Deep Creek Lake State Park —Discovery Center

Sang Run State Park — Friends Store

Special Events

List updated for 2019!  Mark your calendars!

January 1   

First Day Hike 10:00 a.m. - Join the national tradition and take a hike to start the year off right!

February 21, 2019  

Volunteer Meeting 6:30p.m. - Discovery Center. Meeting open to the public for interested volunteers.

March 9, 2019

NEW! Maple Syrup Making Demonstration - Sang Run State Park - Friends Store 10 am - 3 pm

March 16, 2019

S.T.E.M. Like a Girl - Discovery Center - Join us in the science room to discover hands on science exploration pioneered by women. Activities, crafts, experiments and more. #likeagirl.


April 20, 2019

Egg Dyeing - Discovery Center 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Bring 6 hard boiled eggs to dye in natural dye.  Easter Bunny on site!     

April 27, 2019

Ramp Cook-Off - Discovery Center - 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - Enter as a cook or come by to taste all the ways to prepare Ramps!  Judging 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. tasting to follow.

May 3, 4, 5,  2019  

6th Annual Garrett County Birdfest - Join us for this new and exciting weekend of birding. (Bird-walk information and details will be posted on the Discovery Center website.)

May 16, 2019       

Volunteer Meeting 6:30 p.m. - Discovery Center. Meeting open to the public for interested volunteers.

June 22, 2019

Garden Tour - Sang Run State Park. Sponsored by the Mountain Laurel Garden Club. Hands on activities, demonstrations and plant sale. Tickets required.

June 28, 2019

20th Anniversary Celebration - The Discovery Center turns 20! Cake, open house. Stop by and share a memory!


July 13, 14 2019             

Art in the Park - Two day artisan event in Deep Creek Lake State Park.

August 15, 2019  

Volunteer Meeting 6:30 p.m. - Discovery Center. Meeting open to the public for interested volunteers.

August 31-Sept 1, 2019

NEW! Corn Roast at Sang Run State Park. Old fashioned Corn Roast, open kettle roasted! Celebrate summers end with hayrides, corn roast and all the late summer farm has to offer. Min. Donation.


September 28, 2019  

Fall Fest at Friend’s Delight, Sang Run State Park. 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. - Historic Friend’s Store open, cider making, candle dipping, scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin picking and decorating.

December 7, 2019  

Holiday Open House at the Discovery Center, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Santa arrives!  Make a natural materials picture frame for you photo with Santa, and enjoy cookies, live animals and more.



Discovery Center & Deep Creek Lake State Park Volunteers

Official website for Deep Creek Lake State Park

For more information, call us at (301)387-7067
Programs and Center hours are subject to change without notice.
All programs meet or begin at the Discovery Center unless otherwise noted.

***The facilities of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are available to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin or physical or mental disability.


First Day Hike

Start the year off in the great outdoors! Meet us at the Discovery Center to take part in an approximately 2.5 mile hike on our new Beckman's Trail. Don't forget to dress for the weather, and stop by at the Discovery Center after the hike for a complimentary hot chocolate.

January 1st, 10am

Natural Egg Dying

Join us for our Natural Egg Dying Open House. Rumor has it that the Easter Bunny will make an appearance!

Saturday April 20, 2019  10am-12pm


Ramp Cookoff

Join us for our annual Ramp cookoff!   Enter as a cook or come by to taste all the ways to prepare Ramps! Judging 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. tasting to follow.

Saturday April 27th, 2019 11am-1pm at the Discovery Center.


6th Annual Garrett County Birdfest


Registration opens April 10th, call 301-387-7067. (if sent to voicemail, please leave a message)

Is that a pink-footed goose?

Is that a pink-footed goose?

Join us May 3, 4, 5, 2019 for this exciting weekend of birding. 

This birdfest was created to help fairly new, but very interested birders become more accomplished at this challenging sport. We spend a lot of time listening to and learning bird songs. $5/trip, 16 and under free.

Early May is the perfect time to see birds migrating through the area. Most migrants have returned but the leaves haven’t grown enough to block your view of the birds in the tree tops.

Join us for one or more walks. You may develop a new and lifelong healthy obsession.

Call 301-387-7067 to sign up for the bird walks (please leave a message if sent to voicemail)

Participants per trip are limited. Depending on participation, we may add more field trips in order to keep the groups small. Dress in multiple layers. Waterproof boots are recommended. Bring snacks and water. If it is a good birding day, hikes may last up to three to four hours.

For additional weekend details and available discounts, please call 301-387-7067. 

Further walk meeting and time details will be given upon registration.


Friday, May 3

Sang Run State Park  8 a.m.  Leaders:  Caroline Blizzard and Connie Skipper   This beautiful new state park has diverse habitats - woodland, field, edge, and riverside.  Possible sightings include American Kestrel, Wild Turkey, Northern Parula, Chestnut-sided Warbler and many more.  Meet at the Sang Run kayak put in. Distance and difficulty:  1 ½ mile, moderate.

Finzel Swamp  6:00 p.m.  Leader:  Claire Nemes   A mountain peat land owned in part by the Nature Conservancy.  A trail across the fully-flooded shrub swamp provides access to Northern Waterthrush, Swamp Sparrow, Ruffed Grouse, Alder Flycatcher, and other species.  Adjacent grasslands host several sparrow species.  Participants are free to stay as long as they'd like; we will try for displaying American Woodcocks after sundown. Difficulty:  Easy to moderate.  No bathroom facilities

Saturday, May 4 morning hikes

Jennings Randolph Reservoir  7 a.m.  OR meet at the Discovery Center at 6:30 a.m. and carpool to the Reservoir.  Leader:  Mikey Lutmerding   This trip yields many hard-to-find warblers. Possibilities include Cerulean, Hooded, Golden-winged and Kentucky Warblers.  You will check the lake for eagles, loons and waterfowl.  Mikey is a great birder and awesome leader.   1 mile.  Difficulty:  moderate.

Mt. Nebo WMA  7 a.m.  Leader:  Connie Skipper   Mt. Nebo Wildlife Management Area is a hunting area owned by the Maryland DNR. It is a great birding spot and a good place to look for Ruffed Grouse, Veery, Canada Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, and Chestnut-sided Warbler.  It also has large beaver dam with associated wetland and lake species.  Meet in the small parking lot on the Mt. Nebo Road   Difficulty:  Moderate


Saturday, May 4 afternoon hikes

Broadford Lake and Loch Lynn Heights Wetland Trail  1:00 p.m.  Leader:  Kevin Dodge   This leader is the whole package!  You will learn not only about birds but flora and fauna as well!  Broadford Lake bird life is diverse:  migrating waterfowl and warblers, swallows, sparrows, hawks, bald eagles, and possible Red-headed Woodpecker.  Loch Lynn Heights Wetland Trail may yield warblers, sparrows, flycatchers, and woodpeckers.  Difficulty:  Easy   Restrooms available.  Meet at the main parking lot by the boat launch bathhouse.

Herrington Manor State Park  1:00 p.m.   Leader:  Caroline Blizzard   Herrington Manor has a variety of habitats resulting in a good bird list.  You may see the resident Bald Eagles.  Other possibilities include Red-breasted Nuthatch, Winter Wren, Magnolia Warbler and Blackburnian Warbler.  Meet at the Herrington Manor State Park Lake House.  Difficulty:  easy.


Sunday, May 5

Snaggy Mountain Road  7:00 a.m.  Leader:  Mikey Lutmerding  Meet at the dip on Herrington Manor Road (a pull off about ½ mile north of Herrington Manor State Park) and carpool from there.  Mikey will lead the caravan along Snaggy Mountain Road stopping at various “birdy” spots.  Possible sighting of Ruffed Grouse, White-eyed Vireo, Canada Warbler, 3 or more species of flycatchers, Blackburnian Warbler and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Western Maryland 4-H Camp and Cunningham Swamp  7:00 a.m.  Leaders:  Alan and Kyle Klotz  This father and son duo have a passion for birding and a wealth of knowledge to share!  The 4-H Camp birdlife yields a diversity of Garrett County species.  It’s a known spot for Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, breeding warblers and waterfowl on the lake.  Cunningham Swamp WMA may yield hard-to-find species such as Golden-winged Warblers, both Cuckoos and Alder Flycatchers.  Meet at the first parking lot on the 4-H Camp Road.  A porta potty is available at the 4-H Camp.  Difficulty:  Easy to moderate, damp to wet with high grass.  


Art in the Park

Saturday July 13th 2019 10am-5pm

Sunday July 14th 10am-4pm

Art in the Park is a juried art event located in Deep Creek Lake State Park usually on the second weekend in July.  Each year 50+ vendors display their original artwork and fine crafts over this two day festival. Food vendors are on site as well as kids interpretive events, tie dye, live animals and a kids art project sponsored by the Garrett Arts Council.


NOTE to artists and vendors:  this event is juried by the Garrett County Arts Council and no applications are sent or available until the artist has been juried into the event. To be considered please email for more information.


Fall Festival At Friends Store, Sang Run State Park

Saturday Septermber 28th 2019, 10-3

Pumpkins to harvest and carve, scarecrow making, apple pressing, Hayrides, dutch oven cooking and much much more.

Holiday Open House

Join us for our annual open house.  Cookies, crafts, photos with Santa and Mrs Claus!

Saturday December 7, 2019 10am-12pm at the Discovery Center.