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    Starting this year, every 4th grader across the country is eligible to receive a free Park pass!

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    Ethical Wildlife Viewing

    Remember while visiting your refuge to view and photograph wildlife in a safe and ethical way.

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Federal Wilderness Areas


Congress designated wilderness areas in the Lower Florida Keys Refuges on January 3, 1975 to be managed under the Wilderness Act of 1964. All of the refuge islands in Key West NWR are part of this system.

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About the Complex

Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex

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The Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex protects over 400,000 acres for wildlife in the Florida Keys. Key West NWR is managed as part of the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex.

Key West is managed as part of the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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.

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Outdoor Fest Update

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The 1st Annual Florida Keys Wildlife Refuges Outdoor Fest was great fun, and a huge success. On behalf of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex, our Friends group FAVOR, and the Outdoor Festival committee we wanted to extend a sincere thank you to our sponsors, partners and volunteers. Due to your heroic efforts and contributions, we were able to, in one week, offer visitors and residents dozens of guided birding, butterfly and nature walks, engaging evening talks, biking and kayak adventures, hands-on kids’ activities, a painting class, a photography contest and open house, the 2nd annual “Run with Deer” 5K race and two family-friendly Wildlife and Outdoor Fairs on Big Pine and in Key Largo. The Outdoor Fest was created to encourage people to get outside in a wildlife-friendly manner while promoting an understanding and appreciation of the four Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges- home to some of the worlds’ most endangered habitats, plants and wildlife. Thanks to everyone for your generous support.

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Sea Turtle Banner:, EKIP Logo: National Park Foundation, Facebook Logo: Facebook, Mangroves: Kristie Killam/USFWS, Heron Sunrise: Mickey Foster, Cartoon pelican: Nancy Chatelaine
Last Updated: Apr 05, 2016
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