Education Programs

Patuxent River Park offers a variety of nature and historical interpretive programs and outdoor recreation activities for school children and the public. Most of our programs align with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Some programs are offered year-round while others are seasonal. A reservation is required for all activities. Please contact our Program Coordinator, Beth Mays, for more information on scheduling your program.
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  1. All Grades & Ages
  2. Preschool & Kindergarten
  3. Kindergarten - 6th Grade
  4. 6 - 8th Grade
  5. 9 - 12th Grade
  6. Adults & Seniors

All Grades & Ages


Estuary Experience
This 2 to 3 hour program package is a great way to experience our unique riverfront park. The package consists of a River Ecology Boat Tour, a Guided Wetland Hike, and Fish Seining (this component may be substituted based on the age of the participants). Specific subject matter can be tailored to what your students are learning in the classroom. The class is limited to 60 participants and is held April through October. Fees are $5 for residents and $7 for non-residents.

Guided Wetland Nature Hike
The Black Walnut Creek Nature Study Area provides a unique opportunity to observe the tidal and non-tidal wetlands of the river. Boardwalks provide easy access to these valuable habitats. Fees are $3 for residents and $4 for non-residents.

River Ecology Boat Tour
A guided boat tour will give students the opportunity to learn about the river's wetlands, wildlife, and history from the water. Students will learn the identification of common plants and animals, the current research being conducted by the park staff, and management issues needed to protect the ecosystem. The class is held April through October. Fees are $3 for residents and $4 for non-residents.

Birding Trip

The Jug Bay area of the park provides for some of the most outstanding birding found anywhere in Maryland. Guided birding trips are available year round. Examples of specific trips include Blue Heron Tour, Birding Jug Bay, Birding the Patuxent, Wandering Warblers, and The Bluebirds are Back. The class is limited to 14 participants. Fees are $5 for residents and $7 for non-residents.

The Traveling Naturalist
Do you need an interesting presentation for your group? Want to travel to exotic, faraway places? See interesting wildlife and spectacular scenery? Then, let our naturalist/photographer take you on a virtual slide tour of some of the most beautiful places on the planet without leaving your seat. These 90-minute presentations can be done at your facility. Natural and cultural history include Brazil, The Galapagos Islands, Iceland, South Africa, Australia, Yellowstone, Glacier parks and more! Call 301-627-6074 for pricing and availability.