The Deep Creek Lake State Park Discovery Center, The Department of Natural Resources’ interpretive environmental center, is a 6,000 square foot facility that includes classroom and conference areas complete with audio visual technology and wifi. This children-friendly center lets children put their hands in a black bear paw print, explore fossils from long ago and sneak a peek under a microscope to learn about Deep Creek Lake’s under-water ecology. These hands-on exhibits showcase the natural resources of Western Maryland where families can learn about the flora and fauna, wildlife, cultural and historical heritage.
There is also the famous Aviary that houses birds of prey used for the Scales and Tales Program. These magnificent birds have been injured/hand raised, and cannot survive in the wild. Scales and Tales is a statewide environmental education program with a threefold mission. Scales and Tales encourages an appreciation for:
- The splendor and diversity of Maryland wildlife.
- Promotes an understanding and the relationship between man, wildlife, and the habitat they share.
- Encourages people to visit state forests and parks to further explore that relationship.
History buffs will enjoy learning about the cultural and historical heritage of the region, including coal extraction from the former Old Brant Mine in an indoor replicated mine experience. The Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center also features many aquariums with native fish and other aquatic species from the lake and river. An aviary featuring live birds of prey, include red-tailed hawks and owls, numerous reptile and amphibian displays with daily up-close encounters! While you are here check out our native plant gardens and Monarch Butterfly rearing tank and live underwater fish camera and discovery science stations.
Check out the calendar of events on your next visit and show the family some interesting things to experience. Whether it is going on guided hikes, feeding the birds of prey or meeting the owls and other reptiles, you will be sure to have a fantastic time at the Deep Creek Lake State Park.