Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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    Volunteer with us!

    Volunteers needed! Volunteer opportunities are now available at the Refuge.

    Get Involved

  • Nature Center Hours

    The Refuge Nature Center at 30587 Overseas Hwy on Big Pine Key is now open Tuesday-Saturday from 10AM - 3PM.

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    Calling all 4th Graders!

    Starting this year, every 4th grader across the country is eligible to receive a free Park pass!

    Learn More!

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    Want to stay up to date on the happenings at the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges? Visit us at our Facebook Page

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    Do you love taking photographs?

    Join our refuge photography club. We meet 2nd Wednesday of the month, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm (Oct-Jun)

    Visit our Photo Club Facebook page


Current Conditions

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Due to the CoronaVirus Health Emergency, the National Key Deer NWR Nature Center located at 30587 Overseas Hwy is CLOSED until further Notice. The public use areas, like Blue Hole, the Nature Trails and rustic trails/fire roads remain open as usual from dawn to dusk.


Nature Center Opens!

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The new Nature Center for the Florida Keys NWRs, including National Key Deer Refuge has moved to 30587 Overseas Highway. Hours are 10 am-3 pm Monday - Saturday. Visit us for information on Key deer, places to get outside and explore, experience the new exhibits, get info on all the wildlife and habitats in the Florida Keys refuges and for information on volunteering and more!

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See what birds are hanging around on the Refuge today.

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Key Deer Information

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The endangered Key deer are found in the lower Florida Keys, and nowhere else. Check out our new Key deer webpage for more info!

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About the Complex

About the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex

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The Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex protects over 400,000 acres for wildlife in the Florida Keys. National Key Deer Refuge is managed as part of the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex.

About the Complex

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS