Patuxent Research Refuge offers hands on nature studies allowing students to experience several habitats on the refuge. The hands on activities provide a way for students to connect with the natural environment, develop skills to understand complex environmental issues, and foster attitudes that help them appreciate the connection between, people, wildlife, and habitat.
Teachers select from a variety of programs to meet the needs of the class’s curriculum. Teachers are encouraged to create and facilitate their own programs on the refuge with limited assistance from refuge personnel. Refuge personnel provide guidance on appropriate topics and methods that align with the mission and purpose of the refuge. The spring schedule has filled. The refuge is currently booking education programs for summer, after June 15th, and for the fall. For current programs, visit For Educators.
In addition, Patuxent supports local Scouting Programs providing opportunities including leader training, staff-led workshops and camping. For current programs visit Scout Visits.