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

Call 321-861-5601 for reservations and information.



Butterfly Presentation & Survey Butterfly

Saturday, October 4 at 9 am


View a photo presentation to learn to indentify butterflies.Then assist volunteers and staff in conducting a butterfly survey. No experience necessary. Bring water, snack and insect repellant. Call 321-861-5601 for information and to make reservations.




coopershawkHawk Photo Presentation & Driving Tour

Saturday, October 4 at 1 pm

View a photo presentation to learn how to identify raptors. Then caravan in your own vehicle with a refuge volunteer in the lead to learn about shorebirds. The guide will communicate with participants by two-way radio. Call 321-861-5601 for reservations.





manateeAll About Manatees

Wednesday, October 8 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.





National Wildlife Refuge Week

Free Family Festival

Saturday, October 11 from 9 am to 2:30 pm


caspian terns

Shorebird Presentation & Caravan Tour

Saturday, October 11 at 9 am

View a photo presentation to learn how to identify sandpipers and plovers, collectively called shorebirds. Then caravan in your own vehicle to observe shorebirds in the wild. Call 321-861-5601 for reservations.



beeRain Barrel Workshop

Saturday, October 11

10 am to 12 pm

Pre-registration is required.

Please email or call or 321-633-2016 ext 56721 or online at Cost is $50 which covers supplies and instruction.


butterflyButterfly Walk

Saturday, October 11 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.



rshawkLive Hawk & Owl Presentation

Saturday, October 11 at 12:30 pm

Enjoy a presentation with live hawks and owls and learn about their natural history in the comfort of the visitor center auditorium. Call 321-861-5601 for reservations and information.




All About Alligators

Saturday, October 11 at 2 pm

Thursday, October 23 at 1 pm

Meet a live alligator, learn about the natural history of this intriguing reptile by watching a photo presentation and handling gator bio-fact. Call 321-861-5601 for reservations.


purpleconeflowerNature Stations

Saturday, October 11 from10:30 to 2:30 pm

    • Live Hawk and Owl Display - Meet the raptors of Wild About Birds
    • Sea Turtle Obstacle Course - Children ages 2-10 learn how to survive like a sea turtle as they maneuver through the course. Free prize upon completion
    • Live Music by Laura - Laura will play beautiful flute music and bring a variety of musical instruments for children to play.
    • Nature Crafts, Nature Scavenger Hunt, live snake display and caterpillar displays.





Nature Driving Tour

Saturday, October 18 and 25

at 10 am


Follow a refuge volunteer in your own vehicle for a guided three hour tour to learn about refuge wildlife, plants and resource management. Take a ride on refuge roads, visit the Manatee Observation Deck and look for Florida Scrub Jays. Call 321-861-5601 for 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.


Hook Kids on Fishing

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in partnership with Anglers for Conservation is hosting the Anglers for Conservation's Hook Kids on Fishing Program. The program is scheduled at the refuge for Saturday, November 1 from 10 am to 12 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 required reservations. The program will take place at a freshwater pond located off of SR 3. Please call for directions.



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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