Have you heard about the Outdoor Fest?
Don’t miss out; most of the events are free, but space is limited so pre-registration is required.
What is the Outdoor Fest?
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex and their Friends group FAVOR (Friends And Volunteers Of Refuges) are hosting the second annual Outdoor Fest—Eight action-packed days filled with family-friendly, mostly free outdoor adventures and hands-on activities—set for March 11-18, 2017. The Outdoor Fest features expert guided birding, butterfly, reptile and other nature walks, photography workshops and contest, kids programs, engaging evening presentations, kayak excursions, history of Key Largo’s nike missile site, the 3nd Annual Run With Deer 5K and much, much more!
The Outdoor Fest was created to encourage people to get outside in a wildlife-friendly manner while promoting an understanding and appreciation of the refuges—home to some of the world’s most endangered habitats, plants, and wildlife species. Eco-tourists, nature-lovers, birding enthusiasts, nature photographers, artists, runners, and outdoor adventure-inclined families will find much to explore in the week-long outdoor extravaganza
Looking for specific events? CLICK HERE to download the 2017 Outdoor Fest Event Schedule
Where is it held? Event locations span from Key Largo to Key West in the four Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs) – Crocodile Lake, Key Deer, Great White Heron, and Key West NWR’s. Crocodile Lake NWR, located on CR 905 in Key Largo kicks off the Fest with a morning bird walk and Wildlife Fair on Saturday, March 11th featuring outreach booths and educational activities, face painting, local artists and beautiful music. Events at Crocodile Lake NWR run from Saturday March 11-Tuesday March 14th. On Wednesday March 15-Saturday March 18, events transition to the Lower Florida Keys, with all sorts of amazing activities based out of National Key Deer Refuge but extending into both Key West and Great White Heron NWR’s with boating and kayaking excursions. Saturday March 18th is action-packed with the third annual Run With Deer 5K Run/Walk and Wildlife Fair at the Big Pine Key Community Park located on Sands Road on Big Pine Key; outreach and education booths, local artists, music, live animals and kids-activities make this a great family-friendly event.
Registration: Most of the events are free, but you do need to register for field trips.
Register online by visiting the Outdoor Fest Registration page (this link takes you to our Eventbrite online registration) or by stopping in the National Key Deer Refuge visitor center and registering in person.
For more information call Kristie Killam at 305.304.9625 or email Nancy or Jan at email@example.com. Reserve your spot and register for one of their many events now.
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