August 1



Ice Cream Social

at Oakdale School House in Big Oaks NWR

  • While enjoying some home-made ice cream, attendees gather to hear speakers talk about the history of the Oakdale School House.

at 5:00 pm

August 6



at 8:00am 

Volunteer Butterfly Survey

at Big Oaks NWR's Main Office 

  • Come spend some time with the refuge staff for the annual butterfly count

  • Great Spangled Fritillaries, Spicebush Swallowtails, Silver Spotted Skippers, and Monarch butterflies are some of the wildlife you may find! 

  • Surveyors are divided on the amount of time you'd like to spend in the field 

  • Make sure to bring water, bug spray, sunscreen, snack/lunch, and binoculars. Butterfly field guides are recommended 

September 10



Lodge Day at Old Timbers Lodge

at Old Timbers Lodge in Big Oaks NWR

  • Old Timbers Lodge will be open for tours and historic interpretation.

  • Displays from Big Oaks Conservation Society, Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, other local conservation organizations, refreshments, and limited van tours of nearby Old Timbers Lake.

  • BOCS merchandise will be available for purchase.

  • Free public event! 

from 1:00-6:00 pm

December 10



at 5:00 pm

Holiday Party at Old Timbers Lodge

 at Old Timbers Lodge in Big Oaks NWR

  • Arguably one of the most beautiful times on the refuge

  • Join us for the annual party at Old Timbers Lodge hosted by BOCS

  • Enjoy the beautiful decorations, food, and warm fires

  • Open to members and guests

  • Reservations required 

Public Use 2022

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