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Park Amenities 
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Schedule of Events 

Discovery Center/Deep Creek Lake State Park

Saturday, December 10

11:00 a.m.  Story, Craft and Animal Meet and Greet, Falcon  Join us as we read a story based on one of our animals and make a craft to take home.  Live animals on site!

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.  Develop nature journaling skills through observation and drawing or just come for fun.

Sunday, December 11

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 Feeding - Join us during feeding time for the birds of prey to learn about the natural history of the birds in our aviary, as well as our birds’ individual stories. 

 

Saturday, December 17

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!

1:30 p.m.  Story, Craft and Animal Meet and Greet, Owl   Join us as we read a story based on one of our animals and make a craft to take home.  Live animals on site! 

Sunday, December 18 

11:00 a.m.  Pinecone Bird Feeder Making   Stop by to make your own bird feeder to take home.  We’ll also watch and identify the birds that visit the Discovery Center feeders. 

2:00 p.m. Aviary Feeding Join us during feeding time for the birds of prey to learn about the natural history of the birds in our aviary, as well as our birds’ individual stories. 

Saturday, December 24 

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.  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!

Sunday, December 25

Christmas Day - Closed  

Monday, December 26

11:00 a.m.  Turtle Talk   Join the naturalist to learn about the turtles that call the Discovery Center home and get some hands on experience

2:00 p.m.  Aviary Feeding Join us during feeding time for the birds of prey to learn about the natural history of the birds in our aviary, as well as our birds’ individual stories. 

Tuesday, December 27 

11:00 a.m.  Tracking Through the Discovery Center   Stop by to learn Garrett County wildlife and some of the tracks they leave behind.  Use your knowledge to go on a hunt through the building in search of these tracks!

2:00 p.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!

Wednesday, December 28 

11:00 a.m.  Science Room Fun   Join us in the Science Room for some fun experiments demonstrating how birds fly, see and hunt!  Active and participatory.  Free.

2:00 p.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

Thursday, December 29

11:00 a.m.  Pinecone Feeder Craft   Stop by to make your own bird feeder to take home.  We’ll also watch and identify the birds that visit the Discovery Center feeders. 

2:00 p.m.  Story, Craft and Animal Meet and Greet, Falcon   Join us as we read a story based on one of our favorite animals and make a craft to take home.  Live animals on site! 

Friday, December 30

11:00 a.m. Science Room Fun   Join us in the Science Room for some fun experiments demonstrating how birds fly, see and hunt!  Active and participatory. 

2:00 p.m.  Aviary Feeding   Join us during feeding time for the birds of prey to learn about the natural history of the birds in our aviary, as well as our birds’ individual stories. 

Saturday, December 31

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.  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!

Sunday, January 1 

10:00 a.m.  First Day Hike   Join us for this nationwide tradition to start the year off right by getting outdoors and being active!  We will hike the new Beckman’s loop trail.  Two miles round trip then hot chocolate at the Center!

1:00 p.m.  Roving Naturalist  

 

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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Discovery Center | Deep Creek Lake

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