• RodneysRaptors

    Raptors Reign

    February 24, 1-3 PM -- Join licensed falconer, Rodney Stotts, as he shows us the world of raptors via discussions and up close encounters.

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    Nature Songs with Stina

    Join nature troubadour Stina for an afternoon indoor campfire sing along in our auditorium. Saturday, February 24 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

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  • Screech & Kestrel

    Screech & Kestrel

    LiVE! Meet two of America’s smallest birds of prey: the American kestrel and eastern screech owl. Sat. Mar. 3, 10, 17, 31, 1–2 pm

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    Refuge System Birthday Bash!

    MARCH 24 – CELEBRATE THE BIRTHDAY of the National Wildlife Refuge System! See live birds of prey, and MUCH MORE.

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    Sick or Injured Wildlife?

    Find a Baby Bird or Wildlife? What do I do? Get expert guidance from Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

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Around the Refuge

Refuge Closings

Visitor Center Building Closed Thursdays

The Refuge is closed for 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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RECRUITING: College Students for Internship

COLLEGE STUDENTS take a look at the Urban Conservation and Education Internship - an eight week program - this summer.

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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