Events
Deep Creek State Park Events
Friend's Delight Events
Herrington Manor / Swallow Falls State Park Events
New Germany Events
Park Amenities 
Contact Info. & Directions
Pet Policy

 

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.

Tuesday, August 1

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, August 2

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 for which we can thank a pollinator.

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, August 3

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. 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, August 4

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, August 5

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!

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, August 6

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, August 7

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, August 8

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, August 9

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 for which we can thank a pollinator.

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, August 10

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.

Friday, August 11

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, August 12

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!

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

Sunday, August 13

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, August 14

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, August 15

 

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.

 

          11:00 a.m.  Nature Art and Explore For kids ages 5 – 12.  Join us as we take a stroll through nature        discovering the world around us and then make art projects reflecting what we’ve found. 

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, August 16

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, August 17

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.

Friday, August 18

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, August 19

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!

8:00 p.m.  Smokey Bear Campfire  Join us in wishing this iconic figure a happy birthday, and learn a little bit about the environment that Smokey protects.  Smokey Bear will be on site!

Sunday, August 20

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, August 21

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, August 22

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, August 23

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, August 24

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.

11:00 a.m.  Nature Art and Explore  For kids ages 5 – 12.  Join us as we take a stroll through nature  
          discovering the world around us and then make art projects reflecting what we’ve found.

          
          
6:30 p.m.  Volunteer Meeting  All are welcome.

Friday, August 25

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, August 26

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!

8:00 p.m. While You Were Sleeping Campfire  What happens in the environment around us as we go to sleep for the night?  Join the naturalist to find out, and learn about things that go bump in the night.  Hands on and great for all ages!

Sunday, August 27

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, 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-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, August 29

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

11:00 a.m.  Nature Art and Explore
For kids ages 5 – 12.  Join us as we take a stroll through nature discovering the world around us and then make art projects reflecting what we’ve found. 

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, August 30

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, August 31

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.

Friday, September 1

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, September 2

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!

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.

 

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

Friend’s Delight at Sang Run

Friend's Delight at Sang Run is Free and open to the public
Wednesday through Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 2

11:00 a.m.  History Talk  Hear some of the history of the early 1700 era farm.  Meshach Browning was here, Native Americans had an encampment to the rich Friend family lineage. 

Thursday, August 3

8:00 a.m. Birding at Sang Run 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 medium difficulty and will last approx. 2.5 hours.

1:00 p.m.  Tree I.D. Hike Join the naturalist to walk the farm loop and identify trees.  Many heritage size trees grow here and are a wonder to behold.  1.5 hrs

Friday, August 4

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Dutch Oven Demonstration Join the ranger for the how to’s of Dutch oven cooking.  From cooking to cleaning!  And best of all samples will be available!

1:00 p.m.  Butterflies & Flowers Walk Join the naturalist for a butterfly and native flower walk around the property.  We will discuss native vs. non-native plants as well as good garden attractants.  Approx. 1 hour

Saturday, August 5

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Lunch-time Hayrides  Bring the family for this iconic tractor pulled hayride around the Friends Farm.  $2.00/person

Sunday, August 6

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Traditions Day Stop by for traditional crafts and activities.  Candle dipping, quilt squares, tin punching, corn hole and more!

Thursday, August 10

8:00 a.m. Birding at Sang Run 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 medium difficulty and will last approx. 2.5 hours.

2:00 p.m.  Tremendous Trees  Join the naturalist to walk the farm loop and identify trees.  Many heritage size trees grow here and are a wonder to behold.  1.5 hrs Free

Friday, August 11

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Dutch Oven Demonstration Join the ranger for the how to’s of Dutch oven cooking.  From cooking to cleaning!  And best of all samples will be available!

1:00 p.m.  Butterflies & Flowers Walk Join the naturalist for a butterfly and native flower walk around the property.  We will discuss native vs. non-native plants as well as good garden attractants.  Approx. 1 hour

Saturday, August 12

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Lunch-time Hayrides  Bring the family for this iconic tractor pulled hayride around the Friends Farm.  $2.00/person

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Basket Weaving Demo  Appalachian basket weaver Georgia Johnson demonstrating and selling.

Sunday, August 13

11 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Traditions Day  Stop by for traditional crafts and activities.  Candle dipping, quilt squares, tin punching, corn hole and more!

Thursday, August 17

8:00 a.m. Birding at Sang Run 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 medium difficulty and will last approx. 2.5 hours.

200 p.m. Tremendous Trees Join the naturalist to walk the farm loop and identify trees.  Many heritage size trees grow here and are a wonder to behold.  1.5 hrs Free

Friday, August 18

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Dutch Oven Demonstration Join the ranger for the how to’s of Dutch oven cooking.  From cooking to cleaning!  And best of all samples will be available! Free

1:00 p.m. Butterflies & Flowers Walk Join the naturalist for a butterfly and native flower walk around the property.  We will discuss native vs. non-native plants as well as good garden attractants.  Approx. 1 hour Free

Saturday, August 19

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Lunch-time Hayrides  Bring the family for this iconic tractor pulled hayride around the Friends Farm.  $2.00/person

Sunday, August 20

11 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Traditions Day  Stop by for traditional crafts and activities.  Candle dipping, quilt squares, tin punching, corn hole and more!

Thursday, August 24

8:00 a.m. Birding at Sang Run 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 medium difficulty and will last approx. 2.5 hours.

2:00 p.m.  Tremendous Trees Join the naturalist to walk the farm loop and identify trees.  Many heritage size trees grow here and are a wonder to behold.  1.5 hrs Free

Friday, August 25

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Dutch Oven Demonstration Join the ranger for the how to’s of Dutch oven cooking.  From cooking to cleaning!  And best of all samples will be available! Free

1:00 p.m. Butterflies & Flowers Walk Join the naturalist for a butterfly and native flower walk around the property.  We will discuss native vs. non-native plants as well as good garden attractants.  Approx. 1 hour Free

Saturday, August 26

10:00 a.m.  Edible & Medicinal Plants  Meet on the porch at Friend’s Delight.  Jerome Knutson and Chris Hull will start the program with examples of 20 common edible weeds.  Then you’ll stroll the grounds finding edible and medicinal plants.

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Lunch-time Hayrides  Bring the family for this iconic tractor pulled hayride around the Friends Farm.  $2.00/person

Sunday, August 27

11 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Traditions Day  Stop by for traditional crafts and activities.  Candle dipping, quilt squares, tin punching, corn hole and more!

Thursday, August 31

8:00 a.m. Birding at Sang Run 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 medium difficulty and will last approx. 2.5 hours.

2:00 p.m. Tremendous Trees Join the naturalist to walk the farm loop and identify trees.  Many heritage size trees grow here and are a wonder to behold.  1.5 hrs Free

Friday, September 1

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Dutch Oven Demonstration Join the ranger for the how to’s of Dutch oven cooking.  From cooking to cleaning!  And best of all samples will be available! Free

1:00 p.m. Butterflies & Flowers Walk Join the naturalist for a butterfly and native flower walk around the property.  We will discuss native vs. non-native plants as well as good garden attractants.  Approx. 1 hour Free

Saturday, September 2

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Lunch-time Hayrides  Bring the family for this iconic tractor pulled hayride around the Friends Farm.  $2.00/person

Herrington Manor and Swallow Falls State Park

Wednesday, August 2nd

·         Wet and Wild- 3:00 PM (Herrington Manor Beach)

Join the naturalist on a walk through the stream. We’ll be searching for all kinds of creatures! Wear shoes that can get wet!

 

·         Sunset Yoga- 7:00 PM (Herrington Manor Beach)

Relax your mind and your body during this beginner-friendly yoga session. Don’t forget to bring a towel or a mat!

 

·         Image result for luna moth clipartMagnificent Moths- 9:00- 10:00 PM (Swallow Falls Pavilion)

Open your eyes to the magnificent world of moths. Help the ranger identify which moths call Swallow Falls  home. Who knew there were so many? And who knew they were so neat?!

 

Thursday, August 3rd

·         Ultimate Frisbee Game- 2:00 PM (Meet in field across from the Herrington Manor Office)

Grab your friends and family and come outside for a fun game of ultimate Frisbee! Wear tennis shoes and bring water.

 

·         Nature Dream Catcher- 4:00 PM (Herrington Manor Nature Center)

Walk through the woods with the naturalist and gather materials to make your very own dream catcher.

 

·         Nature Candy Bingo - 6:00 PM (Herrington Manor Beach)

Wind down the day with a fun game of Bingo! Winners will receive a candy prize.

 

Friday, August 4th 

·         Outdoor Leadership Workshop- 1:00 PM (Meet at Herrington Manor Office)

Everyone has the potential to be a leader. What does leadership mean to you? What qualities does it take to become a leader? Acquire and practice your own leadership skills in this hands-on and active workshop.

 

·         EcoHike- 4:00 PM (Meet at Swallow Falls camp store)

Join the naturalist on a hike around Swallow Falls. View nature’s beautiful waterfalls while learning about the animals and plants that call this park home.

 

·         S’mores Galore- 7:00PM-8:00PM  (Meet at Herrington Manor Campfire Ring)

Join the Naturalist for some yummy s’mores and other roasted treats! Meet and greet some of the park staff and fellow cabin residents.
 

·         Magnificent Moths- 9:00- 10:00 PM (Meet at Swallow Falls pavilion)

Open your eyes to the magnificent world of moths. Help the ranger identify which moths call Swallow Falls home. Who knew there were so many? And who knew they were so neat?!

 Saturday, August 5th 

·         Rock Maze Field Trip- 9:00 AM (Meet at Swallow Falls Campstore)

Join the naturalist on a hike to the Rock Maze. Explore natural rock formations while hunting for unique wildflowers

**This event requires a 10 minute drive. Personal vehicles are required. If less then 4 people attend the program will be cancelled**

 

·         Roaming Ranger- 11:00 AM (Swallow Falls Campground)

The park naturalist will be wandering the campgrounds with a certain scaly friend! Stop her and say hello to learn more about this creature or to ask questions about the local area.

 

·         Wetland Investigators- 3:00 PM (Herrington Manor Beach)

Join the park naturalist for a short hike to the local wetland. Here we will hunt for certain clues as to how our wetland became a wetland. Wear shoes that can get wet! Ages 5+

·         Nature Tales- 6:30 PM (Meet in Herrington Manor Nature Center)

Come and listen to the classic Dr. Suess book, “The Lorax”, while munching on some popcorn!

Sunday, August 6th  

·         Beach Yoga- 9:00 AM (Herrington Manor Beach)

Wake up your body while enjoying the beautiful beach setting at Herrington Manor. Don’t forget to bring a towel!

·         Snakes Alive! 2:00 PM (Herrington Manor Nature Center)

Join us for our snake’s favorite time of the week… feeding time! Discover facts about our local reptiles.

·         Dog Walk- 4:00 PM (Meet at Herrington Manor Boat Ramp)

Enjoy a nature walk with your favorite furry friend. Learn how to make an outdoors trip fun for you and your friend. Make sure they’re friendly with other dogs and that you bring a leash!

 

Tuesday, August 8th
 
·         Kick Ball Game- 2:00PM (Herrington Manor Office)
Grab your friends and come out for some fun competition! Wear closed toe shoes and bring water.
 
·         Sunset Yoga- 7:00 PM (Herrington Manor Beach)
Relax your mind and your body during this beginner-friendly yoga session. Don’t forget to bring a towel or a mat!
 
·         Full Moon Kayak- 9:00- 10:00 PM (Herrington Manor Beach)
Come paddle the lake under the light of the full moon. A unique experience for all! Program cost is $8.00
 
Thursday, August 10th
 
·         Field Trip: Cranesville Swamp- 10:00 AM (Meet at Swallow Falls Campstore)
Adventure into the ice age and learn about the plants and wildlife that make this area unique. Munch on blueberries as you explore this arctic remnant.
**This event requires a 15 minute drive. Personal vehicles are required. If less then 4 people attend the program will be cancelled**
 
·         Wet and Wild- 2:00 PM  (Swallow Falls Trail head)
Join the naturalist for a walk down to the stream. Search for all sorts of creatures and learn about water health. Wear shoes that can get wet!
 
·         EcoHike- 4:00 PM (Meet at Swallow Falls Trail Head)
Join the naturalist on a hike around Swallow Falls. View nature’s beautiful waterfalls while learning about the animals and plants that call this park home.
 
·         Star Gazing - 9:00 PM (Swallow Falls Amphitheater)
Lay out under the stars and admire the vast universe. Listen to the stories behind the constellations and the significance they once held. Bring a pillow and a blanket!
 
Friday, August 11th
 
·         Wildflower Walk- 9:00 AM (Meet at Herrington Manor Office)
Wander your way up to the powerlines to view the vast wildflower meadow. Learn about the trees, animals, and other interesting Herrington Manor tidbits along the way. Be prepared for a long hike. Wear appropriate shoes and bring water!
 
·         The Scoop on Poop- 1:00 PM (Herrington Manor Nature Center)
Get a chance to dissect and analyze the scat of an owl. Learn how to recognize other scat and what scientists can learn from looking at poop.
 
·         Monarch Madness- 4:00 PM (Meet at Herrington Manor Office)
Help the naturalist in her quest to find monarch caterpillars! Learn how caterpillars transform from caterpillars to butterflies.
 
·         S’morgasboard- 8:00-9:00PM (Meet at Herrington Manor Campfire Ring)
Join the Naturalist for some yummy s’mores and other roasted treats! Meet and greet some of the park staff and fellow cabin residents.
 
Saturday, August 12th   
 
·         Rock Maze Field Trip- 9:00 AM (Meet at Swallow Falls Campstore)
Join the naturalist on a hike to the Rock Maze. Explore natural rock formations while hunting for unique wildflowers
**This event requires a 10 minute drive. Personal vehicles are required. If less then 4 people attend the program will be cancelled**
 
·         Roaming Ranger- 11:00 AM (Swallow Falls Campground)
The park naturalist will be wandering the campgrounds with a certain scaly friend! Stop her and say hello to learn more about this creature or to ask questions about the local area.
 
 
Sunday, August 13th  
 
·         Beach Yoga- 10:00 AM (Herrington Manor Beach)
Wake up your body while enjoying the beautiful beach setting at Herrington Manor. Don’t forget to bring a towel!
 
·         Snakes Alive! 2:00 PM (Herrington Manor Nature Center)
Join us for our snake’s favorite time of the week… feeding time! Discover facts about our local reptiles.
 
·         Dog Walk- 4:00 PM (Meet at Herrington Manor Boat Ramp)
Enjoy a nature walk with your favorite furry friend. Learn how to make an outdoors trip fun for you and your friend. Make sure they’re friendly with other dogs and that you bring a leash!
 
·         Nature Tales- 6:30 PM (Meet in Herrington Manor Nature Center)
Come and listen to the classic writings of Janell Cannon, author of Stellaluna, while munching on some popcorn!

 

Wednesday, August 16th
 
·         Waterfall EcoTour- 9:00 AM (Meet at Swallow Falls Campstore)
Walk with the naturalist on a tour of Swallow Falls waterfalls. Learn about the history of the area and why this area is truly unique.
 
·         Swallow Falls Day Hike- 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM (Meet at Swallow Falls Campstore)
Join the naturalist in exploring the trail from Swallow Falls to Herrington Manor. Hike to the beaver dam to glimpse at native flora and fauna. Make sure to pack some lunch, snacks and water!
** This hike is recommended for experienced hikers**
 
·         Field Day at the Falls- 4:00 PM (Meet at the field next to Swallow Falls Amphitheatre)
Grab your friends and come out to the field for some fun and games! Games include kickball, Coyote’s Cache, Grizzly Bear Battle, and more! Make sure to wear sneakers and bring water.
 
·         Sunset Yoga 7:00 PM Swallow Falls Pavilion
Relax your mind and body in this beginner friendly session of yoga. A wonderful way to wind down the day, please bring a towel or mat with you.
 
Thursday, August 17th
 
·         Wilderness Survival Course- 4:00 PM  (Herrington Manor Office)
Learn the essential skills to surviving in the wilderness. *Rain or Shine
 
·         Nature Tales- 7:00 PM (Meet in Herrington Manor Nature Center—Below Herrington Manor Office)
Come and listen to the classic book The Lorax by Dr. Seuss while munching on some popcorn. A great way to wind down the day! *Rain or Shine
 
·         Night Hike Adventure - 9:00 PM (Herrington Manor Office)
Half of the park is after dark! Take a walk on the wild side and learn about the animals that come out after the sun goes down. Bring a flashlight!
 
Friday, August 18th
 
·         Owl Pellet Dissection- 4:00 PM (Herrington Manor Nature Center)
Become a scientist and learn about what owls eat through this hands-on lab experience!
 
·         S’morgasboard- 7:30-8:30PM (Meet at Herrington Manor Campfire Ring)
Join the Naturalist for some yummy s’mores and other roasted treats! Meet and greet some of the park staff and fellow cabin residents.
 
·         Magnificent Moths- 9:00-10:00 PM   (Herrington Manor Office)
“Woah.. Wow!.. Cool!” These are just some of the words you’ll be saying after seeing the unique moths that call Herrington Manor home. RAIN DATE: Saturday August 19th, same place and time
 
 Saturday, August 19th  
 
·         Rock Maze Field Trip- 9:00 AM (Meet at Swallow Falls Campstore)
Join the naturalist on a hike to the Rock Maze. Explore natural rock formations while hunting for unique wildflowers
**This event requires a 10 minute drive. Personal vehicles are required. If less then 4 people attend the program will be cancelled**
 
·         Roaming Ranger- 11:00 AM (Swallow Falls Campground)
The park naturalist will be wandering the campgrounds with a certain scaly friend! Stop her and say hello to learn more about this creature or to ask questions about the local area.
 
·         Sand Castle Competition- 2:00 PM (Herrington Manor Beach)
Bring out your shovels and buckets to compete in the Herrington Manor Sand Castle Competition! Prizes will be given to winning contestants.
 
Sunday, August 20th  
 
·         Snakes Alive! 2:00 PM (Herrington Manor Nature Center)
Join us for our snake’s favorite time of the week… feeding time! Discover facts about our local reptiles.
 
·         Monarch Madness- 4:00 PM (Meet at Herrington Manor Office)
Help the naturalist in her quest to find monarch caterpillars! Learn how caterpillars transform from caterpillars to butterflies.
 
·         Sunset Paddle- 7:00 PM (Herrington Manor Beach)
Take a canoe tour of the lake with naturalist. A unique experience for all! Limit of 15 participants. Please sign up in Herrington Manor Office. *Program cost is 8.00 per boat*
 
·         Stargazing- 9:00- 10:00 PM (Herrington Manor Field—By the tennis courts)
Lay out under the stars and admire the vast universe. Listen to the stories behind the constellations and the significance they once held. Bring a pillow and a blanket!

 

** Kids 14 and younger must be accompanied by a parent at all times during the  programs.
** Hiking shoes are recommended for the guided hikes.
** All programs are weather dependent.

 

New Germany State Park

 

Aug. 17: Trail Running
5 p.m. at the Lake House (Shine only)
Ranger Tony Shillingburg will discuss technique, shoe selection and how to start a running plan. A short jog on the Turnpike Trail will follow. 

Aug. 18: Leave No Trace Hike 
1 p.m. at the Lake House (Shine only)
This activity will feature a short hike with a park ranger, during which you will learn about Leave No Trace outdoor ethics.
Aug. 18: Old-Time Jam 
6:30 p.m. at the Lake House (Rain or shine)
Musicians and listeners of all ages are invited to share and enjoy traditional “old-timey” music. Snacks and gifts will be available for purchase.

Aug. 19: Hills and Hollers
1 p.m. at the Lake House (Shine only)
Join a park ranger on a brief hike to hear the lore of how mountains became hills and valleys became hollers.
Aug. 19: Night Hike
8:30 p.m. at the Lake House (Shine only)
Ranger Daniel Lewis will lead this 1.5-mile nocturnal-themed nature hike. Wear appropriate footwear and bring a flashlight.

Aug. 21: Solar Eclipse
1-4 p.m. at the Nature Center (Shine only)
Join a park ranger to view a rare solar eclipse that will obscure about 80 percent of sun throughout the state at peak. The eclipse will peak at 2:38 p.m. The park will have a limited supply of viewing glasses on hand.

Aug. 24: Pickup Soccer Game
5 p.m. outside the Lake House (Shine only)
Join park staff in partnership with Healthy Parks, Healthy People for a non-competitive pick-up game of soccer. Please wear running shoes or sneakers.

Aug. 25: Campfire Fun
8 p.m. at the Lake House (Shine Only)
Join our naturalist around the campfire to learn some tips and tricks on how to build a perfect fire and make some tasty treats.

 Aug. 26: Packing for a Perfect Hike
1 p.m. at the Nature Center (Shine Only)
Join a park ranger to learn some tips for how to plan and pack for a perfect day-trip in the outdoors, followed by an easy 1.5-mile hike.
Aug. 26: Exploring the Language of Nature 
6 p.m. at the Lake House (Shine only)
On this 45-minute walk, volunteer naturalist Jack Slocomb will guide you through a discovery process designed to create a deep sense of connection with nature.
You'll be exposed to native plants and animals and will learn the indicators of various natural habitats.
This activity is suited for ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Dress for hiking and bring a bottle of water.
Aug. 26: Stargazing
8:30 p.m. at the Lake House (Shine only)
The Cumberland Astronomy Club will be hosting this public stargazing event. Seasoned astronomers will be sharing telescopes and teaching about the night sky. 

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