Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region
  • Calendar of Events

 

 

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Free Programs

Call 321-861-5601 for reservations and information.

 

 

 

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Brevard Watercolor Society Exhibit

Visitor Center Auditorium

December through January

Enjoy the nature-based watercolor artwork of local artists. View this exhibit at the visitor center auditorium during regular operating hours. .

 

 

 

 

 

FLpantherFlorida Panther Program

Mondays, December 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 1 pm

Learn about the endangered Florida Panther through a photo presentation and props. Call 321-861-5601 for reservations.

 

 

 

 

 

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Butterfly Presentation & Survey

Saturday, December 6 at 9 am

View a photo presentation to learn to identify butterflies. Then assist volunteers and staff with conducting a butterfly survey. No experience necessary. Bring water, snack and insect repellent and wear closed shoes and long pants. Call 321-861-5601.

 

 

 

 

gatorAll About Alligators

Thursdays, December 11 & 18 at 2 pm

Saturday, December 27 at 1 pm

Learn about the natural history of this intriguing reptile by watching a photo presentation and handling alligator bio-facts. Call 321-861-5601 for reservations.

 

 

 

December Beginning Bird Watch Tours at 9 amroseates

Saturdays: 6, 20 & 27

Tuesdays: 16, 23, & 30

Thursdays: 18

Join a refuge volunteer for a guided three hour driving tour in the refuge shuttle bus to learn how to identify a variety of bird species. A fee of $5.00 per person, children under age 16 are free. Cash or check only. Space is limited so please call 321-861-5601 for reservations.

 

 

 

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Eagle Program

Wednesday, December 17 at 1 pm

Enjoy a photo presentation about the American Bald Eagle and learn about the life history of this magnificent bird. Call 321-861-5601 for reservations.

 

 

 

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Waterfowl Hunt

Hunting occurs in most areas of the refuge from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 12 pm on the following dates in December: 12/6, 12/7, 12/10, 12/13, 12/14, 12/17, 12/20, 12/21, 12/24, 12/25, 12/27, 12/28 and 12/31. Hunting is prohibited on Black Point Wildlife Drive. For more hunting information look here, or visit www.myfwc.com/hunting

 

 

 

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Nature Watch Driving Tour

Saturdays, November

at 10 am

 

Follow a refuge volunteer in your own vehicle for a guided three hour tour to learn about refuge wildlife, plants and resource management. Take a ride on refuge roads, visit the Manatee Observation Deck and look for Florida Scrub Jays. Call 321-861-5601 for reservations.

 

 

 

 

manateeAll About Manatees

Wednesday, November 26 at 1 pm

Watch a narrated photo presentation and handle manatee bones and skulls to learn more about this endangered animal. Then caravan to the observation deck to possibly see wild manatees. Call 321-861-5601 to make reservations.

 

 

 

 

 

Free Family Nature Activities

 

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Nature Bingo

Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 3 pm

Stop by the refuge visitor center and pick up a clip board, pencil and a copy of the Nature Bingo Activity Sheet during regular visitor center hours. Take a walk on the1/4 mile visitor center boardwalk loop and complete the activity and get a certificate and post card. Visitor centeroperating hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm.

 

 

 

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GPS Family Scavenger Hunt

Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 3 pm

Reserve the GPS Family Backpack Kit that includes a GPS and scavenger hunt questions. Use the GPS to find locations at the refuge and answer the scavenger hunt questions. Complete the activity and receive a postcard and certificate. Call 321-861-5601 to reserve the backpack during regular visitor center operating hours. A deposit is required to borrow the GPS unit.

 

 

 

6th Annual Florida Scrub-Jay Festival

February 28, 2015

 

jayMerritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is hosting the sixth annual Florida Scrub-Jay Festival on February 28, 2015 from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. The event celebrates the endangered scrub habitat andFlorida Scrub-Jay, a threatened species found only in Florida. The event and all activities are free. The festival will offer live music, nature tours, live animal displays, and children's activities andgames. Please call 321-861-5601 for more information.

 

The main event will take place at the refuge visitor center located on SR 402, 5 miles east of the intersection of US 1 and Garden Street (SR 406) in Titusville. From the intersection, head east over the Max Brewer Bridge and continue to the fork in the road. Bear right at the fork and continue 2 miles to the entrance to the visitor center.

 

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Adopt a Trail...Shore...Spot...Road Program

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is proud to announce a new program to help reduce and control litter. Individuals, families, civic groups, clubs, school groups and businesses are invited to participate. The program is patterned after the National Adopt a Road program. Areas open for adoption include interior roads, shorelines, trails and spots such as boat launches and Refuge entrances. Participating members of the program will commit to three litter clean ups per year in their adopted area. Adopting organizations will get a recognition sign posted at their site. Please join us in keeping your refuge clean. Please call Ranger Nancy Corona at 321-861-0668 for more information.

 

Interpretive program - people are looking at an old chimney standing in the middle of the woods.
Interpretive Program - Photo by Joel Reynolds

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