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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 - March 17, 2018 Survey
Don Morrow, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge volunteer and expert birder, conducted a recent survey. In his notes, he said, " I spent the morning, starting at 6:15 am birding the North levee of Stony Bayou II and the roads between there and the Helispot. It was very dark walking out to Stony Bayou II. Leopard Frogs are calling and birds got very vociferous as he night ebbed. Some highlights of my morning were:" 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:

  • 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

MARCH, 2018

Saturday, March 3— Shutterbugs – Smart phone photography with Karen Willes.  1:00 .m. until 4:00 p.m. in Nature’s Classroom.  Class size is limited and registration is required.  Call (850) 925-6121 to reserve a spot.

Sunday, March 4—First Sunday on the Refuge – Port Leon Cemetery.  2:00 p.m. in the Education Center.  Join Suzi Goodhope and her amazing dog Shiraz who follows her nose to find burial sites.  Presentation will be followed by a wagon tour to search for the lost Port Leon Cemetery.  Registration is required for the tour.  Call (850) 925-6121 for reservations.

Monday, March 5– Birding and Wildlife Observation—9:00 a.m. until noon.  Join Matt and Cyndi Johnstone for a behind the gates wagon tour.  Limit of 25 participants.  Call (850) 925-6121 to register.

Thursday, March 8 – Tots on Trails -- 11:00 a.m. - noon.  Meet at Nature’s Classroom for a walk and short, hands-on outdoor activities for 1 ½ to 4 year olds.  Call (850) 925-6121 for reservations.

Saturday, March 10 – Birding Behind the Gates with Don Morrow.  9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.  Limit of 25 participants.  Registration is required.  Call (850) 925-6121 to reserve a space.

Thursday, March 15—Refuge Pool Open for Boats

Saturday, March 17 – St. Marks Photo Club – Open to all with an interest in nature photography.  9:00 a.m. in Nature’s Classroom.

Sunday, March 18 – Bird and Wildlife Tour—9:00 a.m. until noon.  Join Matt and Cyndi Johnstone for a behind the gates wagon tour.  Limit of 25 participants.  Call (850) 925-6121 to register.









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