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    Environmental Film Festival

    FREE FAMILY EVENT – Film Screenings, Nature Hike, and MORE! March 28 – National Wildlife Visitor Center

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    Youth Conservation Corps - YCC

    The YCC is a summer employment program for young men and women who work, earn, and learn together doing outdoor conservation.

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Public Events

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There are free public events for the whole family throughout the year at Patuxent Research Refuge. Check out our Events Calendar to see what's going on at the refuge!

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Around the Refuge

  • 2014 Volunteer of the Year

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    Frank McGilvrey, former FWS research biologist, has contributed more than 21,000 hours to the Refuge. His activities include waterbird and nestbox surveys, mentoring to staff, interns, and volunteers, and much more

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  • Public Programs

    Public programs are small-group interpretive activities for individuals or familiies. Registration is usually required. Programs are free.

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  • Visitor Activities

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    There are visitor activities year-round at Patuxent Research Refuge including environmental education, hiking, hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and photography. Check out our Visitor Activities page to learn more.

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  • Get Involved

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    There are a variety of ways to get involved at Patuxent Research Refuge. Volunteers, interns and our friends group are an invaluable resource for the refuge. To learn more about how you can help out, visit our Get Involved page.

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Last Updated: Mar 24, 2015
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