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The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of Crystal River, Chassahowitzka, Egmont Key, Passage Key and the Pinellas National Wildlife Refuges.



 February 15, 2014 -  Be sure to attend the Feb. 15 Open House at Three Sisters Springs.  This will be the LAST Open House of the season till the Fall of  2014.  The Open House hours are 8:00 AM until 12:00 Noon. There will be bus transportation available from King's Bay Plaza to the Three Sisters property.  There is no parking at Three Sisters Springs with the exception of mobility impaired handicap parking. 


The Friends Gift Shop will be at the Open House with many great items available for purchase.  All funds from the Friends Gift Shop benefit the Crystal River Wildlife Refuge.  The Friends organization has donated over $400,000 in equipment and services to the Refuge over the past 10 years. 


Make a $5 donations to the Friends for an opportunity to own a great kayak or a beautiful glycee by Jorge Blanco.  The drawing will be at the Strawberry Festival in Floral City at 3 PM on March 2.  You need not be present to win


Food will be available for purchase at the Open House including coffee, doughnuts, breakfast tacos, etc. 


Come and enjoy the experience of seeing the manatees and taking a walk around the boardwalk overlooking the Springs. 


March 1-2, 2014- Strawberry Festival in Floral City.  The Friends will be there with their Gift Shop and Outreach Booth.


Be sure to check our Facebook page (see link at right) to view photos and information on Friends events.

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Friends of Crystal River NWRC – Officers 2013
President – Ross Knudsen - rossSEF@aol.com
Vice President – Tom Gotterup - tomgo74@yahoo.com
Secretary – Al Peterson - dewpoint@embarqmail.com
Treasurer – Shirley Knudsen - shirleySEF@aol.com

Mission of the non-profit 501( c )3 FRIENDS organization
  • Conserve, protect and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.  
  • Support the stewardship of the National Wildlife Refuge system.  
  • Promote better awareness, appreciation conservation and responsible utilization of the Refuge Complex.  
  • Promote the preservation of the natural and historical resources of the Refuges, foster their use and enjoyment by the public, consistent with the protection and preservation of the environment.
  • Engage in such education, 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.