Discovery Center Programs – August 2019

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

Thursday, August  1

2:00 Aviary Encounter

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

 

Friday, August 2

8:00 a.m. Birding at Sang Run State Park

You’ll learn how to bird by sight and by ear as we listen for distinctive songs on the farm.  2 hours  Bring binoculars and meet at the kayak put in just past the Friends Store. 

10:00 a.m. Meet the Naturalist.  Learn about Bird Safe windows, Identification, best feeder practices, Citizen Science options and how to maximize your smart phone for nature.   1 hour

 

2:00 p.m. Seed staring 101

Are you curious about how we start our native plants? Join us for a hands-on lesson about seed collection, winter storage, and seed starting and plant propagation techniques. Start a native plant seedling and take it home with you!

 

Saturday, August 3

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. – Happy 75th Birthday Smokey Bear! Campfire

Join us for roasted marshmallows and a visit from Smokey Bear as we celebrate his 75th birthday with a look at the history of the Smokey program and how Smokey’s message has adapted to meet the needs of a changing wildfire landscape. Free Smokey Bear goodies!

 

Sunday, 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! 

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 5

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 plankton nets to catch critters and fish that call Deep Creek home, and finish our investigation with a fish print craft.

 

Tuesday, August 6

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, August 7

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?

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, August 8

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 Aviary Encounter

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

 

Friday, August 9

8:00 a.m. Birding at Sang Run State Park

You’ll learn how to bird by sight and by ear as we listen for distinctive songs on the farm.  2 hours  Bring binoculars and meet at the kayak put in just past the Friends Store. 

10:00 a.m. Meet the Naturalist.  Learn about Bird Safe windows, Identification, best feeder practices, Citizen Science options and how to maximize your smart phone for nature.   1 hour

2:00 p.m. Seed staring 101

Are you curious about how we start our native plants? Join us for a hands-on lesson about seed collection, winter storage, and seed starting and plant propagation techniques. Start a native plant seedling and take it home with you!

 

Saturday, August 10

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, August 11

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, August 12

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 plankton nets to catch critters and fish that call Deep Creek home, and finish our investigation with a fish print craft.

9:00 p.m. Meteor Shower—Persiades.  Join us for this annual persiades meteor shower.  We’ll have Astronomers on site with telescopes.  Bring your chairs and blankets and watch the show! Meet in the Discovery Center Parking lot.

 

Tuesday, August 13

Science Room Open

 

Wednesday, August 14

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?

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, August 15

2:00 Aviary Encounter

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

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.

 

Friday, August 16

8:00 a.m. Birding at Sang Run State Park

You’ll learn how to bird by sight and by ear as we listen for distinctive songs on the farm.  2 hours  Bring binoculars and meet at the kayak put in just past the Friends Store.

 

10:00 a.m. Meet the Naturalist.  Learn about Bird Safe windows, Identification, best feeder practices, Citizen Science options and how to maximize your smart phone for nature.   1 hour

2:00 p.m. Seed staring 101

Are you curious about how we start our native plants? Join us for a hands-on lesson about seed collection, winter storage, and seed starting and plant propagation techniques. Start a native plant seedling and take it home with you!

 

Saturday, August 17

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 – Black Bears of Maryland

Join us at the Amphitheater for a presentation onMountain Maryland’s most iconic animal featuring Harry Spiker, Game Mammal Section Leader, DNR – Wildlife and Heritage Service. Learn about the natural history of bears and ways we can coexist that protects both bears and people. Marshmallows provided. In the event of rain the program will be held in the Discovery Room of the Discovery Center

 

Sunday, 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. Aviary Encounter

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

 

Monday, August 19

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 plankton nets to catch critters and fish that call Deep Creek home, and finish our investigation with a fish print craft.

 

Tuesday, August 20

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, August 21

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, August 22

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. Aviary Encounter

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

 

Friday, August 23

8:00 a.m. Birding at Sang Run State Park

You’ll learn how to bird by sight and by ear as we listen for distinctive songs on the farm.  2 hours  Bring binoculars and meet at the kayak put in just past the Friends Store.

10:00 a.m. Meet the Naturalist.  Learn about Bird Safe windows, Identification, best feeder practices, Citizen Science options and how to maximize your smart phone for nature.   1 hour

2:00 p.m. . Seed staring 101

Are you curious about how we start our native plants? Join us for a hands-on lesson about seed collection, winter storage, and seed starting and plant propagation techniques. Start a native plant seedling and take it home with you!

 

Saturday, August 24

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.mCampfire Program – A Firefighter’s Life

Join the Naturalist for a first-person look into the world of wildland fire fighting including equipment, tactics, and life on the fire line.

 

Sunday, 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! 

2:00 p.m. Aviary Encounter

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

 

Monday, August 26

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 plankton nets to catch critters and fish that call Deep Creek home, and finish our investigation with a fish print craft.

 

Tuesday, August 27

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, August 28

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, August 29

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. Aviary Encounter

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

 

Friday, August 30

8:00 a.m. Birding at Sang Run State Park

You’ll learn how to bird by sight and by ear as we listen for distinctive songs on the farm.  2 hours  Bring binoculars and meet at the kayak put in just past the Friends Store.

10:00 a.m. Meet the Naturalist.  Learn about Bird Safe windows, Identification, best feeder practices, Citizen Science options and how to maximize your smart phone for nature.   1 hour

2:00 p.m. . Seed staring 101

Are you curious about how we start our native plants? Join us for a hands-on lesson about seed collection, winter storage, and seed starting and plant propagation techniques. Start a native plant seedling and take it home with you

 

Saturday, August 31

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. Scales & Tales Campfire

Join us for one of the Maryland Park Service’s most iconic programs – Scales & Tales!  Roast a marshmallow over the campfire and 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. In the event of rain, program will be held in the Discovery Room in the lower level of the Discovery Center.