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. The schedules below are subject to change. Please note all tram tours (both reserved and public) will be dependent upon availability of a driver and interpreter.
Public tram tours are available on weekends (May through mid-November) and weekdays during the summer. Tickets are free. Donations to the Friends of Patuxent are greatly appreciated.
Reserved Group Tours - The tram may be reserved by schools and other groups. Please call 301-497-5898 for additional information. During the school year, preferred reservation times are 10:30 or 11:15. Other times may be accommodated.
Reserved Group Tours (summer) - The preferred reservation time for reserved groups during the summer is 10:30 AM . The tram may be reserved at the public tram tours (11:30 AM and 1:00 PM) with the understanding that any empty seats may be filled by the general public.
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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.