Friends of Patuxent
Supporting Research, Wildlife Conservation, and Education at the Patuxent Research Refuge
The Friends of Patuxent Research Refuge, Inc., is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization, and was formed in 1992 to support the mission and programs of the Patuxent Research Refuge and the Eastern Ecological Science Center in Laurel, Maryland. Friends of Patuxent raises funds for educational programs, exhibits, and research at the Refuge and Science Center. The focus of the research includes contaminants, migratory birds, and studies of endangered species.
Located in the Washington-Baltimore corridor, the Patuxent Research Refuge was established by order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936. To this day, Patuxent remains the only refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge System that is devoted to research.
The Refuge's mission is "to help protect and conserve the Nation's wildlife and habitat through research on critical environmental problems and issues."
The 12,841-acre refuge is home to the Eastern Ecological Science Center, formerly known as the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. The Science Center is a leading international institute for wildlife and applied environmental research needed to better manage the Nation's natural resources.
Extensive forest, meadow, and wetland habitats on the Refuge are managed for biological diversity, for the protection and benefit of resident and migratory species, and to provide a unique outdoor laboratory for wildlife management-related research.
Friends of Patuxent operates the "Wildlife Images" Nature Store at the National Wildlife Visitor Center on the REfuge's South Tract. The Friends also holds seasonal fundraisers as a means of generating funds. Money raised is used to support the mission and programs at Patuxent Research Refuge and the Eastern Ecological Science Center.
Mission & Vision
FRIENDS OF PATUXENT’S mission is to support the research, wildlife conservation and education missions and programs of the Refuge and Science Center. We raise funds for educational programs, exhibits, and research, as well as other Refuge and Science Center projects.