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Wildlife Conservation Tram Tours are Back at Patuxent

Tram Tours at the National Wildlife Visitor Center

Enjoy a half-hour guided tram tour through forests, meadows, and wetlands around the National Wildlife Visitor Center on an all-electric, open air vehicle which provides a unique type of access to the wildlife and their habitats at Patuxent Research Refuge. The tram is handicap accessible.

Daily tram tours will be offered at the National Wildlife Visitor Center weekdays and weekends through August 30, 2015. Tram tours will continue to be offered weekends through early November, weather permitting. Both weekday and weekend tram tour times are 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM. Tours are free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be given out at the front desk for each designated time.

Tram tours for up to 40 people may be reserved on weekdays by schools, camps and other organizations at no charge. Please reserve one to two weeks in advance for group tours. Reservations for the group tram are on a first-come, first serve basis. The tram may be reserved by calling 301-497-5898.

The electric tram tour is operated by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Donations to the Friends of Patuxent are greatly appreciated for both the public and reserved tram tours.. The Friends of Patuxent support educational programs on the refuge.

The National Wildlife Visitor Center and grounds are open daily (except for federal holidays and Thursdays) from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM and the grounds are open sunrise to sunset. The North Tract is open from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM daily (except for federal holidays). Please check our website http://patuxent.fws.gov for more details.

The National Wildlife Visitor Center is located off of Powder Mill Road, between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197, south of Laurel, MD. North Tract is located off the Baltimore- Washington Parkway, Exit towards Rte. 198, Fort Meade.

The mission of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information about the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, please contact http://fws.gov .

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