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The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and preservation of our natural and cultural resources. Partnerships with the Refuge System bring innovative approaches to solving land management and water disputes in the most environmentally protective manner. Scientifically-informed and technologically-based stewardship of our public lands, waters, wildlife and special places must be collaborative efforts between the Refuge System, other government agencies, and private organizations if conservation efforts are to succeed.

Friends Group
The Friends of the Carr Refuge is a non-profit organization dedicated to provide resources to meet the needs of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge where funding and assistance is not otherwise available. Their Mission is to conserve the world class sea turtle nesting beaches of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge (ACNWR) and the unique natural, cultural, and recreational values of the fragile barrier island ecosystem, the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. 
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Archie Carr Working Group
In 1994, a formal partnership called the Archie Carr Working Group was formed to enhance coordination, cooperation, and communication among diverse interest groups involved in the refuge and the barrier island protection effort. Representing land acquisition and management agencies, conservation groups, nonprofit organizations, educational and research institutions, homeowner associations, and the local community, the Archie Carr Working Group provides a forum to guide and coordinate current and future management needs of the larger Archie Carr Refuge partnership. This unique multiagency public and private partnership that has emerged to support the refuge demonstrates the national significance of this effort as a model for future conservation collaboration.

While the Archie Carr Working Group includes over 27 partnerships, the Service, Brevard County (Parks and Recreation Department and the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program), Indian River County (Parks Division and the Conservation Lands Program), the State of Florida (Florida Park Service and Division of State Lands), and Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute are the individual entities that own and manage conservation lands within the larger Archie Carr NWR partnership.


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Lands acquired primarily for public access and recreation that currently provide visitor services within the refuge include Brevard County (Parks and Recreation Department and the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program), Indian River County Parks and Recreation Department, and the State of Florida (Sebastian Inlet State Park). Other major outreach and education partners include the Sea Turtle Conservancy, the Ocean Conservancy, and the Sea Turtle Preservation Society. Major wildlife research partners include the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, the University of Central Florida and the University of Florida.

Partnership Lands

County and State Parks

County beach parks within the Refuge are open for day use only

From North to South:

Coconut Point Park
Beach access and Facilities

Juan Ponce de Leon Landing
Beach access and Facilities

Judith Resnick Memorial Park
Beach Access

Bonsteel Park
Beach Access and a bathroom

Long Point Park
Camping, Facilities, Boat launch, Fishing, Trails

Sebastian Inlet State Park
Beach Access, Facilities, Museums, Camping, Boat launch, Fishing, Programs, Concessions and Hiking; Hammock Trail at Sebastian Inlet State Park - 1-mile

Ambersands Beach Access
Beach Access

Treasure Shores Park
Beach Access and Facilities

Golden Sands Park
Beach Access and Facilities

Brevard Environmentally Endangered Lands Program Sanctuaries

Coconut Point Sanctuary
Hiking; Coconut Point Trail - ¾-mile

Maritime Hammock Sanctuary
Hiking; Maritime Hammock Sanctuary Trail - 2-mile

Barrier Island Sanctuary
Visitor Center and Hiking; Barrier Island Sanctuary Trail - ¾-mile with lagoon kayak launch