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The non-profit group helps the refuge put on special events, promotes awareness, and so much more!
Merritt Island Wildlife Association
The Manatee Observation Deck is a handicap accessible opportunity to view manatees in the wild.
Adopt a Trail Program
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is proud to announce this new program to help reduce and control litter. Become a proud participant.
Duck Stamps are pictorial stamps produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. They are not valid for postage. Created in 1934 as federal licenses required for hunting migratory waterfowl, Federal Duck Stamps have a much larger purpose today.Duck Stamp Program
About the Complex
The Merritt Island Complex manages St. Johns, Merritt Island and Lake Woodruff NWR's.
Merritt Island is managed as part of the Merritt Island Complex.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
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
The Summer Junior Ranger Program is for kids ages 6-10. Each program will feature nature-based activities, crafts, and games. At the end of summer, children will be awarded badges and prizes for completing programs.
All children must be accompanied by an adult and registration is required. Junior Ranger Programs
Get outside and enjoy some of the country’s most magical places – America’s national wildlife refuges will offer free admission on these days in 2016.
Have you found a baby bird in your yard? See an injured bird on the road? Racoons in your attic? Find Out What To Do.
The Refuge's first annual Big Game Archery Hunt was October 16-18, 2015. Thirty quota-hunt permits were available for the hunt. Over 900 applicants applied for the available permits. A total of 11 white-tailed deer (5 buck; 6 antlerless) and 4 hogs were harvested during the hunt.
Merritt Island NWR has one of three strong hold populations of the threatened Florida scrub-jay.
Page Photo Credits FL Scrub-jay - Mitch McConnell, Pine Warbler - Danny Bales, , by NRCA, Butterfly - Andrea Westmoreland, Green anole - Vicki's Nature, River Otter - Chris Paul Photography,
Last Updated: Jun 28, 2016
Monthly Butterfly SurveyJune 04, 2016 - July 02, 2016
Volunteers Needed - No experience necessary.
Participate in a butterfly survey and learn to identify butterflies.
View the schedule
Nature Watch TourJune 03, 2016 - August 06, 2016
Enjoy a narrated driving tour in the refuge shuttle bus and learn about refuge wildlife. Nature Watch Tour