Discovery Center Programs – May 2018

The Discovery Center is Free and open to the public

May 1 – 22 Friday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

May 23, Open daily for the season 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday, May 4

BIRDFEST WEEKEND Seven bird walks are offered throughout the weekend. The walks occur in six locations and are led by birding experts. It is the perfect time to see a large number of species as migrants pass through. Contact the Discovery Center at 301-387-7067 to sign up. Preregistration is required!

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Arts Eye View on Birds Opening Reception This art show will feature two-dimensional artwork with a focus on birds. Stop by for the opening reception for refreshments and to meet the artists.

 

Saturday, May 6

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Bird Crafts and Activities Stop by the Discovery Center to enjoy our bird-themed weekend. You will have take home crafts, as well as participate in beginner bird identification on the front deck. Don’t forget to buy a handmade birdfeeder for your property to support the Deep Creek Lake State Park Volunteers!

2:00 p.m. Feathers in Focus The Aviary Photo Shoot will feature the birds of prey from the Aviary perched in natural settings. Stop by to meet the birds and learn their stories. $5 entry fee for photographers. Proceeds benefit the aviary and care of our birds.

 

Sunday, May 6

11:00 p.m. Creating an Owl Join the Naturalist as we talk about the adapta-tions 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. Aviary Encounter Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat.

 

Friday, May 11

8:00 a.m. Birding at Sang Run Learn tips to birding by ear and listen for distinctive songs, as we stroll through Friends Delight. Meet at the kayak launch. Bring binoculars and wear waterproof hiking boots. Walk is of medium difficulty and will last approximately 2 ½ hours.

 

Saturday, May 12

10:00 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 for which we can thank a pollinator.

1:00 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.

 

Sunday, May 13

11:00 a.m. Birding for Beginners Walk Join us for a walk through the park to listen and look for the birds that call Deep Creek Lake State Park home.

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, May 18

8:00 a.m. Birding at Sang Run Learn tips to birding by ear and listen for distinctive songs, as we stroll through Friends Delight. Meet at the kayak launch. Bring binoculars and wear waterproof hiking boots. Walk is of medium difficulty and will last approximately 2 ½ hours.

 

Saturday, May 19

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. Dress for the weather.

1:00 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.

 

Sunday, May 20

11:00 a.m. While you Were Sleeping What happens in the environment around us as we go to sleep for the night? Join the naturalist to learn about things that go bump in the night and that wander past a trail camera!

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, May 25

8:00 a.m. Birding at Sang Run Learn tips to birding by ear and listen for distinctive songs, as we stroll through Friends Delight. Meet at the kayak launch. Bring binoculars and wear waterproof hiking boots. Walk is of medium difficulty and will last approximately 2 ½ hours.

11:00 a.m. Go Native! Take a walking tour of the Discovery Center’s grounds to learn about native plant species and conservation landscaping tips you can use at home.

2:00 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 for which we can thank a pollinator.

 

Saturday, May 26

11:00 a.m. Spring Wildflowers Hike Take a hike with the Naturalist in search of native wildflowers.

1:00 p.m. Hungry Critters Watch the animals that call the Discovery Center home during mealtime as they chow down. You will get the opportunity to learn about their species and their personal stories.

8:00 p.m. Scales & Tales Campfire Join the Naturalist to meet a few of our resident animals. Hear their stories, learn cool facts and bring a camera to capture the moment. Afterwards we will have free marshmallows for roasting! Meet at the campground amphitheater.

 

Sunday, May 2

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. Dress for the weather.

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, May 28

11:00 p.m. Creating an Owl Join the Naturalist as we talk about the adapta-tions 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.