Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you Recreate Responsibly.

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information.
  • Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Features

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    Calling All 4th graders!

    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.

    Ethical Wildlife Viewing

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    Do you love taking photographs?

    Join our refuge photography club. We meet 2nd Wednesday of the month, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm (Nov-Jun)

    Visit our Photo Club Facebook page

NEWS

Current Conditions

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Due to the CoronaVirus Health Emergency the Great White Heron NWR Visitor Center is CLOSED until further Notice.

VISITOR CENTER CLOSURE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID19)

Great White Heron NWR Regulations

Key West and Great White Heron regulations

Backcountry Info-The Key West National Wildlife Refuge and Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge regulations are available at the following link. Please also feel free to contact us via email at keydeer@fws.gov

Click here for restrictions

Florida Keys Wildlife Society

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Florida Keys Wildlife Society (FKWS), is the official Friends group for the Florida Keys NWR's including Great White Heron NWR. FKWS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports nature conservation, wildlife protection, education and outreach, and volunteerism at the refuge. By supporting our Friends group either through membership, volunteerism, or donations, you help the Key deer, birds, butterflies and other wildlife and help the four Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges accomplish their mission.

Florida Keys Wildlife Society

eBird Trail Tracker

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Find out what birds are being seen at the refuge, including the most recent sightings.

eBird Tracker
Wildlife

Great White Heron

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The largest heron species, the majestic great white heron is unique to south Florida and the Florida Keys.

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About the Complex

Florida Keys Wildlife Refuges Complex

Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Florida Keys Wildlife Refuges Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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.

Learn more about the NWRS