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.



Reptiles & Amphibians of the Refuge

Saturday, August 2 at 7:30 pm

Learn about fascinating reptiles and amphibians by attending a photo presentation and a short walk along the visitor center boardwalk. Wear long pants and bring insect repellent. Call 321-861-5601 for reservations.




ButterflyButterfly Survey - Volunteers Needed

Saturday, August 2 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 6, 13, & 27

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.




Gators for Kids

Thursday, August 7 at 1 pm

Children ages 6 to 12, accompanied by an adult, will learn alligator facts through hands on activities. Call 321-861-5601 for reservations.






otterNature Driving Tour

August 9, 23 and 30

Saturdays at 10 am

August 16 at 1 pm

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

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.






purpleconeflowerVolunteers Needed for Refuge Clean Up

Saturday, August 23 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.




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, August 20 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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