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.
The preferred reservation time for groups is 10:30am. These tours can accommodate 40 passengers. Tram reservation can also be made for normal tour times of 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:00pm. Group sizes for these time slots are limited to 30 participants to allow space for the general public. 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.