Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center August 2014 Events

kids searching for critters at Deep Creek Friday, August 1

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, August 2

11 a.m.
Discovery Room Crafts. Meet inside the Discovery Room to participate in a variety of crafts and recycled projects. 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.

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

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, August 3

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 Friend's Store. 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.
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, August 4

8 a.m.
Birding at Sang Run. You'll learn tips to birding by ear and listen for distinctive songs as you stroll through Friend's Delight. Meet at the kayak launch. Bring binoculars and wear waterproof hiking boots. Walk is of medium difficulty and will last approximately 2 hours.

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, August 5

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.

11 a.m.
Butterflies and Flowers. Join the naturalist for a walk around 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, August 6

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. Bring binoculars and meet at the Discovery Center. Experienced and beginner birders are welcome.

11 a.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.

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, August 7

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.
Fire! Oyster Wars. Meet a ranger/historian at the old cannon in the Discovery Center. How was the cannon loaded, fired and used in the Chesapeake Bay wars mid 1800's.

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Fire Tower Open. The fire tower will be staffed with volunteers to assist you on climbing to the top to witness the breathtaking view. You'll hike to the fire tower on your own.

Friday, August 8

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, August 9

11 a.m.
Waht's that Reptile? Come to the Discovery Center to learnabout 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.

8 p.m.
Campfire Program - Celebrate Smokey Bear's 70th birthday. Meet Smokey!

Sunday, August 10

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, August 11

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, August 12

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.

All day
Scavenger Hunt

9 p.m.
Persiades Meteor Shower.Meet in the parking lot of the Discovery Center. Telescopes will be set up and our local astronomer on ahnd to help discover the wonders of the night sky amid this once a year meteor shower. Bring blankets or chairs.

Wednesday, August 13

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. Bring binoculars and meet at the Discovery Center. Experienced and beginner birders are welcome.

11 a.m.
Meet the naturalist in the science room.

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, August 14

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.
Fire Tower Open. The fire tower will be staffed with volunteers to assist you on climbing to the top to witness the breathtaking view. You'll hike to the fire tower on your own.

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.

Friday, August 15

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, August 16

11 a.m.
Waht's that Reptile? Come to the Discovery Center to learnabout 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.

8 p.m.
Campfire Program - Black Bears. Program with biologist Kerry Wixted.

Sunday, August 17

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, August 18

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. to 2 p.m.
Weaving demonstration at Friend's Store.

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, August 19

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.

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

11 a.m.
Butterflies and Flowers. Join the naturalist for a walk around 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, August 20

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. Bring binoculars and meet at the Discovery Center. Experienced and beginner birders are welcome.

11 a.m.
Meet the naturalist in the science room.

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, August 21

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.
Fire! Oyster Wars. Meet a ranger/historian at the old cannon in the Discovery Center. How was the cannon loaded, fired and used in the Chesapeake Bay wars mid 1800's.

1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Fire Tower Open. The fire tower will be staffed with volunteers to assist you on climbing to the top to witness the breathtaking view. You'll hike to the fire tower on your own.

Friday, August 22

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, August 23

11 a.m.
Waht's that Reptile? Come to the Discovery Center to learnabout 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.
Campfire Program.

Sunday, August 24

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, August 25

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, August 26

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.

11 a.m.
Butterflies and Flowers. Join the naturalist for a walk around 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, August 27

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. Bring binoculars and meet at the Discovery Center. Experienced and beginner birders are welcome.

Thursday, August 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.

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.

Friday, August 29

Discovery Center Closed

Saturday, August 30

11 a.m.
Waht's that Reptile? Come to the Discovery Center to learnabout 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.

Sunday, August 31

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.