Refuge roads, trails and boat ramps are open from sunrise to sunset daily. Bairs Cove boat ramp is the only boat ramp open for night launching. The Visitor Information Center is open 8 am to 4 pm daily November 1 through March 31. April 1 through October 31 the Visitor Center is open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm. It is closed most federal holidays.
Haulover Canal Bridge is OPEN
Free Public Events
For reservation and more information,
call our visitor center at 321-861-0669.
Black Point Wildlife Drive Bus Tour — Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 9 am
Join a knowledgeable refuge volunteer for a guided two hour in the Refuge Shuttle bus for an opportunity to identify the varieties of birds found on the refuge such as the Reddish Egret, Florida Scrub jay, Great Blue herons and many more! Meet at the refuge visitor information center front desk. Space is limited so please call (321) 861-0669 for reservations. Fee of $5 per person, $2.50 with senior or access pass.
Guided Boardwalk Hike — Tuesdays & Thursdays at 12:00pm
Join us for a guided tour of the 1/4 mile boardwalk hike around the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center to learn about the local flora, fauna and history of the area.
The Boardwalk Hike wil not be held on Tuesday, April 3rd or Thursday, April 5th.
Alligator Program — Thursdays at 12:00pm
Learn about the natural history of this intriguing reptile and handle gator bio-facts. Held in the auditorium of the visitor center.
Hook Kids on Fishing — Saturday, April 14th from 9:00am - 11:00am
These conservation-minded Hook Kids On Fishing programs teach casting, fishing safety, knot tying, the tackle box, catch and release tactics, fishing habitat and conservation; and are taughtby professional guides and knowledgeable anglers. Parents and kids bring your smiles, positive atitudes and patience along with you! The Hook Kids on Fishing program will take place at: Coquina Pit, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome along with their parents. The first 80 kids registered may receive a free rod and reel.
Registration is required by contacting email@example.com or caling 321-861-0668.
Butterfly Survey, Volunteers Needed — Saturday, April 7th at 11:00 am
View a photo presentation to learn how to identify butterflies. Then, participate in a butterfly survey to collect data for the North American Butterfly Count and Florida Butterfly Monitoring Network. Bring water, snacks, insect repellent and wear closed shoes and long pants. Meet in the auditorium in the visitor center.
Fire Program — Saturdays, April 21st and 28th at 1:00pm
Join a Ranger to leant about fire ecology on Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and its vital role in maintaining habitat for local flora and fauna.
Eagle Talk — Wednesdays, April 11th and 25th at 12:30pm
Enjoy a photo presentation about the American Bald Eagle, and learn the life history of our National Bird. Held in the auditorium of the visitor center.
Scrub Ridge Trail Hike — Saturday, April 21st at 11:00am
Join a ranger for a 45-minute 1-mile loop hike of the Scrub Ridge Trail to learn all about the one of the most charismatic species on the refuge, the Florida Scrub Jay, and the natural history of its home here at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Bring water, solid shoes, bug spray, and anything else you might need for a comfortable, casual walk.
Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga — Saturday, April 21st
The Little Yoga Hut is hosting Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga on the Indian River Lagoon. This class welcomes all levels of experience! There are three times available and each class has a max of 5 people. Classes take place at the Sendler Education Pavilion on the Indian River Lagoon.
Class Times- 7:00am, 8:15am, 9:30am
Please call the refuge visitor center at (321) 861-0669 to register!
About The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit╩www.fws.gov.
Connect with us on social media at www.facebook.com/usfwssoutheast, www.twitter.com/usfwssoutheast, http://www.youtube.com/usfws, and http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwssoutheast.
Canaveral National Seashore/Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Fee Increase
Beginning January 1, 2017 vehicle entrance fees will increase for both seashore and refuge from $5 per vehicle to $10 per vehicle. The Canaveral/Merritt Island Annual Pass will increase from $35 to $40 per calendar year. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (only) Annual Pass will increase from $15 to $25. Visitors with a Refuge only pass or a Federal Duck Hunting Pass may upgrade to include the seashore for $15.
Learn how you can help protect and preserve your natural resources. Start here at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/merritt_island. Consider volunteering or joining The Merritt Island Wildlife Association, http://www.merrittislandwildlifeassociation.org
Adopt a Trail...Shore...Spot...Road Program
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is proud to announce a new program to help reduce and control litter. Individuals, families, civic groups, clubs, school groups and businesses are invited to participate. The program is patterned after the National Adopt a Road program. Areas open for adoption include interior roads, shorelines, trails and spots such as boat launches and Refuge entrances. Participating members of the program will commit to three litter clean ups per year in their adopted area. Adopting organizations will get a recognition sign posted at their site. Please join us in keeping your refuge clean. Please call Mary Bibler, Pathways Intern at 321-861-0668 for more information.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov/southeast. Connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usfwssoutheast, follow our tweets at www.twitter.com/usfwssoutheast, watch our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/usfws, and download photos from our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwssoutheast.
Please call Mary Bibler, Pathways Intern at 321-861-0668 for more information.
The Visitor Center is located on SR 402, 5 miles east of U.S. 1 in Titusville.
Planning A School Field Trip
Check our PRESS RELEASES for some program details
For more information, please contact us at:
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
Mary Bibler, Pathways Intern
P.O. Box 2683
Titusville, Florida 32781
U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
On March 14, 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt signed an Executive Order creating Pelican Island as the country's first national wildlife refuge. Roosevelt went on to establish an additional 54 national wildlife refuges during his two terms and set historic conservation values for America. These values have grown into a system, which today, consists of 562 National Wildlife Refuges on more than 150 million acres of America's most important wildlife habitat. As part of its mission, the Service manages 562 national wildlife refuges and other units of the Refuge System covering 150 million acres. These areas comprise the National Wildlife Refuge System, the world's largest collection of lands and waters set aside specifically for fish and wildlife.
The majority of these lands, 77 million acres are in Alaska, while 54 million acres are part of three marine national monuments in the Pacific Ocean. The remaining acres are spread across the other 49 states and several United States territories. In addition to refuges, the Service manages thousands of small wetlands, 38 wetland management districts, 70 national fish hatcheries, 65 fishery resource offices, and 81 ecological services field stations.
The Service enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
About The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.
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