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Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will host a Wildflower Walk on Friday, May 6, 2016.  This free event is being offered to the public through a joint partnership between Big Oaks NWR, Big Oaks Conservation Societyblazingstar1 (BOCS), and the Oak Heritage Conservancy.  The wildflower walk will begin at 9 a.m. with participants meeting at the refuge office.  Reservations are suggested by calling (812) 273-0783.  Participants will travel to a location within Big Oaks NWR and be led on a hike to identify wildflowers and plants. Roger Hedge, ecologist with the Indiana Heritage Program in the Department of Natural Resources, will lead the wildflower walk.  Hedge is an expert botanist who has visited the site many times to confirm rare species that the refuge conserves.

This wildflower walk is one of the “Great Events, Great Outdoors,” organized by the , which consists of 11 free events around Jefferson County this spring and summer.  The Conservancy is a nonprofit group that protects natural areas in southeast Indiana.  Big Oaks Conservation Society is the non-profit friends group of the refuge and helps the refuge in sponsoring events like these and other activities on the refuge.  Information about the refuge is available at the website: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/big_oaks/