"Refuge Inspirations" Art Exhibit
31 March - 31 May
Enjoy the nature based art work of local painter and refuge volunteer Katie Benson. View Katie's work at the Visitor Center auditorium during regular operating hours through the end of May.
Nature Driving Tour
Tuesdays at 9 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. Call 321-861-5601 for reservations.
Beginning Bird Tours
April 5 and 12 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 at 1:00 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.
Wednesdays, April 2, 9, 23 & 30 from 1 -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.
Wildflower Photo Presentation and Field Walk
Saturday, April 12 at 1 pm
Enjoy a photo presentation on refuge wildflowers then follow the guide in your car to view wildflower hot spots on the refuge. Call 321-861-5601 for reservations.
All About Manatees
Wednesday, April 16 at 1 pm
Learn all about manatees with a refuge volunteer through a photo presentation and manatee bio-facts. Call 321-861-5601 to make reservations.
Shorebird Photo Presentation and Driving Tour
Saturday, April 19 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.
Butterfly Photo Presentation and Walk
Saturday, April 19 at 11 am
Enjoy a photo presentation on how to identify the common butterflies and learn about their natural history. After the presentation follow the guide in your car to observe butterflies at several refuge sites. Call 321-861-5601 for reservations.
All About Alligators
Thursday, April 24 at 2 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.
Florida Panther Program
Fridays, April 4 & 18 at 1 pm
April 25 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, April 12 at 10 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 ButterflyCount. No experience necessary. Bring water, snack and insect repellant. Call 321-861-5601 for information and to make reservations.
Saturday, April 26 from 8 am to 12 pm
Meet at the entrance road to Bair's Cove Boat Ramp at Haulover Canal located on SR 3. Water, trash bags and latex gloves will be provided. Wear long pants, closed shoes, sun hat and bring insect repellant and sunscreen. Call 321-861-5601 to register. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a signed refuge parental permission form.
Songbird Migration Walk
Saturday, April 26 at 9 am
Take a walk with a refuge volunteer to look and listen for migrant songbirds. Meet at the refuge visitor then caravan in your own car to the hiking trail. Bring water and insect repellent. Call 321-861-5601 to make reservations.
Night Prowl and Moth Night
Saturday, April 26 at 7 pm
View a photo presentation about night animals and their sounds followed by a short walk along the visitor center boardwalk trail to glimpse nocturnal wildlife. Also, look and learn about moths that are attracted to staged black lights. Long pants, long sleeved shirt, closed shoes and insect repellent are recommended. Call 321-861-5601 to make reservations.