Enjoy a half-hour guided tour through forest, meadows, and wetlands around the National Wildlife Visitor Center. The shuttle is a 9 passenger, all-electric, open-air vehicle which provides a unique type of access to the wildlife and their habitats at the Patuxent Research Refuge.
Shuttle Tours are seasonal and are weather-dependent. The schedules below are subject to change. Call 301-497-5772 to confirm schedule.
Public tours are available (for the shuttle only until further notice)
Tickets: Free, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Donations towards educational and interpretive programs are welcomed and appreciated
The shuttle may be reserved by schools and other groups for a typical daytime tour. The shuttle holds 9 passengers.
Weekdays (during the school year):Preferred reservation times are: 10:30AM, 11:15AM and 12:00PM. Other times may also be accommodated.
Weekdays (during the summer):Preferred reservation time is 10:30 AM. The shuttle 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 are interested.
The shuttle may be reserved by calling 301-497-5898.
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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.