Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Southeast Region
  • Calendar of Events



"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.



otterNature 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.








manateeManatee Watch

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.




caspian ternsShorebird 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.






FLpantherFlorida 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 butterfly 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.









Trash Bash

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.



prairie warbler

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.











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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