Report Interesting Sightings!
Did you see an otter, or an eagle? Share the sighting and location with others, so they can share in the fun, too. CONTACT US to let us know!
Visit The Refuge!
Interactive maps and PDF versions are available on our VISIT page!
About the Friends...
Over the years, small groups of Refuge supporters have worked on projects such as building trails, surveying wildlife and eradicating invasive species. As the numbers of volunteers grew, so did the desire to do more…for both the Refuge and our communities.
In 2009, a group of these dedicated volunteers teamed with the Conservation Law Center at Indiana University and decided to incorporate as a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge and Management Area. The Friends of the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge was born! In 2010 the group received tax exempt status as a 501(c)3 public charity.
Today, the Friends are still building trails and fighting invasive species on the Refuge, but they're also planning for the future. You're seeing more of the Friends out in the Community: offering programs and activities, and educating the public about this special place and what it has to offer. We hope you'll come out to a program or join us for a work session. We're always looking for a few more Friends!
Spring Birding Walk - April 12
Join the Ohio Valley Birding Festival on April 12 at the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge for a birding walk in search of warblers, waterfowl, and grassland sparrows. The hike, led by Evan Speck, will begin at 7 am CT at Boyd’s parking lot. To get to Boyd’s parking lot, take SR 64 east out of Oakland City, IN. A brown Refuge sign will direct you to turn left/north at CR 1275. Follow the brown Refuge signs that direct you to Snakey Point Marsh where the parking lot can be found. This event is open to the public and is sponsored by the Evansville Audubon Society.
Spring Wildflower Walk - April 13
April showers bring wildflowers. Join Patoka River NWR wildflower enthusiasts Marietta Smith and Nancy Gehlhausen and discover what is blooming on the Refuge on Saturday, April 13 at 9:00 am CST. Meet at the Grandy’s parking lot at the junction of SR 64 and SR 57 and plan to drive or carpool to a designated location on the Refuge. Exploring will be off trail through the woods. Suitable clothing and shoes, as well as insect repellent, are suggested. The Wildflower Walk will take place rain or shine unless there is severe weather forecasted. For more information, call (812) 749-3311.
Check our HAPPENINGS page to learn more about what's going on at Patoka River NWR!
2019 Board of Directors
Lewis Cline, Vice President
Nancy Gehlhausen, President
Julie Loehr, Secretary
Steve Nelson, Treasurer
Who are the Friends of the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge?
The Friends of the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge are neighbors, visitors, families, and individuals...people just like you who enjoy being outdoors and are curious about our natural world...people who value having open spaces and natural habitats for native plants, wildlife, and people!