Yearly Events

Dates will be added as events are scheduled. They are also subject to change.

April

Youth Turkey Hunt Worshop 

at the Big Oaks NWR Main Office

  • Registration required

  • Watch the refuge safety video 

  • Speakers will talk about gun safety 

  • Food provided

  • Free goodies for the kids

July

Take a Kid Fishing Day

at Krueger Lake

  • Learn how to fish!

  • Lunch provided

  • Prizes offered

  • Extra poles are available for use and free fishing bait will be provided

  • Fishing license is not required when accompanying a kid (15 and under)

July

Outdoor Women 

at the Old Timbers Lake at Big Oaks NWR

  • 12 years +

  • Registration fee variable: see Outdoor Women page under events

  • 110 spots available

  • Participate in courses on fishing, hunting, canoeing, bird watching, archery, shooting and more

August

Ice Cream Social

at the Oakdale School in Big Oaks NWR

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

August

Volunteer Butterfly Survey

at the Big Oaks NWR Main Office

  • Join the Big Oaks staff for the annual butterfly survey: Great Spangled Fritillaries, Spicebush Swallowtail, Silver Spotted Skippers, and Monarch butterflies

  • 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.

September

Lodge Day at Old Timbers Lodge

at Old Timbers Lodge in Big Oaks NWR

  • Free public event!

  • Tours and historic interpretation

  • Limited van tours to Old Timbers Lake

  • Display from BOCS, BONWR, and the local conservation organizations

  • BOCS merchandise will be available for purchase

  • Refreshments provided

October

Youth White-tail deer Hunt Worship 

at the Big Oaks NWR Main Office

  • Registration required

  • Watch the refuge safety video 

  • Speakers will talk about gun safety 

  • Food provided

  • Free goodies for the kids

December

10th, 2022

at 5:00pm

Holiday Party at Old Timbers Lodge

at Old Timbers Lodge in Big Oaks NWR

  • Arguably one of the most beautiful events at the refuge

  • Enjoy the beautiful decorations, food, and warm fires

  • Open to members and guests

  • Reservations required 

December 17th, 2022

Christmas Bird Count

at the Big Oaks NWR Main Office

  • Join the Big Oaks staff for the annual bird survey

  • 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.