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Summer Camps 2013

All camps are FREE, but require advance reservations.  Space is limited*. Reservations are taken by calling 301-497-5887Camps are full - registration is closed.
Please advise us of any special needs so that we may accommodate you. 
Visit us on the web: patuxent.fws.gov
Please take notice as camps will be held in different locations in 2013.
The National Wildlife Visitor Center is located on Powder Mill Road between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Rt. 197.  The North Tract is located on Rt. 198 between the Baltimore/Washington Parkway and Rt. 32.

Awesome Animal Adaptations
Ages 5-7, July 9th, 10th & 11th
Location: National Wildlife Visitor Center
Spend three days learning all about different animal adaptations.  Discover how mammals, birds, fish and more survive in their habitats and what makes some more successful than others.  Arts and crafts, games, hands-on activities, and time outside.

earth under magnifying glassNature Detectives
Ages 8-10, July 22nd, 23rd & 24th
Location: National Wildlife Visitor Center
Who’s been here?  Come learn different ways to detect animal activity as we track them through our meadows, forests, and wetlands.  Learn bird calls, animal tracks, trees, and more.  See how humans and animals interact in our environment and identify factors that contribute to environmental problems.

Eco-Discovery at North Tract
Ages 11-13, August 6th, 7th & 8th
10am- 3pm
Location: North Tract
Join us as we discover what it’s like to be a refuge biologist. We will dive into wetlands, discover forests, and explore local wildlife. Explore the refuge through games, hikes, habitat explorations and much more.

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*Please note:  Summer day camps are on a first come-first served basis and require registration by phone at 301.497.5887.  Participants may only attend one camp within their age group.  Participants should dress for the weather, (long pants are recommended), wear sunscreen/hat, insect repellant, close-toed shoes and bring water with a bag lunch that does not need to be refrigerated.  Bringing an additional set of clothing and shoes is strongly encouraged. 
Children will likely get dirty or wet at camp.  

To find out about upcoming programs..........Join our list serve, or pick up a flyer at the refuge, or check your local newspaper or library.  Programs are also listed in the Volunteers <->Friends monthly newsletter. Annual memberships are available at $15.00, payable to Friends of the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Inc., 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708-4027.

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