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Refuge Website

Friends of St. Marks
Wildlife Refuge
PO Box 368
St. Marks, FL 32355

Phone: (850) 925-6121

Email for more information

Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge

The St. Marks Refuge Association (which was formed in 1987) supports the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in all aspects of its mission. In 2014, the association registered to 'do business as' Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. The Friends group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

The Refuge comprises over 70,000 acres of wildlife habitat along 45 miles of Florida gulf coastline. To get to the Refuge, turn south on Lighthouse Road off of U.S. Hwy 98. If you are visiting the capitol city, the Refuge is approximately 35 miles south of Tallahassee.

Visit this site often to learn about announcements, upcoming events, news, membership, educational efforts, volunteering, support and more. (Note: if you have come to the "Friends" site when you intended to visit the "Refuge" web site, you can go there now.)

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Birds to Look For at the Refuge - Tuesday, February 19,
2019 Survey

Don Morrow, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge volunteer and expert birder. Here are some of the highlights of his day. Read Don's complete survey.

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Nature Store
Visit the Friends' Nature Store, and you will see why the store is one of our great success stories. In addition to T-shirts, gift cards, jewelry, and burnished water bottles, you can find a very complete array of field and nature guides (left). Visit the Nature Store, and see other great gift ideas. (All profits benefit various Refuge programs!)

Special Notes:

  • The Keepers Quarters at the lighthouse station is now OPEN to the public on a limited weekend schedule. The lighthouse tower is not open for climbing. Please call Refuge staff at 850-925-6121 to get details and dates. .
  • Also, drones are not permitted to be launched on national wildlife refuges.  Please inform law enforcement if you see drones being used on your visit here. Thank you for your help.

Upcoming Events



1 - Historic St. Marks lighthouse - keeper's quarters open for tours 10 am - 4 pm. $2/admission. Antique toy exhibit and more!

2 - Historic St. Marks lighthouse - open again from 10 am - 4 pm.

2 - Bird and Nature Tours with Don Morrow. 9 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Meet in the Visitors Center parking lot. Call (850)925-6121 to reserve a spot. Limit 25.

10 - Second Sunday at the Refuge - 2 p.m.  The Search for Spring Creek, Jeff Shanks, SEAC. Over a century ago antiquarian Clarence B. Moore excavated the Spring Creek burial mound on what is now part of the St. Marks Refuge. NPS archaeologist Jeffrey Shanks and his colleagues have been searching for the village site that should accompany the mound based on their prior research.

13 - Tots on Trails for ages 18 to 36 months, 11 a.m. to Noon. Registration required, call (850)925-6121.

14 - Tots on Trails - for youths age 3 - 4 years. Ranger - led program for 45 minutes, beginning at 11 am. Please call for a reservation. (850)925-6121. Must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

17 - Bird and Nature Tour with Matt and Cyndi Johnstone. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet in the Visitors Center parking lot. Call (850)925-6121 to reserve a spot. Limit 25.

Events Special Notes:

  • For all Refuge-related events, it's always a good idea to call the Refuge main office at
    850-925-6121 to confirm times and dates.
  • For information about upcoming Monarch-Milkweed workdays and other activities, the most accurate scheduling can be found at
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