Ready for something wild? The Patuxent Wildlife Festival kicks off Saturday at the National Wildlife Visitor Center. In celebration of Earth Science Week and National Wildlife Refuge Week, the festival offers activities for all ages. Visitors can tour the center, explore exhibits, meet animals, including the endangered whooping crane, meet scientists and take tram tours through the habitats of the Patuxent Research Refuge. Event takes place rain or shine.
The festival runs 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the National Wildlife Visitor Center, Powder Mill Road, Laurel. Free. Call 301-497-5760, or, for hearing-impaired, call 301-497-5779 TDD.
Ever watch the milking of a cow? Picked organic pumpkins? Rotated crops? This weekend, you can head to the newly renovated Horizon Organic Dairy, Farm and Education Center, and learn all about life on the farm. What used to be the Naval Academy Farm is now a revamped organic farm with interactive exhibits and guided tours for all ages. This weekend's opening features organic milk tastings, a hay-bale maze, organic pumpkin-picking, scarecrow-making and visits with the Naval Academy mascot, Billy the goat. In the Organic Discovery Barn, visitors can take a simulated tour beneath the soil and crawl through a worm tunnel. They can see life-size cow models that illustrate how the animals produce milk. Through October, Trails of Terror, a Halloween hayride and walk through the surrounding woods, runs Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m.-11 p.m.
Hours for the farm's opening celebration are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. 100 Dairy Lane, Gambrills. Free. Call 410-923-7600, or visit www.horizonorganicfarm.com on the Web.- Lori Sears