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!
NOTICE: Due to damage incurred during flooding earlier in the year, the Buck's Marsh boardwalk (parking off of Hwy. 57 on Base Rd.) is now closed for repairs. The repairs involve raising the boardwalk to reduce the likelihood of future damage and include extending the walkway farther into the marsh. Stay tuned for updates!
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!