Florida Keys NWR's Outdoor Fest

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Registration Open!

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 10-17, 2018.  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 4nd 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

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 guided walks and a Wildlife Fair on Saturday, March 10th featuring outreach booths and educational activities, face painting, local artists, photo contest and beautiful music.  Events at Crocodile Lake NWR, including historical and kayak adventures run from Saturday March 10- Monday, March 12.  On Wednesday March 14-Saturday March 17, events transition to the Lower Florida Keys, with all sorts of amazing activities based out of National Key Deer Refuge. Saturday March 17th is action-packed with the fourth annual Run With Deer 5K Run/Walk and Wildlife Fair at the new refuge Nature Center at 30587 Overseas Highway 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).

For more information call Kristie Killam at 305.304.9625 or email Nancy or Jan at  flkeysoutdoorfest@gmail.com. Reserve your spot and register for one of their many events now.