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Patuxent Research Refuge May Public Programs

1. Please remember to stop by the Visitor Center to see the Hollingsworth Art Gallery’s artists. April features artist Becky Bogdan and May will feature artist Sol Levine.  For more information about the Hollingsworth Art Gallery artists visit
2.  The National Wildlife Visitor Center is closed to the public on

3. Fishing at Cash Lake is open to refuge fishing-parking pass holders as of April 1st, 2015. The permits are now available at the National Wildlife Visitor Center during operating hours (9:00 am-4:30 pm daily
except Thursdays and Federal holidays).  Anglers must present, in person, a valid non-tidal MD fishing license and complete an application to be issued a refuge fishing-parking permit.

4.   May is Magnificent Whooping Crane month at Patuxent Research Refuge:
See activities below or visit
http://www.friendsofpatuxent.org/images/Calendar-MWCM_2015.pdf for a more
detailed schedule.

5.  Remember that registration for June 6th Kid’s Fishing Day Event opens on May 1st at 9:15am.  Registration is only available by calling the Registration Line at 301-497-5887.  Make sure to specify the time of the session you are requesting (8:30am or 10:15am). For details visit

6.  Patuxent Research Refuge Public Programs May 2015
All programs are FREE, however, donations to The Friends of Patuxent are greatly appreciated!  Note: These public programs are designed for individuals/families.  Programs DO require advance reservations and may be subject to changes or cancellation due to weather or low participation.
Call 301-497-5887 to make your reservation.

Please notify the refuge of any special needs so that you may be
Registration for programs is only available at 301-497-5887.

Programs Held at the North Tract

230 Bald Eagle Drive

Laurel, MD 20724

The North Tract is located on Rt. 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Rt. 32.
Adventure Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, May 2nd, 9:00 am-1:00 pm, All Ages
Using clues and locations, families and groups will explore the contact
station grounds and nearby trails to hunt for sculptured stones, mystery objects, plants and animals.  A camera or cell phone that takes pictures is recommended.  Arrive anytime between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm to begin your hunt and plan for about an hour of fun!  Registration is required along with approximate arrival time.

Bird Walk
Saturday, May 30th, 8:15 am-10:15 am, All Ages
Search for birds in several refuge habitats on this guided hike.  Field guides and binoculars are recommended.   Registration is required.

Herp Search
Saturday, May 30th1:00-2:30 pm, All Ages
Join a refuge naturalist on this guided search for reptiles and amphibians.  Wear good walking shoes! Registration is required.

Night Hike
Saturday, May 30th8:00-9:30 pm, Ages 5+
Discover the nighttime world of the refuge as you look and listen for nocturnal animals on this guided walk. Registration is required.
Programs Held at the National Wildlife Visitor Center

10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop

Laurel, MD 20708

The Visitor Center is located on Powder Mill Road between the
Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Rt. 197

Photography Workshop
Saturday, May 2nd, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Ages 13+
Expand your capabilities with your film or digital camera. Learn about equipment, f-stop, shutter speed, metering, composition & more. Registration & fee required by April 24th to Friends of Patuxent. Workshop fee $60 and $50 for Friends members.

Bird Walk
Sunday, May 3rd8:00-10:30 am, Ages 8+
Wednesday, May 13th8:00-10:30 am, Ages 16+
Wednesday, May 27th8:00-10:30 am, Ages 16+
Sunday, May 31st8:00-10:30 am, Ages 8+
Search for early spring migrants in various refuge habitats on this guided hike.  Field guides and binoculars are recommended. Registration is required.

The Senses to Survive
Tuesday, May 5th1:00-2:30 pm, Ages 8-10
Discover how animals that must rely on their senses survive in the wild.
Rediscover your natural senses and put them to the test with activities,
games and a hike.  Could you survive using your senses in the wild?
Registration is required.

Based on Books- Worms!
Tuesday, May 12th10:30-11:30 am, Ages 4-5
Each program in this series begins with a beautifully illustrated
children’s story about wildlife. Discover more about nature with puppets,
props, and activities.  Registration is required.

Hippity Hop!
Friday, May 15th, 10:30 am-12:00 pm, Ages 5-7
Discover the fascinating world of frogs by exploring their habitat and life
cycle through crafts, games and a refuge hike!  Registration is required.

Animal Families!
Saturday, May 16th1:00-2:30 pm, Ages 5-7
Animal families come in many different shapes and sizes.  Learn about three very different babies and how they grow up!  Registration is required.

Nature Tots:  Silly Goose
Friday, May 29th10:30-11:30 am & 1:00-2:00 pm, Ages 3-4
Introduce your preschooler to the world of Geese through games, stories, and crafts in this fun, interactive program. Registration is required.

Magnificent Whooping Crane Month
National Wildlife Visitor Center
Sponsored by the Friends of Patuxent Adopt a Whooper Committee
Activities and events throughout the month of May celebrating Whooping Cranes.

Magnificent Whooping Crane Kid’s Day!
Saturday, May 9th, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, All Ages
Ongoing crafts, games and activities to learn about Whooping Cranes, migratory birds and endangered species!
Puppet Shows and Storytimes to last approximately 20-30 minutes.  No registration required!
·         Puppet Show: Little Whooper’s Excellent Adventure at 10:0 am & 12:30 pm
·         Storytimes  at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

Magnificent Whooping Crane Month Special Speakers!
Saturdays:  May 2ndMay 16th, 23rd and 30th
All presentations begin at 1:30 pm.  No registration required.

Listen to various Whooping Crane experts discuss their experiences and challenges while assisting with recovery efforts for one of North America’s most endangered birds!
For more details about the speakers see complete schedule at

Whooping Crane Observatory Tours
Sunday, May 10th1:00-2:30 pm, Ages 14+
Sunday, May 17th1:00-2:30 pm, Ages 14+
Sunday, May 24th1:00-2:30 pm, Ages 14+
Sunday, May 31st, 1:00-2:30 pm, Ages 14+
Enjoy a guided tour to the Whooping Crane Observatory at the Patuxent
Wildlife Research Center to observe a pair of graceful, endangered whooping cranes. Arrive early, as tour will leave on time. Space is very limited. Registration is required. Call 301-497-5887 to register.



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