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CLOSED ON THURSDAYS - As of November 20, 2014, the National Wildlife Visitor Center is closed on Thursdays.
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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!Events Calendar
About the NWRS
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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Public programs are small-group interpretive activities for individuals or familiies. Registration is usually required. Programs are free. Get All The Details
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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.Visitor Activities
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.Get Involved
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.
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Last Updated: Nov 16, 2014