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Scout Visits

Girl Scouts on the Refuge

Boy and Girl Scout Programs and Visits


Visiting the Patuxent Research Refuge

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 Boy Scouts (pdf)

See current schedule for Girl Scouts (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).

Conservation work projects

Group work projects are coordinated by Jeff Bolden. Leaders should contact Jeff at 301-497-5701 to inquire about possible projects.

Last Updated: Aug 12, 2014
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