News from the DNR Office of Communications

Discovery Center To Close For Upgrades

Swanton, Md. (January 24, 2011) — The Maryland Park Service announces the closing of the Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake State Park from Monday, January 31 through Thursday, February 11, 2011. Park staff and volunteers will be remodeling and re-tooling the Discovery Center’s main display room and kid’s room during this time.

“We are converting the existing reptile room in to a Brant Mine display in which the visitor will be transported into the mine by visual and audio enhancements. The main display will encompass all our live animal and interactive displays, and the new layout will feature our “Water is Life” management theme for Deep Creek Lake,” said Caroline Blizzard, Director of the Discovery Center. “We also anticipate the completion of our new aviary this spring, and an accompanying Eagle Scout project will add an outdoor frog and turtle habitat to the aviary.”

All new displays are being funded through the volunteer team and generous donations made by visitors to the Discovery Center. The center will reopen on Friday, February 12, 2011.

   January 24, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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