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Tram - Shuttle Tours

Tram - Shuttle   Version 2Attention Tram Riders: Our tram has mechanical problems. Our back-up shuttle - with limited seating - is operating. Call 301-497-5898 for more information.
Schedule Change:  Tram Tours (except for Events) will be discontinued on October 1.   See Press Release for more details.

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 Shuttle Tours

Public tours are available:

  • weekends (mid-March through mid-November)
  • weekdays (summer).

Tickets: $3 per person.
There is no charge for children age 2 and under who do not require a seat.

Schedule - Public Shuttle Tours - 2014

Season Early
(March 15-
June 22)
(June 23 -
August 30)
(August 31-
September 30)
Week Days Reserved
Tours Only
11:30 A.M.
1:00 P.M.
2:00 P.M.
Tours Only
Week Ends 11:30 A.M.
1:00 P.M.
2:00 P.M.
3:00 P.M.
11:30 A.M.
1:00 P.M.
2:00 P.M.
11:30 A.M.
1:00 P.M.
2:00 P.M.
3:00 P.M.



Reserved Shuttle Tours

The shuttle may be reserved by schools and other groups for a typical daytime tour for a fee of $3 / person as follows:

Weekdays (during the school year):
Preferred reservation times are: 10:15AM, 11:00AM 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.

Reservation Information

The shuttle may be reserved by calling 301-497-5898. The reservation fee is $3 per person (up to 9 passengers).  Reservation checks should be made payable to the "Friends of Patuxent"*, c/o National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708-4027. Payment must be received at least two weeks prior to the reserved date. Cancellations may be made one week before the reservation date. If, for any reason (such as weather), the tram is canceled by the refuge, a full refund will be given.

*The Friends of Patuxent, a tax-exempt public charity, operates the shuttle to support programs of the Patuxent Research Refuge and USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.

Last Updated: Jan 13, 2015
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