Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center June 2017 Events

Saturday, June 3

turtle11 a.m.
Hungry Critters Meet us in the Discovery Center as we feed the critters. You will be given a chance to touch a live reptile or amphibian.

2 p.m.
National Trails Day Group Ride Meet at the overflow parking lot. Please come prepared to bike on dirt mountain trails. Approximately 90 minutes.

Sang Run State Park - Noon to 2 p.m.
Lunch-time Hayrides Bring the family for this iconice tractor pulled hayride around the Friends Farm.

Sunday, June 4

11 a.m.
First Impressions Some animals are born with a bad reputation. This interactive programs 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.

Sang Run State Park - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Traditions Day Stop by for traditional crafts and activities. Candle dipping, quilt squares, tin punching, corn hole and more.

Monday, June 5

Scavenger Hunts daily at the Discovery Center.

Tuesday, June 6

Scavenger Hunts daily at the Discovery Center.

Wednesday, June 7

Sang Run State Park - 11 a.m.
History Stroll Stroll the farm with a ranger and learn some of the history of the early 1700 era farm. Mesach Browning was here, Native Americans had an encampment.

Thursday, June 8

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 medium difficulty and will last approximately 2.5 hours.

Sang Run State Park – 2:00 p.m.
Tree Hike Join the naturalist to walk the farm loop and identify trees. Many heritage size trees grow here and are a wonder to behold. 1.5 hours. Free

Scavenger Hunts available at the Discovery Center.

Friday, June 9

Sang Run State Park Dutch Oven Demonstration 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Join the ranger for the how to’s of Dutch oven cooking. From cooking to cleaning! And best of all samples will be available! Free

Sang Run State Park Butterflies & Flowers Walk - 2 p.m.
Join the naturalist for a butterfly and native flower walk around the property. We will discuss native vs. non native plants as well as good garden attractants. Approx. 1 hour Free

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.

2 p.m.
What’s that Reptile Come to the Discovery Center to learn about the reptiles and amphibians in the center and you may have a chance to touch these amazing cold-blooded creatures!

Saturday, June 10

Sang Run State Park Lunchtime Hayrides Noon – 2 p.m.
Bring the family for this iconic tractor pulled hayride around the Friends Farm. $2.00 per person.

10 a.m.
Edible Plants Walk Join Master Gardener, Jerry Knutson, for a walk through the Discovery Center grounds identifying weeds for their edible value. Meet on the Discovery Center deck.

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.

2 p.m.
Habitat Hike Join the Naturalist for a hike and take a look into woods to find habitats for the wide variety of wildlife found in Garrett County.

Sunday, June 11

Sang Run State Park Traditions Day 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Stop by for traditional crafts and activities. Candle dipping, quilt squares, tin punching, corn hole and more!

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!

2 p.m.
Aviary Encounter Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat!

Monday, June 12

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 is required as space is limited.

2 p.m.
Aquatic Adventures Join the Naturalist in the Discovery Room of 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.

Tuesday, June 13

Science Room Fun Our Science Room will be staffed to guide people of all ages through the activities that this hands-on space has to offer.

Butterflies & 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.

Wednesday, June 14

Sang Run State Park History Stroll - 11 a.m.
Stroll the farm with a ranger and learn some of the history of the early 1700 era farm. Meshach Browning was here, Native Americans had an encampment to the rich Friend family lineage. Free

11 a.m.
Buzz into Pollination Bzzzzz, Bzzzz, 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 tequila without these special critters? Join as we fly into the fun! We will even have a sample of a sweet treat we can thank a pollinator for.

2 p.m.
Aviary Encounter Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat!

Thursday, June 15

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 medium difficulty and will last approximately 2.5 hours.

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.

Science Room Fun Our Science Room will be staffed to guide people of all ages through the activities that this hands-on space has to offer.

Friday, June 16

Sang Run State Park Dutch Oven Demonstration 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Join the ranger for the how to’s of Dutch oven cooking. From cooking to cleaning! And best of all samples will be available! Free

Sang Run State Park Butterflies & Flowers Walk - 1 p.m.
Join the naturalist for a butterfly and native flower walk around the property. We will discuss native vs. non native plants as well as good garden attractants. Approximately 1 hour Free

8 a.m.
Birdwalk Walk the grounds of Deep Creek Lake State Park to learn about the park home, or maybe just passing through.

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.

2 p.m.
What’s that Reptile Come to the Discovery Center to learn about the reptiles and amphibians in the center and you may have a chance to touch these amazing cold-blooded creatures!

Saturday, June 17

Sang Run State Park Lunch-time Hayrides - Noon to 2 p.m.
Bring the family for this iconic tractor pulled hayride around the Friends Farm. $2.00/person

11 a.m.
Snakes Alive Stop by to learn about the different species of snakes that call Maryland home, and get up close and personal with some of the resident snakes in the Discovery Center.

9 p.m.
Astronomy Star Party with Gus Johnson Join our knowledgeable staff at the Discovery Center parking lot for a night of star gazing. Don’t forget a chair and a blanket!

Sunday, June 18

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!

2 p.m.
Aviary Encounter Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat!

Monday, June 19

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 is required as space is limited.

2 p.m.
Aquatic Adventures Join the Naturalist in the Discovery Room of 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.

Tuesday, June 20

Science Room Fun Our Science Room will be staffed to guide people of all ages through the activities that this hands-on space has to offer.

2 p.m.
Butterflies & 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.

Wednesday, June 21

Sang Run State Park History Stroll - 11 a.m.
Stroll the farm with a ranger and learn some of the history of the early 1700 era farm. Meshach Browning was here, Native Americans had an encampment to the rich Friend family lineage. Free

11 a.m.
Buzz into Pollination Bzzzzz, Bzzzz, 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 tequila without these special critters? Join as we fly into the fun! We will even have a sample of a sweet treat we can thank a pollinator for.

2 p.m.
Aviary Encounter Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat!

Thursday, June 22

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 medium difficulty and will last approximately 2.5 hours.

Sang Run State Park Tree I.D. Hike - 2 p.m.
Join the naturalist to walk the farm loop and identify trees. Many heritage size trees grow here and are a wonder to behold. 1.5hrs Free

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 3/4 hour. Moderate walking.

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Smokey Bear at the Discovery Center Smokey Bear will be in the house! Stop by to learn the history of this iconic figure.

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Fire Tower Open Take a self-guided hike to the historic Thayerville Fire Tower and meet our knowledgeable staff to experience the view of a lifetime.

Friday, June 23

Sang Run State Park Dutch Oven Demonstration 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Join the ranger for the how to’s of Dutch oven cooking. From cooking to cleaning! And best of all samples will be available! Free

Sang Run State Park Green Wood Carving Demonstration 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Amy Umbel demonstrating this traditional technique. Her award winning spoons, bowls and more will be for sale.

Sang Run State Park Butterflies & Flowers Walk - 1:00 p.m.
Join the naturalist for a butterfly and native flower walk around the property. We will discuss native vs. non native plants as well as good garden attractants. Approximately 1 hour Free

8 a.m.
Bird Walk Walk the grounds of Deep Creek Lake State Park to learn about the park home, or maybe just passing through.

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.

2 p.m.
What’s that Reptile Come to the Discovery Center to learn about the reptiles and amphibians in the center and you may have a chance to touch these amazing cold-blooded creatures!

Saturday, June 24

Sang Run State Park Lunch-time Hayrides Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Bring the family for this iconic tractor pulled hayride around the Friends Farm. $2.00/person

Sang Run State Park Basket Weaving Demonstration 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Appalachian basket weaver Georgia Johnson will be selling products and demonstrating how she makes them.

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!

8 p.m.
While You were Sleeping Campfire

Sunday, June 25

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.

2 p.m.
Aviary Encounter Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat!

Monday, June 26

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 is required as space is limited.

2 p.m.
Aquatic Adventures Join the Naturalist in the Discovery Room of 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.

Tuesday, June 27

Science Room Fun Our Science Room will be staffed to guide people of all ages through the activities that this hands-on space has to offer.

2 p.m.
Butterflies & 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.

Wednesday, June 28

Sang Run State Park History Stroll - 11 a.m.
Stroll the farm with a ranger and learn some of the history of the early 1700 era farm. Meshach Browning was here, Native Americans had an encampment to the rich Friend family lineage. Free

11 a.m.
Buzz into Pollination Bzzzzz, Bzzzz, 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 tequila without these special critters? Join as we fly into the fun! We will even have a sample of a sweet treat we can thank a pollinator for.

2 p.m.
Aviary Encounter Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat!

Thursday, June 29

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 medium difficulty and will last approx. 2.5 hours.

Sang Run State Park Tree I.D. Hike - 2 p.m.
Join the naturalist to walk the farm loop and identify trees. Many heritage size trees grow here and are a wonder to behold. 1.5hrs Free

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 3/4 hour. Moderate walking.

1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Meet Smokey Bear Smokey Bear will be in the house! Stop by to learn the history of this iconic figure.

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Fire Tower Open Take a self-guided hike to the historic Thayerville Fire Tower and meet our knowledgeable staff to experience the view of a lifetime.

Friday, June 30

Sang Run State Park Dutch Oven Demonstration 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Join the ranger for the how to’s of Dutch oven cooking. From cooking to cleaning! And best of all samples will be available! Free

Sang Run State Park Butterflies & Flowers Walk - 2 p.m.
Join the naturalist for a butterfly and native flower walk around the property. We will discuss native vs. non native plants as well as good garden attractants. Approximately 1 hour Free

8 a.m.
Bird Walk Walk the grounds of Deep Creek Lake State Park to learn about the park home, or maybe just passing through.

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.

2 p.m.
What’s that Reptile? Come to the Discovery Center to learn about the reptiles and amphibians in the center and you may have a chance to touch these amazing cold-blooded creatures!

Saturday, July 1

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!

8 p.m.
Scales & Tales Campfire There’s nothing better than a holiday weekend, and a Scales & Tales Campfire. Get the chance to meet some of our animal ambassadors while learning the story of how they came to be in our care. Marshmallow roasting to follow.

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