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    January - 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 friends, and make a difference for stewardship! All equipment is provided. 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: Saturday, Jan 7, Jan 11, March 11, April 8, May 13, Sept. 23

    For reservations and more details call (985) 882-2015 or email



    Spring and Fall 

    These canoe tours explore the transition of a coastal bayou from forest to marshland, and offer a chance to see native wildlife. Offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Preregistration required. 2017 Canoe Dates:Saturdays March 4 and 25, April 1

    Click here for registration information.



    February 18, 2017

    From 1935 through 1956 our headquarters property was a horticultural attraction called Bayou Gardens. In its heyday, the garden bloomed with over 400 varieties of camellias and azaleas. Join us to celebrate the gardens with garden tours, camellia growing tips and demonstrations, and more. This free open house is a collaborative effort with local camellia clubs. Refreshments provided by Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges Inc. Open house activities from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.


    Summer Camp Observation

    April 17  - April 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. More info at this link.



    Bear Fest

    April 22, 2017

    Celebrate Earth Day and the native Louisiana black bear at this weekend festival in Franklin. Visit the youth education area for hands on activities and games, or take a free pontoon boat tour of the Refuge. Exhibitors include educational material and programs relating to bears, natural resources, and the habitat of southeast Louisiana. Great music and food! 


    Step Outside Day

     May 13, 2017 

    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.



     June 10, 2017 

    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.

    Click here for more information about this event.

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    Beach Sweep

     September 2017, Date TBD

    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 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. For more information call (985) 882-2015 or


    Saturday, October 14, 2017 

    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.



    December 16, 2017

    Each year Santa and Mrs. Claus make a special visit to the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Bayou Lacombe Visitor Center. 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 - 4 p.m.

Last Updated: Mar 24, 2017
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