Many people consider it a tremendous thrill to catch a glimpse of a mysterious owl as it flies across a dark country road at night, or to see a majestic hawk soaring high in the sky on a bright clear day. Fewer people have seen these creatures from merely a few feet away.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources provides this opportunity to Marylanders every day. Scales & Tales, an environmental education program of the Maryland Park Service, affords people the opportunity to see live wildlife, mostly native to Maryland, up close and personal. This informative and entertaining program uses live non-releasable birds of prey and reptiles to promote stewardship of our wildlife and other natural resources. Through the stories, or "tales" of how these animals come into the care of the program, Scales & Tales naturalists discuss very important environmental issues, such as loss of habitat, environmental pollution, resource management and biodiversity.
Scales & Tales presents these educational messages to the people of Maryland on a regular basis. Through formal program presentations at parks, schools, community centers, senior centers, and other similar facilities, as well as wildlife displays at numerous fairs and festivals, Scales & Tales reaches hundreds of thousands of people every year.
Scales & Tales could not help wildlife through education without the generous donations of our many supporters. Find out how you can help support Scales & Tales in our valuable mission through our animal Adoption Program.
Scales & Tales is presented in one of two formats. Naturalists can conduct a 45 minute presentation highlighting several of the animals individually. Each animal is discussed in detail and its tale is presented to address a particular stewardship message. Programs include:
Scales & Tales also features Wildlife on Display, popular at many fairs and festivals throughout the state. These displays feature several birds and reptiles exhibited in an informative and interactive manner. Naturalists are always on hand to answer questions and discuss the animals. Displays, featuring birds of prey and reptiles, can also be reserved for corporate picnics. Find out what package best suits your group. Plenty of children's activities and education fun facts will delight everyone.
More and more schools, libraries, scout groups, church groups and senior centers are discovering the value of this program every day. Reservations for programs can be made up to three months in advance. Scales & Tales has numerous facilities throughout Maryland's state parks. The program is available throughout Maryland and adjacent counties in surrounding states.
A service charge is required for Scales & Tales programs and displays. For reservations or more information about Scales & Tales, contact the Scales & Tales aviary nearest you.
Pocomoke River State Park(located in Worcester County)410-632-2566E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuckahoe State Park(located in Caroline County)410-820-1668E-mail:email@example.com
Soldiers Delight NEA (Patapsco Valley State Park)(located in Baltimore County)410-461-5005E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Cunningham Falls State Park(located in Frederick County)301-271-3676E-mail: email@example.com
Rocky Gap State Park(located in Allegany County)301-722-1480E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deep Creek Lake State Park(located in Garrett County)301-387-7067E-mail: email@example.com
Program Administrator, Scales & Tales Ranger Melissa Boyle AcutiE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401
Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)