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Schedule of Events 

Discovery Center/Deep Creek Lake State Park

The Discovery Center is Free and open to the public
Friday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday, May 5 -  BIRDFEST WEEKEND!!

Bird walks and hikes throughout the weekend.  Contact the Discovery Center to sign up for trips.  Preregistration for trips is required!

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Arts Eye View on Birds Opening Reception This art show will feature two-dimensional artwork with a focus on birds.  Stop by for the opening reception for refreshments and to meet the artists.

Saturday, May 6

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Bird Crafts and Activities Stop by the Discovery Center to enjoy our bird-themed weekend.  We will have take home crafts as well as beginner bird identification on the front deck.  Don’t forget to buy a handmade birdfeeder for your property to support the Deep Creek Lake State Park Volunteers!

2:00 p.m. Feathers in Focus The Aviary Photo Shoot will feature the birds of prey from the Aviary perched in natural settings. Stop by to meet the birds and learn their stories. $5 entry fee for photographers proceed the aviary and care of our birds.

Sunday, May 7

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.

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

Friday, May 12

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.

Saturday, May 13

11:00 a.m.  Meet the Owls  Join the Naturalist for an up-close look at the three species of owls that live in our Aviary and learn about what makes them the ultimate predators!

1:30 p.m.  Mosses & “Manders” Hike  Learn about basic moss identification and search for the salamanders that call the Appalachian Plateau home.

Sunday, May 14

11:00 a.m.  Snakes Alive!  Learn about Maryland’s snakes and meet our Discovery Center snakes up close and personal.

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

Friday, May 19

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.

Saturday, May 20

11:00 a.m. Spring Wildflower Hike Take a hike with the Naturalist in search of native wildflowers.

1:30 p.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.

Sunday, May 21

11:00 a.m. Go Native! Take a walking tour of the Discovery Center’s grounds to learn about native plant species and conservation landscaping tips you can use at home.

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

Wednesday, May 24

Discovery Center Open for the Season!

Seven days a week 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 25

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.

 

Friday, May 26

11:00 a.m. Buzz into Pollination Come see what all the buzz is about! Did you know there are more pollinators than just bees? We wouldn’t have most of our crops or even tequila without these special critters.  Stop by to learn more and take a pollinator friendly project home with you.

2:00 p.m. Hungry Critters Stop by to meet the animals that call the Discovery Center home, and get a chance to watch the animals eat while learning about each one.

 

Saturday, May 27 

11:00 a.m. Spring Wildflower Hike Take a hike with the Naturalist in search of native wildflowers.

8:00 p.m. Scales & Tales Campfire Join the Naturalist to meet a few of our resident animals. Hear their stories, learn cool facts and bring a camera to capture the moment. Afterwards we will have free marshmallows for roasting! Meet at the campground amphitheater.

Sunday, May 28

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, May 29 

11:00 a.m. Go Native! Take a walking tour of the Discovery Center’s grounds to learn about native plant species and conservation landscaping tips you can use at home.

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

 

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

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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