Friends of Patuxent

Supporting Research, Wildlife Conservation, and Education at the Patuxent Research Refuge
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Pollinator Festival

  • 24 Sep 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • North Tract of the Patuxent Research Refuge - 230 Bald Eagle Drive, Laurel, MD

The ever-popular and family-friendly Pollinator Festival returns to the North Tract of the Patuxent Research Refuge on Saturday, September 24, 2022, 9am-1pm.

This is a great event for people of all ages to learn more about the role of pollinators in nature. Activities include:

  • Live monarch butterflies—caterpillars, chrysalises, and adults. Adult monarchs will be tagged and released to continue their migration south to Mexico.
  • Children's games and educational activities—play the monarch migration game, fluff out milkweed seeds to be spread on the wind, take a hike with knowledgeable leaders, visit the displays about pollinating insects.
  • Talk to scientists and biologists from the Eastern Ecological Science Center at Patuxent Research Refuge who are studying pollinators.
  • See a live beehive in action—look into a beehive of European honeybees and talk with beekeepers who care for them.
  • Visit the traveling Nature Shop from the National Wildlife Visitor Center of the Patuxent Research Refuge and take something home for yourself or as a gift for someone else.
  • Have fun and learn about the fascinating world of pollinators and their importance in our lives.

This is an outdoor event, so please dress accordingly and bring a hat, water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellent. Bring a friend, bring your family, or come by yourself for this fun and educational event.

Friends of Patuxent Research Refuge, Inc.

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Office: (301) 497-5789
Fax: (301) 497-5765


10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop

Laurel, Maryland 20708-4011

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