Discovery Center Programs – July 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.

Sunday, July 1

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, July 2

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, July 3

9:30 a.m. Hound Hike Join us for a Healthy Parks Healthy People hike with your four-legged companion.

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, July 4

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, July 5

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, July 6

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, July 7

10:00 a.m. Beckaman’s Trail Hike

Join the Naturalist for a nature hike on one of the park’s most popular trails. Approx. 2 miles.

2:00 p.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. 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, July 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. Aviary Encounter

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

 

Monday, July 9

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, July 10

9:30 a.m. Ultimate Frisbee Ultimate Frisbee. Shine Only. Join staff for a non-competitive game of ultimate frisbee! We will split our participants into two teams and try our luck at scoring a goal.. All ages are encouraged to attend. Bring tennis/running shoes and your water bottle! 

 

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, July 11

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, July 12

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, July 13

Scavenger Hunts throughout the Day!

Science Room Open

 

Saturday, July 14

Come see us at Art in the Park!

 

Sunday, July 15

Come see us at Art in the Park!

 

Monday, July 16

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, July 17

9:30 a.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.

 

Science Room Fun

 

Wednesday, July 18

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, July 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. 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, July 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.

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, July 21

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.

 

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. We will have our telescopes out to point out the sights of the sky. Don’t forget a chair and a blanket!

 

Sunday, July 22

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, July 23

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, July 24

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, July 25

11:00 a.m. Aviary Encounter

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

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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.

 

Thursday, July 26

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, July 27

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, July 28

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. When You Were Sleeping Campfire

Join the Naturalist to learn about the nocturnal creatures that call Garrett County home, and get the chance to watch footage of these creatures in action.

 

Sunday, July 29

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, July 30

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, 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

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. 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, 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.