Photography Exhibit by Dale Nichols
February 1 - 29 March
Enjoy the work of local nature photographer and refuge volunteer Dale Nichols. View his work located in the visitor center auditorium during regular operating hours through March.
Beginning Bird Tours
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays & Sundays at 9 am
Join a refuge volunteer for a guided three hour driving tour in the refuge shuttle bus to learn how to identify many species of birds. Call 321-861-5601 for reservations. A fee of $3.00 per person. Children under age 16 are free. Cash or check only.
Visitor Center Boardwalk Tour
Tuesdays, March 4,11 18 at 1:30
and Thursdays, March 6, 13 & 20 at 1 pm
Take a guided walk along this 1/4 mile boardwalk trail that travels through three habitats to learn about the animals, plants and management of the area. The boardwalk is wheelchair accessible. Call 321-861-5601 to make reservations and for information.
All About Alligators
Tuesdays at 1 pm
Learn some fun facts about gators and handle some gator bio-facts (skin, skulls, bones) during this 20 minute program. At the Visitor Center Boardwalk Pavillion.
Hook Kids on Fishing
Sunday, March 9
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in partnership with Anglers for Conservation is hosting the Anglers for Conservation’s Hook Kids on Fishing Program. The free program is scheduled at the refuge for Sunday, March 9 from 11 am to 1 pm.
Kids ages 6 to 16, accompanied by an adult are welcome. Children must be registered for the event to receive a free rod, reel and tackle box at the event
Professional guides and knowledgeable anglers will teach casting, fishing safety, knot tying, the tackle box, catch and release tactics, fishing habitat and conservation. Parents and kids bring your smiles, positive attitudes and patience along with you!
Call (321) 861-5601 to make reservations which are required.
The program will take place at a freshwater pond located off of State Road 3 (Kennedy Park Way.) Please call for directions.
If you’re interested in volunteering for or sponsoring this event, please contact Rodney Smith at ; phone, (321) 750-3374; or visit the website, www.anglersforconservation.org
Florida Panther Program
Fridays, March 7, 14 and 21 at 2 pm
Learn about the endangered Florida Panther through a photo presentation and props. Call 321-861-5601 for reservations.
Butterfly Presentation & Survey
Saturday, March 15 at 11 am
Volunteers and refuge staff will participate in a survey to identifybutterflies in several habitats for the Butterfly Monitoring Network and the North American ButterflyCount. No experience necessary. Bring water, snack and insect repellant. Call 321-861-5601 for information and to make reservations.
Oak & Palm Hammock Hike
Sunday, March 23 at 9:30 am
Take a guided tour of the 3/4 mile Oak Hammock and the 2 mile Palm Hammock trails to learn about the animals and plants that inhabit the area. Meet at the refuge Visitor Center and then caravan to the trail site. Wear long pants, closed shoes and bring drinking water and insect repellent. Call 321-861-5601 for reservations and information.
Wednesdays, March 5 & 26 at 1 pm
March 19 at 2 pm
Enjoy a photo presentation about the American Bald Eagle and learn about the life history of this magnificent bird. Call 321-861-5601 to make reservations.