I had an opportunity to talk with Patty Manown Mash at The Discovery Center this weekend about all of the exciting things going on at the Center. Patty explained that although many residents and visitors are familiar with the Discovery Center, most view it as a one time trip and think if they've visited once, they've seen it all. In fact, the Center is always offering new opportunities for fun and learning. It's more than a nature center, as Patty explains, it is an educational interpretive center.
On my visit, I was able to have a naturalist describe the Monarch Butterfly Tagging Program that the Discovery Center participates in as well as see some of the regular exhibits. As a special bonus, Frog, one of the naturalists on staff, took my daughter and some other children visiting the center out to the Scales & Tales Aviary for an impromptu visit with the some red tailed-hawks and a screech owl. I also got to see the spot where the Forest Canopy Walkway will be built.
The Discovery Center has a monthly calendar of events for visitors of all ages. Events in April include Critter Encounter, the Natural Egg Dyeing Program that I wrote about earlier this month, and guided hikes, to name a few. For more information, contact the Discovery Center at 301-387-7067.