Refuge offers nature program for blind

The Baltimore Sun

The Patuxent Research Refuge will offer a "Birding for the Blind" program from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 4 at the refuge's North Tract entrance.

The program, designed for visually impaired people ages 8 through adult and their families and friends, introduces participants to nature and birding through hands-on activities and exploration of outdoor habitats. Participants will learn to identify birds by sound.

Admission is free, but registration is required. Information or to register: 301-497-5887. The North Tract is off Route 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, east of Laurel.

To request special accommodations, contact the refuge at least two weeks before the event. Information or directions:

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