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 1:00 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 (canoes provided). Transportation to event not provided. Parking is free on site.
More information or to register for Work/Play Day, please contact Refuge Ranger Jo Anne Dolan at (985) 882-2015 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 Work Play Days: March 16, April 13, May 4, September 21, October 5.
ABOUT BIG BRANCH NWR & BAYOU GARDENS
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.
The area 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.