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Education Programs

Patuxent River Park offers a variety of nature and historical interpretive programs and outdoor recreation activities for school children and the public. Some are offered year round while others are seasonal. A reservation is required for all activities.

Grades Presented at
the Park
Presented at your Facility
Pre-K - KG Guided Nature Hike Nature Crafts: Animal Tracks, Beavers, Owls & Tree Leaves
Grades 1-5

Guided Nature Hike
Ecology Boat Tour
Patuxent Rural Life Museum (PRLM) Tour

Beaver Tales
Let the Cattail Out of the Bag
Sweet Pollinators

Grades 6-8 Guided Nature Hike
Ecology Boat Tour
PRLM Tour
Eyes on Jug Bay
Watershed Connections
Grades 9-12 Guided Nature Hike
Ecology Boat Tour
PRLM Tour
Eyes on Jug Bay

Watershed Connections
Goose Dissection (For advanced biology students)
Rails & Rice Research

College & Adult Guided Nature Hike
Ecology Boat Tour
PRLM Tour
Guided Critical Area Tour
Seniors Guided Nature Hike
Ecology Boat Tour
PRLM Tour
Guided Critical Area Tour
Birding Trips
The Traveling Naturalist: Brazil, Ospreys, South Africa
Basket Weaving
Programs for
Individuals with Disabilities
Guided Nature Hike
Ecology Boat Tour
PRLM Tour
Let the Cattail Out of the Bag

  

 

Nature Craft
Pre-School (PRE-K - K)
This program, full of hand-on activities, has been developed to educate pre-school children about nature through interactive crafts, stories and games. The programs last 30-45 minutes. Choose from: Animal Tracks, Beavers, Owls, or Tree Leaves. The program can be presented at your facility or as part of a field trip to Patuxent River Park.
Fee: Resident $2; Non-Resident $3 

Beaver Tales
Elementary (Grade 3-5)
This 45-minute program introduces students to beavers and their amazing adaptations. Limited to 26 participants.
Fee: Resident $2; Non-Resident $3 

Sweet Pollinators
Elementary (Grade K-5)

This program has students fly around like a bee to get sweet nectar from flowers and pass the pollen in an interactive game. Students will learn about different types of pollinators and their unique adaptations, and how pollination plays a role in the plant life cycle.

Guided Nature Hike
Elementary, Middle, High School, College, Adults, Seniors, Individuals with Disabilities 
(Grade 1 to Adult)
The Black Walnut Creek Nature Study Area provides a unique opportunity to observe the tidal and nontidal wetlands of the river. Boardwalks provide easy access to these valuable habitats.
Fee: Resident $2; Non-Resident $3

River Ecology Boat Tour
Elementary, Middle, High School, College, Adults, Seniors, Individuals with Disabilities
(Grade 2 to Adult)
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. April-October. FREE 

Let the Cattail Out of the Bag 
Elementary (Grades K-5)
This curriculum-based program for students in grades K-5 is designed to introduce students to the Patuxent River and its wetlands. The presentation and hands-on activities last 1 hour. This program can be presented at your facility or here at Patuxent River Park.
Fee: Resident $2; Non-Resident $3

Patuxent Rural Life Museums Tour
Elementary, Middle, High School, College, Adults, Seniors, Individuals with Disabilities
(All ages)
Guided tours of Patuxent Rural Life Museums are available year round. The tour guide tells the story of the 6 buildings as each one is visited and can tailor the program to fit your social studies curriculum with 2 weeks advance notice. Please call Patuxent River Park at 301-627-6074 for reservations.
Fee: Resident $1; Non-Resident $2

Eyes on Jug Bay
Middle, High School, College
(Grade 6 to Adult)
This program focuses on the ecology of freshwater wetlands of the Patuxent River. Students learn about water quality, microscopic plants and animals, food chains through hands-on activities and outdoor study. Limited to 12 participants.
Fee: Resident $5; Non-Resident $6

Geocaching
Middle, High School, College, Adult, Seniors
(Grade 6 to Adult)
Try high-tech orienteering and scavenger hunting. Learn how to use a GPS unit and find the treasure in the park. Limited to 20 participants.
Fee: Resident $3; Non-Resident $4

Guided Canoe/Kayak Trip
Middle, High School, College Adults, Seniors
(Grade 6 to Adult)
Explore the natural beauty of the river on this 3-hour guided kayak trip. Certified instructor.
May-October. Limited to 8 participants. Also available with canoes, limited to 16 participants.
Fee: Resident $16; Non-Resident $20

Goose Dissection
High School, College
(Grades 9 to Adult)
Five-hour program. Limited to 12 participants. Fee: $5 ($6). The Goose program teaches about the biology, management, and conservation of the Canada Goose in Maryland and includes a live dissection. Five-hour program. November-March.
Fee: Resident $5; Non-Resident $6

Birding Trip
High School, College, Adult, Seniors
(Grade 9 to Adult)
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. Limited to 14 participants.
Fee: Resident $5; Non-Resident $6

Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Tour
High School, College, Adult, Seniors
(Grade 9 to Adult)
This four-mile driving tour connects the park with the Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary. It features educational displays about the history and wildlife of the area, observation towers, and a 1,000-foot-long wooden bridge.
Fee: Resident $2; Non-Resident $3

Conservation Activities
Middle, High School, College, Adult, Seniors
(Grade 6 to Adult) 
Take part in any of several activities that help preserve the resources of the park. Invasive and non-native plants that have invaded the park need to be destroyed or removed. The park has over 8 miles of trails that need continual maintenance and repair. 

Basket Weaving
Middle, High School, Seniors
(Grades 6-12)
Learn how to weave a basket using natural materials. One-day classes range from 1 to 3 hours long. Limited to 10 participants.
Fee: Resident $5; Non-Resident $6 

Journey Into Jug Bay's Past
Elementary, Middle, High School, College, Adult, Seniors
(Grade 3 to Adult)
Learn about 10,000 years of human history on the Patuxent River. Historians tell the story aboard the park's pontoon boat with a stop at Mt. Calvert Historical & Archaeological Park.
April-October.
Fee: Resident $3; Non-Resident $4

The Traveling Naturalist
High School, College, Adults, Seniors
(Grade 9 to Adult)
Do you need an interesting presentation for your group? Want to travel to exotic, faraway places? See interesting wild life and spectacular sceenry? 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 to reserve your tour now. FREE. 301-627-6074.