Enjoy a half-hour guided tour through forest, meadows, and
wetlands around the National Wildlife Visitor Center. The tram is a 40
passenger, all-electric, open-air vehicle which provides a unique type of
access to the wildlife and their habitats at the Patuxent Research Refuge.
Tram tours are seasonal and weather dependent.
Tickets are free and available at the National Wildlife Visitor Center front desk. Donations
to Friends of Patuxent are greatly appreciated.
Saturday & Sunday:
11am, 1pm, 2pm
Monday & Tuesday: 11am,
The refuge is currently
not making additional reservations for the spring season.
June – October: The preferred reservation time for groups is 10:30am. An
alternate time of 12:15 may also be available. Tram reservation can
also be made for normal operation hours, but will be limited to 25 participants,
unless currently booked. To make reservations please contact Tim Parker at 301-497-5776.
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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.