Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


  • Calendar of Events

    Check out the upcoming events at your refuge. Call the refuge at (850)925-6121 for more information.

    Events Calendar

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    e-Bird Tracker

    See what birds are being spotted here at the refuge with our e-Bird Tracker before you visit!


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    Eagle's Eye

    The official newsletter of the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.

    Eagle's Eye

  • Friends

    Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge

    We are a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization dedicated to helping the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in all aspects of its mission.



Wildlife Art Contest

January 11, 2019 2017 Art Contest Entry

St. Marks is holding it's Youth Wildlife Art Contest. All entries must be received by 4 pm Jan 11, 2019. All artwork will be displayed in Nature’s Classroom during the Wildlife Heritage & Outdoors Festival on Feb. 2, 2019. For more information email

Art Contest Rules and Entrty Form

Second Sunday at the Refuge

January 13, 2019

Presentation on the second Sunday of each month at 2 pm in the Barred Owl Room. January's program: "The Birds of St. Marks NWR: An overview of Birds and the Birding Year", Don Morrow.

Second Sunday Program Information

Tots on Trails


New this Fall - Two levels of the popular Tots on Trails (ToTs). Level 1 on second Wednesday is for children 18 to 35 months old; Level 2 on second Thursday is for children 3 to 4 years old. Registration is required. Call 850-925-6121.

Hunt Regulations


The St. Marks NWR holds several hunts on portions of the refuge. To learn more about hunting opportunities, seasons and regulations on the St. Marks NWR, contact David Moody at (850)925-6121 or

Hunt Regulations
Monarch-Milkweed Initiative

Monarch-Milkweed Initiative


A conservation effort dedicated to restoring the Monarch Butterfly population through milkweed proliferation and distribution to the Big Bend community.

Monarch-Milkweed Initiative

About the Complex

North Florida Refuges Complex

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the North Florida Refuges Complex.

Read more 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