Patuxent River State Park: December Programs

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Fall colors

December 7: Where'd the Green Go?
12 p.m. at Nature Center

The green is gone from the leaves and they’ve fallen to the ground. Come learn about what makes leaves green and why they turn colors in the fall. We will use the colorful leaves to create some nature artwork.


December 14: Winter Tree ID
12 p.m. at Nature Center

It can be easier to identify trees when they have leaves, but how about in the winter when the trees are bare? Come learn how to identify some common local trees based on bark, twigs and buds, instead of leaves.

Cardinal Bird Winter

December 15: Feed the Birds
12 p.m. at Nature Center

Create a pinecone bird feeder to hang in the park, or take it home to help feed the birds during the winter.

Photo of campfire

December 27: Campfire and Craft
1-4 p.m. at Nature Center

Have some time off for the holidays? Come join us for a craft and a campfire.

first day hikes


2020 is just around the corner!

Don't forget to RSVP to our First Day Hike at Seneca Creek State Park and Patuxent River State Park!

Details on first day hikes statewide can be found on our website.

Unless otherwise noted, events are held rain or shine, free and fun for all ages; donations are always welcome. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dress for the weather/activity, wear sunscreen and insect repellent, bring plenty of water and snacks, and remember to check for ticks.

Please email us or call 443-962-0216 for additional information or to register (recommended).

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Annual Pass Available for Purchase
$75 for Marylanders; $100 for out-of-state visitors

Our annual State Parks and Trails Passport grants unlimited day-use admission and boat launching at state parks, and a 10 percent discount on state-operated concessions and boat rentals. 

To enhance convenience and value, this year's pass will arrive in a self-contained packet with a detachable hang-tag, and will be valid for a full year from the month of purchase. 

Our network of 75 state parks include more than 900 miles of trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding, as well as unique water access and camping facilities.

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