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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.)

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Birds to Look For at the Refuge - April 4 Survey
Don Morrow, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge volunteer and expert birder, conducted a recent survey. In his notes, he said, "There are several thousand shorebirds at the Refuge right now, mostly on the flats and in the shallow areas of Stony Bayou II and Mounds Pool III. Lots of Dowitchers and Dunlins; all the peeps and both Eastern and Western Willets. I saw about twenty Black-necked Stilts scattered on several ponds." 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, we are now featuring two different Trailfinder binoculars (left). Choose from 8x24 or 8x25 power lenses. Visit the Nature Store, and see other great gift ideas. (All profits benefit various Refuge programs!)

Special Notes:

  • Construction is taking place at the lighthouse over the next several months. Until further notice, it will not be open on the usual "First Saturday" of each month.
  • 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


Thursday, April 27 – Tots on Trails--11:00 a.m. - noon.  Meet Ranger Heather Bevis at Nature’s Classroom for a walk and short hands-on outdoor activities for 1 ½ to 4 year olds.  Bring a water bottle.  Possibly wet and muddy! Call (850) 925-6121 for reservations.


May 4
Baby and Me
May 6
St. Marks Shutterbugs Class – 1 pm – 4 pm – for 8-13 year olds and guardians. Photography tips for iphone/tablet/ ipad users. Free. Call 850-925-6121 for a reservation.
May 7
First Sunday at the Refuge
. Program to be announced
May 11
Tots on Trails

May 15
Gates to lakes on Panacea Unit close.
May 20
St. Marks Photo Club annual picnic. Call refuge for time and location (850) 925-6121
May 29
Memorial Day – Visitor Center Open for holiday


June 1
Baby and Me
; and
Hunt application period open on entry hunts
June 4
First Sunday at the Refuge
. Program to be announced
June 8
Tots on Trails

June 17
St. Marks Photo Club


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Copyright: St. Marks Refuge Association, 2013