The Big Oaks Conservation Society and Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge are hosting the 13th annual Outdoor Women at Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The event is held at the historic Old Timbers Lodge. Outdoor Women at Big Oaks is a one-day program designed to offer women ages 12 and over the opportunity to gain valuable in-the-field skills in an environment that encourages fun and success in the outdoors. The award- winning program teaches outdoor skills to women through a variety of courses including fishing, archery, shooting sports, wilderness survival, outdoor photography, canoeing/kayaking, bird watching and much more. This event also fosters a greater appreciation for wildlife conservation and allows women to meet others who share their enthusiasm for the outdoors. Registration forms can be downloaded from www.fws.gov/refuge/big_oaks/ Call the refuge office at 812-273-0783 to receive a mailed registration form. Classes are limited in size, so early registration is recommended. The deadline for early discounted registration is May 6th: The registration fee includes a choice of 4 courses, continental breakfast, lunch, use of equipment and supplies, and a day pass to Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge. Registration fees can be viewed online.
Big Oaks NWR consists of 50,000 acres on the former Jefferson Proving Ground (JPG) located in Jennings, Ripley, and Jefferson Counties in southeastern Indiana. The local refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and provides public use opportunities, such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, photography, interpretation and environmental education. The refuge has one of the largest contiguous forest blocks in the southeastern part of the state as well as one of the largest grassland complexes; both provide wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities for refuge visitors. Information about the refuge is available at the website: www.fws.gov/refuge/big_oaks/.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 150-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses over 550 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts.