Assateague State Park 2014 Interpretive Programs

Assateague State Park offers a wide variety of interpretive programs for visitors of all ages! See below for some of the highlights, but don’t forget to check the weekly program schedule posted at the Ranger Station and on campground bulletin boards when you arrive at Assateague. You can also call the Ranger Station for more information at 410-641-2918.

Nature Center - located in the Assateague State Park campground between D and E loopsA horseshoe crab sand castle

This winter our Nature Center is getting a facelift (quite literally being "lifted" to prevent further damage from flooding). We anticipate that the Nature Center will be fully operational by spring and summer season with a brand new deck and new and exciting exhibits. Plan to visit the Nature Center during your stay and spend time getting a close-up look at our aquariums featuring many of the fascinating critters that inhabit the waters around Assateague such as horseshoe crabs, whelks, fish, and seahorses. Don’t forget to peek in on our terrestrial friends too, the corn snake and screech owl. There’s something for everyone, a must-see for our Assateague visitors!

Nature Center Open Hours for 2014
May 10th to June 8th: Nature Center open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

June 9th to September 1st: Nature Center open daily from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and selected evening hours (check program list posted at park office for weekly schedule)

Look for these and other exciting programs happening at Assateague State Park this summer! Check weekly program schedule posted at State Park Ranger Station and campground bulletin boards for times, locations, and service charges.

New this season: Campground Critter Encounters!
Thursdays and Saturdays starting June 26th, 2014
Programs available between 4-7 p.m. All ages welcome.
Would you like to invite some special guests to your campsite? Our Campground Critter Encounter lets you enjoy an up-close visit with some of our Scales & Tales animals- and the best part is we bring the program to you! Gather your friends and family right at your home away from home and we’ll bring a group of feathered and scaled friends to meet you. You’ll learn about how these animals survive on and around Assateague Island and how you can help to protect wild animals. We’ll even have time for a photo-shoot with you and your new friends! Service charge applies, program is for groups up to 20 participants and is 30 minutes in length. For questions or to schedule your encounter in advance call (410) 641-2120 ext. 12 or email meghan.sochowski@maryland.gov or you can sign up at the Nature Center during your visit.

Bayside Canoe & Kayak Tours - join our naturalist staff for a paddle on the Sinepuxent Bay

Assateague “Stampede” and Scrapbooking - Arts & Crafts program creating your own picture postcards and scrapbook pages using nature-themed stamps

Beginner Yoga - start your day with relaxing yoga on the beach

Bayside Clamming - grab a rake, dip your toes in the bay and you might just catch your dinner

Hoots & Hisses - scales, feathers, and shells -- check them out at our animal close encounter

Littlest Rangers - for ages 6 and under, each session featuring a story and craft project

Sand Castle Building Challenge - create a masterpiece at your spot on the beach

Surf Fishing - try your hand at this ocean-side favorite activity

Tie-Dye Tuesday - every one a unique design - an Assateague favorite

If you are visiting our Day Use beach, don’t miss our exciting exhibit area, the Assateague Nature Nook, located along the entrance boardwalk. Programs offered daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day featuring a sampling of our Nature Center exhibits, live animals, fascinating artifacts, and of course our naturalist staff to answer your questions.