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“Nice visitor center and nature walks” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of National Wildlife Visitor Center

National Wildlife Visitor Center
Ranked #3 of 14 things to do in Laurel
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Owner description: The largest science and environmental education center in the Department of the Interior.
Columbia, MD
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70 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Nice visitor center and nature walks”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

The visitor center has many interesting displays and a nice indoor area for observing nature in bad weather or cold. There is guided tram tour with interesting info on local nature. If the weather is nice, enjoy a walk around the lke.

Visited October 2012
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Laurel, Maryland
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Very interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2013

Great place for both adults and children to visit. If you are in the area, take advantage of seeing whooping cranes and other endangered species and the success they have had-it's amazing

Visited September 2012
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47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Educational & worthwhile”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2013

Excellent displays on wildlife, environment and ecology. Very educational and eye-opening. Sadly some of the interactive exhibit components are in disrepair--no doubt a function of reduced staff and budget under the sequester. It was raining the day I was there, so the wildlife tram tours were not running, and I declined to walk trails in the rain. I hope to return in the future.

Visited July 2013
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Highlands, New Jersey
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299 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Wild and beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 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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1,248 reviews
578 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 488 helpful votes
“EXCELLENT MUSEUM WITH INTERACTIVE DISPLAYS”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 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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