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National Hunting & Fishing Day Events @ Baton Rouge, Minden, Monroe, Woodworth
Sep 23 all-day

Louisiana’s National Hunting and Fishing Day events are free. Each location’s event varies but all include exhibits on LDWF’s research and conservation efforts, shooting and fishing demonstrations, and exhibits from local chapters of Ducks Unlimited, the Safari Club, and the Coastal Conservation Association, as well as local businesses. Attendees can try their skills at the shooting ranges, fishing ponds, and boating activities and learn about wildlife with live animal demonstrations.


  • Baton Rouge: Waddill Outdoor Education Center — 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Minden: Bodcau Shooting Range — 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Monroe: Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge — 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Woodworth: Woodworth Shooting Range — 8:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Wild Things 2023 @ Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week! Enjoy family-friendly outdoor activities including children’s activities, live animals, live music, hayrides, canoe paddling, and more! Admission, parking, activities and music are all FREE. Food will be available for purchase, benefiting the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges, Inc. Wild Things is the perfect time to rediscover your true nature at the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges complex. Great outdoor recreation awaits!

For more information about the event, or to become an exhibitor or volunteer email  [email protected] or call 985/882-2025. Wild Things is held at the refuge headquarters at 61389 Hwy. 434, Lacombe, LA 70445.

Ocean Commotion 2023 @ LSU Campus
Oct 25 all-day
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Help celebrate 25 years of Ocean Commotion in the Fall of 2023  at LSU’s Pete Maravich Assembly Center for a day of sharing environmental and coastal knowledge with K-8 students.

Gulf of Mexico Coral Reef Symposium 2023 @ Moody Gardens
Nov 2 @ 7:30 am – Nov 3 @ 5:00 pm

This is the second Gulf of Mexico Coral Reef Symposium (the first was held at Rice in 2018). The goals of this symposium are to gather information on current and past research on the northern Gulf of Mexico reefs, establish region-wide research goals (especially at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary), and facilitate interdisciplinary research collaborations.