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 alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors 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.


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    Volunteer with us!

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

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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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    Do you love taking photographs?

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

    Visit our Photo Club Facebook page


Current Conditions

Nature Center Porch

The National Key Deer Refuge Nature Center located at 30587 Overseas Hwy is open with porch only access until further notice. Hours are Wed.-Fri. 10 am-3 pm. The public use areas, like Blue Hole, the Nature Trails and rustic trails/fire roads remain open as usual from dawn to dusk seven days a week.

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 National Key Deer Refuge. 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 or donations, you help the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges accomplish their mission.

Learn more about our Friends group

eBird Tracker


See what birds are hanging around on the Refuge today.

eBird Tracker

Key Deer Information

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The endangered Key deer are found in the lower Florida Keys, and nowhere else. 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


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