Friends of the Crystal River

National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Inc.

Join us on October 8th 2022 as we combine forces with supporters across the country to get moving! Walk a distance of 5K in nature to help raise funds that support the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.

Meet at 7:30am at the Crystal River Refuge HQ (1502 SE Kings Bay Drive, Crystal River, FL).

Join us on November 12th 2022 as we tour around Kings Bay with Audubon experts. Boat departs at 8am from Kings Bay Park (268 NW 3rd Street, Crystal River, FL). Please include your preferred contact method for parking info.

Friends Members: $25
Non members: $40 (includes 1 year membership!)
17 & Under: $10

Welcome to the Friends of Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Inc.

The Friends is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, organized in 1998 to support the mission of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge located in Crystal River Florida. Donations are tax deductible. Consult your tax advisor for further guidance.

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Crystal River, Florida is the wintering home to the threatened West Indian Manatee. When the temperature in the gulf drops below 70 degrees, manatees travel to the warmer waters of the sanctuaries of Kings Bay and Three Sisters Springs. All of Kings Bay has been designated a year-round permanent manatee refuge by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. For more information on manatees visit www.fws.gov/crystalriver.

Our Vision

The Friends will be a dynamic organization of engaged members capable of supporting the needs of the CRNWRC by

  • Advocating to Protect Manatees and Other Wildlife in their natural environment
  • Provide Memorable Experiences
  • Enhance awareness of and connection to Nature
  • Engage the public through:

–      Experiences in the uplands, waters, and marshes of the refuge

–      Environmental Education for children and adults

–      Enriching nature activities within the refuges

  • Rewarding Volunteer opportunities

Our Mission

  • Conserving, protecting and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats for the
    continuing benefit of the American people;
  • Supporting the stewardship of the National Wildlife Refuge System;
  • Promoting a better awareness, appreciation, conservation and responsible
    utilization of the Refuge Complex;
  • Preserving the natural and historical resources of the Refuges; fostering their use
    and enjoyment by the public consistent with the protection and preservation of
    the environment, and engage in such educational, scientific and civic activities to
    assist the Refuges.

The Friends is a Charitable Trust registered with the State of Florida. Information can be obtained by contacting Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gift Giver’s Guide.