Patuxent Wildlife Refuge - February 2017

From Jennifer Hill at Fish and Wildlife:



Howdy Folks, and Happy New Year!

Below you will find February Programs for Patuxent Research Refuge:


*Programs are FREE, however, donations to The Friends of Patuxent are greatly appreciated! Public programs are designed for individuals/families and require advance reservations by calling 301.497.5887*. Programs are subject to changes or cancellation due to weather or low participation.

Please notify the refuge of any special needs so that you may be accommodated.


Please remember that hunting continues through the month of January which affects trail access at both North and South Tracts.

We look forward to seeing you at the refuge!


*Programs Held at the North Tract*

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


--Skull Detectives--

Sunday, Feb. 12th, 10:30am - 12pm, Ages 8-10 Skulls can tell us a great deal about an animal's lifestyle. Learn more about animals by studying the features of their skulls in this hands-on program.


--Bird Walk--

Saturday, Feb. 18h, 8:15am-10:15am, All Ages Search for birds in several refuge habitats on this guided hike. Field guides and binoculars are recommended. Registration is required.


--Owl Prowl--

Saturday, Feb. 18th, 5:30-7:00pm, Ages 10+ Explore the refuge at night while looking and listening for owls.

Registration is required.


*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.*


-- Tiny Tots: Nature and Music


Sunday, Feb. 5th, 10:30-11:15am; and Monday, Feb. 6th, 10:30-11:15 am

 Ages 16-42 mos.

Parental participation is required. Learn about wildlife at the refuge through fun and interactive songs and rhyming.


-- Pigment of Patuxent


Monday, Feb. 13th, 3:00-4:00pm, Ages 5-7 Explore the colors of the natural world and learn how different animals use colors to survive.


 -- Nature Tots: Who's Afraid of the Dark? Not ME!


Tuesday, Feb. 14th, 10:30-11:30am; & Wednesday, Feb. 15th, 10:30-11:30am, Ages 3-4  Ever wonder how some animals can see so well at night?  Join us as we discover how nocturnal animals survive at night!


-- Otteriffic

Saturday, Feb. 18th, 10:30 - 11:30am, Ages 8-10   Do you know the difference between sea otters and river otters?  What makes an otter so special? Find out in this otter-ly fun program!


-- The Three Bears


Wednesday, Feb. 22nd, 10:30 - 11:30am, Ages 5-7  Do you know what bears you can find in North America? What bear can be found right here in Maryland?  Join us to find out!


--  Family Fun:  Water and the Weather

Friday, Feb. 24th, 10:00 am-1:00 pm; & Saturday, Feb. 25th, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Ages 3-adult  Drop-in program: no registration required. At this time of year weather can be very unpredictable.  What determines whether we get rain or snow or sleet or freezing rain?  How does all that water get in the clouds?  Find out the answers to these questions and more through hands-on activities, games and crafts for all ages.


-- Raptors Reign


Saturday, Feb. 25th, 1:00-3:00pm, All Ages Drop-in program: no registration required.

Join special guest and licensed falconer, Rodney Stotts, as he shares the power of nature through discussions and up close encounters with birds of prey.


-- Winter Bird Walk


Sunday, February 26,  8:00-10:00 am.  Ages 8+    Search for birds in several refuge habitats on this guided hike. Field guides and binoculars recommended. 



--  Wild, Wonderful Wolves

Monday, February 27, 10:30 - 11:30 am.  Ages 5 - 7  Discover how wolves survive in the wild and learn what makes them such wonderful wild creatures.  


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Programs will also be posted on a website at: