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/per person, adults (16+ must have a license). Pre-registration is rquired as space is limited.
2 p.m.Aquatic Adventures Join the Naturalist in the Discovery Room fo the Center for this exciting adventure. We will head to the docks to use aqua scopes and dip nets to catch critters and fish that call Deep Creek home.
10 a.m.What's That Reptile? Come to the Discovery Center to learn about the reptiles and emphibians in the center and you may have a chance to touch these amazing cold-blooded creatures.
2 p.m.Butterflies and Flowers Join the naturalist for a walk around the Discovery Center grounds observing the butterflies that use our native plants. Learn the difference between native and non-native plants and their effects on our environment.
8 a.m.Birding at Deep Creek You'll learn how to bird by sight and by ear as we listen for distinctive songs on a stroll through the park. Bring binoculars and meet at the Discovery Center.
10 a.m.Story, Craft and Animal Meet and Greet Join local author Deborah Brenneman as she reads from one of our favorite books, "Fidgets Folley" about peregrine falcons. Make a craft and meet our falcon in person.
2 p.m.Buzz into Pollination Bzzzzzz, Bzzzzzz, come see what all the buzz is about. Did you know there are more pollinators than just bees? Did you know we wouldn't have most of our crops or even tequilla wtihout these special critters? Join as we fly into the fun! We will also be sampling a sweet treat.
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. Approx. 1 3/4 hour. Moderate walking.
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.Smokey Bear Smokey will be at the Discovery Center. Stop by for a photo and to meet this important bear.
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 p.m.Deep Creek Loop Hike Meet at park headquarters (898 State Park Road, Swanton, MD) to join Ranger Tillett on an invigorating 2.5 hour, 5-mile hike through the northern hardwoods forest at Deep Creek Lake. Stretch your legs and enjoy walking past blooming wildflowers on this moderate trail up to the Thayerville fire tower past the Brant Mine, then back down through the Indian Turnip Trail. Sturdy hiking boots and water recommended.
2 p.m.Tie Dye on the Beach Meet us at the beach to make your own tie dye shirt and create your own conservation message for your shirt. $12 per shirt.
11 a.m.Hungry Critters Meet us inside the Discovery Center as we feed the critters! You will be given a chance to touch a live reptile or amphibian.
Watch for the Scales and Tales naturalist at the beach in the afternoon.
2 p.m.Little Guard For kids ages 5-12. Meet at the beach and learn the skills of a lifeguard. Kids will run a realy, practice throwing a lifesaving device, learn how to recognize a troubled swimmer and more. No swimming required.
8 p.m.Scales and Tales Campfire Program Join the naturalist to meet a few of our resident animals. Hear their stories, learn cool facts and bring a camera to capture the moment. Afterwards we will have free marshmallows for roasting.
11 a.m.First Impressions Some animals are born with a bad reputation. This interactive program shows that even creepy crawlies have their own important role in nature. Great for all ages.
2 p.m.Aviary Encounter Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat!
9 p.m.Magnificent Moths of Mountain Maryland Campfire with Matt Tileett Join Ranger Matt Tillett in the Discovery Center to celebrate our "It's a Bug Life Weekend" for a campfire about the small creatures that we have all seen around our porch light, but don't know much about.
All Day Scavenger Hunts
2 p.m.Edible Weeds Talk & Stroll Join master gardner Jerry Knutson for a walk through the Discovery Center grounds identifying weeds for their edible value. Meet on the Discovery Center deck.
9 p.m.Vultures with Author Katie Fallon Special guest, author and rehabber Katie Fallon will be talking about her work and new book about the misunderstood and often stereotyped Turkey Vulture. Katie will be assisted by education ambassador Lew the vulture. Program will be held downstairs in the Discovery Room.
2 p.m.Avairy Feeding Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird's story, and watch these amazing raptors eat.
9:30 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. Approx. 1 3/4 hour. Moderate walking.
8 a.m.Birding at Sang Run Learn tips to birding by ear and listen for distinctive songs as we 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 2.5 hours.
8 p.m.Magical Monarch Butterflies Campfire Join the naturalist for a fascinating look at the life of a Monarch Butterfly. Did you know that the monarch migrates 1880 miles from Maryland to Mexico each year? And that the butterfly that returns has never been here before. Learn about our tagging program with a hands-on demonstration of "how do you tag a butterfly?"
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