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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)

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News

Key West Refuge reopens Nov. 1

The Key West National Wildlife Refuge and Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge are officially open to the public on November 1, 2017 as they were before September 5th. Click the link below for restrictions.

Key West NWR regulations and restrictions

Key West National Wildlife Refuge

Key West refuge

This refuge is comprised of backcountry waters and mangrove islands extending from Key West west to the Marquesas Keys. The entire refuge is designated as a "Federal Wilderness Area" Most areas are open to boating, however, in order to protect sensitive bird nesting, resting and feeding, and sea turtle nesting, there are areas where boat access is restricted or prohibited. Certain vessels, including Personal Watercraft (PWC's)are prohibited throughout this refuge. To download a brochure with details of the refuge and rules/regulations, click the following link.

Map and Regulations for Key West NWR

eBird Trail Tracker

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

eBird Trail Tracker
Wilderness

Federal Wilderness Areas

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Congress designated wilderness areas in the Lower Florida Keys Refuges on January 3, 1975 to be managed under the Wilderness Act of 1964. All of the refuge islands in Key West NWR are part of this system.

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About the Complex

Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex

Key West National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Florida Keys National 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