Features

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    Environmental Education

    Looking to begin a Career in Environmental Education? Join the teaching staff of Patuxent as an Intern.

    Learn How

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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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    Jump... Fly... Be a Whooper?

    “Mimicking Whooper" is your chance. Virtual cranes mimic and react to your moves in our interactive exhibit.

    Get the Whole Story!

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    Popular Pages

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

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Around the Refuge

National Day of Mourning

Patuxent Research Refuge buildings and grounds will be closed on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018, a National Day of Mourning for President George H. W. Bush

Complete Announcement Here

Refuge Closings

Visitor Center Building Closed Thursdays

The North Tract trails and office will be closed from Saturday November 24th to Saturday December 8th due to firearms hunting. They will be open for visitation on Sunday November 25th and Sunday December 2nd. The South Tract Visitor Center and trails will remain open as usual, except for Fireroad Trail. The refuge is closed for all Federal Holidays. The Visitor Center Building is closed every Thursday.

See complete refuge hours information

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!

Events

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.

See current Friends Newsletter

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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