Discovery Center Programs – June 2018

The Discovery Center is Free and open to the public

Open daily for the  summer season 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday, June 1

Discovery Center Open 10-5

Science Room Closed 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

 

Saturday, June 2

Come see us at the Garrett County Celtic Festival!

2:00 p.m. National Trails Day Hike

Celebrate National Trails Day with us by taking a guided hike along our approx. 2 mile Beckman’s Trail. During the hike we will talk about the flora and fauna of Garrett County.

 

Sunday, June 3

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, June 4

Discovery Center Open 10-5

Scavenger Hunts throughout the day!

 

Tuesday, June 5

Discovery Center Open 10-5

Scavenger Hunts throughout the day!

 

Wednesday, June 6

Discovery Center Open 10-5

Scavenger Hunts throughout the day!

 

Thursday, June 7

Discovery Center Open 10-5

Science Room Closed!

Scavenger Hunts throughout the day!

 

Friday, June 8

Science Room Closed 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.!

2:00 p.m. Aviary Feeding

Stop by to see the birds in our Aviary at lunch time to watch them eat and learn their stories.

 

Saturday, June 9

10:00 a.m. Edible Plants Stroll

Join Master Gardener, Jerry Knutson, for a walk through the Discovery Center grounds identifying weeds for their edible value. Meet on the Discovery Center deck.

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. 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.

 

Sunday, June 10

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!

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, June 11

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, June 12

Science Room Open

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Wednesday, June 13

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, June 14

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.

Science Room Fun

 

Friday, June 15

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, June 16

11:00 a.m. Snakes Alive!

Stop by to learn about the snakes that call Maryland home and some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding these animals. End the program with a meet and greet with some of the Discovery Center’s resident snakes.

2:00 p.m. Herp Search

Join the Naturalist Assistants to learn how to safely identify native reptiles and amphibians on a walk through park. Approx 1 hour.

9:00 p.m. Astronomy Star Party with Gus Johnson

Join our knowledgeable staff at the Discovery Center parking lot for a night of star gazing. Don’t forget a chair and a blanket!

 

Sunday, June 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!

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, June 18

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, June 19

Science Room Fun

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, June 20

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, June 21

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. Meet Smokey Bear at the Discovery Center

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Fire Tower Open

Take a self guided hike up to the historic Thayerville Fire Tower and get the opportunity to climb up the tower accompanied by park staff.

Friday, June 22

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, June 23

Come see us on the “Secret Country Gardens” 18th Annual Garrett County Garden Tour hosted by the Mountain Laurel Garden Club

Join us for tours of our native plant gardens on site, make and take pollinator houses, and more.

11:00 a.m. Science Room Fun – Pollinators!

8:00 p.m. All about Black Bears Program at the Discovery Center

Join Wildlife Response Manager Clarissa Harris to learn about the most iconic animal around Deep Creek Lake.

 

Sunday, June 24

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, June 25

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, June 26

Science Room Fun

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, June 27

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, June 28

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. Meet Smokey Bear at the Discovery Center

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Fire Tower Open

Take a self guided hike up to the historic Thayerville Fire Tower and get the opportunity to climb up the tower accompanied by park staff.

 

Friday, June 29

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, June 30

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!

2:00 p.m. Herp Search

Join the Naturalist Assistants to learn how to safely identify native reptiles and amphibians on a walk through park. Approx 1 hour.

8:00 p.m. Scales & Tales Campfire

Join us for one of the Maryland Park Service’s most iconic programs – Scales & Tales! Get the opportunity to meet some of educational ambassador animals that call the Discovery Center home, and the stories of how they came to be in our care. Finish off your program experience with a roasted marshmallow over the campfire.