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Friends of Patuxent

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 Feb 2024
    • 29 Feb 2024
    • National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708

    Art of Amanda Spaid

    EXHIBIT - February 1, 2024 to February 29, 2024

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

    RECEPTION - February 24, 2024 from 1pm-3pm

    In February, we celebrate the return of Greenbelt Fine Artist, Amanda Spaid. Her exquisite work graced Hollingsworth in October of 2022. She has earned degrees in art from both Maryland and Ohio. 

    Her first child's energy and curiosity led to a re-engagement with nature and interest in native species. Now, with her work, Spaid hopes to inspire people to slow down and better appreciate the “natural world.” Her primary focus is birds, although her website also includes faces, monkeys, dogs, squirrels, and crabs.

    She writes that artists and engineers have been fascinated by birds for centuries. They're colorful, important, beautiful – and they fly!

    Spaid has been using media with acrylic and gouache as recent favorites. She has exhibited her work at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Watkins Nature Center, Brookside Gardens, Wheaton Regional Park, and Hollingsworth.

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

    Photography of Rick Dove & April Price

    Exhibit - March 1, 2024 to March 30, 2024

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

    About Rick Dove - WEBSITE

    Rick Dove of Crofton's fascination with photography was already evident in the fifth grade when he won a photo contest with an image from his “old” Kodak! (He's since graduated to a Nikon d800 although his daughter, April Price, who often accompanies him, boasts a d850!)

    Dove worked for a long time at the US Post Office but took a few years “early out” to pursue the “avocation” that has been a true calling. He'd taken numerous photography courses and attended many seminars, but was now free to be in and record the natural world -- the world that is his “peaceful place” where he can capture and share the “awe and wonder of moments.” Dove names Blackwater and Bombay Hook NWRs and Blackhill Regional Park as favorite places to catch glimpses on film of birds and animals and “anything that moves.”

    Dove's website galleries include alligators and crocs, birds and bugs and butterflies, Assateague ponies and Yellowstone bisons – and many more. He has displayed his work in local galleries and regional public art shows. He won two first places from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources with the image of a seal on the beach at Assateague.

    About April Price - WEBSITE

    "I am an amateur photographer that currently resides in the state of Maryland, about 15 minutes outside of Annapolis, with my family.

    I have always had a love for animals and photography; this of course led me into nature and landscapes photography. I have self-taught myself most of the basics of my Nikon cameras thru YouTube or trial and error, each time always trying to perfect my outcomes. I have also attended a few workshops and seminars to better my understanding of certain aspects or trying something new.

    I try and get out as often as possible, especially on weekends. Most of my photography takes place in my home state of Maryland or travels to Delaware, Virginia, and Washington DC. I do like to take an occasional journey up and down the east coast to photograph something special and I am always up for a new adventure."

Friends of Patuxent Research Refuge, Inc.

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


10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop

Laurel, Maryland 20708-4011

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