National Key Deer Refuge Offering Free Guided Nature Excursions

The Florida Keys Wildlife Society, a friends group for the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex and the National Key Deer Refuge, kicks off this season’s full moon kayak excursions Monday, Jan. 29, departing at 4 p.m. from Big Pine Kayak Adventures on Bogey Road. The two-hour paddle traverses through the National Key Deer Refuge. “Kayaking in the refuge is a fantastic way to experience nature,” Florida Keys Wildlife Society board member Nancy Chatelaine said.

Florida Keys Wildlife Society - National Key Deer RefugeThe society, formerly known as FAVOR or Friends and Volunteers of Refuges, is a nonprofit whose mission is to support the federal wildlife refuges of the Florida Keys through education, advocacy, volunteerism and fundraising.

The monthly kayak excursions, which are led by an experienced guide, include the use of a kayak and gear. A $25 donation to the Florida Keys Wildlife Society is requested.

Dates and times of future excursions are:

  • 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27;
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29;
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 27;
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 27;
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 26.

Call or text 305-872-7474 to reserve a spot and arrive a half hour before launch time. To learn more about the Florida Keys Wildlife Society, visit favorfloridakeys.org or call Chatelaine at 305-731-6362.

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FAVOR – Friends And Volunteers Of Refuges – Florida Keys is now the Florida Keys Wildlife Societya non profit organization whose mission is to support the National Wildlife Refuges of the Florida Keys through education, non adversarial advocacy, volunteerism and fundraising.  Since we are almost all volunteer, when you donate, you can rest assured that your contributions will go directly to the programs and projects that help the refuges.

Visitors and residents alike can be part of helping the Refuges by volunteering, participating in one of our fun events, donating, or becoming a member! If you’d like to donate fund to help the Refuges recover from the impacts of Hurricane Irma, you can use the handy button on the right, or you can simply mail a check in any amount to 

FAVOR Florida Keys, PO Box 431840, Big Pine Key, FL 33043. Your donations are tax deductible

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