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“Wild and beautiful” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Wildlife Visitor Center

National Wildlife Visitor Center
10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708
301-497-5760
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Ranked #2 of 13 attractions in Laurel
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: The largest science and environmental education center in the Department of the Interior.
Highlands, New Jersey
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“Wild and beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Literally a few minutes from the nation's capital rest thousands of acres of serene untouched wilderness - home to many wild birds, reptiles, and fish. The Patuxent Research Center is most noted for the recovery of the Whooping Cranes, one of American's most endangered birds.

The Center has an exciting array of outdoor activities such as hunting, hiking, biking, and bird watching. Inside there is an education center that is both engaging and informative. The life size exhibits are realistic and artistic. The photographs capture some detail; there is also a slideshow on the travel blog jdrolle.blogspot.com. However nothing will substitute for a field trip or a site visit to see this national treasure for yourself. There is something for everyone to enjoy in the beauty of the wilderness.

Visited March 2013
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Alexandria, VA
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“EXCELLENT MUSEUM WITH INTERACTIVE DISPLAYS”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Coming back from the Savage Mill we stopped at the National Wildlife Visitor Center. There is no admission cost. The exhibits are extremely well done. Very interactive and instructive on climate change and the ill effects of man's management of land and water. We will return in the Spring when the plants are blooming and the trails will be fun to walk. The museum is affiliated with the Fish and Wildlife division of the United States Department of Agriculture and the Patuxent Wildlife Center. The
Fish and Wildlife Division was the work place for Rachel Carson, the person who was most responsible for the environmental movement based on the blockbuster "Silent Spring". You will enjoy this place! It is dedicated to informing on how we can improve our planet!

Visited February 2013
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Baltimore
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“Great experiance for kids and adults”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

With easy access from 295 this attraction is part of a massive wildlife research center.The building with the wildlife displays is wonderful.There is a major display that must be seen.Than after you see the inside you can take a hike around the lake.At one point there is a floating bridge to cross.This would be an amazing place to take a troupe of boy or girl scouts.

Visited May 2012
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“Interesting place to visit!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Check the calendar for activities, take a tour, wander through the visitor's center: this is a nice spot, not too far outside of DC, to learn about wildlife and the environment and to enjoy some time outside. It's also a great place to arrange for for educational activities for homeschooling or school groups.

Visited March 2012
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Maryland
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“Disappointing in not much to see here”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I had hoped that there would be more interesting tour of property and history of the Center. Not much of a display inside. They are great in their efforts at wildlife preservation.

Visited November 2012
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