FAVOR - Friends And Volunteers Of Refuges - Florida Keys is a non profit organization whose mission is to support the National Wildlife Refuges of the Florida Keys through education, non adversarial advocacy, volunteerism and fundraising.
If you are visiting the Keys or if you live here, you will soon find that the refuges are a big part of life in this special place. Four National Wildlife Refuges protect the land, water, and species throughout the Keys; Crocodile Lake NWR at the north end of the Keys is home to many protected species including the American Crocodile; Great White Heron NWR encompasses much of the backcountry in the Lower Keys; Key West NWR at the southernmost end of the island chain including the Marquesa Keys; National Key Deer Refuge, centered on Big Pine Key, is home to the Refuges' Visitor Center, the Key Deer Bookstore, and the adorable, endangered Key deer.
Visitors and residents alike can be part of FAVOR and help the Refuges by volunteering, participating in one of our fun events, or becoming a member!
FAVOR's volunteers help maintain trails and habitats, participate in regular environmental trash clean ups on beaches and wild areas, and help visitors understand the unique environment and the species that are being protected by the Refuges throughout the Keys.
*New*New*NEW* This year we are introducing our first OUTDOOR FEST! March 17th - 20th, 2016 Join us for four action packed days of outdoor adventures and hands-on activities co-sponsored by FAVOR and the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges. Enjoy guided birding and nature walks, a historical bike ride, art and photography workshops, kids programs, a behind the scenes kayak excursion into the Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge, and so much more! Saturday, March 19th features the 2nd Annual Run With Deer 5K on Big Pine Key.