Sep Patuxent Research Refuge Public Programs

See below reminders of upcoming happenings in August and the programs for September. Come out and enjoy your national wildlife refuge.

1. Please remember to stop by the Visitor Center to see the Hollingsworth
Art Gallery's featured August Artist- Jean Phillips and Wayne Bierbaum will
be featured in September. For more information about the Hollingsworth Art
Gallery artists visit *

2.  Don't forget to join us for Wildlife Conservation and Recreation Day at
the North Tract Entrance (located off of Rt. 198) on Saturday, August 16th,
2014 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm.  This event is FREE and for all ages!  Learn
about wildlife conservation and recreational opportunities through habitat
exploration, children’s crafts, fishing, archery and firearm
demonstrations. No registration is necessary.

2. Public Programs September 2014

To register for a program at Patuxent you must call the registration line
at 301-497-5887:

All programs are FREE, however, donations to The Friends of Patuxent are
greatly appreciated! Note: These public programs are designed for

Programs DO require advance reservations and may be subject to changes or
cancellation due to weather or low participation. Please call 301-497-5887
to make your reservation.
Please notify the refuge of any special needs so that you may be

Programs Held at the National Wildlife Visitor Center
The Visitor Center is located on Powder Mill Road between the
Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Rt. 197.

Whooping Crane Observatory Tour

Sunday, Sept. 7th, 1:00-2:30pm, Ages 14+

Enjoy a guided tour to the Whooping Crane Observatory at the Patuxent
Wildlife Research Center to observe a pair of graceful and endangered adult
whooping cranes. Find out more about the Whooping Crane population recovery
program. Arrive early, as tour will leave on time.  Space is very limited.
Registration is required.

Bird Walks

Wednesday, Sept. 10th, 8:00-10:30am, Ages 16+

Wednesday, Sept. 24th, 8:00-10:30am, Ages 16+

Search for birds in several refuge habitats on this guided hike.  Field
guides and binoculars
recommended. Registration is required.

Leave it to Beavers!

Wednesday, Sept.10th, 10:00am-11:00am, Ages 8-10

Discover the clever techniques these cool and resourceful animals use to
live in the wild in this hands-on program. Registration is required.

Puppet Show: Ruby’s Journey

Friday,Sept. 12th, 10:00am & 11:00am, All Ages

Follow one of the world’s smallest birds, the ruby-throated hummingbird, as
it travels on one of the longest migration routes! Show lasts approximately
20 minutes. All Ages Welcome, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Nature Tots: Crabs!

Wednesday, Sept. 17th, 10:30-11:30am & 1:00-2:00pm,Ages 3-4

Join us to learn more about one of Maryland's most famous animals - Crabs!
We will be exploring the world of these cool crustaceans through stories,
games, crafts and live animals!  Registration is required.

Life Undercover

Thursday, Sept. 18th, 1:00-2:30pm, Ages 5-7

Take a hike through the forest to discover the mysterious undercover world
of a fallen log! Learn why these dead trees make such a great home and who
lives inside. Registration is required.

Bird Walk

Sunday, Sept. 21st, 8:00-10:00am, Ages 8+

Identify birds by sight and sound on this guided tour with short walks
through several refuge habitats. Field guides and binoculars are
recommended. Registration is required.

Tiny Tots: Nature and Music

Sunday, Sept. 21st, 11:30am-12:15pm, Ages 18-42 mos.

Monday, Sept. 22nd, 10:30-11:15am, Ages 18-42 mos.

Come learn about the wildlife at the refuge through songs and rhyming.
 Parental participation is required.  Registration is required.

Based on Books: Monthly Nature Series: Slugs and Snails

Tuesday, Sept. 23rd, 10:30-11:15am, Ages 4-5

Each program in this series begins with a beautifully illustrated
children’s story about wildlife. Discover more about nature with
puppets,props, and activities.  Registration is required.

Special Event!

Honey Harvest Festival

National Wildlife Visitor Center

FREE Event for All Ages

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

9:00am– 3:30pm

Join the Maryland State Beekeepers Association as they celebrate the Annual
Maryland Honey Harvest Festival!  Discover the busy world of bees and other
pollinators while enjoying arts and crafts, honey tastings, candle making
demonstrations, product sales, and much more! Refreshments will be
available for purchase.  No Registration Necessary!

Program held at the North Tract
The North Tract is located on Rt. 198 between the Baltimore-Washington
Parkway and Rt. 32.

Fall Nature Hike

Wednesday,Sept. 24th, 1:00-2:30pm, Ages 5-7

Learn how animals and plants are preparing for fall's arrival through a
hike, game and a craft.  Registration is required.