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Home > Visit a Gateway > Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitor's Center
Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitor's Center - Upper Marlboro, MD
Activities: Birdwatching, hiking, biking and fishing are available at various times of the year. A self-guided driving tour travels through the sanctuary, beginning in the adjacent Patuxent River Park.
Auto Touring Biking Birding and Wildlife Viewing Fishing Hiking
Facilities: A visitor center sits atop a rise overlooking several ponds and many acres of fields and woods sloping down to the Patuxent River. Its two-story wall of windows and circular balconies face a spectacular view. Exhibits focus primarily on the life history and management of the Canada goose and the habitat of the area. A Discovery Room for children has live snakes, frogs, turtles and other wildlife species. The lowel level includes a children's coloring table and a book nook. There is also a gift shop featuring nature items. The visitor center is open Monday and Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends (November 1-March 31); and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends (April 1-October 31). The visitor center is closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Accessibility: The visitor center has ramps and an elevator.

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