Visualize the magnificent new Community Conservation and Education Center planned for the Refuge! This 8,100 square foot facility will serve the area as an environmental education and outdoor recreation center, provide a versatile multi-purpose meeting venue, and will include the nature store and the Refuge Visitor Center. Its centerpiece will be a large exhibit hall to portray and explain the diverse and unique aspects of this extraordinary Refuge and its role in the environmental and economic vitality of the communities it serves – from local to international.
Construction of the first phase of this $4.6 million showcase will begin in 2018, with the second phase to be completed in 2019. But alas... federal funding is not available for the additional $700,000 needed for the exhibits themselves! Never fear…with the support of the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the Merritt Island Wildlife Association (MIWA, the 1300-member Refuge "Friends" group) has accepted the challenge to raise these funds to assure the first phase opens with exceptional exhibitry – educational, interpretive, interactive…and fun!
To donate to this campaign, please visit the MIWA web page at www.merrittislandwildlifeassociation.org or mail your donation to MIWA, P.O. Box 2683, Titusville FL 32781. Identify your contribution for the Visitor Center Exhibit Fund; and yes, all donors will receive recognition.
Donated funds will be managed under the terms of a formal agreement between MIWA and the USFWS. MIWA is a 501(c)(3) Florida non-profit corporation registered with the State to solicit and receive charitable contributions. More information is available on the MINWR and MIWA web pages and at our booth in the vendor area.