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    Pollinator Festival

    September 21 at North Tract - Celebrate and Enjoy with educational displays, family friendly activities, games and crafts. FREE

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    Federal Duck Stamp Contest &

    Activities - September 27 & 28 – Entries on exhibit and judged, activities for all ages including decoy carving, tram tours, and much more.

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    Be An Agent of Discovery

    Come play Agents of Discovery at Patuxent. Get the App and earn your patch!

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    NEW! Visitor Center Bird Blind

    YOUR CHANCE for a close-up look at refuge birds. Try our Bird Blind near Visitor Center trail door. You see them. They don’t see you.

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    Popular Pages

    In a hurry? You can use SHORTCUTS TO OUR MOST USED web pages.

    Shortcuts to Popular Pages

Around the Refuge

Refuge Closings

Visitor Center Building Closed Thursdays

Patuxent Research Refuge is closed on Columbus Day, Monday, October 14, and on all Federal Holidays. The Visitor Center Building is closed every Thursday.

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Public Programs

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Public programs are small-group interpretive activities for individuals or familiies. Registration is usually required. Programs are free.

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Coming Events

Public Events

Kid's Fishing Day

There are free public events for the whole family throughout the year at Patuxent Research Refuge. Check out our Events Calendar to see what's going on at the refuge!


Friends of Patuxent Newsletter

Friends of Patuxent Newsletter

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Read about and see photos of current doings at the Refuge. Read about Friends, Volunteers, and Staff.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS