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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.)

 
     
Announcements
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We Need Your Help to . . .
Bring the Past to Light

Would you like to see the St. Marks Lighthouse illuminate the night sky as it did for 173 years? This is certainly what we’ve been working toward. Help us in our continued journey to Bring the Past to Light.
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Birds to Look For at the Refuge - Wednesday, April 6,
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

 

APRIL, 2019

5 - Night Prowl with Scott Davis. Meet at the Visitor’s Center Parking lot at 7 p.m. some walking involved. Dress for the weather; bug spray, and a Headlamp with a red light are recommended. Call 850-925-6121 to reserve a place.
5 & 6 - St. Marks Lighthouse tours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Civil War and CCC exhibits, $2 entrance fee.
14 - Bird and Nature Tour with Matt and Cyndi Johnstone. 9 a.m. to Noon p.m. Meet in the Visitors Center parking lot. Registration required, call 850-925-6121. Limit 25.
14 - Second Sunday at the Refuge, Wakulla—Mysterious Waters, Dr. Jim Dunbar, Aucilla Research Institute. For more than 58,944 years, Wakulla Springs has attracted people to its mysterious waters. Archaeological testing began in 2015. The presentation provides an update about the discoveries and the scientific protocols that have been used.
27 - Extremely Early Birding tour with Don Morrow from 6:15 to 9:15 a.m. Meet outside the Visitors Center. Limit 9; call 850-925-6121 to reserve a seat.

MAY, 2019

3&4 - St. Marks Lighthouse tours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Civil War and CCC exhibits, $2 entrance fee.
4 - Family Fishing Day! 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. come catch some catfish with us. Follow signs along Lighthouse road to the parking area. A tram is available to take you to the site.
12 - Second Sunday at the Refuge—Ice Cream Social It’s Mothers Day. Bring your mom, meet the Friends of St. Marks Refuge, and enjoy ice cream with all the fixins. 2 to 4 p.m. in the Education building. Call 850-925-6121 to signup.
27 - Memorial Day—Refuge OPEN

JUNE, 2019

1 - Extremely Early Birding tour with Don Morrow from 6:15 to 9:15 a.m. Meet outside the Visitors Center. Limit 9; call 850-925-6121 to reserve a seat.
7 & 8 - St. Marks Lighthouse tours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., $2 entrance fee.

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 monarchmilkweedinitiative@gmail.com.
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