• Deer and Fisherman


    RECREATION DAY... August 25 at North Tract... ALL AGES!... FREE!... Enjoy being in nature through children’s crafts, live animals, and more

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    Be An Agent of Discovery

    Come play Agents of Discovery at Patuxent. Get the App and earn your patch!

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    Screech & Kestrel

    LiVE! Meet two of America’s smallest birds of prey: the American kestrel and eastern screech owl. Sat. July 7, 14, 21; 12:15–12:45pm

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    Sick or Injured Wildlife?

    Find a Baby Bird or Wildlife? What do I do? Get expert guidance from Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

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    Popular Pages

    In a hurry? You can use SHORTCUTS TO OUR MOST USED web pages.

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Around the Refuge

Refuge Closings

Visitor Center Building Closed Thursdays

The REFUGE is closed Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4. SOUTH TRACT INCLUDING THE VISITOR CENTER & CASH LAKE FISHING WILL BE CLOSED Thursday, Friday, August 16, 17 due to road maintenance. The refuge is closed for all Federal Holidays. The Visitor Center Building is closed every Thursday.

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Public Programs

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Public programs are small-group interpretive activities for individuals or familiies. Registration is usually required. Programs are free.

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Coming Events

Public Events

Kid's Fishing Day

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!


Friends of Patuxent Newsletter

Friends of Patuxent Newsletter

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Read about and see photos of current doings at the Refuge. Read about Friends, Volunteers, and Staff.

See current Friends Newsletter

Intern Opportunity

RECRUITING: College Students for Internship

COLLEGE STUDENTS take a look at the Urban Conservation and Education Internship - an eight week program - this summer.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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.

Learn more about the NWRS