There are several options for leaders wishing to bring their scout groups to Patuxent Research Refuge. If leaders are interested in working on accomplishing badge criteria, a "Program Links" publication - Program Links (pdf) - is available. Program Links describes how leaders can utilize the exhibits and trails at the National Wildlife Visitor Center to help their scouts meet some of the nature related badge requirements. We recommend that Scout Leaders attend an "Orientation Workshop" to the National Wildlife Visitor Center. This workshop will familiarize them with the exhibits, and they will learn what materials are available for groups and how to use them. In addition, they will receive a curriculum package that they can use on their group visit. Periodically, the Refuge offers staff-led workshops for scouts that focus on specific achievements and badges. Workshops will be listed either on the Refuge website or offered through the local Boy Scout or Girl Scout Councils.
See current schedule for Scout Workshops (pdf)
The North Tract entrance of the Refuge offers camping to scouts and 4-H groups mid-March through the end of June. Camp sites are for primitive camping - use of tents only! Please contact North Tract at 301 497-5770 for more information. Camp Introduction Letter (PDF) Camp Request Form (PDF) If leaders have further questions they may contact Laurel Harrison (email Laurel_Harrison@fws.gov) phone 301 497-5763).
Group work projects are coordinated by Jeff Bolden. Leaders should contact Jeff at 301-497-5701 to inquire about possible projects.
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The scarlet tanager (Piranga olivacea) is a medium sized song bird native to the northeast upland forest. Tanagers are often hard to spot as they frequent the highest reaches of the tree canopy. The brilliant red and black plumage of the breeding male is a treat to see. Tanagers seek out insects during the summer months and fruits during migration back to their wintering grounds in the tropics.