Go on a wildlife scavenger hunt at the Patuxent Research Refuge—the only national wildlife refuge established to support wildlife research.
The public is free to explore two of the three tracts at the Laurel refuge, the South Tract has more family activities as well as the National Wildlife Visitor Center.
Begin the scavenger adventure at the visitor center where you can check out a GPS unit and small backpack, which includes instructions, binoculars and a few small field guides to help you identify trees, plants and birds. You need to leave your driver’s license at the front desk to check out the binoculars and GPS unit.
Also plan to explore the visitor center’s many interactive exhibits highlighting everything from environmental issues to endangered species. You can also hike the South Tract’s six trails or take a 30-minute guided tram tour, which runs from May to November.
For more information, visit the Patuxent Research Refuge website.
For other outside activities, check out our list of 6 spots for outside family adventures.