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The non-profit group helps the refuge put on special events, promotes awareness, and so much more!
Merritt Island Wildlife Association
The Manatee Observation Deck is a handicap accessible opportunity to view manatees in the wild.
Adopt a Trail Program
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is proud to announce this new program to help reduce and control litter. Become a proud participant.
Duck Stamps are pictorial stamps produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They are not valid for postage. Created in 1934 as federal licenses required for hunting migratory waterfowl, Federal Duck Stamps have a much larger purpose today.Duck Stamp Program
About the Complex
The Merritt Island Complex manages St. Johns, Merritt Island and Lake Woodruff NWR's.
Merritt Island is managed as part of the Merritt Island Complex.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
The Summer Junior Ranger Program is for kids ages 6-10. Each program will feature nature-based activities, crafts, and games. At the end of summer, children will be awarded badges and prizes for completing programs.
All children must be accompanied by an adult and registration is required. Junior Ranger Programs
Get outside and enjoy some of the country’s most magical places – America’s national wildlife refuges will offer free admission on these days in 2015.
Have you found a baby bird in your yard? See an injured bird on the road? Racoons in your attic? Find Out What To Do.
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.Visitor Information Center
Merritt Island NWR has one of three strong hold populations of the threatened Florida scrub-jay.
Page Photo Credits FL Scrub-jay - Mitch McConnell, Pine Warbler - Danny Bales, , by NRCA, Butterfly - Andrea Westmoreland, Green anole - Vicki's Nature, River Otter - Chris Paul Photography,
Last Updated: Jun 11, 2015
Nature Watch TourJune 05, 2015 - June 27, 2015
Enjoy a narrated driving tour in the refuge shuttle bus and learn about refuge wildlife. Nature Watch Tour
Junior Ranger ProgramJune 01, 2015 - July 31, 2015
The Jr Ranger Program provides summer activities for kids aged 5 to 13, although people of all ages can participate. Junior Rangers