Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


  • Operations Notice

    Current Conditions


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    Cub Scout Requirements at the Refuge

    Scouts seeking to complete the Fur Feathers & Ferns Adventure can now use the Agents of Discovery App.

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Around the Refuge

Visitation Hours

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The refuge is open to visitation. The National Wildlife Visitor Center building is currently closed. All refuge grounds close for federal holidays.

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Trail Closures

No Walking

During the fall, winter and spring hunting season portions of the refuge may be closed to the public.

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Public Programs

Spring Programs

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Join us for an outdoor program. Registration is required for most sessions.

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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