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April 2014

All programs are FREE (except noted with $$), however, donations to The Friends of Patuxent are greatly appreciated!.  Note: These public programs are designed for individuals/families. Programs REQUIRE advance reservations and may be subject to changes or cancellation due to weather or low participation. . Please call 301-497-5887 to make your reservation. Please advise us of any special needs so that you may be accomodated.

Programs held at the
National Wildlife Visitor Center

The National Wildlife Visitor Center is located on Powder Mill Road between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Rt. 197.

Bird Walks
Wednesday Bird Walks:
April 2nd, 8:00-10:30am, Ages 16+
April 16th, 8:00-10:30am, Ages 16+
April 30th, 8:00-10:30am, Ages 16+
Saturday Bird Walk:
April 26th, 8:00-10:30am, Ages 10+
Search for early spring migrants in various refuge habitats on this guided hike. Field guides and binoculars are recommended. Registration is required.

cardinalBird Buddies
Saturday, April 5th,
9:00-10:30am,
Ages 5-10
Is it a robin or a cardinal? No need to worry, just watching birds can be a blast! Search for birds by sight and sound and discover some of the special qualities birds have in this hands-on program and hike. Registration is required.

Whooping Crane Observatory Tour
Sunday, April 6th, 1:00-3:00pm,
Ages 14+
Enjoy a guided tour to the Whooping Crane Observatory at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center to observe a pair of graceful and endangered adult whooping cranes. Find out more about the Whooping Crane population recovery program. Arrive early, as tour will leave on time. Space is very limited. Registration is required.

eggs in nestBased on Books:
Monthly Nature Series
Eggs!

Thursday, April 17th,
10:30-11:15am,
Ages 4-5
Each program in this series begins
with a beautifully illustrated children’s story
about wildlife. Discover more about nature with puppets, props, and activities. Registration is required.

Puppet Show: Spring Surprises
Friday, April 18th, 11:00 am & 12:30pm,
All Ages Welcome!
No Registration required.
Join a very special American Toad on a springtime day at Patuxent as he bumps into old and new friends after a long winter. Length of introduction and puppet show runs approximately 20 minutes.

cartoon - people caring for the earthWet and Wild
Earth Day!

Saturday, April 19th,
1:00-2:30pm,
Ages 8-10
Celebrate Earth Day by exploring a healthy wetland to discover who appreciates clean water and how to keep it that way. Be prepared to get wet! Registration is required.

Insects!
Friday, April 25th, 1:00-2:30pm,
Ages 5-7
Investigate the amazing world of insects! Learn about different kinds of insects, their habitats, and the role they play in our environment! Registration is required.

Tiny Tots: Nature and Music
Sunday, April 27th, 11:30 am-12:15 pm,
Monday, April 28th, 10:30-11:15 am,
Ages 18-42 mos.
Come learn about the wildlife at the refuge through songs and rhyming. Parental participation is required. Registration is required.

wormNature Tots:
Wiggly Worms
and Diggity Dirt!

Wednesday, April 30th, 10:30-11:30am & 1:00-2:00pm,
Ages 3-4
Get down and dirty as we get up close and personal with our subterranean friends! Explore their habitat and discover the dirt on why we love worms! Registration is required.

Programs held at the
North Tract

The North Tract is located on
Rt. 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Rt. 32.

“Sense”-ational Nature
Saturday, April 5th, 1:00-2:30pm,
Ages 5-7
Discover how animals use their senses, sometimes very differently than we do! Explore how “creature features” are important to their survival through stories and games! Registration is required.

eastern bluebirdBird Walk
Saturday, April 12th,
8:15-10:15am,
All Ages
Search for birds in several refuge habitats on this guided hike. Field guides and binoculars are recommended. Registration is required.

Owl Prowl
Saturday, April 12th, 7:15-8:45 pm,
Ages 10+
Explore the refuge at night while looking and
listening for owls. Registration is required.

wild flowerWildflower Walk
Saturday, April 26th,
10:00am -12:00pm,
All Ages
Come search for wildflowers on the refuge. Learn why these springtime blooms are so important in the refuge ecosystem. Remember to dress for the weather. Field guides are recommended. Registration is required.

 

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 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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May 2014

All programs are FREE (except noted with $$), however, donations to The Friends of Patuxent are greatly appreciated!.  Note: These public programs are designed for individuals/families. Programs REQUIRE advance reservations and may be subject to changes or cancellation due to weather or low participation. . Please call 301-497-5887 to make your reservation. Please advise us of any special needs so that you may be accomodated.

Programs held at the
National Wildlife Visitor Center

The National Wildlife Visitor Center is located on Powder Mill Road between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Rt. 197.

See below - Special Activities in May honoring Whooping Cranes.

Life Under Logs
Sunday, May 4th, 2:00 – 3:30pm,
Ages 8-12
Ever wonder what’s going on under that fallen tree? Join us on a woodland exploration as we uncover the hidden world beneath our feet. Registration is required.

Nature Tots: Totally Turtles!
Thursday, May 8th,
10:30 – 11:30am
& 1:00 – 2:00pm,
Ages 3-4
‘Tis the season for turtles! Discover the wonders of turtles in this hands-on, interactive program. Registration is required.

cherry treePhotography Workshop
Saturday, May 10th,
9:00 am – 4:15 pm,
Ages 13+
Expand your capabilities with your film or digital camera. Learn about equipment, f-stop, shutter speed, metering, composition & more. Registration & fee required by April 29th to Friends of Patuxent. Workshop fee $60 and $50 for Friends members.  See the flyer

Bird Walk
Wednesday, May 14th, 8:00 – 10:30am, Ages 16+
Wednesday, May 28th, 8:00 – 10:30am, Ages 16+
Search for birds in several refuge habitats on this guided hike. Registration is required.
Based on Books: Monthly Nature Series:

frogFrogs and Toads!
Tuesday, May 27th, 10:30-11:30 am,
Ages 4-5
Each program in this series begins with a beautifully illustrated children’s story about wildlife. Discover more about nature with puppets, props, and activities. Registration is required.


Bird Walk
Saturday, May 31st, 8:00-10:00am, Ages 8+
Search for birds in several refuge habitats on this guided hike. Registration is required.


whooping craneMay is Magnificent Whooping Crane Month at the National Wildlife Visitor Center! Special activities honoring Whooping Cranes listed below:  (See the Flyer.)

Story Time: A Whooping Crane
Named Cinnamon
Saturday, May 3rd, 1:00 pm,
Saturday, May 17th, 11:00 am,
Ages 6+
Join author Ms. Mary Beth Mattison as she relates the adventures of Cinnamon in her story: A Whooping Crane Named Cinnamon.
No registration required.

Tiny Tots: Nature and Music:
Wonderful Whooping Cranes
Sunday, May 4th, 11:30 – 12:15 pm,
Monday, May 5th, 10:30 – 11:15 am,
Ages 1 ½ - 3 ½
Come learn all about Whooping Cranes through songs and rhyming. Parental participation and registration is required.

Puppet Show: Little Whooper’s
Excellent Adventure

Saturday, May 10th, 10:00 am & 11:30 am, All Ages
Follow the journey of a young Whooping Crane and see how Patuxent Research Refuge is giving a helping hand to this magnificent bird! Runs approximately 20 minutes. No registration required.

Presentation::
Flight from Extinction: Restoring Whooping Cranes to North America
Saturday, May 10th, 1:30 pm
Dr. John French, Research Manager at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, will discuss basic biology of the continent’s tallest bird, population distribution and restoration efforts, and highlight research that underlies restoration programs nationwide. No registration required.

Presentation:
Reintroduction of Whooping Cranes to Eastern North America: An Operation Migration Pilot’s Perspective

Saturday, May 17th, 1:30 pm
Join Brooke Pennypacker, pilot for Operation Migration, as he recounts his experiences guiding youth Whooping Cranes on their first migration from Wisconsin to Florida. No registration required.

Whooping Crane Migration Game
Saturday, May 31st, 10:00 am – 12 pm, Ages 7 – 10
Discover the experiences Whooping Cranes face during their long migrations in this interactive game. Registration is required.


Presentation:
Life of a Volunteer Surrogate Whooping Crane Dad

Saturday, May 31st, 1:30 pm
Join Ken Lavish, volunteer Crane Technician, as he shares his experiences raising
Whooping Crane chicks for
release into the wild. No
registration required.

Programs held at the
North Tract

The North Tract is located on
Rt. 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Rt. 32.

Bird Walk
Saturday, May 24th, 8:15-10:15am,
All Ages
Search for birds in several refuge habitats on this guided hike. Registration is required.

Herp Hike
Saturday, May 24th, 1:00-2:30pm,
All Ages
Join a refuge naturalist on this guided search for reptiles & amphibians. Registration is required.

owlNight Hike
Saturday, May 24th,
7:45-9:15pm,
Ages 10+
Explore the refuge at night while looking and
listening for owls. Registration is required.

Wildflower Walk
Saturday, May 31st, 10:00am – 12:00pm,
All Ages
Search for wildflowers on the refuge and discover why these late spring blooms are so important in the refuge ecosystem. Registration is required.

 

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 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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