Wild Things

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019
two young men building a birdhouse Explore the wild things of Louisiana at this FREE family-friendly event. Owls, and alligators, and bears, oh my!

Volunteers are needed to help at Wild Things!

Connect with your wild side and celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week with us!

Southeast Louisiana Refuge Headquarters in Lacombe, LA is the site of the 21st Annual Wild Things community event. Children can build a birdhouse, learn how to canoe, see live animals, fish for prizes in our casting pond, take a pontoon boat ride of the Bayou, enjoy a variety of exhibits and hands on activities, see Louisiana native animals, and more. Food will be available for purchase, benefiting the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges Inc. Listen to live music as you enjoy a picnic lunch.

Event is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Download a map of how to get to Wild Things at this link.

Wild Things Youth Art Contest and Exhibition

Calling all young artists between the ages of 5 - 18! Get inspired by nature and submit your drawing or painting of wildlife, a natural landscape, or habitat. The exhibition of all entries will occur at Wild Things. Awards are given for age categories and mediums.  Download contest rules and entry form for art submissions at this link or email Diane_barth@fws.gov for more information. 

Help us Make Wild Memories!

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Wild Things. From assisting with canoe launching, helping kids with arts and crafts, parking and concessions, to teaching kids how to cast at the casting pond — there are many opportunities to help.  Download a list of volunteer opportunities at this link.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities call or email Becky Larkins at 985-882-2025 or Rebecca_larkins@fws.gov


Wild Things is made possible by the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges and many community friends, volunteers, and organizations. Many thanks to all our helpers and sponsors!