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Obscura Society DC: Save The Critters

Sometimes furry wildlife friends need our help

When critters need to be saved, the Second Chance Wildlife Center in Gaithersburg steps in.

The SCWC was founded in 1996 by Christine Montuori to serve the Maryland & D.C. community. Today, it treats over three thousands animals year, including songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, squirrels, groundhogs, chipmunks, bats, rabbits, turtles and a host of other native species. With a staff full of trained professionals, interns and volunteers, the mission of the center is to nurse these animals back to health in order to release them back into the wild. 

Join Obscura Society DC for an exclusive tour of Second Chance Wildlife Center and a chance to view the care given to a few of these animals up close. The center is only open to the public two weekends a year due to the nature of the their work. The opportunity for access to this special facility is rare.  

Notes for this adventure: 

- A ticket includes a sizable donation to the Second Chance Wildlife Center.

- The Center is located about 5.5 miles from the Shady Grove Metro on the Red Line with bus drop-off close to SCWC. Please consult the WMATA website for more information.

- Tours will last about 30 minutes, but there will be time to speak to SCWC staff members. 

- Please note the time of your ticket. Due to the intimate nature of the center, only a limited number of people can go at a time. Therefore, there are 3 time slots and all are staggered - 12:30pm, 1 & 1:30.

All ticket sales are final. Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Matt at matt@atlasobscura.com.