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Special Events 2014

Events are held at the National Wildlife Visitor Center unless otherwise noted and are FREE, with the exception of events noted with $.


kid with fish and fatherKids’ Fishing Day
Saturday, June 7
8:30 am – Noon

Fishing demonstrations and instructions for ages 15 and under. Catch and release fishing only. Pre-registration required.
Call 301-497-5887 to register starting May 1, 2014 at 9:15 am. Space is limited.

Wildlife Conservation and Recreation Day
Saturday, August 16
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Patuxent North Tract Entrance

Learn about wildlife conservation and recreational opportunities through habitat exploration, children’s crafts, fishing, archery and firearm demonstrations. Check website for details closer to the event. Call 301-497- 5770 for details.

Honey Harvest Festival
Saturday, September 20
9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Join the Maryland State Beekeepers Association as they celebrate the Annual Maryland Honey Harvest Festival! Discover the busy world of bees and other pollinators while enjoying arts and crafts, honey tastings, candle making demonstrations, Refuge habitat tram tours ($) and much more!

Patuxent Wildlife Festival
Saturday, October 18
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Enjoy live animals, children’s crafts, tram tours ($), scientific demonstrations, and behind-the-scenes research tours of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. See where endangered Whooping Cranes and Sea Ducks are raised and studied.

Friends of Patuxent
Wildlife Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, November 15
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Shop for wild and not-so-wild, new and gently-used treasures. Find unique gifts and at the same time support the Patuxent Research Refuge and the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. 301-497-5789 for details.

Attention Tram Riders:
Our tram has mechanical problems.  
Our back-up tram - with limited seating - is operating
Want more info?   Call 301-497-5772

Wildlife Conservation Tram Tours

Schedule - Public Tram Tours - 2014

(March 15 -
June 22)

(June 23-
August 30)
(August 31-
November 16)
Tours Only
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
Tours Only
Week- Ends

11:30 AM
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
3:00 PM

11:30 AM
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
2:00 PM
3:00 PM
tram tour - guide and passengers

Weather permitting, $ see below.
Tram schedules are subject to change;
Call 301 497-5772 to confirm  schedule.
Tram information revised January 2013
Complete Tram Tour information here

Events are held at the National Wildlife Visitor Center unless otherwise noted and are FREE, with the exception of events noted with $. Call for details. If you have any special needs or requests, please advise us two weeks in advance by calling 301.497.5763.

$ Tram tickets are $3 per person.
There is no charge for children age 2 and under who do not require a seat.

* Tram Tour Fee subject to change for Special Events listed above

The National Wildlife Visitor Center is located off of Powder Mill Rd. between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Rt. 197 south of Laurel. Hours Open. Driving Directions

The North Tract Visitor Contact Station is located off of Rt. 198 on Bald Eagle Drive, just east of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Hours Open.

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