Work/Play Day at Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
    Dates: September 22, 2018
    Time: 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM
    Price: FREE
    Location: Bayou Lacombe Center at Big Branch Marsh NWR
    Address: 61389 Hwy 434, Lacombe, LA 70445
    Phone: (985) 882-2015

Get your boots on the ground at Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge!
The Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges in conjunction with Big Branch Marsh NWR provides opportunities for organized volunteer service days called Work/Play Days. The “Work” portion of the day, beginning at 9 a.m. might include clearing trails and general garden maintenance, ending at 12 noon. Volunteers are then provided a light lunch and "Play" begins afterward, with a canoe outing on Bayou Lacombe, ending about 1:30 p.m.

A perfect way to get outdoors, meet new people, and make a difference for stewardship! All equipment is provided and new volunteers are always welcome. The canoe tour is optional.

2018 Work/Play Days are Saturdays on Feb. 3, March 10, April 14, May 5, Sept. 22 and October 6.
For reservations and more details call (985) 882-2015 or email

The property features an extensive camellia collection which dates back to the 1950's when the facility was operated as a horticulture attraction called Bayou Gardens. Today, through the help of volunteers, the grounds showcase some of the original garden areas that feature over 400 varieties of camellias.

Established in 1994, Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge is the 504th refuge under the National Wildlife Refuge System. It is comprised of over 18,000 acres of offshore grass beds, marshes, hardwood hammocks and pine ridges. With a variety of habitat on the refuge, shorebirds, wading birds, neotropical songbird migrants and a host of year-round resident waterfowl can be found here. Deer, rabbit, mink, otter, raccoon, muskrat, and nutria all make their home here, and the marshes provide critical spawning and nursery habitat for a number of fresh and saltwater species.

For more information about the Bayou Lacombe Center and its historic gardens, contact

Transportation to event not provided/Canoes provided/Parking free on site.

Work/Play Day at Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
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