If you are looking for a place to go to enjoy the colors of fall, Big Oaks National Wildlife has set aside specific days in October on which fall tours are being offered. Wildflowers, maturing grasses, and the changing colors of trees paints the refuge in a brilliant mosaic of yellow, orange, red, blue, green, and brown. The tours will include discussions of the natural and cultural history of the refuge. Tour dates will be October 13th, 16th, 20st, 23th, and 27th. Tours will meet at the refuge office at 8:00 AM and return around 11:30 AM. All participants will be required to view a 20-minute safety video prior to departure. Tour sizes are limited and reservations may be made by calling the refuge at 812-273-0783. The entrance fee is $3.00 per person for those 15 years of age and older. Under 15 is free. Seniors and access passes are also free. For directions to the refuge, please call or visit www.fws.gov/refuge/big_oaks.
Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) consists of approximately 50,000 acres on the former Jefferson Proving Ground (JPG) located in Jennings, Ripley, and Jefferson Counties in southeastern Indiana. The refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and provides excellent public use opportunities, such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, interpretation, and environmental education. The refuge has one of the largest contiguous forest blocks in southeastern Indiana as well as one of the largest grassland complexes in the state, both of which provide wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities to refuge visitors.