Kids Discovery Center

Lots of exciting learning activities and crafts await you at the KIDS’ DISCOVERY CENTER!  New themes are presented monthly to engage kids (ages 3-8) and adults in nature-related fun. FREE TICKETS can be picked up at the Information Desk in the Visitor’s Center lobby, Tuesday through Saturday. Timed entry is on the hour from 9:00 to 12:45, and advanced reservations are recommended due to limited spaces. Call our front desk at 301-497-5760 to reserve a 35 minute time slot for you and your child. NOTE: Parents are required to work with their child at each of the parent-led activities.

MARCH: What’s the difference between FROGS & TOADS? Discover the answer to this question while completing exciting hands-on activities and crafts. Learn about 13 different FROGS & TOADS that can be found outside on the beautiful grounds of Patuxent Research Refuge, then go on a family hike and search for some of them!

APRIL: What does MILKWEED have that other spring plants don’t have? Come find the answer to this question, and pick up your FREE MILKWEED SEEDS at our Gift Shop after your Discovery Center adventures! (Just in time for spring planting!)

MAY: BEE EXCITED! Learn about our super-pollinators, THE BEES, while making fun crafts and completing educational games. Our parent-led activities are designed to help little ones (and big ones!) feel more “at ease” around these