Saturday, October 13th, 2018- 10 am-3 pm, the Friends of Black Bayou will sponsor their 22nd annual Fall Celebration at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The public is invited to this free, family-centered event! October 7-14th is National Wildlife Refuge Week, celebrated at refuges throughout the United States and its territories. Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge, founded in 1997 through a unique partnership with the City of Monroe and much community support, is one of the jewels of the Refuge System, highlighting its “Wildlife First” motto. With its proximity to the city, this refuge is particularly well suited to environmental education, wildlife observation, nature photography, and wildlife-dependent recreation such as hiking, fishing, hunting, and boating. Every year thousands of school-children visit the refuge, where they participate in grade-level-appropriate activities, and many local families as well as tourists enjoy the peaceful surroundings.