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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.)


Birds to Look For at the Refuge - Saturday, August 31,
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.

nature store interior with field guides

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
September 8
Second Sunday, 2:00 pm. The Fabulous Plants of St. Marks National
Wildlife Refuge, Scott Davis, Ranger, SMNWR. Call 850-925-6121


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.
  • To view the full calendar of events, click here.

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