Members and guests of the Big Oaks Conservation Society (BOCS) will have their annual Christmas party Dec. 14 at Old Timbers Lodge on the Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge.

Gate 8 will be open from 5-5:45 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6 p.m. The event will be catered by Rolling Pin. The cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children 8-16 and under free for kids under 8. Reservations should be mailed to BOCS, P.O. Box 935, Madison, IN 47250. Seating will be limited to the first 100 reservations. The deadline for reservations is Dec. 9.

Would you like to come but are not a member? Join the Big Oaks Conservation Society for $15 for an individual membership or $25 for a family membership.

The Big Oaks Conservation Society is the nonprofit support group of the Big Oaks NWR. Society members work closely with refuge staff to enhance public awareness, use and appreciation for the natural and cultural assets unique to Big Oaks NWR. The society maintains and manages Old Timbers Lodge, a beautiful historic structure nestled on a bluff overlooking Graham Creek on the northern portion of the property. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. usually at the Madison-Jefferson County Public Library, Madison, Indiana. Check out its Facebook page for information, events and pictures.

Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge consists of about 50,000 acres on the former Jefferson Proving Ground located in Jennings, Ripley and Jefferson counties. 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. It 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.

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