Discovery Center Programs – August 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.

Tuesday, July 31

Science Room Fun

Wednesday, August 1

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, August 2

9:30 a.m. Soccer Pick Up Game

Join staff for a non-competitive game of soccer! We will split our participants into two teams and try our luck at scoring a goal. Activity will be led by Katie. All ages are encouraged to attend. Bring tennis/running shoes and your water bottle! Shine only. Meeting in the Day Use Main Parking Lot.

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.

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.

 

Friday, August 3

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, August 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!

8:00 p.m. Happy Birthday Smokey Bear! Campfire

Join us in the campground to celebrate the birthday of one of the most iconic symbols in the United States – Smokey Bear! Learn about the history of how this bear came to be the face of the Forest Service, and get a chance to meet Smokey Bear himself.

 

Sunday, August 5

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, August 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-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, August 7

Science Room Fun

 

Wednesday, August 8

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, August 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 3/4 hour. Moderate walking.

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.

 

Friday, August 10

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!

SCIENCE ROOM CLOSED 12-5p.m.

 

Saturday, August 11

11a.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.

9:00p.m. Perseids Meteor Shower Party. Join us for this yearly meteor shower. We will meet in the lower deck of the Discovery Center Parking lot. Bring chairs or blankets. We will have telescopes available for viewing other celestial objects!!

 

Sunday, August 12

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, August 13

11:00a.m. Snakes Alive. Join us as we meet some of our snakes up close and personal! This is your chance to learn about these misunderstood animals. Great for all ages.

 

Tuesday, August 14

Science Room Fun.

 

Wednesday, August 15

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, August 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 3/4 hour. Moderate walking.

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.

 

Friday, August 17

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, August 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!

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. Magical Monarchs at the Discovery Center

Join us for this once a year phenomenon! Learn about their miraculous life cycle. Arguably one of the most fascinating lifecycles and migrations. See them up close and participate in tagging one of our butterflies from our tank. This program will take place at the Discovery Center.

 

Sunday, August 19

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, August 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-registration is required as space is limited.

2:00 p.m. Tree I.D. Hike

Join staff for a stroll through the scenic Deep Creek Lake State Park and enjoy wildlife while learning more about your tree identification! Hike will be led by Josh. Bring tennis shoes/running shoes and your water bottle! All ages are encouraged to attend. Shine Only.

 

Tuesday, August 21

9:30 a.m. Soccer Pick Up Game

Join staff for a non-competitive game of soccer! We will split our participants into two teams and try our luck at scoring a goal. Activity will be led by Katie. All ages are encouraged to attend. Bring tennis/running shoes and your water bottle! Shine only. Meeting in the Day Use Main Parking Lot.

Science Room Fun All Day

 

Wednesday, August 22

11:00 a.m. Aviary Encounter

Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat!

. 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, August 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 3/4 hour. Moderate walking.

 

Friday, August 24

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, August 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!

2:00p.m. Monarch Butterfly Tagging. Join staff on the deck of the center to participate in tagging and releasing Monarch Butterflies!

9:00 p.m. Astronomy Join Gus Johnson and staff to explore the night sky with telescopes and binoculars. View other planets and stars as well as learn the basic summer constellations.

 

Sunday, August 26

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, August 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-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, August 28

Science Room Fun

 

Wednesday, August 29

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, August 30

9:30 a.m. Soccer Pick Up Game

Join staff for a non-competitive game of soccer! We will split our participants into two teams and try our luck at scoring a goal. Activity will be led by Katie. All ages are encouraged to attend. Bring tennis/running shoes and your water bottle! Shine only. Meeting in the Day Use Main Parking Lot.

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.

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.

 

Friday, August 31

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, September 1

11:00a.m. Monarch Butterfly Tagging. Join staff on the deck of the center to participate in tagging and releasing Monarch Butterflies!

2:00p.m. Beckman’s Trail Hike. Hike our newest trail loop with our naturalist. This 2 mile walk will focus on the nature of Meadow Mountain. The terrain is easy to moderate and appropriate for the entire family.

8:00 p.m. Scales and 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.

 

Sunday, September 2

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, September 3

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.