the largest science and environmental education center in the Department
of the Interior. This unique U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service facility is located on the 12,841
acre Patuxent Research Refuge.
our Visitor Center designed to provide visitors with knowledge and
appreciation of the role of wildlife research in preserving the
earth's vital resources. Interactive exhibits focus on global environmental
issues, migratory bird routes, wildlife habitats, and endangered
species recovery efforts. Surrounding forests, lakes and trails
provide opportunities for wildlife-oriented recreation, educational
programs and group tours. State-of-the-art exhibits demonstrate
the value of wildlife research and the importance of making informed
choices for the good of our environment.
from a variety of educational exhibits detailing the wildlife research
that takes place on the refuge and research center, and elsewhere
across the Nation.
a visit to the National Wildlife Visitor Center-less
than 30 minutes from our Nation's Capital-and join the many guests
and volunteers who have already experienced the Wisdom of Wildness.
The National Wildlife Visitor Center is the largest science
and environmental education center in the Department
of the Interior. Designed to accommodate one million visitors per
year, this unique facility seeks to impart to young and old alike an
increased knowledge of and appreciation for the earth's vital resources.
It highlights the work of professional scientists who strive to improve
the condition of wildlife and their habitats.
Interactive exhibits focus on global environmental issues,
migratory bird studies, habitats, endangered species, creature life
cycles and the research tools and techniques used by scientists.
The Visitor Center also offers hiking
trails, wildlife management demonstration areas, and outdoor education
sites for school classes. A large auditorium and meeting rooms can accommodate
national and international scientific conferences, environmental meetings,
teacher workshops, environmental lectures, and traveling displays.
A gift shop, Wildlife Images, operated by the Friends
of Patuxent, Inc. (a non-profit cooperating association), offers a variety
of environmental books and other educational materials. (See hours below.)
In the heart of the Baltimore -
Washington corridor, the National Wildlife Visitor Center is located
off of Powder Mill Road, 2 miles east of the Baltimore /Washington Parkway,
just south of Laurel, Maryland. map
a .PDF version of our Visitor Center brochure (Adobe Acrobat)
Our Address is:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901
Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708-4027, 301/497-5580
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