Conservation & Research

Patuxent River Park supports a variety of conservation and research projects. These projects include tagging, monitoring and surveys:
Patuxent River Park is also a Chesapeake Bay-MD component of the National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR- MD) under NOAA. CBNERR-MD is one of 29 reserve sites in the US that protect and manage estuarine areas as natural field laboratories and develop long-term coordinated research and education programs to address key Bay issues. CBNERR-MD related research includes real-time water quality and weather monitoring, water quality and habitat studies, flora and fauna studies, water level and wetland elevation studies, and habitat mapping.

Researchers (including universities and government agencies) interested in conducting independent research projects at Patuxent River Park should call 301-627-6074.

For more information or if you are interested in assisting with these projects, please call the park office at 301-627-6074.