Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center July 2014 Events

kids searching for critters at Deep Creek Tuesday, July 1

All day (self-guided)
Life in a cave. It's time to explore! Put on your head lamp and take a self-guided trip to the Discovery Center's cave to search for cave dwelling creatures. Free.

2 p.m.
Butterflies and Flowers. Join the naturalist for a walk through the Discovery Center grounds observing the butterflies that inhabit our native plants. Learn the difference between native and non-native plants and their effects on our environment. Approximately 1 hour.

Wednesday, July 2

8 a.m.
Birding at Deep Creek. You'll learn how to bird by sight and ear as we listen for distinctive songs on a stroll through the park.

2 p.m.
All Cracked Up. Have you ever wondered what an un-hatched owl or snake looks like inside of its shell? If you answered yes, this is the program for you! We will cure that curiosity by viewing a short presentation that will be followed by an egg-excellent eggshell craft. Join us in the discovery room to view awesome images of animals hatching from eggs while learning about them.

Thursday, July 3

10 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. Approximately 1.5 hours. Moderate walking. Free.

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Smokey Bear and Fire Tower Open. Come to the Discovery Center to visit with Smokey Bear and even take pictures with him. The fire tower will be staffed with volunteers that will assist you on climbing to the top to witness the breathtaking view. You will hike to the fire tower on your own.

Friday, July 4

11 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.

1:30 p.m.
Tie Dye on the Beach. Meet at the beach to make your own tie dye shirts and create your own conservation message for your shirt. $12 per shirt. Approximately 1 hour.

Saturday, July 5

11 a.m.
Discovery Room Crafts. 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. Great for all ages. Free.

11 a.m.
Little Guard. For kids ages 5 to 7. Meet at the beach and learn the skills of a lifeguard. Kids will run a relay, practice throwing a lifesaving device, learn how to recognize a troubled swimmer and more. No swimming required. Free.

8 p.m.
Scales and Tales Campfire Program. Meet us at the amphitheater to meet some of our resident critters both scaly and feathered. Marshmallows will be provided.

Sunday, July 6

11 a.m.
Aquatic Adventures. Join the naturalist on the docks of the Discovery Center for this exciting adventure. Check out our fish traps, aqua scopes and learn about the critters that call Deep Creek home. Approximately 1/2 hour. Free.

11 a.m.
Butterflies and Flowers at Sang Run. Join the naturalist for a walk around the farm at Friend's Store on Sang Run Road observing the butterflies that inhabit our native plants. Learn the difference between native and non-native plants and their effects on our environment. Approximately 1 hour.

2 p.m.
Aviary Encounter. Come to the aviary to get up close and personal with our birds of prey. Learn some interesting facts and watch them eat! Bring a camera because they will be perched for a great photo opportunity! Free.

Monday, July 7

8 a.m.
Birding at Sang Run. You'll learn tips to birding by ear and listen for distinctive songs as we stroll through the park. Bring binoculars and meet at the Discovery Center. Experienced and beginner birds are welcome.

10 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 required as space is limited.

2 p.m.
Critter Encounter. Meet inside the Discovery Center as we feed the critters. You will be given a chance to touch a live reptile or amphibian.

Tuesday, July 8

All day (self-guided)
Life in a cave. It's time to explore! Put on your head lamp and take a self-guided trip to the Discovery Center's cave to search for cave dwelling creatures. Free.

2 p.m.
Butterflies and Flowers. Join the naturalist for walk through the Discovery Center grounds observing the butterflies that inhabit our native plants. Learn the difference between native and non-native plants and their effects on our environment. Approximately 1 hour.

Wednesday, July 9

8 a.m.
Birding at Deep Creek. You'll learn how to bird by sight and ear as we listen for distinctive songs on a stroll through the park.

2 p.m.
All Cracked Up. Have you ever wondered what an un-hatched owl or snake looks like inside of its shell? If you answered yes, this is the program for you! We will cure that curiosity by viewing a short presentation that will be followed by an egg-excellent eggshell craft. Join us in the discovery room to view awesome images of animals hatching from eggs while learning about them.

Thursday, July 10

10 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. Approximately 1.5 hours. Moderate walking. Free.

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Smokey Bear and Fire Tower Open. Come to the Discovery Center to visit with Smokey Bear and even take pictures with him. The fire tower will be staffed with volunteers that will assist you on climbing to the top to witness the breathtaking view. You will hike to the fire tower on your own.

Saturday, July 12

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Art in the Park. Art in the Park is a juried art event in Deep Creek Lake State Park. Each year 50+ vendors display their art 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.

Sunday, July 13

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Art in the Park. Art in the Park is a juried art event in Deep Creek Lake State Park. Each year 50+ vendors display their art 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.

Monday, July 14

10 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 required as space is limited.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pottery Demonstration at Sang Run. Ovserve Teddy Latta "throwing pottery" and demonstrating her craft. Pottery for sale.

2 p.m.
Critter Encounter. Meet inside the Discovery Center as we feed the critters. You will be given a chance to touch a live reptile or amphibian.

Tuesday, July 15

10:30 a.m.
Edible Plant Walk. Join Master Gardner Jerry Knutson for a walk through the Discovery Center grounds identifying plants for their edible value. Free.

Wednesday, July 16

8 a.m.
Birding at Deep Creek. You'll learn how to bird by sight and ear as we listen for distinctive songs on a stroll through the park.

2 p.m.
All Cracked Up. Have you ever wondered what an un-hatched owl or snake looks like inside of its shell? If you answered yes, this is the program for you! We will cure that curiosity by viewing a short presentation that will be followed by an egg-excellent eggshell craft. Join us in the discovery room to view awesome images of animals hatching from eggs while learning about them.

Thursday, July 17

10 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. Approximately 1.5 hours. Moderate walking. Free.

1 p.m.
Junior Rangers. Kids between ages 7 and 13 can call the Discovery Center at 301-387-7067 to sign up for this six-week program. Sessions are two hours and cover multiple environmental topics.

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Smokey Bear and Fire Tower Open. Come to the Discovery Center to visit with Smokey Bear and even take pictures with him. The fire tower will be staffed with volunteers that will assist you on climbing to the top to witness the breathtaking view. You will hike to the fire tower on your own.

Friday, July 18

11 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.

1:30 p.m.
Tie Dye on the Beach. Meet at the beach to make your own tie dye shirts and create your own conservation message for your shirt. $12 per shirt. Approximately 1 hour.

Saturday, July 19

11 a.m.
Waht's that Reptile? Come to the Discovery Center to learn about the reptiles and amphibians in the center and even have a chance to touch these amazing cold blooded creatures! Approximately 45 minutes. Free.

11 a.m.
Little Guard. For kids ages 5 to 7. Meet at the beach and learn the skills of a lifeguard. Kids will run a relay, practice throwing a lifesaving device, learn how to recognize a troubled swimmer and more. No swimming required. Free.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hayrides at Sang Run. Roughly every half hour. $2 per person.

8 p.m.
Discover the Secrets of Garrett County Wildlife Campfire. Join us at the amphitheater to meet some of our resident critters both scaly and feathered. Marshmallows and more. Free.

Sunday, July 20

11 a.m.
Aquatic Adventures. Join the naturalist on the docks of the Discovery Center for this exciting adventure. Check out our fish traps, aqua scopes and learn about the critters that call Deep Creek home. Approximately 1/2 hour. Free.

2 p.m.
Aviary Encounter. Come to the aviary to get up close and personal with our birds of prey. Learn some interesting facts and watch them eat! Bring a camera because they will be perched for a great photo opportunity! Free.

Monday, July 21

10 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 required as space is limited.

11 a.m.
A tast of Appalachia at Sang Run. Join us for candle making, cardboard quilt squares, dutch oven cooking demo and more.

2 p.m.
Critter Encounter. Meet inside the Discovery Center as we feed the critters. You will be given a chance to touch a live reptile or amphibian.

Tuesday, July 22

All day (self-guided)
Life in a cave. It's time to explore! Put on your head lamp and take a self-guided trip to the Discovery Center's cave to search for cave dwelling creatures. Free.

2 p.m.
Butterflies and Flowers. Join the naturalist for walk through the Discovery Center grounds observing the butterflies that inhabit our native plants. Learn the difference between native and non-native plants and their effects on our environment. Approximately 1 hour.

Wednesday, July 23

8 a.m.
Birding at Deep Creek. You'll learn how to bird by sight and ear as we listen for distinctive songs on a stroll through the park.

2 p.m.
All Cracked Up. Have you ever wondered what an un-hatched owl or snake looks like inside of its shell? If you answered yes, this is the program for you! We will cure that curiosity by viewing a short presentation that will be followed by an egg-excellent eggshell craft. Join us in the discovery room to view awesome images of animals hatching from eggs while learning about them.

Thursday, July 24

10 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. Approximately 1.5 hours. Moderate walking. Free.

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Smokey Bear and Fire Tower Open. Come to the Discovery Center to visit with Smokey Bear and even take pictures with him. The fire tower will be staffed with volunteers that will assist you on climbing to the top to witness the breathtaking view. You will hike to the fire tower on your own.

Friday, July 25

11 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.

1:30 p.m.
Tie Dye on the Beach. Meet at the beach to make your own tie dye shirts and create your own conservation message for your shirt. $12 per shirt. Approximately 1 hour.

Saturday, July 26

11 a.m.
What's that Reptile? Come to the Discovery Center to learn about the reptiles and amphibians in the center and even have a chance to touch these amazing cold-blooded creatures! Approximately 45 minutes. Free

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hayrides at Sang Run. Roughly every half hour. $2 per person.

11 a.m.
Little Guard. For kids ages 5 to 7. Meet at the beach and learn the skills of a lifeguard. Kids will run a relay, practice throwing a lifesaving device, learn how to recognize a troubled swimmer and more. No swimming required. Free.

9:30 p.m.
Astronomy Program. Meet in the Discovery Center parking log.

Sunday, July 27

11 a.m.
Aquatic Adventures. Join the naturalist on the docks of the Discovery Center for this exciting adventure. Check out our fish traps, aqua scopes and learn about the critters that call Deep Creek home. Approximately 1/2 hour. Free.

2 p.m.
Aviary Encounter. Come to the aviary to get up close and personal with our birds of prey. Learn some interesting facts and watch them eat! Bring a camera because they will be perched for a great photo opportunity! Free.

Monday, July 28

10 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 required as space is limited.

1 p.m.
Butterflies and Flowers at Sang Run. Join the naturalist for walk around the farm at Friend's Store on Sang Run Road observing the butterflies that inhabit our native plants. Learn the difference between native and non-native plants and their effects on our environment. Approximately 1 hour.

2 p.m.
Critter Encounter. Meet inside the Discovery Center as we feed the critters. You will give given a chance to touch a live reptile or amphibian.

Tuesday, July 29

8 a.m.
Birding at Deep Creek. You'll learn how to bird by sight and ear as we listen for distinctive songs on a stroll through the park.

2 p.m.
Butterflies and Flowers. Join the naturalist for walk through the Discovery Center grounds observing the butterflies that inhabit our native plants. Learn the difference between native and non-native plants and their effects on our environment. Approximately 1 hour.

Wednesday, July 30

All day (self-guided)
Life in a cave. It's time to explore! Put on your head lamp and take a self-guided trip to the Discovery Center's cave to search for cave dwelling creatures. Free.

2 p.m.
All Cracked Up. Have you ever wondered what an un-hatched owl or snake looks like inside of its shell? If you answered yes, this is the program for you! We will cure that curiosity by viewing a short presentation that will be followed by an egg-excellent eggshell craft. Join us in the discovery room to view awesome images of animals hatching from eggs while learning about them.

Thursday, July 31

10 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. Approximately 1.5 hours. Moderate walking. Free.

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Smokey Bear and Fire Tower Open. Come to the Discovery Center to visit with Smokey Bear and even take pictures with him. The fire tower will be staffed with volunteers that will assist you on climbing to the top to witness the breathtaking view. You will hike to the fire tower on your own.