Established in 1936 by executive order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Patuxent Research Refuge spans 12,841 acres and is the nation’s only national wildlife refuge established to support wildlife research. Its mission is to conserve and protect the nation’s wildlife and habitat through research and wildlife management techniques.
Join us on Saturday, July 29 for a special visit to Patuxent. Activities include a tour of the National Wildlife Visitor Center (NWVC), a tram tour, bird watching and a nature hike. Immerse yourself in nature and get a hands on look at the careers available within the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Visitor Center is one of the largest science and environmental education centers operated by the Department of the Interior. This unique facility seeks to impart to young and old alike an increased knowledge of and appreciation for the earth’s vital resources. It highlights the work of those who strive to improve the condition of wildlife and their habitats. The Visitor Center features interactive exhibits, which focus on global environmental issues, migratory bird studies, habitats, endangered species, the tools and techniques used by scientists and the role of the National Wildlife Refuge System in wildlife conservation.
The tram tour offers a guided tour through forest, meadows and wetlands around the Visitor Center. The land is managed to maintain biological diversity for the protection and benefit of native and migratory species. During the fall and spring migrations, many waterfowl species stop to rest and feed. Approximately 270 species of birds have been documented at Patuxent. Increasing forest fragmentation in the area due to urban development has damaged many populations of neotropical migratory birds. Patuxent is one of the largest forested areas in the mid-Atlantic region and provides critical breeding habitat and an important nesting area for these species. You can see these species first hand and learn how to identify them during our bird watching activity!
The trip is FREE and open to the public, but has a hold fee. Hold fee will be 100% refunded upon attending the event or if 1 week notice is given prior to cancellation. Hold fee will be forfeit if payer does not attend the event and fails to give 1 week cancellation notice. A bus will depart from 1500 Block Independence Avenue promptly at 9am and will arrive back in DC at approximately 4pm. Attendees are asked to stay for the duration of the trip.
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The Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) seeks to empower Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) youth by increasing access to public service opportunities and building a strong AANHPI public service pipeline. We envisions a future with equitable AANHPI representation throughout all levels of government and public service.
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