Explore the Old Timbers Lodge at Big Oaks’ Open House

August 31, 2018


Keep Old Timbers Beautiful!

This Saturday is your chance to learn about or get to know the 86 Year Old Lodge known as Old Timbers with snacks, tours and more, hosted by the Big Oaks Conservation Society.

The BOCS is hosting this open house on September 8th from 1 PM to 6 PM.

Access to the Lodge will be from 2 gates on Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, Gate 1A (the gate on the east perimeter road near the white gate house) and Gate 8, about 1 mile south of New Marion on Old Michigan Road.

The Society will offer tours of the Lodge, and provide light refreshments; refuge staff will also offer short tours of portions of Big Oaks itself.

The Society will also provide information about their mission and volunteer opportunities at Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge and at Old Timbers Lodge.

Other local conservation groups will have informational booths set up for visitors to discover outdoor opportunities in the surrounding communities.

Big Oaks Conservation Society is a local non-profit Friends Group that supports the mission and activities of Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge.

The Society also manages and cares for the historic Old Timbers Lodge, in cooperation with the Indiana Air National Guard’s Jefferson Range.

The lodge, completed in 1932 by Alexander Thomson, vice president of Champion Paper Company, is located on a scenic overlook of Graham Creek just off of K Road in the northeast corner of the refuge.

For more information about Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, visit the refuge website (http://www.fws.gov/refuge/big_oaks/).

Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge consists of approximately 50,000 acres of the former Jefferson Proving Ground located in Jennings, Ripley, and Jefferson Counties in southeastern Indiana.

The refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and provides 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 the southeastern part of the state as well as one of the largest grassland complexes in the state, both of which provide wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities to refuge visitors.

The refuge is open for public use from mid-April through November on Mondays, Fridays, and 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month.