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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 (BONWR). BOCS supports the goals, mission, and vision of BONWR by co-sponsoring educational programs and supporting refuge projects.

BOCS serves as the "community face" of the Refuge. A a federal organization, BONWR is not permitted to lobby for political advantage, endorse candidates, and is prohibited from certain forms of advertising and fund raising efforts. These functions can be undertaken by BOCS on behalf of the Refuge. 


Please explore the website to find out more about what we do!

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BOCS Mission

The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management and, where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.

The purpose of Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge is the development, advancement, management, conservation and protection of fish and wildlife resources. Our objective is also to conserve fish, wildlife and plants, including those which are listed as endangered or threatened.

BOCS helps by: 

  1. Promoting the appreciation for the natural and cultural features of the refuge

  2. Supporting wildlife conservation, habitat restoration, and continued existence of the refuge

  3. Develop environmental education programs and support for schools and youth groups

  4. Develop public use facilities and activities in cooperation with refuge staff

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Explore the refuge, join us at events, become a member!

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Explore what the refuge has to offer! Lots of wildlife, a lake to fish, canoe/kayak or boat, and some trails to hike on.

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Come join us at our monthly speakers, ice cream social, hunt workshops, fishing day, outdoor women, butterfly survey, Christmas holiday party, and our bird count.

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The best way to support us is to become a member! Get discounts on our merchandise and get invited to special events.

Meet The Team


BOCS would like to thank the Ripley County Community Foundation for awarding us a $3,000 grant to fund a kayak dock at Old Timbers Lake. 

Ripley County Community Foundation
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