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|2. Understanding Animals
|At the Patuxent Research Refuge you can see wildlife in many different
places. Look through the binoculars and scopes in the viewing pod,
take a tram tour, or go for a walk on one of our trails to find wildlife.
Bring along a field guide to help you identify what you see.
|4. Looks Mean Something
|Walk through the Wisdom of Wildness exhibit to find all different
kinds of animals. Take a look at what kind of habitat they live in.
|3. Women Pioneers
|In the past, wildlife management and many other science fields have
had more men working in them than women. Today, however, many of the
people working in the environmental field (including at the Patuxent
Research Refuge) are women. Talk to a female staff member or volunteer
about working with wildlife, take a tram tour, or watch the interactive
videos to learn more about what researchers do. The book shop also
has several books about Rachel Carson. She was a pioneer in the field
of environmental conservation.
Citizen Near & Far:
|5. Calling All Helpers
|Look at the Global Concerns part of the exhibit for information
on problems facing our environment. Many different problems, their
causes, and some solutions are discussed in this exhibit. You may
want to ask an adult to help you go through the information to find
what you need. Then pick one of the problems to discuss at your AUnited
Earth & Sky:
|3. Going, Going, Gone
|The Land Exploitation exhibit in the Global Concerns area describes
soil erosion and what can be done about it. Take the tram tour and
ask the interpreter before the tour starts to point out examples of
how erosion is affecting Harding Spring Pond. Walk on the trails and
look near streams and on slopes for evidence of erosion.
|5. Creatures of the Air
Some good places to observe flying
animals on the refuge are at the viewing areas, along the trails,
in the woods, from the tram, or from the viewing pod in the Wisdom
of Wildness exhibit. Be quiet and still so you don=t
scare the animals away.
|1. Exploring Nature
|Many living and non-living items can be found around the National
Wildlife Visitor Center. Hike a trail or take the tram tour to see
what you can find. Try not to touch the objects and be sure to leave
them where they are.
|5. Speak Up for Animals!
|The On the Brink exhibit at the National Wildlife Visitor Center
showcases fourteen wildlife species which are endangered. Pick one
of the species to learn more about. The Delmarva fox squirrel, piping
plover, and Indiana bat are endangered species that live in Maryland.
|6. Helping Wildlife
|Many of the suggested activities are things we do here on the refuge.
Stop by to see how to do these projects and learn other ways you can
|3. Day Hike
|The Patuxent Research Refuge has many trails for you to enjoy. Stop
by the front desk to get a trail map and more information.
|5. Touch, Smell, Listen
|The trails are a great place to use your senses. Remember to watch
out for poison ivy and stay on the trails. Do not remove leaves or
plants and if you do pick something up be sure to put it back where
you found it.
|2. Plant Rubbings
|Walk on the trails to find things to make rubbings from. Be sure
to stay on the trails to avoid ticks and poison ivy.
|4. Leaf Hunt
There are many different kinds of trees on the
refuge, and the fall can be a great time to find leaves on the ground.
Be sure to put them back after you are finished looking at them.
|6. Outdoor Shopping
|Use the viewing pod in the National Wildlife Visitor Center to observe
different kinds of wildlife. Pay attention to where they are living
and what they are eating.