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    Bear Fest

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Celebrate the Louisiana Black Bear at this festival in Franklin, Louisiana. Join us at a youth education area that explores the unique features of our native bear. Or sign up to take a FREE pontoon boat tour of Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge. Food, music, activities, and exhibitors come together at this unique festival.

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    Step Outside Day

    Saturday, May 13, 2017

    Build a bird house, learn archery or target shooting, take a pontoon boat tour, or paddle a canoe! All of these activities and more are on tap at Step Outside Day!  Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge cosponsors Step Outside Day with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This annual event is a big draw for kids and promotes youth outdoor education and stewardship. Held at the Shelburne Complex Headquarters south of Krotz Springs.



    February - October

    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. Then 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. Held at the Southeast Louisiana U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters in Lacombe.

    9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. includes optional canoe tour.

    Upcoming Work/Play Days 2017:Saturdays, March 11, April 8, May 13

    For reservations and more details call (985) 882-2025 or email



    Saturday, June 10, 2017

    Calling all kid 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 Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge.

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    Spring and Fall

    A FREE guided canoe outing exploring the transition of a coastal bayou from bottom land hardwood forest to marsh. These tours are held on Bayou Cane at Lacombe, with boating equipment is provided. These outings are offered by volunteers from the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges Inc., on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is required.

    2017 Canoe Dates:  Saturdays, March 4 and 25, April 1

    For more information or registration email



    Saturday, October 14, 2017

    10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    A FREE fun family 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, a casting pond, a kids activity tent, bird house building, food, and live music. Admission, parking, tours and music are all FREE. Held at the SE Louisiana Refuge Headquarters in Lacombe.

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    Beach Sweep

    September, Date TBD

    Celebrate National Public Lands Day at Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge or Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. We'll partner with the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation to clean up waterways and beaches around the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. Volunteers are needed!

    For more information call (985) 882-2015 or email:

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    Saturday, February 18, 2017 

    View the lovely gardens at our headquarters in Lacombe in full bloom! 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 is a collaborative effort with local camellia societies. Free garden tours and presentations are provided by local experts, and refreshments are provided by Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges Inc.   10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


    Summer Camp Observation

    April 17 - 21, 2017

    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 March 2.



    Saturday, December 16, 2017

    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, cookies, and hot cocoa. To mark this special occasion, digital photos with Santa are provided at no cost. 2 - 6 p.m.

    For more information call (985) 882-2015 or email:

Last Updated: Apr 06, 2017
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