• Breakfast with the Birds

    Prothonotary Warbler. Photo credit John Flores

    Sundays, December 8 and 15, 8 a.m.

    Join refuge volunteers for a FREE, 1 ½ - 2 hour long birding tour of the Ridge Trail Boardwalk at Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. Bring your own breakfast to enjoy at the Ridge Trail pavilion at the conclusion of the program. Loaner binoculars are available upon request. Please email Sandi Wicklund at this link to reserve a pair today. Meets at the Bayou Sauvage Ridge Trail pavilion.


  • Homeschool Day

    A group of owlets looking up

    Friday January 24, 9 a.m. - noon.

    Join us for Homeschool Friday as we explore the natural world and engage in hands on activities. Everyone is welcome, but programs are geared for homeschoolers ages 12 and under. All homeschoolers must be accompanied by an adult through the duration of the program. This program is rain, mud, or shine. Meets at the Bayou Lacombe Center.


  • Nature Explorers

    Children exploring outside with ranger

    Friday, January 17 at 9:30 a.m.

    Join refuge staff for this FREE, 45-minute long fun-filled educational program for young children 0 – 6 years old. Learn about native animals, make nature themed crafts, go on a short nature walk, and more! Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout the duration of the program. Meets at the Bayou Lacombe Center.

  • Maintenance Mondays

    Two girls raking leaves

    Monday December 2, from 8 – 10 a.m. (Ongoing 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month - except for holiday season)

    Join the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, Inc. on the 1st and 3rd Mondays to assist with light grounds maintenance and small projects at the Southeast Louisiana Refuges Headquarters in Lacombe. There is always something to do to help your National Wildlife Refuges, and this is a good way to meet other Friends members and community volunteers. Light snacks and water are provided. Rain, mud or shine. 

    For more information email Doug at this link.


  • Work/Play Days

    People helping with landscaping at Visitor Center

    Upcoming Spring 2020 Work/Play Days: Dates TBA

    Get your boots on the ground at one of our volunteer service days. The “Work” portion might include clearing trails and general garden maintenance, ending at noon. A light lunch is provided by the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges Inc. With events held at our Lacombe Headquarters the “Play” starts after lunch with a canoe outing on Bayou Lacombe. 

    A perfect way to get outdoors, meet new people, and make a difference for stewardship! All equipment is provided and new volunteers are always welcome. 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. includes optional canoe tour, when offered.

    For reservations and more details call (985) 882-2015 or email Joanne_dolan@fws.gov


  • Beach Sweep

    A group of volunteers on lakeshore at Beach Sweep

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

    Help keep your water and wetlands clean! Each year, Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges partners with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and the Ocean Conservancy to clean up waterways and beaches around the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. Volunteers are needed on the northshore to clean up Bayou Lacombe and the lakefront along Big Branch Marsh. 9 a.m. - noon. For more information call (985) 882-2025 or email Becky Larkins at this link.

  • Canoe Tours

    The bow of a canoe in the marsh

    Spring 2020 Tours will be on Saturdays - Dates TBA

    Our free naturalist led canoe tours offer a chance to explore the natural and cultural history of Bayou Lacombe launching from our Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex Headquarters in Lacombe. Canoe Tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. All paddling equipment is provided. Registration for spring 2020 tours opening date to be announced.

    Click here for registration information.

  • Wild Things

    Children at a table exploring owl pellets

    Saturday, October 10, 2020

    A FREE family-friendly event celebrating National Wildlife Refuges Week. Activities include: a Wildlife Youth Art Exhibition, canoe and pontoon boat tours, wildflower walks, guest exhibitors, live animals, hayrides, archery, a casting pond, a kids activity tent, bird house building, food, live music, and more. Admission, parking, tours and music are all FREE. Food will be available for purchase benefiting the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges. Held at the SE Louisiana Refuge Headquarters in Lacombe. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Cajun Christmas

    Little girl on Santa's lap

    December 14, 2019

    Each year Santa and Mrs. Claus make a special visit to the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center in Lacombe. Kids of all ages are invited for story time, crafts, cookies, and hot cocoa. To mark this special occasion, photos with Santa are provided at no cost.

  • Bayou Gardens Open House

    Blooming camellia

    Saturday, Date TBD February 2020 

    From 1935 through 1956 the headquarters property was a horticultural attraction called Bayou Gardens. In its prime, the garden bloomed with over 400 varieties of camellias and azaleas. The Open House features free guided garden and site history tours, nature-friendly gardening workshops and presentations. Free refreshments are provided by Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges Inc. 

  • Step Outside Day

    young men building a birdhouse

    2020 Date TBA

    Held at the Sherburne Wildlife Area Headquarter near Krotz Springs, the family-friendly Step Outside Day introduces young people to outdoor recreation activities. Pontoon boat tours, canoe paddling, archery, hands-on nature activities, bird house building and more! Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge cosponsors Step Outside Day with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. All activities are free. 

  • Refuge Ranger Day Camp

    Junior rangers holding t-shirts decorated with animal tracks

    April 13- 17, 2020

    Connect your child to nature at Junior Refuge Ranger Spring Break Camp. We'll introduce your youngster to nature and stewardship through exploration and discovery. Canoeing, hiking, birding, nature play, wildlife observation, arts and crafts, and more are part of this adventurous day camp. For ages 8 - 10. Registration opens February 2019. 

    For more information click here.

  • Youth Fishing Rodeo

    two children holding a catfish

    Saturday, June 13, 2020

    Calling all kids from ages four to twelve! Get your fish on at the "Bogue Chitto Youth Fishing Rodeo." The rodeo is sponsored by the Southeast Louisiana Wildlife Refuges in collaboration with Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges Inc., and is supported by many community partners. Held at the Pear River Turnaround Fishing Access Site at Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge. Fishing is from 7:30 - 11 a.m.

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