Welcome to Merritt Island National Wildlife Association - Visitors are always welcome!

The Merritt Island Wildlife Association (MIWA) is a Florida 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation that has been helping to support the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge since 1994. Our mission is to promote conservation, awareness, appreciation, and use of the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (MINWR) and to support Refuge programs.

Through the ongoing efforts of MIWA, our volunteers and members, we have been able to provide much needed annual funding for programs that include environmental education, community outreach, internships and volunteers. We help fund refuge projects and events, such as construction of the Sendler Education Outpost Pavilion, Black Point Wildlife Drive observation deck and restroom facilities. We are currently fundraising for the new exhibits that will be the centerpiece of the new MINWR Community Conservation and Education Center.

We invite you to participate in our ongoing mission and hope that you will join the many who are dedicate to the preservation and appreciation of the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge.

Thank you for you support and we will see you on the Refuge!

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Visitor's Center & Boardwalk

The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center has been part of the refuge since 1985. The Visitor Information Center is highly recommended for first time visitors.
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Oak & Palm Hammock Trails

The Oak and Palm Hammock trails are located 1.2 miles east of the Visitor Center. The trails are populated with live oaks, cabbage palm, laurel oak, pignut hickory, red maple and American elm.
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Scrub Ridge Trail

Scrub Ridge trail is a 1 mile (1.6 km) loop through some of the most unique habitat in Florida. The trail is an easy stroll that takes up to 40 minutes.
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Black Point Wildlife Drive

Black Point Wildlife Drive is a premier wildlife observation area built on an existing system of dyke roads, originally created as mosquito control impoundments. The drive is a maintained 7 mile one-way road designed to provide visitors with at safe and enjoyable wildlife viewing experience.
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Pine Flatwoods Trail

The Pine Flatwoods trail is a 1 mile (1.6 km) loop that generally takes 30 – 40 minutes. The trail follows established fire break roads. The pine flatwoods ecosystem is dominated by fire tolerant plants such as slash pine, several species of scrub oaks, saw palmetto gall berry and wire grass.
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Manatee Observation Deck

The refuge Manatee Observation Deck is located on SR 3 at Haulover Canal. Manatees frequent this spot year round and can be seen most reliably during the spring and fall. The Bairs Cove boat launch also offers another viewing option.