Schedule of Events
Discovery Center/Deep Creek Lake State Park
The Discovery Center is Free and open to the public daily.
Friday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, May 25
Learn tips to birding by ear and listen for distinctive songs, as we stroll through Friends Delight. Meet at the kayak launch. Bring binoculars and wear waterproof hiking boots. Walk is of medium difficulty and will last approximately 2 ½ hours.
11:00 a.m. Go Native! Take a walking tour of the Discovery Center’s grounds to learn about native plant species and conservation landscaping tips you can use at home.
2:00 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 for which we can thank a pollinator.
Saturday, May 26
11:00 a.m. Spring Wildflowers Hike Take a hike with the Naturalist in search of native wildflowers.
1:00 p.m. Hungry Critters Watch the animals that call the Discovery Center home during mealtime as they chow down. You will get the opportunity to learn about their species and their personal stories.
8:00 p.m. Scales & Tales Campfire 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! Meet at the campground amphitheater.
Sunday, May 27
10:00 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. 2 hours. Dress for the weather.
2:00 p.m. Aviary Encounter Join us to learn some interesting facts, hear each bird’s story, and watch these amazing raptors eat.
Monday, May 28
11:00 p.m. Creating an Owl Join the Naturalist as we talk about the adapta-tions 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.
Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center
“Bringing people and resources together”
Programs and Center hours are subject to change without notice. All programs meet or begin at the Discovery Center unless otherwise noted. For more information, call us at (301)387-7067
MAY NEW GERMANY STATE PARK PROGRAM CALENDAR
Events are free unless otherwise noted; donations always welcome. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
Please call 301-895-5453 for additional information.
May 26: The Art of Blacksmithing
4:30 p.m. outside the Lake House (Shine only) – Local metal sculptor and blacksmith, Kenny Braitman, will conduct hands-on demonstrations and instruction on the unique art of sculpting metal.
7 p.m. at the Lake House (Rain or Shine) – Proficient on more than 15 instruments, Latta is an award-winning singer/songwriter. He will perform Appalachian, Irish, old-time and traditional music.
May 27: Bomber Down!
7:30 p.m. at the Lake House (Rain or Shine). Retired Park Ranger Rick Lewis will be presenting this fascinating true story of a B-52 bomber that crashed in 1964 during a severe snowstorm in Savage River State Forest. Large pieces of the wreckage will be available to view, including one of the actual ejection seats from the aircraft.
MAY HERRINGTON MANOR / SWALLOW FALLS STATE PARK PROGRAM CALENDAR
Friday, May 25
- S’mores Smorgasbord – 7:00- 8:00 PM (Meet at Herrington Manor Campfire Ring)
Join the Park Naturalist for a variety of yummy s’mores. Build your own S’mores choosing from different types of chocolate and other unique additions! Meet and greet some of the park staff and fellow cabin/campground residents. This is a great time to ask questions about the park and the local area.
Saturday, May 26
- Stream Investigation – 9:30 AM (Meet at the Lake House parking lot)
Join the Naturalists on an adventure to find some of our little critters that occupy Western Maryland streams and waters. From fish and amphibians to aquatic insects, all of these critters can be found on our journey into the unknown! Shoes that can get wet are recommended. Program geared for all ages, especially for those little ones! Rain or shine.
- Roaming Ranger Naturalist – 12:00 PM (Swallow Falls Campground)
The Ranger Naturalist will be roaming the Swallow Falls campground with the park’s corn snake. Stop him and say hi. This is a great time to ask questions about the park and what events are happening in the local area.
- Animal Track Investigation – 2:00 PM (Meet at the Lake House beach)
Explore animal tracks on the beach and learn how to tell certain species apart. This event is geared towards kids 10 years and under but older folks are always welcome.
Sunday, May 27
- Guided hike on the Green Trail – 9:00 AM (Meet at Herrington Manor Office)
Join the naturalist to explore the Green Trail and discover what trees and plants can be found here and learn how to identify some that may be in your own backyard.
- Feeding Time! – 11:30 AM (Meet at Herrington Manor Nature Center)
Stop by the Nature Center below the park office for our snake’s favorite time of the week….Feeding time! Rain or shine.
- Tree Hike – 1:30 PM (Meet at the Swallow Falls Campstore)
Join the naturalists for a guided walk through the virgin hemlock forest at Swallow Falls State Park. Learn about some of the interactions and interdependencies present within the forest community. Rain or shine.
Monday, May 28
- Birding Basics – 9:00AM (Meet at Herrington Manor Lake House parking lot)
Join the Naturalist for a walk to some of his favorite birding sites, while getting advice on successful birding. Binoculars recommended. Rain or Shine.
** Kids 14 and younger must be accompanied by a parent at all times during the programs.
** Hiking shoes are recommended for the guided hikes.
** All programs are weather dependent unless otherwise noted.
The facilities of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are available to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin or physical or mental disability.
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Contact Information and Directions
Big Run State Park
301-895-5453 or 301-746-8359
Directions: 14 miles south of Grantsville
Casselman River Bridge State Park
301-895-5453 or 301-746-8359
Directions: 1/4 mile east of Grantsville adjacent to Rt. 40
Deep Creek Lake State Park
Directions: Take Rt. 219 S. to Glendale Road. Turn left on Glendale Road. Immediately after crossing the Glendale Bridge, turn left onto State Park Road. Go over small State Park Bridge and you will see the campground office on your right. Continue a short distance and the Discovery Center is the first left past the office. The park entrance to beach, picnic and day-use area and public boat launch ramp is the second left.
Herrington Manor State Park
DIRECTIONS: Take Rt. 219 south to Mayhew Inn Road. Take right and travel to the end of Mayhew Inn Road. Turn left onto Oakland Sang Run Rd. Follow signs and turn right onto Swallow Falls Road. Park entrance is about 5 miles on right.
New Germany State Park
DIRECTIONS: Take Rt. 219 south to Glendale Rd. Turn left onto Glendale Road, cross bridge and bear right and continue to the end of Glendale Rd. Turn left onto Rt. 495 N., then right onto New Germany Rd. Go about 8 miles and turn right into park entrance. Savage River State Forest encompasses much of the Park area. NOTE: Savage River Reservoir is at the bottom of Dry Run Road off 495.
Potomac-Garrett State Forest
DIRECTIONS: Take Rt. 219 S and travel 4.7 miles to Sand Flat Rd. Turn left and travel 4.4 miles to MD Highway (135) at stop light. Go straight across through Deer Park and continue onto Boiling Springs Rd. Follow signs. Bear right at Eagle Rock Rd. for about 2 miles and you will see signs for specific areas, such as Lostland Run.
Sang Run State Park
DIRECTIONS: From Interstate 68, take Exit 14A to US-219 South. Follow US-219 South 10.2 miles to Hoyes Road. Turn Right onto Hoyes Road. Continue on Hoyes Sang Run Road for 1.8 miles. Turn left on Bishoff Road for 78 feet, then turn right onto Sang Run Road for 1.9 miles.
Savage River State Forest
Directions: MD Rt. 495 to New Germany Road. Follow signs.
Swallow Falls State Park
DIRECTIONS: Take Rt. 219 south to Mayhew Inn Road. Take right and travel to the end of Mayhew Inn Road. Turn left onto Oakland Sang Run Rd. Follow signs and turn right onto Swallow Falls Road. Park entrance is about 1 mile on right.
Youghiogheny Wild & Scenic River
Directions: Between Miller’s Run & town limits of Friendsville
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