Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Free Programs
Call 321-861-5601 for reservations and information.
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. .
Florida 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.
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.
All 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 am
Saturdays: 6, 20 & 27
Tuesdays: 16, 23, & 30
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.
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.
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
Nature Watch Driving Tour
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.
All 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
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.
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
Merritt 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.