Work/Play Days at Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
    Dates: September 23, 2017
    Time: 9am-1:30pm
    Price: FREE
    Location: Bayou Lacombe Center at Big Branch Marsh NWR
    Address: 61389 Hwy 434, Lacombe, LA 70445
    Phone: (985) 882-2025

The Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges in conjunction with Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge provides opportunities for organized volunteer service days called Work/Play Days.

The "Work" portion of the day begins at 9am and includes clearing trails and general garden maintenance at the center. Work ends at noon. Volunteers are then provided a light lunch and "Play" begins afterward, consisting of a facilitated canoe outing on Bayou Lacombe.These organized volunteer days are a perfect opportunity to get outdoors and meet new people. All equipment is provided and new volunteers are always needed.

Work/Play Days 2017: Saturday, Jan 7, Jan 11, March 11, April 8, May 13, Sept. 23.

For reservations or for more information call (985) 882-2025 or write to, or Jim Schmidt at

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 director David Stoughton at

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

Work/Play Days at Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
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  • Bayou Lacombe Center at Big Branch Marsh NWR
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