March 16th, 2013
Join us at the Assateague Island Visitors Center as we have a hootin’ and hollerin’ good time exploring the world of the owl. We will get a close up encounter with a live Scales & Tales owl and learn about why it is in captivity. We will then embark on a hike through the forest trying to call in some of the local native species. Reservations are recommended and space is limited, please call 410-641-2120 ext. 12 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or to make your reservation. This event is free and appropriate for children ages 10 and up.
Assateague Bunny Hop - A Celebration of Spring
March 23, 2013
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Hop down the bunny trail at Assateague State Park! “BYOB” - Bring Your Own Basket and a keen eye as you search for eggs hidden at our State Park Marina. Egg hunts will begin at 1:15 pm, groups will include Tiny Tots, Little Tykes, and Bunny Hoppers (grouped by age) with plenty of goodies for all to find. If you are feeling lucky, try our raffles and guessing game with drawings held at the end of the event. Co-sponsored by Friends of Assateague State Park. Call for more information (410) 641-2120 ext. 13. This event is free and appropriate for children ages 10 and under.
March of Dimes WalkAmerica - Assateague
May 4, 2013
Assateague State Park serves as host for the annual March of Dimes Walk for Babies. You can help save babies from being born premature by joining the millions of people across the nation who come together for Walk for Babies each year. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Assateague State Park Day Use lot. For more information, contact the local chapter of March of Dimes at (410) 546-2241. All ages welcome.
AMSA Fishing Derby
June 8, 2013
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Assateague State Park and Assateague Mobile Sport Fisherman’s Association (AMSA) will be co-sponsoring a fishing derby for kids 16 and under. Members from AMSA will be on hand to instruct participants in proper fishing methods for the surf. Surf rescue demonstrations and nature exhibits will also be on display. Lunch will be provided by AMSA. Limited equipment is available; please bring personal equipment if possible. Registration is at Assateague State Park Day Use boardwalk, no pre-registration required. For more information, call (410) 641-2120 ext 13. This event is free and appropriate for ages 16 and under.
Movie Under the Stars
Wednesdays starting June 19th through August 28, 2013
Join us out under the stars on the beach behind the Nature Center for a viewing of G-rated family or nature-themed movies. Check our weekly program schedule for this week's feature. Please bring a chair or blanket and your favorite snack and beverage. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Program free to State Park campers; all others program service charge of $3.00 per vehicle; check-in at State Park Ranger Station office. All ages welcome.
Campground Critter Encounter
Thursdays and Saturdays starting June 27th, 2013
Programs available between 4-7 p.m.
Would you like to invite some special guests to your campsite? Our Campground Critter Encounter lets you enjoy an up-close visit with some of our Scales & Tales animals - and the best part is we bring the program to you! Gather your friends and family right at your home away from home and we’ll bring a group of feathered and scaled friends to meet you. You’ll learn about how these animals survive on and around Assateague Island and how you can help to protect wild animals. We’ll even have time for a photo-shoot with you and your new friends! Service charge applies. Program is for groups up to 20 participants and is 30 minutes in length. For questions or to schedule your encounter in advance call (410) 641-2120 ext. 12 or email email@example.com or you can sign up at the Nature Center during your visit. All ages welcome.
Arts & Crafts Thursday Workshops
Thursdays starting June 13th through August 29, 2013
Our naturalist staff and special guests will be on hand to demonstrate distinctive crafts and to guide you in creating an Assateague keepsake of your own. Projects may incorporate scrapbooking, beads, paint, clay, or even items found in nature and along the beach. Check our weekly program schedule for this week's feature. Service charge applies per participant. If not camping at the State Park, please check in at the State Park Ranger Station office. For more information call (410) 641-2120 ext 13. Ages 10 – adult (children age 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult).
Independence Day Carnival
July 4, 2013
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Come celebrate with us at the Assateague State Park Nature Center for our annual summer carnival. Activities will include games, crafts, nature programs, raffles, as well as great food. Don’t miss the limbo or frozen t-shirt contests or the pie eating challenge! Proceeds from this fund raising event will benefit the Assateague State Park Nature Center and Interpretive Programs. For more information call (410) 641-2120 ext 13. All ages welcome.
Family Birding Festival
Assateague’s Celebration of International Migratory Bird Day
July 27th, 2013
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Journey with us as we flock together to take a closer look at the world of migrating birds. This family festival will offer something for bird-lovers and birders from novice to expert. Come out to the Assateague Island Visitors Center where the deck will come alive with Scales and Tales live animal displays, hands-on environmental education activities, crafts, games and more. For information please contact Meghan Sochowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or Carrie Samis at email@example.com. This event is free. All ages welcome.
Maryland Coast Day
September 21, 2013
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Assateague State Park serves as the location for this popular festival. Join us for an array of exhibits, live animal programs, kite flying and sand castle building demonstrations and more. Learn about what visitors and residents can do to protect the coastal bays and visit our touch tanks to get a close encounter with some of the island’s fascinating inhabitants. Live music and food vendors will also be on hand. State Park entrance fees will be waived for visitors to this event. For more information, call Maryland Coastal Bays Program at (410) 213-2297. This is a free event. All ages are welcome.
The park is located at the end of Stephen Decatur Highway (Route 611.) From the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, head east on Route 50 towards Ocean City and turn right onto Route 611. From the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, take Route 13 north to Pocomoke City. Turn right onto Route 113 and head north toward Snow Hill. Stay on Route 113 to Berlin. Turn right onto Assateague Road (Route 376.) When it ends, turn right onto Stephen Decatur Highway (Route 611.)
Assateague State Park
7307 Stephen Decatur Highway
Berlin MD 21811
Toll Free: 1-800-830-3974
Contact the Park Service
- Toll Free: 1-800-830-3974
- Reservations: 1-888-432-2267
- Park Watch: 1-800-825-7275
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