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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
roseate spoonbill

Birds to Look For at the Refuge - September 19, 2018 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 lighthouse remains closed to the public due to ongoing renovations.  We are hoping that the lighthouse will reopen on a periodic basis beginning during the fall months this year. A specific public opening will be announced soon.
  • 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 29 - Lighthouse Grand Reveal
Please join us as we celebrate the grand opening of the lighthouse for public viewing. Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm. Go to the Refuge events page for more details

October 27, MONARCH FESTIVAL, Saturday 10 am - 4 pm.

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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