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Yearly Events
*See welcome page for information about dates and time
*Please click on underlined text for more information about each event

July 
Take a Kid 
Fishing Day

August
Ice Cream Social

August
Volunteer Butterfly Survey

September
Lodge Day

December
Holiday Party

A unique opportunity to get the next generation involved in hunting and how it relates to wildlife conservation.

1-day event designed to offer women ages 12 and over the opportunity to gain valuable in-the-field skills and knowledge in an environment that encourages fun and success in the outdoors.

Hosted at Old Timbers Lake. Join us at 8:00 am; lunch is provided. Prizes and activities included. A fishing license is not required when accompanying a kid (15 and under). Extra poles are available for use and free fishing bait will be provided.

While eating a homemade ice cream, attendee's gather to listen to speakers talk about the history of the Oakdale School

Come find Great Spangled Fritillaries, Spicebush Swallowtail, Silver Spotted Skippers, and Monarch butterflies on the refuge!

 

Surveys are divided on the amount of time you'd like to spend in the field. Make sure to bring water, bug spray, sunscreen, snacks/lunch, and binoculars. Butterfly field guides are recommended.

Old Timbers Lodge predates Jefferson Proving Ground and Big Oaks NWR. This structure is a landmark of Madison, IN. It was built by a business man from Cincinnati in the early 1930's. The historic home is open to the public for interpretation. Take a tour of the lodge and refuge. Learn about the history of the lodge and the architecture.This is a free public event and BOCS merchandise will be available for purchase.

A unique opportunity to get the next generation involved in hunting and how it relates to wildlife conservation.

Arguably one of the most beautiful events at the refuge. Enjoy the beautiful decorations, food, and warm fires.

Open to members only. Reservations required.

December
Christmas Bird Count

Drive around the refuge with refuge staff and identify birds! Surveys are divided on the amount of time you'd like to spend in the field.

 

Make sure to bring water, bug spray, sunscreen, snacks/lunch, and binoculars. Bird field guides are recommended.

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