Discovery Center Programs – May 2019

The Discovery Center is Free and open to the public

Friday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. through May 21

7 Days a week 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. starting May 22

May 3-5 Garrett County Birdfest throughout the county

Check website for bird walk details

Saturday, May 4

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Bird Activities and Crafts Birdfest Weekend continues at the Discovery Center with activities and craft centered on our feathered friends such as birdfeeder making and bird watching. Great for kids!

Sunday, May 5

11:00 a.m. Backyard Biology Let us help you connect your back yard to a citizen science project. Take your appreciation of nature to the next level. Check out some cool projects we participate in like, Ebird, Project Budburst and others.

2:00 p.m. Aviary Feeding Stop by during lunchtime for our birds to watch them eat! Get a chance to learn the stories of how they came to be in our care, plus facts about their species.

Friday, May 10

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 11

10:00 a.m. Brant Mine Hike - Take a guided hike with the naturalist to the historic Brant Mine to visit 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 difficulty. Dress for the weather!

1:00 p.m. Herp Search - Join the Naturalist to learn how to safely identify native reptiles and amphibians on a walk through park. Approx 1 hour.

Sunday, May 12

11:00 a.m. Birding for Beginners Walk - You’ll learn how to bird by sight and by ear as we listen for distinctive songs on a walk through the park. Bring binoculars if you have them and meet at the Discovery Center. Approx 1 hr.

2:00 p.m. Aviary Feeding Stop by during lunchtime for our birds to watch them eat! Get a chance to learn the stories of how they came to be in our care plus facts about their species.

Friday, May 17

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 18

10:00 a.m. – Hike the New Yellow and Green Trails! – Join the Naturalist for a hike on the park’s newest and most scenic trails. Built for mountain biking enthusiasts, these challenging trails are perfect for hiking and feature rock gardens and large rock formations. NOTE: Meet at the Fire Tower Parking Lot on State Park Road. Moderate difficulty, approx 2 hrs.

1:00 p.m. – Snakes Alive! - Join the Naturalist for a hands-on experience with our snakes and learn why these often-misunderstood creatures are an important part of our natural world. Great for all ages! Approx 1 hr.

Sunday, May 19

11:00 p.m Herp Search - Join the Naturalist to learn how to safely identify native reptiles and amphibians on a walk through park. Approx 1 hour.

2:00 p.m. Aviary Feeding Stop by during lunchtime for our birds to watch them eat! Get a chance to learn the stories of how they came to be in our care plus facts about their species.

Wednesday, May 22

Discovery Center open 7days a week.

Friday, May 24

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 25

11:00 a.m. Backyard Biology - Let us help you connect your back yard to a citizen science project. Take your appreciation of nature to the next level. Check out some cool projects we participate in like, Ebird, Project Budburst and others.

1:00 p.m. –Hungry Critters - - Meet our animals during meal time! 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 us for one of the Maryland Park Service’s most iconic programs – Scales & Tales! Get the opportunity to meet some of our educational ambassador animals that call the Discovery Center home, and the stories of how they came to be in our care. Marshmallows Provided!

Sunday, May 26

10:00 a.m. Brant Mine Hike - Take a guided hike with the naturalist to the historic Brant Mine to visit 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 difficulty. Dress for the weather!

2:00 p.m. Aviary Feeding. Stop by during lunchtime for our birds to watch them eat! Get a chance to learn the stories of how they came to be in our care plus facts about their species.