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

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining 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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    Mentored Hunt Program

    Patuxent Research Refuge is now offering a mentored hunt program.

    Mentored Hunt Program

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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.

    Learn more

  • Jennifer and Jason

    New Staff at Patuxent Research Refuge

    Meet our new refuge manager and visitor services manager

    Read article

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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

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.

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!


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


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