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NASA / Merritt Island NWR

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1963 as an overlay of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center. Consisting of 140,000 acres, the Refuge provides a wide variety of habitats: coastal dunes, saltwater estuaries and marshes, freshwater impoundments, scrub, pine flatwoods, and hardwood hammocks, all of which provide habitat for more than 1,500 species of plants and animals.

Many recreational opportunities are offered at the Refuge. Bird and wildlife observation, a wildlife drive, manatee observation deck, fishing and hunting opportunities, and boating and paddling are examples of available activities.
The Visitor Information Center located 4 miles east of Titusville, Florida, is a great place to start your visit.

The Staff at Merritt Island NWR also manages Lake Woodruff NWR, Pelican Island NWR, Archie Carr NWR, St. Johns NWR and Lake Wales Ridge NWR.


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