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Supporting Research, Wildlife Conservation, and Education at the Patuxent Research Refuge
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Below is a list of special events at the Patuxent Research Refuge. For a full list of upcoming USFWS events at Patuxent, click here.

Upcoming events

    • 1 Jun 2024
    • 30 Jun 2024
    • National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708

    Laura Wolf Gallery Show

    Exhibit: June 1-30, 2024

    9:00am to 4:30pm (Tuesdays to Saturdays)

    Laura Wolf, our June artist, describes herself as an elementary art teacher, artist, birder, pun enthusiast and singer (in the Baltimore Choral Arts Society). She teaches K-5 in a Howard County Elementary School. She obviously loves her job – not only helping students produce their own art, but introducing them to the creations of working artists. 

    Wolf visits local parks, mostly Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania, and snaps photos for reference for her exquisite bird paintings. She’ll wander in refuges, gardens and even zoos, observing (“with the greatest care”) their “peculiarities” and distinctions – what makes a species unique. 

    Wolf writes that in the last five years, her focus has shifted, and she has become an impassioned birdwatcher. Her bodies of work are themselves distinctive: acrylics on panels or canvas – detailed gouache – traditional with “fully developed backgrounds.” Other works in ink or digital illustration are sparser – focusing on patterns and textures – and may contain puns and jokes. Her work has been accepted for display at the American Artscape (Bazaar) and at the Columbia Art Center.  

    See Laura Wolf's web site -

    • 1 Jul 2024
    • 31 Jul 2024
    • National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708

    Barbara Dahlberg Wildlife Quilts

    Exhibit: July 1-31, 2024

    9:00am to 4:30pm (Tuesdays to Saturdays)


    Saturday, July 6, 2024 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    Barbara Dahlberg is back with a new exhibit of her nature and wildlife art quilts. Endlessly inspired by the beauty all around us, her quilts reflect the colors, textures, patterns and contrast of the natural world. Since her exhibit here in 2022 she has made lots more quilts and shown her work locally at Montpelier Mansion, Greenbelt Federal Courthouse, Chesapeake Arts Center, Ginger Cove Community Gallery and Bowie City Hall Art Gallery. Her work was also displayed nationally at the Virginia Quilt Museum, Smoky Mountain Quilt Show, Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza and Pacific International Quilt Festival.  Her Jaguar art quilt has been traveling to quilt shows around the country as part of Inspired By Endangered Species and is included in the book by the same name by Donna Marcinkowski DeSoto. She looks forward to sharing her artwork with you in Hollingsworth Gallery in July. You can see all of Barbara’s quilts on her website and meet Barbara at a reception for this exhibit on Saturday, July 6, 2024 from 2-4 PM in the gallery.

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