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(Tram Tour information revised January 2013)
Enjoy a half-hour guided tour through forest, meadows, and wetlands around
the National Wildlife Visitor Center. The tram is a 40 passenger, all-electric,
open-air vehicle which provides a unique type of access to the wildlife
and their habitats at the Patuxent Research Refuge.
Tram Tours are seasonal
and are weather -dependent. The schedules below are subject to change. Call 301 497-5772 to confirm schedule.
Public Tram Tours:
Public tours are available:
weekends (mid-March through mid-November)
Tickets: $3 per person.
There is no charge for children age 2 and under who do not require a seat.
Schedule - Public Tram Tours - 2013
(March 9 -
Labor Day -
Reserved Tram Tours:
The tram may be reserved by schools and other groups for a typical daytime
tour for a fee of $60 per tour as follows:
Weekdays (during the school year):
Preferred reservation times are: 10:15AM, 11:00AM and 12:00PM.
Other times may also be accommodated.
Weekdays (during the summer):
Preferred reservation time is 10:30 AM. The tram may
also be reserved at public times (11:30 AM, 1:00PM, and 2:00PM)
with the understanding that any empty seats can be sold to others who
Specialty Tram tours are tours conducted at non-traditional times (such
as evening tours after normal operating hours) or tours that are specifically
tailored for a special audience. These tours may require special expertise
from the guide and may be longer than a typical tour with possible stops
along the way to provide extra opportunities for birding, photography,
or similar interests. Such tours may be especially attractive to motor
coach tour groups and could be combined with shopping at the Wildlife
Images Bookstore and exhibit exploration in the National Wildlife Visitor
Center. Specialty Tours may be arranged by calling 301-497-5898.
The fee for a specialty tour is $200 for up to 40 people.
The tram may be reserved by calling 301-497-5898. The reservation fee is $60 per tour (up to 40 passangers). The tram can accomodate 2 wheelchairs (each wheelchair will take up 2 seats). Reservation checks should be made payable
to the "Friends of Patuxent"*, c/o National Wildlife Visitor
Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708-4027. Payment
must be received at least two weeks prior to the reserved date.
Cancellations may be made one week before the reservation date. If, for
any reason (such as weather), the tram is canceled by the Refuge, a full
refund will be given.
*The Friends of Patuxent, a tax-exempt public charity, operates the tram
to support programs of the Patuxent Research Refuge and USGS Patuxent
Wildlife Research Center.