Lodge open house planned at refuge

The Big Oaks Conservation Society is hosting an open house at the historic Old Timbers Lodge from 1 to 6 p.m. Sept. 9 at Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge, 1661 W. JPG Niblo Road, Madison.

Access to the lodge will be from Gate 1A (the gate on the east perimeter road near the white gatehouse) and Gate 8, about 1 mile south of New Marion on Old Michigan Road.

Refuge staff will also offer short tours of portions of Big Oaks. The society will offer tours of the lodge, provide light refreshments and share information about their mission and volunteer opportunities at Big Oaks and Old Timbers. Local conservation groups will have informational booths set up for visitors to discover outdoor opportunities in the surrounding communities.

Information: 812-273-0783; fws.gov/refuge/big_oaks