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Patuxent River Conference: Think Global, Act Local

  • 02/02/2023
  • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Schmidt Conference Center, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater
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  • With a sponsorship of $100 your organization will receive one conference registration, your logo on the conference website and materials, as well as being able to share materials with conference attendees.
  • Please email author(s) name, University/Organization and title of poster to to receive the registration code.

Registration is closed

Learn about blue carbon, freshwater mussel restoration and education, and other research about the Patuxent River and other regional watersheds. Also be part of a conversation about the science and practice of behavior change.

PAXCON 2023 will feature current research within the Patuxent River watershed, as well as highlight strategies and methods that can be applied to climate change research, management, communication, and advocacy on the Patuxent River.

Additional Details will be posted on 

For adults and older teens.

On the Schedule

9:00 am Registration/Coffee

9:30 am Welcome / Keynote Speaker: Rico Newman, Choptico Band of Indians, Piscataway-Conoy Tribe; Chairman, Maryland Indian Tourism Assoc., Inc. Native Americans and the ​ Patuxent River

10:15 am Morning Session I: Blue Carbon

11:15 am Morning Session II: Freshwater Mussels Restoration/Education

12:00 pm Lunch / Poster Presentation

1:00 pm Expert Panel: The Science and Practice of Behavior Change

2:00 pm Closing remarks

2:45 pm Tour of SERC Global Change Research Wetland (Limited to 20 people) Registration information will be provided to all conference registrants. 

Watch the recordings from the 2020 Pax Con

The Patuxent River, considered “Maryland’s River”, is the longest river entirely in the state of Maryland. Home to over 100 species of fish and a staggering variety of resident and migratory birds, the Patuxent River is a jewel of the Maryland natural world. Archaeological artifacts dating back to 7,200 B.C.E. suggests the River has been an essential lifeline for humans for thousands of years.

The Patuxent River Conference (PAXCON) is the premier forum uniting scientists, environmental educators, natural resource managers, and anyone passionate about the health and future of the Patuxent River. To know and understand the Patuxent River is to take one more step towards its protection.

Join us for a lively and intellectually stimulating day and to network with new and old colleagues!

For Additional Information:

Consider being a Sponsor of the Conference: With a sponsorship of $100 your organization will receive one complimentary conference registration, your logo on the conference website and materials, as well as being able to share materials with conference attendees.

Registration Fee: (includes lunch) 

  • Early Bird Registration through January 3: $30
  • Registration fee after January 3: $50
Student Participants: $10 Contact Karyn Molines for the registration code.

Presenters: $10 Contact Karyn Molines for the registration code.

Student Presenters: Free Contact Karyn Molines for the registration code.

For agencies that require a W-9 for processing payments: Calvert Nature Society is the Payee: Download the W-9 form for your records.

COVID Policies and Procedures 

The Calvert Nature Society has developed policies and procedures for public program operations based on state and CDC guidelines. 

Please consider the safety, health, and well-being of all participants in our programs and stay home if the participant is ill. Full refunds will be given for cancellations due to health concerns. 

Prior to participation in any Society sponsored program, we will ask each individual, if under 18 a parent, to agree to the participant waiver during registration. The waiver agreement needs to be completed for each in-person program.

Please read our full policy statement and waiver.

The schedule of events is subject to changed based on the status of the coronavirus response, weather, staffing, and other situations that may arise. If Calvert Nature Society or Calvert County Natural Resources Division cancels a program, a full refund will be issued. 

COVID policies   Cancellation and Refund Policies

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