- The Merkle Visitor Center is a handsome building set 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. Ramps and an elevator allow visitors with disabilities to reach both levels of the building and the paths around it.
The exhibits focus primarily on the life history and management of the Canada goose. Other exhibits focus on the habitat of the area. A Discovery Room for children has live snakes, frogs, turtles and other wildlife species. The lower level includes a children's coloring table and a book nook. There is also a gift shop featuring nature items.
Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary is open daily from 7 AM to sunset. The visitor center is open Monday and Friday 10 AM to 4 PM, 10 AM to 5 PM weekends (November 1-March 31), and 10 AM to 6 PM weekends (April 1-October 31). The visitor center is closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
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