Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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    Our Web Site is Changing

    Soon, probably this month, our web site will look very different. Come and Explore. All our refuge information but with a New Look.

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    Do I Need a Mask?

    Due to a regional rise in Covid19 infections, all visitors must mask if over the age of two years.

    Additional Information

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    Visitor Center Hours

    Beginning June 1st the Visitor Center will be open 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

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    Cub Scout Requirements at the Refuge

    Scouts seeking to complete the Fur Feathers & Ferns Adventure can now use the Agents of Discovery App.

    Learn more

Around the Refuge

Visitation Hours

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The refuge is open to visitation. The visitor center is now open Tuesday through Saturday.

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Hunting Closure

No Walking

North Tract: Closed 1/7 & 1/8 for hunting. Normal trail closures Monday through Thursday. South Tract: Fire Road Trail closed. Hunting ends on 2/4/22.

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Public 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!


Public Programs

Public Programs

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Join us for an outdoor program. Registration is required for most sessions.

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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

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