Friends of Outer Island

We are citizens from all walks of life with an interest in protecting the environment and serving the public.  Visit, donate, or volunteer to be a Friend of Outer Island.

Our Mission is to:

- Preserve the natural resources of Outer Island

- Provide environmental education and wildlife dependent recreation

- Assist with maintenance and improvement of island facilities


Friends of Outer Island Annual Picnic

Saturday, September 14, 3:00PM - 6:00PM

Come one, come all to our annual season-ending celebration on the island. We will provide the burgers, dogs, and libations, and you're welcome to bring a side or dessert.

Guided Paddling Tour of McKinney Refuge

On Saturday, September 14, Friends of Outer Island, in cooperation with the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, will be sponsoring a free guided paddling tour of approximately 3.5 miles round trip, down the peaceful waters of the Menunketesuck River and into Gatchen Creek. Participants will meet at 9:30 at the Kirtland Landing boat launch.

Outer Island Closes for the season

Outer Island closes for the season on Sunday, September 22.

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Purchase Smeagull the Seagull here and help support the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge

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Smeagull is a wild herring gull. For more than 12 years now, he’s been knocking on Valerie and Mark’s sliding glass door when he wants to be fed. But of course Smeagull, being wild, can fend for himself. So Valerie and Mark did the one thing Smeagull couldn’t do for himself:  They wrote a book about him! Smeagull the Seagull, A True Story is written in rhyme by Mark Seth Lender, and beautifully illustrated with full-color spreads by designer Valerie Elaine Pettis. Smeagull is intended for children of all ages - parents like it too.


Mark Seth Lender is a producer and the Explorer in Residence for Living on Earth, which is broadcast on 270 public radio stations, nationwide. 


Valerie Elaine Pettis is an internationally known graphic designer. 

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