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Field Trips

Kayaking on the Occoquan (20 people)

Kayak along the Occoquan River and see a wonderful array of wildlife. There are frequently bald eagles and osprey flying overhead.

Hiking trip and tour in Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge. (20 people)

Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge's diverse grasslands and marshes attract songbirds, raptors, waterfowl and butterflies that depend on meadows and open water for their food, nesting sites, and a place to rest. Visitors share this feeling of respite as they hike trails and watch wildlife drawn to the one-square mile refuge, a sanctuary in an urban setting. Occoquan Bay NWR is a key refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge System. The grassland and wetland habitats are important to the Nations' wildlife in this highly urbanized area. Furthermore, the variety of habitat types accessible to refuge visitors and the refuge's proximity to the Nation's capitol provide unparalleled opportunities to demonstrate the role of national wildlife refuges, particularly the benefits of habitat management for wildlife.

Miss River Shore Cruise - Additional fee of $20 (payable to boat captain)

Step aboard the Miss Rivershore, a 50-foot commercial cruising vessel for a 2 hour guided tour down the Potomac and Occoquan Rivers. Captain Mark Perry gets our patrons close to the action during our relaxing bald eagle and wildlife spotting cruises, while pointing out areas of historical interest along the way.  Beverages (alcoholic and other) may be purchased on the boat.

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