About the Complex


There are no other Everglades in the world. They are, they have always been, one of the unique regions of the earth; remote, never wholly known. Nothing anywhere else is like them. - Marjory Stoneman Douglas

From the Greater Everglades landscape to ancient sand islands, from golden beaches to the nation’s first Federal lands set aside for birds, the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge Complex offers a glimpse into the conservation roots of the United States and of our conservation future.

The Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge Complex. A National Wildlife Refuge Complex is an administrative grouping of two or more refuges, wildlife management areas or other refuge conservation areas that are primarily managed from a central office location. Some Refuges are grouped into a refuge complex structure where they occur in a similar ecological region, such as a watershed or ecosystem, and have related purposes and management goals. Typically, a project leader oversees the general management of all refuges within the complex and refuge managers are responsible for operations at specific refuges. Supporting staff composed of administrative, law enforcement, biological, fire, visitor services, and maintenance professionals, typically are centrally located and support all refuges within the complex.

The Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge Complex is located in south central Florida and on the Treasure Coast, and includes the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Archie Carr NWR, Lake Wales Ridge NWR and Everglades Headwaters NWR and Conservation Area. We welcome you to explore the various pages of our refuges. You will see the importance of the natural world to the quality of human life; the value of, and need for, fish and wildlife management; and the human role in preserving and enhancing wildlife habitat.

The Refuge Complex headquarters is located at 4055 Wildlife Way, Vero Beach, FL 32963. The entire complex is approximately 8,000 acres.