Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at https://www.doi.gov/shutdown

Features

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    Volunteer with us!

    Volunteers needed! Volunteer opportunities are now available at the Refuge.

    Get Involved

  • Visitor Center Hours

    The Refuge Visitor Center at the Winn Dixie shopping plaza on Big Pine Key is now open Tuesday-Saturday from 10AM - 3PM.

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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!

    Learn More!

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    Visit Us

    Want to stay up to date on the happenings at the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges? Visit us at our Facebook Page

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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

Refuge Updates

Volunteer at the National Key Deer Refuge

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Become a volunteer at the refuge today to help conserve and protect our nations wildlife and teach thousands of visitors that their actions can make a difference. We have opportunities at the Visitor Center; Blue Hole; leading birding and nature walks, bike rides and kayak tours; assisting biological researchers on Key deer, wading birds, habitat monitoring and butterfly research, RV workcamping and more. Click the link below for more details.

Get Involved

eBird Tracker

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See what birds are hanging around on the Refuge today.

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Wildlife

Key Deer Information

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The endangered Key deer are found in the lower Florida Keys, and nowhere else in the world. Check out our new Key deer webpage for more info!

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About the Complex

About the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex

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The Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex protects over 400,000 acres for wildlife in the Florida Keys. National Key Deer Refuge is managed as part of the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex.

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