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The Official Friends of Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge

 Big Oaks Conservation Society (BOCS) is the official friends group of Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge!

Here at Big Oaks Conservation Society, we are deeply committed to a single purpose:  to help make Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge the best it can be. We are a private, non-profit organization dedicated to finding members and volunteers to support our Refuge and its mission. Join us to help support Indiana's largest National Wildlife Refuge!

About Us

Big Oaks Conservation Society supports the goals of wildlife conservation and habitat restoration at the refuge to:

  • Enhance public awareness of the refuge and develop environmental education and support 

  • Develop public use facilities in cooperation with staff

  • Support wildlife conservation and habitat restoration for the continued existence of the refuge

Browse through our website to learn more about Big Oaks NWR and how our friends group is working to achieve these goals. 

Refuge News:

Due to public health concerns surrounding COVID-19 the refuge office is closed until further notice. Public access days and special events are being evaluated. The BOCS April meeting has been cancelled. Stay tuned for updates. 

Spring is Here! Crawfish frogs have mostly finished breeding and are leaving ponds. We've been busy identifying egg masses and caring for them! 

Prescribed fire season is underway and we've already conducted one burn!

Stay tuned for more happenings on the refuge!

Registration for 2020 Outdoor Women At Big Oaks is Open, although it is being evaluated given current circumstances.
All fees will be refunded if the event is cancelled.

Our Project Updates:

NEW pollinator restoration project has begun!

Oakdale School House- kiosk coming along!

Kestrel and Blue Bird Boxes are now up! Be sure to keep a look out for the birds while visiting the refuge!

Continue to our projects page for more!

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Upcoming Events

Youth Turkey Hunt Workshop

at Big Oaks NWR Office Madison, IN | View Map

To apply to participate in this hunt please send name and address to Big Oaks NWR office. The workshop provides information and regulations about hunting on the refuge. There will be food and prizes for every participant! 

Saturday, April 18th, 2020 @ 12:00 PM

Youth Deer Hunt Workshop

at Big Oaks NWR Madison, IN | View Map

This is an excellent opportunity to bond with your children while learning more about the challenging sport of hunting turkeys. For more details please contact the refuge office or refer to the hunting section of our page. 

Date TBD

Visit the Events Page for a list of all 2020 events!

What makes our refuge unique?

  • Globally important bird area featuring large grasslands which provide breeding habitat for the critically endangered Henslow's sparrow 

  • Significant ecosystem for the state-endangered crawfish frog

  • Important monarch and pollinator habitat

  • Over 50,000 contiguous acres with historic bridges, homes, schools, and a unique history

Photos by USFWS

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Big Oaks NWR 1661 W. JPG Niblo Road Madison, IN 47250

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