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 local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information.
  • Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, people 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.


  • Latino Conservation Week 2021

    Latino Conservation Week

    As a part of Latino Conservation Week, we will be holding a Bird Fest Saturday, July 17th from 10 am to 12 pm.

    Learn more

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    Do I Need a Mask?

    Fully vaccinated visitors and children under 2 yrs. age are not required to mask.

    Additional Information

  • NWVC

    Visitor Center Hours

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

  • bear scout zoom

    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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Trail Closures

No Walking

Currently all trails are open. Road construction is expected to resume soon and will close trails on the west side of North Tract.

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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