In celebration of the Centennial Year of the National Wildlife Refuge system, the Friends of Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge and refuge staff will host a celebration of National Wildlife Refuge Week with a wildlife festival/community day held at the headquarters, two miles east of Manila, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25.
The underlying themes will be: wild places, community involvement and environmental education.
This event is free and open to the public.
Mississippi County and southeast Missouri Schools will participate in a Wildlife Refuge Week poster contest, judged by local artists during the event, and prizes to the top two artists in each group will be awarded.
Archeology experts will be present with a display of artifacts from the area. People are invited to bring their artifacts for interpretation.
Taxidermy display by a national award winner and taxidermy demonstration of a mount will be held.
Bird and nature walks will be led by Northeast Arkansas Audubon Society naturalists.
Visitors will have the opportunity to see fish of Big Lake up close in a fish tank.
Lunch will be served on the grounds.