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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!
The Friends of the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge welcome you to our website. It's here that we'll introduce you to, and keep you informed about, one of our favorite places…the Patoka River National Wildlife Refuge & Wildlife Management Area. Located in southwestern Indiana, the Refuge offers residents and visitors alike a unique place to escape the stresses of the modern world and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you enjoy fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, birding, paddling or hunting...there's a place for you at the Refuge.
Check back often for seasonal photos from the Refuge and information about upcoming programs and projects. Take refuge in your local Refuge! Check the Happenings tab above for news about upcoming programs and events!
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. Soon you'll be seeing much more of the Friends out in the Community; offering programs and activities, educating about this special place and what it has to offer. We hope that you'll come out to a program or join us for a workday. We're always looking for a few more Friends!
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Check out our HAPPENINGS page to learn more about what's going on at Patoka River NWR!
2017 Board of Directors
Nancy Gehlhausen, President
Phil Gramelspacher, Vice President
Thom Kinney, Treasurer
Sue Vernier, Secretary
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!