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Herrington Manor/Swallow Falls Events

Discovery Center Schedule of Events 

Friday, July 3

2:00 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

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

Saturday, July 4

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! Free

11:00  a.m.  Little Guard at the Beach  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, July 5

11:00 a.m.  Aquatic Adventures  Join the Naturalist in the Discovery Room of the Center for this exciting adventure!  We will head to the docks to check our underwater camera, use aqua scopes and dip nets to catch critters and fish that call Deep Creek home. 

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, July 6

 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. Scavenger Hunts   Choices available are Trackin’ Through the Discovery Center (all about animal tracks), Life in a Cave (use our black light to see critters you might see in a cave), Beginner Scavenger Hunt and Challenging Scavenger Hunt.

Tuesday, July 7

11:00 a.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!  Approx. 1 hr.  Free.

2:00 p.m.  Butterflies and 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.  Approx. 1 hr.

Wednesday, July 8

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

2:00 p.m.  Buzz into Pollination  Bzzzz, 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 us as we fly into the fun!  We will also be making a special seed craft to take home!

Thursday, July 9

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 ˝  hour. Moderate walking. Free

Fire Tower  (CLOSED TODAY)

Friday, July 10

Scavenger Hunts all day.   Choices available are Trackin’ Through the Discovery Center (all about animal tracks), Life in a Cave (use our black light to see critters you might see in a cave), Beginner Scavenger Hunt and Challenging Scavenger Hunt.

Science Room Open

Saturday, July 11  

Art in the Park!  10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 12

Art in the Park!  10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Monday, July 13

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. Scavenger Hunts   Choices available are Trackin’ Through the Discovery Center (all about animal tracks), Life in a Cave (use our black light to see critters you might see in a cave), Beginner Scavenger Hunt and Challenging Scavenger Hunt.

Tuesday, July 14 

11:00 a.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!  Approx. 1 hr.  Free.

2:00 p.m.  Butterflies and 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.  Approx. 1 hr.

Wednesday, July 15

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

2:00 p.m.  Buzz into Pollination  Bzzzz, 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 us as we fly into the fun!  We will also be making a special seed craft to take home!

Thursday, July 16

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 ˝  hour. Moderate walking. Free

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

Friday, July 17

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.  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

 Saturday, July 18

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! Free

11:00  a.m.  Little Guard at the Beach  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

9:00 p.m.  Astronomy Program at the Discovery Center  Meet Gus Johnson, amateur astronomer, in the Discovery Center parking lot for an evening of watching the stars. 

Sunday, July 19

11:00 a.m.  Aquatic Adventures  Join the Naturalist in the Discovery Room of the Center for this exciting adventure!  We will head to the docks to check our underwater camera, use aqua scopes and dip nets to catch critters and fish that call Deep Creek home. 

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, July 20

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. Scavenger Hunts   Choices available are Trackin’ Through the Discovery Center (all about animal tracks), Life in a Cave (use our black light to see critters you might see in a cave), Beginner Scavenger Hunt and Challenging Scavenger Hunt.

Tuesday, July 21

11:00 a.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!  Approx. 1 hr.  Free.

2:00 p.m.  Butterflies and 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.  Approx. 1 hr.

Wednesday, July 22

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

2:00 p.m.  Buzz into Pollination  Bzzzz, 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 us as we fly into the fun!  We will also be making a special seed craft to take home!

Thursday, July 23

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 ˝  hour. Moderate walking. Free

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

Friday, July 24

10:00 p.m.  Edible Weeds Talk & Stroll Join Master Gardner Jerry Knutson for a walk through the Discovery Center grounds identifying weeds for their edible value.  Meet on the Discovery Center deck.  Free

2:00 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

Saturday, July 25

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! Free

11:00  a.m.  Little Guard at the Beach  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.  History of Deep Creek Lake Campfire Program   

Sunday, July 26

11:00 a.m.  Aquatic Adventures  Join the Naturalist in the Discovery Room of the Center for this exciting adventure!  We will head to the docks to check our underwater camera, use aqua scopes and dip nets to catch critters and fish that call Deep Creek home. 

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, July 27

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. Scavenger Hunts   Choices available are Trackin’ Through the Discovery Center (all about animal tracks), Life in a Cave (use our black light to see critters you might see in a cave), Beginner Scavenger Hunt and Challenging Scavenger Hunt.

Tuesday, July 28 

2:00 p.m.  Butterflies and 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.  Approx. 1 hr.

Wednesday, July 29

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

2:00 p.m.  Buzz into Pollination  Bzzzz, 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 us as we fly into the fun!  We will also be making a special seed craft to take home!

Thursday, July 30

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 ˝  hour. Moderate walking. Free

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

Friday, July 31

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.  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

 

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:  Between Miller's Run & town limits of Friendsville