Kids Activites: 10-4p.m. Saturday and 10-1p.m. Sunday
Make and take bird feeders, songbirds on a stick, create your own bird, bird identification at our feeders and more.
6:00p.m. Saturday Evening Speaker and Book Signing:
Katie Fallon is the author of the nonfiction book Cerulean Blues: A Personal Search for a Vanishing Songbird (Ruka Press, November 2011). A finalist for the Reed Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment, Cerulean Blues is “part journey, part documentary, and wholly engaging; a tribute to a bird that bridges continents with its wings and to a rising star among contemporary nature writers,” according to Pete Dunne, director of the Cape May Bird Observatory and author of Hawks In Flightand other books.
Katie’s essays have appeared or are forthcoming in a variety of literary journals and magazines, including Bark Magazine, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Ecotone, Appalachian Heritage, Now & Then, Isotope, Fourth River, the minnesota review, The Tusculum Review, and elsewhere. Her essay “Hill of the Sacred Eagles” was a finalist in Terrain‘s 2011 essay contest, and she has been nominated several times for a Pushcart Prize. Katie has taught creative writing at Virginia Tech and West Virginia University. Her first word was “bird.”
Katie is also one of the founders of the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving wild birds through scientific research; outreach and public education; and rescue and rehabilitation. The ACCA is based near Morgantown, WV, and each year treats approximately 150 injured wild birds. Email Katie if you’d like to learn more.
"Cerulean Blues" is currently available for purchase at the Discovery Center. Fri- Sunday 10-4p.m.
Photography at the Aviary.
Have a chance to photograph our birds in a natural habitat. The aviary birds, Great Horned Owl, Screech Owl, Red-Taled Hawk, Barred Owl and Golden Eagle, will be perched outside thier mews for unobstructed view photography. A dontion of $10.00 will go for the care and feeding of our aviary. Bird species on display may vary based on the birds needs.
The Discovery Center's missions and goals are funded and supported by the
Friends Of Deep Creek Lake State Park
(Western Garrett County State Park Vol., Inc.)
Where can children put their hands in a black bear paw print, touch fossils from times long gone, and sneak a peek under a microscope to learn about Deep Creek Lake's under-water ecology?
The Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center, the Department of Natural Resources' interpretive environmental center, allows children to do all this – and much more! Nestled along the shores of Deep Creek Lake at Deep Creek Lake State Park, the Discovery Center is a one-of-a-kind educational venue for people of all ages. Through hands-on exhibits that showcase the natural resources of Western Maryland, families can learn about the flora, fauna, wildlife, cultural and historical heritage that have turned this former logging and coal mining region into a popular modern day vacation destination.
The Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center's 6,000 square foot facility also includes a classroom and conference areas complete with audio visual technology including Internet wifi. Don't forget to stop by the Nature Shop, where you'll find a variety of environmental and educational gifts including toys, souvenirs from the region, field guides, and books with a natural resources theme.
Hours of Operation
The Discovery Center has summer hours of operation daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and winter hours of Friday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact the park for hours of operation and special programs during other times of the year.
Deep Creek Lake State Park is located at 898 State Park Road in Swanton, Maryland. For more information about the Deep Creek Discovery Center call (301) 387-7067.
Volunteers are a vital part of our team. To learn more, sign up or check out what they do, click on the photo.
Children in Nature
And School Groups (click photo)
We are commited to providing quality outdoor experiences for children of all ages. To learn more about our field trip opportunities click the photo.
The newest addition to our aviary is our Golden Eagle. This bird has an amputated right wing. To learn more stop by and see him in person, or during one of our aviary encounters. Click photo to learn more about our aviary and Scales and Tales.
Meet Our Animals
Check out some of the animals that call the Discovery Center home.
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