Discovery Center Programs – June 2019

The Discovery Center is Free and open to the public 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm

Saturday, June 1

Come see us at the Garrett County Celtic Festival!

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. National Trails Day Clean Up

Celebrate National Trails Day with us by Joining us at the Fire Tower parking lot for a day of trail clean-up.

Sunday, June 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, June 3

Discovery Center Open 10-5

Scavenger Hunts throughout the day!

Tuesday, June 4

Discovery Center Open 10-5

Scavenger Hunts throughout the day!

Wednesday, June 5

Discovery Center Open 10-5

SCIENCE ROOM CLOSED 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Scavenger Hunts throughout the day!

Thursday, June 6

Discovery Center Open 10-5

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

Scavenger Hunts throughout the day!

Friday, June 7

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 8

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 Brant Mine Room. Once at the mine site you will see the remnants of a coal mine that was operated in the 1920’s. Approx. 2 hours. Moderate hiking.

Sunday, June 9

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 10

SCIENCE ROOM CLOSED

Scavenger hunts daily!

Tuesday, June 11

Science Room Open

2:00 p.m. Butterflies and 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 12

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!

Thursday, June 13

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.

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, 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. 2 hours. Moderate hiking.

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.

Saturday, June 15

11:00 a.m. Herp Walk

Join the Naturalist 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 16

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 17

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. Seed Starting 101

Are you curious about how we start our native plants? Join us and learn about seed collection, winter storage, and spring starting. Start a native plant seedling and take it home with you!

Tuesday, June 18

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 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. Whats 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!

Thursday, June 20

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.

10:00 Healthy Parks Healthy People (HPHP) Pick up Soccer

Join us each Thursday for a healthy outdoor activity! Meet at the ball field in the Park.

2:00 Aviary Encounter

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

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 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. 2 hours. Moderate hiking.

2:00 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

Saturday, June 22

11:00 a.m. Herp Walk

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

8:00 p.m. Campfire Program - Snakes of Maryland

Join us at the Amphitheater for a presentation on Maryland’s Snakes and have an opportunity to meet our own animal ambassadors from the Discovery Center. Marshmallows provided. In the event of rain the program will be held in the Discovery Room of the Discovery Center

Sunday, June 23

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 24

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. Seed Starting 101

Are you curious about how we start our native plants? Join us and learn about seed collection, winter storage, and spring starting. Start a native plant seedling and take it home with you!

Tuesday, June 25

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 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. What’s that Reptile?

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

Thursday, June 27

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

10:00 Healthy Parks Healthy People (HPHP) Ultimate Frisbee

Join us for an exciting and active session of Ultimate Frisbee! Meet at the ball field near the beach area.

2:00 p.m. Aviary Encounter

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

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 28

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. It’s our Birthday!

Join our Park staff as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Discovery Center! Bring photos, memories and stories to share or come and make some new ones. There will be cupcakes!

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. 2 hours. Moderate hiking.

Saturday, June 29

Birthday celebrations continue

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.

Sunday, 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. Aviary Encounter

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