Annual Events

Fun for all ages...Download an annual event calendar at this link. (523 KB PDF)



    February - September

    Get your boots on the ground at one of our volunteer service days. These events are typically held at our Refuge Headquarters in Lacombe. 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. 

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

    Upcoming Work/Play Days 2018: Saturdays — September 22, Oct. 6.

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



    Spring and Fall

    This FREE guided canoe outing explores 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 co-led by volunteers from the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges Inc., and Rangers from Southeast Louisiana Refuges on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is required.

    2018 Canoe Dates: Saturdays — October 20, November 3, December 1.

    For more information or registration email JoAnne Dolan



    February 17, 2018 

    From 1935 through 1956 our SE Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters property in Lacombe was a horticultural attraction called Bayou Gardens. In its prime, Bayou Gardens bloomed with over 400 varieties of camellias and azaleas.  Enjoy the gardens in spring bloom at our annual garden open house. The event 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. 


    Summer Camp Observation

    April 22 - 26, 2019

    Junior Refuge Ranger Spring Break Camp, held at the Southeast Louisiana Refuge Headquarters in Lacombe, promotes outdoor skills and stewardship through exploration and discovery. Canoeing, hiking, birding, forestry, biology, orienteering, firefighting and much more are part of this adventurous week. More details at this link.


    Step Outside Day

    Saturday, May 12, 2018

    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 Sherburne Wildlife Management Area Complex Headquarters three miles south of Hwy. 190 near Krotz Springs.



    Saturday, June 8, 2019

    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.

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    Beach Sweep

    Saturday, September 15, 2018

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

    For more information call (985) 882-2025 or write to:

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    Saturday, October 13, 2018

    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, 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. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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    December 15, 2018

    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, photos with Santa are provided at no cost.

    For more information call (985) 882-2025 or email: