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    Volunteer with us!

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

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  • 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.

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Refuges Re-open after Hurricane Irma

The Refuge Visitor Center at the Winn Dixie shopping plaza on Big Pine Key is now open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am-3pm. Trails within the National Key Deer Refuge that were open prior to September 5th such as the Blue Hole and Watson/Mannillo Trails are open to the public. Trails closed prior to September 5th remain closed. Some previously established trails such as the Long Beach Trail sustained significant hurricane damage and are not navigable but the natural, rustic beachfront remains open and accessible for low-impact nature observation on foot. Updates regarding further re-openings, especially the Visitor Center, will be announced through our website, local print and radio press releases and our Facebook page. Residents and visitors are encouraged to exercise caution when accessing open areas of the Refuges, such as fire roads, as new natural hazards may exist (e.g. uneven terrain and vegetation debris). Please observe all posted placards and signs and enjoy your Refuges as we all work on hurricane recovery. Click link below for more information

Hurricane Irma Impacts and Recovery Updates

eBird Tracker

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See what birds are hanging around on the Refuge today.

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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