Who are Friends of the Carr Refuge?  

Friends of the Carr Refuge are advocates, educators and passionate stewards for the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. Members, donors and volunteers all help propel our mission for conservation, especially for the sea turtles that nest on the refuge's shores. 

Our Mission: 

To promote the conservation of marine turtles and natural resources of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge and engage in such educational, scientific partnership and civic activities as will support the mission of the refuge

Our Vision: 
To be a strong and visible organization that creates stewards for the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge and that is a respected advocate for the Refuge’s species, habitats, and functions.

What We Do: 

Sadly, there is no federal budget designated specifically for the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is part of the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge Complex along with the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Lake Wales Ridge National Wildlife Refuge. In addition, an overall reduction in Federal funding has caused a severe reduction in both staffing and maintenance for the Complex. Therefore, it is critical for Friends of the Carr Refuge to help support the needs of the refuge through  philanthropic activities. We also rely on the  experience and guidance provided by FWS leadership to assure the continuity and principles of wildlife management and to efficiently and effectively manage wildlife, public lands, and public safety of our refuge visitors.


4055 Wildlife Way
Vero Beach, FL 32963-9446

(Business office, not visitor's center) 

Phone: 321-872-8856

Email:  info@carrrefuge.org 

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