The Friends of St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge will formally celebrate the 50th anniversary of the island’s inclusion in the national wildlife refuge system on July 6.

The celebration will be held 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. ET on the island.

During the celebration, attendees will be able to learn about local sea turtles, shells and birds and more and there will be special activities for children.

Attendees must pre-register at

Free transportation to the island will be provided during the celebration; a barge will depart every 30 minutes from the Indian Pass boat ramp.

Lunch will be on the grill.