Friends of Patuxent

Supporting Research, Wildlife Conservation, and Education at the Patuxent Research Refuge
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Upcoming events

    • 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.

    • 5 Nov 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • National Wildlife Visitor Center

    Friends of Patuxent Wildlife Holiday Bazaar

    Saturday, November 5, 2022
    9AM to 3PM

    National Wildlife Visitor Center
    10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop
    Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel, MD

    • Shop Baldy’s Bargains for wild and not-so-wild new & gently used treasures.
    • Shop a variety of vendors providing one-of-a-kind gifts to complete your holiday shopping list
    • Take home a treat from the Bake Sale
    • Lunch at the Crane Café
    • Meet live animals
    • Door prizes every hour
    • Play Wildlife Bingo
    • Enjoy wildlife holiday story time

    Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted.

    Supports the Patuxent Research Refuge and Eastern Ecological Science Center.

    For more information call 301-497-5772

Past events

16 Jul 2022 Bird Fest / Festival de Aves
11 Sep 2021 Fall Conference
31 Jul 2021 Annual General Meeting
1 Apr 2021 Spring Gala

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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