Education

NOTICE: We are currently offering both in-person (for 10 people or less including the instructor(s)) and virtual programs. Please explore this page, our Virtual Programs page (a work in progress), visit the PG Parks Nature page on Facebook, or email patuxentriverpark@pgparks.com with any questions or for more information. You can also contact the park at 301-627-6074. 

Patuxent River Park offers a variety of nature and historical interpretive programs and outdoor recreation activities for school children and the public. 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. Download the Patuxent River Park Programs brochure (PDF) to take a deeper look into available activities!

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We are partnering with Agents of Discovery, a free educational mobile game for families, to encourage kids to learn and explore the surroundings of the Jug Bay Natural Area. The app is available in the Apple and Google Play stores.

  1. All Grades and Ages
  2. Preschool and Kindergarten
  3. Kindergarten - 5th Grade
  4. 6th - 12th Grade
  5. Other Group Programs

Estuary Experience
This three-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 (seining 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. Limited to 60 participants.
April-October.
Fee: Resident $5; Non-resident $7 
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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.
Fee: Resident $3; Non-resident $4
Guided tour across bridge over water

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. April-October.
Fee: Resident $3; Non-resident $4
Kids on a boat tour of Patuxent River

Disability Accommodation Statement

The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Contact the park at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of your program to request and receive a disability accommodation.