Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
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Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Free August Programs

Call 321-861-5601 for reservations and information.


Refuge Volunteers Multimedia Nature Art Exhibit


The refuge volunteers' art work and photography will be collectively displayed in the visitor center auditorium during regular operating hours.



Nature Driving Tour

Saturday, September 6, 13, 20 & 27 at 7:30 pm

Enjoy a narrated driving tour in the comfortable air conditioned refuge shuttle bus and learn about refuge wildlife, plants, and resource management. Tour Black Point Drive and visit the Manatee Observation Deck. Space is limited. Call 321-861-5601 for reservations.




ButterflyButterfly Survey - Volunteers Needed

Saturday, September 6 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.





Manatee Watch


August 27

September 3, 10 and 24

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.




Reptile Program for Kids

Saturday, September 13 at 1 pm

Children ages 6 to 12, accompanied by an adult, will learn about reptiles through hands on activities and meeting a live corn snake. Call 321-861-5601 for reservations.






otterNature Driving Tour

August 9, 23 and 30

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, August 28 at 1 pm

September 4, 11, and 25

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, August 9 at 11 am

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






purpleconeflowerInternational Coastal Clean-Up

Saturday, September 20 from 8 am to 12 pm


Merritt Island NWR and sponsor Keep Brevard Beautiful are hosting a clean-up at Haulover Canal. Participants will pick up trash and collect important data on the types of debris. Bags, latex gloves and bottled water will be provided. Long pants, closed shoes, sunscreen and insect spray are recommended. Please meet at the entrance to Bairs Cove Boat Ramp at Haulover Canal located on SR 3. After the clean-up the participating volunteers are invited to a hot dog lunch sponsored by the Merritt Island Wildlife Association. Please call 321-861-5601 if you plan to attend or for information.



Migrant Songbird Walk

Saturday, September 27 at 9 am

Take a guided walk on woodland trails in search of migrant songbirds. Call 321-861-5601 for reservations. Loaner binoculars are available.




National Public Lands Day

Family Volunteer Event - Planting Native Plants for Wildlife

Saturday, September 27 at 9 am



Celebrate your national public lands by volunteering to plant native plants for wildlife. Wear long pants, closed shoes, and bring sunscreen, drinking water and insect spray. Snacks will be provided. Call 321-861-5601 to make reservations.




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.




caspian ternsShorebird Presentation & Driving Tour

Saturday, August 16 at 9 am

View a photo presentation to learn how to identify sandpipers and plovers, collectively called shorebirds. Then ride in the refuge shuttle bus to observe shorebirds in the wild. Call 321-861-5601 for reservations.






All About Manatees

Wednesday, September 17

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.





Butterflies, Bats, Bees and Birds: Pollinator Program for Kids

Saturday, August 23 at 1 pm

Children ages 6-12, accompanied by an adult, will learn about our wonderful pollinators through hands on activities, crafts and a field walk to look for wild pollinators. Call 321-861-5601 to make reservations and for information.





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.













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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