National Wildlife Visitor Center is 2 mi. e. on Powder Mill Rd. off the Baltimore-Washington Pkwy. to 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop. Within the 12,841-acre Patuxent Research Refuge, the center's interactive exhibits focus on global environmental issues, migratory bird routes, wildlife habitats and endangered species recovery efforts. Surrounding forest, wetland and meadow habitats and walking trails provide opportunities for recreation and educational programs. The Hollingsworth Art Gallery and a seasonal 35-minute guided tram tour also are available.
Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.
Grounds and visitor center free. Tram tour by donation.
Hours: Grounds daily dawn-dusk. Visitor center Fri.-Wed. 9-4:30. Tram tours are given Sat.-Sun. at 11:30 and 1, mid-Mar. to mid-Nov. (also Mon.-Wed. and Fri. at 11:30 and 1, mid-June to late Aug.) (weather permitting). Closed federal holidays. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.