Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Field Trip:

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Location: 2145 Key Wallace Drive
Cambridge, Maryland 21613
Phone: 410-228-2677
Grades: PreK – 12th
Subject: Environmental, Ecology
Hours: 8:00am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday
9:00am – 5:00pm, Saturday & Sunday
Closed: Thanksgiving and Christmas
Cost: $1 per pedestrian or bicyclist
$3 per personal vehicle
$25 per 21+ person bus
Parking: Free on-site parking

  • Automated main entrance
  • Accessible routes throughout exhibits
  • Elevators
  • TTY phone line

County location

Resources to Help Make the Most of Your Trip

yes Free Lesson Plans yes Docent Tours
yes Online Activities NO Homeschool Programs
NO Classes/Workshops yes Junior Refuge Manager Programs
yes Trunk and/or Travelling Program NO Virtual tour

About Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge:

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is home to an incredible amount of plant and animal diversity in its three major habitats – forest, marsh and shallow water. Referred to as the “Everglades of the North”, the refuge contains one-third of Maryland’s tidal wetlands, which makes it an ecologically important area within the state.

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is home to the largest natural population of formerly endangered Delmarva peninsula fox squirrels and is also home to the largest breeding population of American bald eagles on the East Coast, north of Florida.

Educators can schedule free educational programs including:

  • Refuge Orientation
  • Guided tours of Wildlife Drive
  • Visitor center tours
  • Habitat explorations
  • Mobile exhibits
  • Assistance to scouts
  • Educational videos

Drive, bike, or walk the 7-mile paved Wildlife Drive that allows you to observe the scenery and wildlife up close. An Observation Platform located along Wildlife Drive is equipped with spotting scopes which offer a 360° view of the surrounding marsh.

No food is sold on site, but you can picnic on the grounds. If you visit in the summertime, be sure to bring insect repellent.


Visit the Blackwater Refuge Osprey Cam and Eagle Cam to track the nesting behaviors of these two entertaining species of birds.


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