The Discovery Center's missions and goals are funded and supported by the
Friends Of Deep Creek Lake State Park
(Western Garrett County State Park Vol., Inc.)
Where can children put their hands in a black bear paw print, touch fossils from times long gone, and sneak a peek under a microscope to learn about Deep Creek Lake's under-water ecology?
The Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center, the Department of Natural Resources' interpretive environmental center, allows children to do all this – and much more! Nestled along the shores of Deep Creek Lake at Deep Creek Lake State Park, the Discovery Center is a one-of-a-kind educational venue for people of all ages. Through hands-on exhibits that showcase the natural resources of Western Maryland, families can learn about the flora, fauna, wildlife, cultural and historical heritage that have turned this former logging and coal mining region into a popular modern day vacation destination.
The Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center's 6,000 square foot facility also includes a classroom and conference areas complete with audio visual technology including Internet wifi. Don't forget to stop by the Nature Shop, where you'll find a variety of environmental and educational gifts including toys, souvenirs from the region, field guides, and books with a natural resources theme.
Hours of Operation
The Discovery Center hours of operation daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May - October and winter hours of Friday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact the park for hours of operation and special programs during other times of the year.
Deep Creek Lake State Park is open Sun up to Sun down year round. (limited driving access during winter months.)
Deep Creek Lake State Park is located at 898 State Park Road in Swanton, Maryland. For more information about the Deep Creek Discovery Center call (301) 387-7067.
Volunteers are a vital part of our team. To learn more, sign up or check out what they do, click on the photo.
Children in Nature
And School Groups (click photo)
We are commited to providing quality outdoor experiences for children of all ages. To learn more about our field trip opportunities click the photo.
The newest addition to our aviary is our Peregrine Falcon!
Click photo to learn more about our aviary and Scales and Tales.
Meet Our Animals
Check out some of the animals that call the Discovery Center home.
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