Encounter  Come to the Aviary to get up close and personal with our birds of prey. Learn some interesting facts and watch them eat! Bring a camera because they will be perched for a great photo opportunity!  Free.

2:00 p.m. All Cracked up Have you ever wondered what an un-hatched owl or snake looks like inside of its shell? If you answered yes, this is the program for you!  We will cure that curiosity by viewing a short presentation that will be followed by an egg-cellent eggshell craft! Join us in the Discovery Room to view awesome images of animals hatching from eggs while learning all about them. We will then be making a eggs-e-lent craft!

Thursday, August 7

 

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.  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 ½  hour. Moderate walking, Free

1:00 p.m.  Fire!  Oyster Wars  Meet a Ranger/Historian at the old cannon in the Discovery Center.  How was the cannon loaded, fired and used in the Chesapeake Bay wars mid 1800s.

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  Fire Tower Open  The fire tower will be staffed with volunteers to assist you on climbing to the top to witness the breathtaking view.  You’ll hike to the fire tower on your own.

Friday, August 8

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.

1:30 p.m. Tie Dye on the Beach! Meet us at the beach to make your own tie dye shirt and create your own conservation message for your shirt!  “Give a Hoot Don’t Pollute” - wait that one is taken. You get the idea! $12.00 per shirt. Approx. 1 hour.

Saturday, August 9

11:00 a.m. What’s that Reptile? Come to the Discovery Center to learn about the reptiles and amphibians in the center and even have a chance to touch these amazing cold-blooded creatures! Approx. 45 minutes. Free

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Hayrides at Sang Run roughly every half hour. $2 per person.

11:00 a.m. Little Guard For kids age 5-7. Meet at the beach and learn the skills of a lifeguard.  Kids will run a relay, practice throwing a lifesaving device, learn how to recognize a troubled swimmer and more.  NO swimming required. Free.

8:00 p.m.  Campfire Program “Celebrate Smokey Bears 70th Birthday.  Meet Smokey! 

 

Sunday, August 10

11:00 a.m. Aquatic Adventures Join the Naturalist on the docks of the Discovery Center for this exciting adventure! Check out our fish traps, aqua scopes and learn about the critters that call Deep Creek home.  Approx. ½ hour, Free.

2:00 p.m. Aviary Encounter.   Come to the aviary to get up close and personal with our birds of prey. Learn some interesting facts and watch them eat! Bring a camera because they will be perched for a great photo opportunity!  Free.

Monday, August 11

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-register required as space is limited.    

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!

 Tuesday, August 12

“Life in a Cave” at any time throughout the day. It’s time to explore! Put on your head lamp and take a self-guided trip to the Discovery Center’s cave to search for cave-dwelling creatures. Free

Scavenger Hunts all Day

Wednesday, August 13

8:00 a.m. Birding at Deep Creek You’ll learn how to bird by sight and ear as we listen for distinctive songs on a stroll through the park.  Bring binoculars and meet at the Discovery Center. Experienced and Beginner birders are welcomed! We have a few Binoc’s to lend.

2:00 p.m. All Cracked up Have you ever wondered what an un-hatched owl or snake looks like inside of its shell? If you answered yes, this is the program for you!  We will cure that curiosity by viewing a short presentation that will be followed by an egg-cellent eggshell craft! Join us in the discovery room to view awesome images of animals hatching from eggs while learning all about them. We will then be making a eggs-e-lent craft!

9:30  Persiades Meteor Shower

Thursday, August 14

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 ½  hour. Moderate walking. Free.

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  Fire Tower Open  Hike to the fire tower on your own.  The fire tower will be staffed with volunteers that will assist you on climbing to the top to witness the breathtaking view.

Friday, August 15

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.

1:30 p.m. Tie Dye on the Beach! Meet us at the beach to make your own tie dye shirt and create your own conservation message for your shirt!  “Give a Hoot Don’t Pollute” - wait that one is taken. You get the idea! $12.00 per shirt. Approx. 1 hour.

 

Saturday, August 16

11:00 a.m. What’s that Reptile? Come to the Discovery Center to learn about the reptiles and amphibians in the center and even have a chance to touch these amazing cold-blooded creatures! Approx. 45 minutes. Free

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Hayrides at Sang Run roughly every half hour. $2 per person.

11:00 a.m. Little Guard For kids age 5-7. Meet at the beach and learn the skills of a lifeguard.  Kids will run a relay, practice throwing a lifesaving device, learn how to recognize a troubled swimmer and more.  NO swimming required. Free.

8:00 p.m.  Campfire Program “Black Bears with biologist Kerry Wixted”

Sunday, August 17

11:00 a.m. Aquatic Adventures Join the Naturalist on the docks of the Discovery Center for this exciting adventure! Check out our fish traps, aqua scopes and learn about the critters that call Deep Creek home.  Approx. ½ hour, Free.

2:00 p.m. Aviary Encounter.   Come to the aviary to get up close and personal with our birds of prey. Learn some interesting facts and watch them eat! Bring a camera because they will be perched for a great photo opportunity!  Free.

Monday, August 18

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-register required as space is limited.

11 – 2 Basket Weaving Demonstration at Friend’s Store   

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!

Tuesday, August 19

“Life in a Cave”  .  It’s time to explore! Put on your head lamp and take a self-guided trip to the Discovery Center’s cave to search for cave dwelling creatures. Free.

10:30 a.m. Edible Plant Walk Join Master Gardner Jerry Knutson for a walk through the Discovery Center grounds identifying plants for their edible value.  Free

2:00 p.m. Butterflies and Flowers Join the Naturalist for a walk around the Discovery Center grounds observing the butterflies that inhabit our native plants.  Learn the difference between native and non-native plants and their effects on our environment. Approx. 1 hour.

Wednesday, August 20

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

2:00 p.m. All Cracked up Have you ever wondered what an un-hatched owl or snake looks like inside of its shell? If you answered yes, this is the program for you!  We will cure that curiosity by viewing a short presentation that will be followed by an egg-cellent eggshell craft! Join us in the discovery room to view awesome images of animals hatching from eggs while learning all about them. We will then be making a eggs-e-lent craft!

Thursday, August 21

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 ½  hour. Moderate walking. Free.

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  Fire Tower Open  Hike to the fire tower on your own.  The fire tower will be staffed with volunteers that will assist you on climbing to the top to witness the breathtaking view.

Friday, August 22

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.

1:30 p.m. Tie Dye on the Beach! Meet us at the beach to make your own tie dye shirt and create your own conservation message for your shirt!  “Give a Hoot Don’t Pollute” - wait that one is taken. You get the idea! $12.00 per shirt. Approx. 1 hour.

Saturday, August 23

11:00 a.m. What’s that Reptile? Come to the Discovery Center to learn about the reptiles and amphibians in the center and even have a chance to touch these amazing cold-blooded creatures! Approx. 45 minutes. Free

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Hayrides at Sang Run roughly every half hour. $2 per person.

11:00 a.m. Little Guard For kids age 5-7. Meet at the beach and learn the skills of a lifeguard.  Kids will run a relay, practice throwing a lifesaving device, learn how to recognize a troubled swimmer and more.  NO swimming required. Free.

9:30 p.m.  Campfire Program

Sunday, August 24

11:00 a.m. Aquatic Adventures Join the Naturalist on the docks of the Discovery Center for this exciting adventure! Check out our fish traps, aqua scopes and learn about the critters that call Deep Creek home.  Approx. ½ hour, Free.

2:00 p.m. Aviary Encounter.   Come to the aviary to get up close and personal with our birds of prey. Learn some interesting facts and watch them eat! Bring a camera because they will be perched for a great photo opportunity!  Free.

Monday, August 25

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-register required as space is limited.                                                           

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!

Tuesday, August 26

“Life in a Cave” at any time throughout the day. It’s time to explore! Put on your head lamp and take a self-guided trip to the Discovery Center’s cave to search for cave-dwelling creatures. Free.

 2:00 p.m. Butterflies and Flowers Join the Naturalist for a walk around the Discovery Center grounds observing the butterflies that inhabit our native plants.  Learn the difference between native and non-native plants and their effects on our environment. Approx. 1 hour.

Wednesday, August 27

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

Thursday, August 28

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-register required as space is limited.

Friday, August 29

Service Reduction Day.  Center closed.

Saturday, August 30

11:00 a.m. What’s that Reptile? Come to the Discovery Center to learn about the reptiles and amphibians in the center and even have a chance to touch these amazing cold-blooded creatures! Approx. 45 minutes. Free

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Hayrides at Sang Run roughly every half hour. $2 per person.

11:00 a.m. Little Guard For kids age 5-7. Meet at the beach and learn the skills of a lifeguard.  Kids will run a relay, practice throwing a lifesaving device, learn how to recognize a troubled swimmer and more.  NO swimming required. Free.

Sunday, August 31

11:00 a.m. Aquatic Adventures Join the Naturalist on the docks of the Discovery Center for this exciting adventure! Check out our fish traps, aqua scopes and learn about the critters that call Deep Creek home.  Approx. ½ hour, Free.

2:00 p.m. Aviary Encounter.   Come to the aviary to get up close and personal with our birds of prey. Learn some interesting facts and watch them eat! Bring a camera because they will be perched for a great photo opportunity!  Free

 

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.