Get Involved

Volunteer helping at a refuge festival - USFWS.


Volunteers are an invaluable resource on our refuge, helping out with everything from greeting visitors to leading tours and assisting in wildlife surveys. Check out our volunteer page to learn about how you can become a volunteer at Patuxent Research Refuge!

Volunteer Page


Meade Natural Heritage Assocation internships provide an opportunity for learning hands-on wildlife management during the fall hunting season.  Visit our internships page to learn more and apply.

Internships Page

Friends of Patuxent Research Refuge

The Friends of Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Patuxent Research Refuge, Inc., is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization that was formed in 1992 to support the missions and programs of the Patuxent Research Refuge and the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Maryland.

Friends of Patuxent raise funds to help support educational programs, exhibits, and re¬search. The focus of the research includes environmental contaminants, migratory birds, studies of endangered species and other environmental issues.

Friends of Patuxent operate the "Wildlife Images" bookstore and seasonal electric tram tours at the National Wildlife Visitor Center and also sponsors educational programs and fundraisers to benefit the missions of the refuge and research center.

Visit the Friends of Patuxent website.    See the current Friends Newsletter.

Youth Conservation Corps Program

There will be NO Youth Conservation Corps Program at Patuxent in 2020.   We hope the program will continue in the future.