Become a wildlife secret agent and help locate and collect missing data while you learn about nature hunt at the Patuxent Research Refuge.
The Patuxent Research Refuge is 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 does the National Wildlife Visitor Center.
Download the Agent of Discovery game to your phone before you head to the refuge and download one or both of the Missions (do this beforehand, since there’s not good data available at the Visitor’s Center. Once you head out on your mission, you’ll stay on the trails but look for Challenge Markers along the
trails. Find them in real life and take photos of what you find until you complete the mission. If you finish a mission you’ll earn a patch, and if you finish both, you’ll earn an Awesome Agent Award button.
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.