Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region
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"Artwork Applicable to Our Native Environment" Presented by Titusville Art League

1 June - 30 July

The Titusville Art League is celebrating 50 years of bringing art to Titusville residents and the surrounding communities. View a collection of art work depicting our natural environment in oils, acrylics, water colors, pastels, and mixed media to help celebrate their 50th anniversary!




Manatee Watch


July 2, 9, 23 & 30 from 1 pm to 3 pm



Join volunteers at the Manatee Observation Deck between 1 pm and 3 pm to learn about the endangered manatee and possibly observe one in the wild. This program is weather dependent. The obervation deck is located on SR 3 at Haulover Canal. No reservations needed; just show up at the site between 1 pm and 3 pm.




ButterflyButterfly Survey - Volunteers Needed

Saturday, July 5 at 9 am


Volunteers and refuge staff will participate in a survey to identify butterflies in several habitats for the Butterfly Monitoring Network and the North American Butterfly Count. No experience necessary. Bring water, snack and insect repellant. Call 321-861-5601 for information and to make reservations.






otterNature Driving Tour

July 5, 12, 19, and 26

Saturdays at 10 am

Join a refuge volunteer for a guided three hour driving tour in the refuge shuttle bus to learn about refuge wildlife, plants and resource management. Take a ride on Black Point Wildlife Drive, visit the Manatee Observation Deck and look for Florida Scrub Jays. Call 321-861-5601 for reservations.





gatorAll About Alligators

Thursday, June 19 at 1 pm

Learn about the natural history of this intriguing reptile by watching a photo presentation andhandling gator bio-fact. Call 321-861-5601 for reservations.








butterflyButterfly Walk

Saturday, July 19 at 10 am

Take a guided walk to observe and learn about our local butterflies and learn some identification tips. Call 321-861-5601 for reservations.






purpleconeflowerVolunteers Needed for Refuge Clean Up

Saturday, July 26 at 9 am


Get outside and work with refuge volunteers to help wildlife by participating in a clean up. Wear long pants, closed sturdy shoes and bring sunscreen, drinking water and insect repellent. Please call 321-861-5601 if you plan to attend or for information.







Refuge Wildlife for Kids

Thursday, July 17 at 1 pm



Children ages 6-12, accompanied by an adult, will learn about some of the fascinating refuge wildlife through hands on activities, participating in an outdoor scavenger hunt and meeting a live corn snake. Call 321-861-5601 to make reservations and for information.




Free Family Nature Activities




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.





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.





mothCelebrate National Moth Week

Saturday, July 26 at 7:30 pm

Celebrate National Moth Week, July 19 to July 27, by attending a photo presentation on moths to learn about their natural history and the important roles they play in our ecosystem. After, visit staged black lights along the visitor center boardwalk to observe moths. Bring insect repellant and wear closed shoes and long pants. Call 321-861-5601 for reservations. Visit for more information on moth week.







All About Manatees

Wednesday, July 16 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.





caspian ternsVolunteer Needed For Trail Team

Saturday, May 24 at 9 am

If you enjoy physical work and being outdoors please join refuge volunteers to help maintain the refuge's beautiful trails and public recreational areas. Wear long pants, closed sturdy shoes and bring sunscreen, drinking water and insect repellant. Please call 321-861-5601 if you plan to attend or need additional information.



















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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