Special Events


The refuge hosts several special events annually.

The events listed below are a few of the annual programs the refuge participates in but check our other program pages for more details on the exciting programs, tours, talks, and walks that are regularly scheduled.

Ocelot Conservation Festival:  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge host this one-of-a-kind festival every year.  Typically held in March, the festival includes a live ocelot show and many fun events and programs that are all about this small wild cat.   Check the Events Calendar for more details.

National Wildlife Refuge Week Celebration: Celebrate your National Wildlife Refuge System! A week of fun wildlife-related tours, talks and walks. This event is typically held the second full week of October. Check back to this page or the Events Calendar for details.

Christmas Bird Count: From mid-December into January thousands of volunteers across the country take part in this popular citizen-science program! Join the effort at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. Call to find out details, dates and volunteer opportunities.

National Public Lands Day (NPLD): The nation's largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands in the United States. NPLD is typically held on the last Saturday in September but check back for details. This popular event is a great volunteer opportunity and a fun way you can help Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.