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 local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information.
  • Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, people 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.


Features

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    Volunteer with us!

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

    Get Involved

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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 (Oct-Jun)

    Visit our Photo Club Facebook page

NEWS

Current Conditions

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Due to the CoronaVirus Health Emergency, the National Key Deer NWR Nature Center located at 30587 Overseas Hwy is CLOSED until further Notice. The public use areas, like Blue Hole, the Nature Trails and rustic trails/fire roads remain open as usual from dawn to dusk.

NATURE CENTER CLOSURE DUE TO (COVID19) Information Page

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

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See what birds are hanging around on the Refuge today.

eBird Tracker
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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. 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