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Patuxent Research Refuge June Public Programs

1.  Stop by the Visitor Center to see the Hollingsworth Art Gallery’s artists. May features artists Sol Levine and Charles Bergen. June will feature artist Jean Phillips.  For more information about the Hollingsworth Art Gallery artists visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Patuxent/visit/gallery.html

2. The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program, sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), is an art and conservation program geared toward teaching children about the importance of wetlands and waterfowl conservation. The “Best of Show” winner of the 2015-2016 Maryland Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition is 16 year old Michael Xu of Potomac.  Xu’s splendid acrylic painting of a Greater White-Fronted Goose was selected from more than 320 entries in this year’s Maryland statewide contest. The judges selected up to 25 winners in each of four age categories. The winners will be honored at an awards ceremony held on Sunday, May 17 at the National Wildlife Visitor Center. More information can be found in the attachment.  DC List of Winners

3. The National Wildlife Visitor Center is closed to the public on Thursdays.

4. Just a reminder that the grounds at the National Wildlife Visitor Center
are open from sunrise to sunset.  Come on out to try to catch a glimpse
of wildlife in the early morning or early evening hours this summer!

5. Fishing at Cash Lake is open to refuge fishing-parking pass holders. The permits are 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.

6.   May is Magnificent Whooping Crane month at Patuxent Research Refuge:
There are many ongoing activities through the month.  There is something
for everyone! Visit http://www.friendsofpatuxent.org/images/Calendar-MWCM_2015.pdf for a more detailed schedule.

7.  Patuxent Research Refuge Public Programs June 2015
To register for a program at Patuxent:

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.
Please call 301-497-5887 to make your reservation.

Please notify the refuge of any special needs so that you may be accommodated.
Patuxent.fws.gov <http://patuxent.fws.gov/

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

Whooping Crane Observatory Tour
Sunday, June 7th1:00-2:30 pm, Ages 14+
Enjoy a guided tour to the Whooping Crane Observatory at the Patuxent
Wildlife Research Center to observe a pair of graceful and endangered adult
whooping cranes. Find out more about the Whooping Crane population recovery
program. Arrive early, as tour will leave on time. Space is very limited.
Registration is required.

Puppet Show:  A Fox Tale
Tuesday, June 9th, Showtimes: 10:30 am & 11:30 am, All Ages
Join us to discover the nighttime world of critters found at Patuxent Research Refuge.  Length of introduction and puppet show runs approximately 20 minutes total. No registration necessary.

Bird Walk
Wednesday, June 10th8:00-10:30 am, Ages 16+
Sunday, June 28th7:00-9:30 am, Ages 8+
Search for birds in various refuge habitats on this guided hike.  Field guides and binoculars are recommended. Registration is required.
Learn to Fish
Thursday, June 11th5:30-7:30 pm, Ages 15 and under
Thursday, June 25th5:30-7:30 pm, Ages 15 and under
Learn how to cast a rod, identify types of fish and enjoy the experience of fishing in this hands-on program for children.   All fishing equipment will be provided and registered participants will meet at Cash Lake.  Space is
limited, participants may select a single date.  Registration is required.

Wildlife Woes
Saturday, June 13th10:00-11:30 am, Ages 14+
Non-native invasive plants and animals are threatening our wildlife habitat.  Learn how to identify these unruly competitors in our own backyards, how to stop them and why they can be so destructive.  Are we
winning the battle?  Registration is required.

Based on Books- Raccoons!
Monday, June 15th10:30-11:15 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.

“O” is for Opossum
Friday, June 19th10:00-11:30 am, Ages 5-7
It has a tail like a monkey and a pocket like a kangaroo — what is it?
Learn about North America’s only marsupial through stories, games and hands-on activities.  Registration is required.

Nature Tots:  Bats
Friday, June 26th10:30-11:30 am & 1:00-2:00 pm, Ages 3-4
Introduce your preschooler to the world of bats through games, stories, and crafts in this fun, interactive program. Registration is required.

Nature Tots: Busy Bees
Tuesday, June 30th10:30-11:30 am & 1:00-2:00 pm, Ages 3-4
Buzz on over to Patuxent to discover how bees help give us flowers and food by becoming a bee in this hands-on, interactive program. Registration is required.

Programs Held at the North Tract

230 Bald Eagle Drive

Laurel, MD 20704
The North Tract is located on Rt. 198 between the Baltimore-Washington
Parkway and Rt. 32.

PB & J: The Pollinating Butterflies Job
Saturday, June 6th9:00-11:30 am, Ages 10+
Discover the role that butterflies play in the ecosystem as pollinators and learn to identify several common to Maryland on this guided 2.0-mile, 2 hour hike.  Field guide recommended. Bring water and dress for the outdoors. Registration is required.

Summer Wildflower Walk
Saturday, June 13th, 10 am-12 pm, All Ages
Want to see a variety of wildflowers but don’t want do a lot of walking in the heat?  Join a guided caravan tour (in the comfort of your own vehicle)and travel along our wildlife loop stopping at multiple locations to learn
about beautiful summer blooms.  Registration is required.

Adventure Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, June 20th, 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 am and 1 pm to begin your hunt and plan for about an hour of fun!  Registration is required along with approximate arrival time.

Wild and Wonderful!
Sunday, June 21st1:00-2:30 pm, Ages 5-10
Take a walk and do craft with a refuge volunteer while exploring North Tract’s amazing pollinator gardens and grounds. Learn how people are helping wildlife, how fun it is to observe wildlife in your own backyard
and how what you see can actually help scientists.  Registration is required.

Bird Walk
Saturday, June 27th, 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, June 27th1:00-2:30 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, June 27th8:00-9:30 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.


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