Get deep inside the Key deer refuge

The National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key has planned its third annual Summer Nights Adventure Program.

Visitors and locals are welcome at the free, kid-friendly, nature-oriented guided walks and bike rides. Meet at the refuge visitor center, (179 Key Deer Blvd. in the Winn-Dixie plaza on Big Pine Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Programs will run until about 8:30 pm. Those attending are encouraged to wear sturdy footwear and to bring bug spray, a camera or binoculars.

Pre-registration is required. For details, contact Kristie Killam at (305) 304-9625 or

The schedule:

▪ June 22: The Square: Witness spiders, tree snails, air plants, solution holes and more on this walk through hardwood hammocks and mangrove wetlands on No Name Key (1.25 miles).

▪ June 29: The Slow 6. A slow biking adventure on back roads and fire roads of Big Pine Key (six miles). Bring your own bike.

▪ July 6: Pride of Big Pine Key. A walking journey from the Blue Hole to the Big Hole to looking for wildlife and share stories (1.5 miles).

▪ July 13: Wetlands Reloaded. Search for frogs, toads, turtles and snakes on this aquatic excursion.